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Wash With Nuts…Soap nuts!

By Rebecca Snowden Want to save a ton of money on laundry detergent and household cleaners? The long unnoticed soap nut is nothing but 100% natural and has a plethora …

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Natural Pain Relievers from your Garden
September 5, 2019 · · Growing

Did you know that some of the most commonly grown culinary herbs are natural pain relievers? There’s a reason a sprig of parsley adorns your restaurant plate, and it’s not …

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An Old Fashioned Mustard Pickles Recipe
September 2, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

What do you do with those renegade cucumbers that hide under the vine until suddenly they appear — huge and yellow? You could, of course, relegate them to your compost …

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Planting Kale in the Fall Garden

By Nancy Pierson Farris – Planting kale isn’t just a spring activity in our gardens. When spring crops wilt from summer’s heat, and we have the pantry lined with the …

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How to Treat Foot Rot in Cattle, Goats, and Sheep
August 21, 2019 · · Homesteading

Thrush and an overgrowth of yeast are often behind a case of foot rot in cattle and other livestock. Foot rot in cattle and all livestock needs to be taken …

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Propagating, Collecting and Saving Seeds

By Anita B. Stone; Photographs by S. Tullock Had the Pilgrims not brought and introduced abundant seed varieties to the New World, we would not be enjoying a diverse variety …

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Coloring Soap Naturally
August 16, 2019 · · Soapmaking

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 handmade soaps. Some …

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Elderberry Offers Edible and Medicinal Benefits
August 9, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

My first experience with elderberries came when my husband and I moved to the country to build our first home. We purchased land that was pretty much untouched as far …

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Wild Plant Identification: Foraging for Edible Weeds
August 5, 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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50 Must-Haves for TEOTWAWKI

By Thomas Sciacca – Arguably, the most important thing to store for a SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan) or complete TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) …

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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
July 29, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be uncomfortable. I had …

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A Garden of Simples Offers DIY Remedies
July 28, 2019 · · Growing

In the early days of our country, certain herbs were grown and used for the household and for simple medicinal remedies. There was no drug store around the corner so …

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12 Plants That Keep Away Mosquitoes
July 11, 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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Jewelweed Soap: An Effective Poison Ivy Remedy
June 19, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Jewelweed soap is fun to make this time of year, when the plant is just starting to send up tender, young shoots full of soothing juice. Jewelweed uses lots of …

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How to Tell If You Have a Healthy SCOBY

Of all the things that couples argue about, I’ll bet the last one you’d ever think of is whether or not you have a healthy SCOBY in your kombucha jug. …

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