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Protecting Trees From Deer With Cages & Shelters

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 plant a tree …

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Aphids and Ants on Apple Trees!

By Paul Wheaton & Suzy Bean If you have infestations of ants on apple trees, you could also have an aphid problem. I got home from a long trip for work and …

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Oh, Deer: Keeping Deer Out of Gardens

By Susan Gateley – Whitetail deer are charismatic, beautiful animals as they leap in graceful 20-foot bounds through your neighbor’s bean field. I like to watch them. Lately, I like to …

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Starting a Petting Zoo Business

By Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg Have you ever thought of starting a petting zoo business? Have you ever smiled at the sight of a teen’s cool facade vanishing, as they tentatively …

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How to Deskunk Your Dog

We want to encourage their curiosity, but when our friendly canines stick their nose somewhere they shouldn’t, sometimes they come back smelling like a skunk. And if your dog is like …

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The Big Adventures of Piggy Smalls

By Justin Thaxton, West Virginia People say pigs are smarter than dogs. I don’t know if dogs should be flattered  by the fact that their kind is the standard by which …

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Farming, to the Nth Degree

By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, universities and colleges are training …

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Identify and Store Nuts for the Winter
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Scarlet leaves are among us as the nights become cooler. If you are starting to feel a little squirrelly, you are not alone. It is the chilly fall that encourages those …

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Measuring Your Pond Volume in Gallons

Ponds. They seem so harmless. Until, one day, when you wake up and algae is blooming all over and you find a dead fish in strange weeds that shot to the …

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How to Build a Bar

Story & Photos by Romie Holl, Wisconsin I want to thank my co-worker Steve Zwolinski for letting me tell his story of how he built this bar. There was always an …

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Remembering the Heroes of the Homestead

By Anita B. Stone, The Homesteader’s Bits and Pieces If given a choice of lifestyles, homesteading would be my number one pick because there is a self-sufficiency and reliance on …

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Life in a Domespace

By Linda Fletcher A movement is taking place all over the world in natural, alternative, sustainable building techniques and architecture. There is an incredible array of building techniques using various …

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The Countryside Tale
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Around 1969, JD Belanger, the founder of this magazine, combined Rabbit World, which was 32 pages long, with Dairy Goat Guide, which was 12 pages, and Countryside, which was 20 pages, …

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Owning A Wood-Fueled Cookstove

By Sue Robishaw Steve and I knew we wanted a wood-fueled cookstove when planning our homestead so many years ago, it was in the drawings from the start. I grew …

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How to Dig a Well By Hand

If you’re a homesteader, there’s value in knowing how to dig a well by hand. Of the three main types of wells—dug, drilled and driven—dug wells are the oldest and …

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