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Wood-Splitting Tools for Today’s Homestead
September 16, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Wood-splitting tools have enabled homesteaders to survive and thrive for centuries. Just like many of today’s tools we use on the homestead, there have been some marked improvements since the days of yore.

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Building a Cheap, Seasonal Greenhouse

A greenhouse can be crucial for extending the growing season. It keeps plants warm while letting in a full day’s worth of sunlight.

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
June 18, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings.

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How to Clean Creosote From a Wood Stove
December 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites In our home, knowing how to clean creosote from the stove pipe chimney is a job best handled by my wonderful husband. Although I do try to …

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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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Fire Evacuation Procedures: Do You Have a Plan?
September 12, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Our recent fires in the state of Washington have been a lesson in preparing fire evacuation procedures. The fires swooped in so fast that there was little …

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Upping the Ante with Tractor Bucket Attachments

Add to Favorites Scoop, scrape and push are really the only things a tractor bucket was meant to do, but with the right tractor bucket attachments, there’s so much more we can do …

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Buying a Chainsaw? Which One?

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman, Maine Buying a chainsaw can be a frustrating experience. What brand should I buy? What size bar should I get? How many horsepower? And the …

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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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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
August 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Why a PTO Slip Clutch Needs to Make Your Farm Tools List

Add to Favorites Anyone who owns a proper farm tractor will tell you two things: they’re indispensable and they’re expensive to fix. I recently pursued a quote for repairs on …

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How to Build a Goat Barn Using a Prefab Shed

Add to Favorites Goat barns are essential if you raise goats, regardless of what sort of climate you reside in. When I was big into dairy goats, my family had …

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How to Store Firewood: Try Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Racks

Add to Favorites By Ed McClearen, Fleetwood, North Carolina – One thing we have in abundance here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is firewood. Last winter, we …

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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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