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Raising Sheep for Meat – Flavor-Based Success

By Alan Harman – Raising sheep for meat that are from the “land of fire and ice,” Barb Gunness’ flock of Icelandic sheep are right at home close to the …

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Sweetgrass Holds a Special Place in the Hearts of Charlestonians

By Anita B. Stone Homesteaders, country crafts and cultural traditional art seem to thrive in a parallel universe across the globe. Regardless of location, everyone has become doorkeepers of their own …

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Turning Trash to Treats

By Justin Thaxton — Four years ago, my family broke free from the bondage of suburban living. After 10 years in a subdivision, we were thrilled by the prospects offered …

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Build a Home Using Alternative Building Materials

By Charmaine R. Taylor — Building a self-sustaining home or structure is a wonderful concept that can be put into practice by anyone looking to create shelter for man or animal. …

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Wild Plant Identification: Foraging for Edible Weeds
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

On a sleepy Sunday afternoon, on the grounds of an ex-horse stable, Nate Chetelat presents a wild plant identification tour for a local gardening group. The focus of the tour …

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The Goji Berry Plant: Grow the Alpha Superfood in Your Garden

By Don Daugs – We introduced our experiences with growing goji berry plant, also known as the wolfberry, to Countryside readers with two articles in 2009. The plants we grow …

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How to Build a Foundation for a Shed
February 26, 2019 . · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Knowing how to build a foundation for a shed is the all-important first step of adding barn space to your farm or homestead. Laying a strong foundation for any project …

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The 6 Best Houseplants for Clean Air Indoors
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

We’re all aware of the rising health risks from indoor air pollution. It can be frightening and we may feel helpless to protect ourselves. I have great news. Botanists have …

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Dirt 101: What is Loam Soil?

By Miriah Reynolds, Montana What is loam soil and how does it differ from silt and sand? What is the best mix for the best farming? Soil, dirt, earth, dust, …

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Which Cover Crops for Gardens Work Best in Your Climate?
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

When it comes to cover crops for gardens, the list of benefits is extensive. Choosing the best cover crop to accomplish the job in your climate is where most people run …

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Gardening Tips: 12 Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Gardening can be a fun and easy way to put food on your family’s table. But it can also be frustrating when things don’t grow as you expected. Here are …

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Understanding Your Soil: How to Check Soil pH Level
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Knowing how to check soil pH levels in your garden is the first step to having the healthiest soil you can produce. For most of us, especially me, a simple …

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A Guide to Successfully Growing Herbs Outside
February 13, 2019 . · Growing

The coming of spring seems to turn everyone into a would-be gardener. The warmer weather and green growth shooting up everywhere awakens a need in many to plant and nurture things …

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The Delicious Dill Plant and Its Many Uses

By Brenda Hyde – The dill plant not only has lovely foliage; its fragrance is a “comfort smell” for many people. I barely touch its feathery leaves and the smell of …

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