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Dexter Cattle – The Ideal Family Cow

Homesteading is about simplicity, self reliance, and doing as much as you can with as little as possible, always with an eye on the bottom line. So when it comes …

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What is the Best Mulch to Prevent Weeds?
May 19, 2019 . · Growing

All Photos By Shelley Dedauw The best mulch to prevent weeds depends on where the mulch lies, what else you need it to do…and, of course, cost. What is the …

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Homesteading For A Living

By Kenny Coogan “Our original goal was to produce as much of our own food as possible,” Landis Spickerman, 53, of High Bridge, Wisconsin, says. She and her husband Steven, 56, began living …

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Your Guide to Growing Lettuce in Containers
May 18, 2019 . · Growing

For years I struggled with how and when to grow lettuce. So, I decided to try growing lettuce in containers. For three years now, we’ve enjoyed more lettuce than I could have ever …

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Designing Your Ideal Homesteading Land

By Ken Wilson – Homesteading land is neither a farm nor a rural residence; therefore, it presents design challenges that are different from the others. A rural residence is basically nothing more …

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How Much Hay Does a Cow Eat?
May 14, 2019 . · Cattle

After you unload the first cattle onto your property, your next biggest concern will be how to keep up with the demand for food. Knowing a ballpark estimate of how …

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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
May 7, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Emergency survival and preparation is a hot topic right now. You’ll find many articles online regarding what foods should be on your survival items list. Some are better for long-term storage …

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A Simple Raised Bed Design

By Jeff Merkle – About a year ago, my wife and I moved across the country to acreage in Wisconsin. While we have many plans for the land, our immediate …

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Building Planter Boxes for Strawberries

By Sue Robishaw – It wasn’t that the old chicken wire covers we’d constructed five years ago didn’t work, they did. I had an idea for building planter boxes that …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
May 1, 2019 . · Pigs

Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few pigs intended for …

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A Complete Guide to How to Compost at Home

By Frederick C. Michel, Jr., Joe E. Heimlich, & Harry A. J. Hoitink – If you are interested in learning how to compost at home, here is some helpful advice. Mow …

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12 Plants That Keep Away Mosquitoes
April 23, 2019 . · Growing

Growing dual-purpose edible plants that keep away mosquitoes is beneficial and practical. From the annoyance of buzzing in your ears to the threat of Zika and West Nile, mosquitos are …

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Adventures in Orange Oil Ant Killer

By Lisa Jansen Discovering my orange oil ant killer was a triumphant epiphany after a lengthy battle with ants. I’m an old farm girl. As a child, when on our …

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Backyard Bugs: Identifying Insects for Good
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Creep, nuisance, vermin, trouble, and costly are synonymous when identifying insects. It’s a shame, too, because without insects, our world would be very different. Yes, we may all be familiar …

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How to Repel Rats, Mice, Skunks, and Other Interlopers

By Cheryl K. Smith – We’re not the only ones that want to spend our time indoors. Rats, mice, skunks, and other furry interlopers are busy finding their way into houses …

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