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Combining the Best Essential Oils for Soap Making
July 6, 2020 · · Soapmaking

f you make soap, you probably do it for one of two reasons. First, it allows artistic creativity while making something useful. And second, it allows control over all the ingredients.

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How to Safely Use a Pressure Canner
June 19, 2020 · · Canning & Kitchen

Low-acid foods must be processed at a temperature that is hotter than boiling water. Compared to water bath canning or steam canning, which processes jars at 212ºF, a pressure canner processes at 240ºF, the necessary temperature for destroying food spoilage organisms in foods with a pH greater than 4.6. Such low-acid foods include poultry, seafood, meats, and most vegetables.

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Choosing Dairy Cow Breeds for Your Farm
February 10, 2020 · · Cattle

Dairy cow breeds are numerous. How do we know the right breed for our farm or family situation?

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Rat-Hunting Dogs: A Historically Organic Option
January 25, 2020 · · Homesteading

Got a rat problem? You can try traps, poisons … or rat-hunting dogs. This organic concept is the reason rat terriers exist today.

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Making Shampoo Bars
January 12, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Making shampoo bars is a very different process from making body soap in a lot of ways. Unlike body soap, it is important to limit the number of unsaponifiable substances in a bar made for hair.

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Using Kaolin Clay in Soap
December 22, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites The use of kaolin clay in soap occurs for many different reasons. Among soap additives, it is one of the most common. Especially in shaving soaps, kaolin …

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Preserve Recipes Turn a Bountiful Harvest Into Holiday Gifts
August 25, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Want to avoid the traffic, crowded stores, and expensive prices when shopping for holiday gifts? Here’s how. Use these preserve recipes to keep seasonal foods when they’re at …

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How to Make Tomato Soap
August 24, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites In August, hopefully your garden is in full swing. Tomatoes are ripening, and the fresh herbal snap of tomato leaves fills the air each time you brush …

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Coloring Soap Naturally
August 16, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites When learning how to make homemade soap, will you use dyes, micas, or try coloring soap naturally? There are many ways to achieve beautiful colors in your …

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Building Elevated Planter Boxes for Easier Gardening

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone Building elevated planter boxes helps bring plants closer. They’re great for children, disabled gardeners, or the elderly. Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding …

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A Complete Guide to How to Compost at Home

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Protecting Trees From Deer With Cages & Shelters

Add to Favorites By Bruce Pankratz – Why should you know about protecting trees from deer? Well, somewhere along the line you have probably heard someone say “the best time to …

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How to Make a Scarecrow That Actually Works

Add to Favorites By Nathan Griffith – The best yields and the best quality of corn come from planting short-, mid- and long-season varieties all at once, not from planting …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

Add to Favorites By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of …

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How to Get Rid of Rats

Add to Favorites By Cynthia Smith (Veterinarian in Washington) – I hate rats. I hate the way they dig dirty holes in my nice clean barns. I hate the squishy way …

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