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Growing Hemp on the Homestead
July 5, 2020 · · Growing

Recent interest in growing hemp as an agricultural crop isn’t as recent as you might think. Hemp is an ancient plant. Evidence points to the plant’s use 10,000 years ago where it has been used for centuries as a form of textile fiber.

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Improving Soil with Cattle and The Best Green Manure Crops

Holistic grazing and the best green manure crops naturally improve soil. Add legumes or rotational cattle grazing to revitalize land.

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How to Vermicompost At Home

Even homesteaders on a tiny urban plot make a lot of waste. Our multi-faceted approach to recycling sends most yard waste through our chickens to start the composting process along with both an outdoor, hot composting system and an indoor worm bin.

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7 Reasons to Consider a Composting Toilet
January 2, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Why should you consider a composting toilet? In order to answer this question, it is important to first understand how composting toilets work. True composting toilets optimize the natural microbial decomposition process to fully convert waste into fertilizing soil.

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The 6 Best Houseplants for Clean Air Indoors
December 12, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites 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 …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
December 10, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms
November 29, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Like my grandmother, I have a hard time keeping any houseplant alive. She did know how to grow a Christmas cactus though. Hers was on a plant …

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How to Grade a Driveway

Add to Favorites Learning how to grade a driveway on the farm or homestead is not all that difficult, but some basic concepts and tips will make the process easier. …

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An Earthy Guide to the Best Composting Toilets

Add to Favorites By Patricia Baird Greene In order to find and follow your own path to the best composting toilet for your family and self-sustaining living situation, it may …

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The Joy of Growing Horseradish (It’s Great With Almost Anything!)

Add to Favorites By Sue Robishaw – Cold-climate gardeners can boast few crops that prefer their freezing winter abode, but the sturdy horseradish not only prefers it that way, it requires …

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How Do Blueberries Grow?
August 10, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown …

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Wild Plant Identification: Foraging for Edible Weeds
August 5, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites 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 …

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A Guide to the Best Greenhouse Plants
June 30, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites After years of putting our gardens in the ground, we decided to build our own greenhouse and pick out the best greenhouse plants for extending our growing …

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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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Growing Cherry Tomatoes in Pots is Perfect for Everyone
May 31, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites No matter your location, if you have access to even moderate sun, growing cherry tomatoes in pots is for you. With the right varieties and soil nutrients, …

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