Herbs for Hens

Herbs for Hens

There are so many great medicinal herbs out there, and humans don’t have to be the only ones who benefit. Your hens can greatly benefit from herbs as well! One of the big reasons commercial eggs are so unappealing these days is that the chickens that produce them are usually pumped full of antibiotics, as they typically live in close quarters, to protect them from illness and disease. This of course means there are antibiotics in the eggs, and it’s far from healthy to consume antibiotics you don’t actually need. It messes with your immune system and gut flora, which is […]

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The Coin in the Freezer Trick

The Coin in the Freezer Trick

Have you ever suffered from a long-term power outage or been evacuated from your home due to a natural disaster? In the event that nothing catastrophic ends up happening to your family, you will probably end up in a frustrating situation that many find themselves in after power has been out for a prolonged or unknown period of time: You don’t know how long the food in your freezer has been sitting in a freezer without power. So, the reason this might be relevant to homesteaders is if you are working on getting off-grid or already living this way, live […]

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How to Can Beef Soup (Video)

How to Can Beef Soup (Video)

I recently discovered that a really great homestead blog, Homestead Acres, has a YouTube channel that is packed with great videos on this homeschooling, homesteading family sharing their experiences on their thriving homestead. This is one video on a series on homesteading, and I think it’s a really useful recipe for one who is trying to build up a good stockpile for your home or homestead. What’s cool about this recipe is that you start baking broth out of beef bones, which is not only a really economical way to store calories, it’s also insanely nutritious. The beef soup is canned […]

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Outdoor Games for the Kids on the Homestead

Outdoor Games for the Kids on the Homestead

In today’s world, most kids spend far too much time inside. Many youngsters prefer sitting in front of the television watching shows or playing games, or zoning out on the Internet instead of getting outside. While it is smart to understand and to keep up with technology, it is just as important to make sure the kids get outside and learn to enjoy everything that the outdoors can offer. It’s Not All Work Yes, kids that live in a homesteading environment will have chores that help the rest of the house and farm. They will be expected to do these […]

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DIY Lamp Oil

DIY Lamp Oil

Ok, this is really cool. I had no idea it was so easy to make your own lamp oil, but as it’s basically comprised of rubbing, or isopropyl, alcohol, and distilled water, apparently it’s quite simple to mix up your own batch that’s guaranteed to be a lot cheaper than the kind you’ll buy pre-made at Walmart for tiki torches or old-fashioned oil lamps. Lamp for oils is a really important item to keep on a homestead. If you live off-grid or with limited electricity, it can easily light up a room in the evening and save on electricity. I […]

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Realistic First-Year Homesteading Goals

Realistic First-Year Homesteading Goals

If you are just starting out homesteading, planning for someday homestead, or trying your hand at urban homesteading, it’s it important to understand what is realistic to accomplish in your first year. Setting goals is a great way to plan for the long-term and motivate yourself towards completing a task, and knowing what’s possible in the first year of homesteading can help you set these goals. This isn’t by any means a list of everything you should do in a year, but rather, everything on this list is something you can feasibly get done in one year. Let’s begin! Grow herbs This […]

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How to Conquer Winter on the Homestead

How to Conquer Winter on the Homestead

When the winter comes, it can start to feel lonely and overwhelming on the homestead. You have plenty of extra things to think about, worry about, and do to keep the house running properly and to make sure that you and the family stay warm, healthy, and happy through those long winter months. Whether this is your first winter in the home or you have been doing this for years, it can feel oppressive at times, especially when things seem to go wrong. You are a homesteader though, and you can handle anything. Let’s look at some tips that can […]

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Are Fish Antibiotics Safe for Humans? (Video)

Are Fish Antibiotics Safe for Humans? (Video)

Fish antibiotics are a really popular item for preppers who want to stock up on crucial, life-saving medical supplies. Antibiotics can be incredibly crucial when disaster strikes, and might be particularly appealing for homesteaders, especially those that live in rural areas who might get caught with an infection, miles away from the nearest hospital. For this reason, it’s worth looking into whether or not fish antibiotics are a viable option for you. Being concerned as to whether or not fish antibiotics are safe for human consumption is a reasonable concern, so this video from one of my favorite YouTubers, Patriot […]

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Tips for Gardening on a Slope   

Tips for Gardening on a Slope  

  For most gardeners, space is a major limiting factor, these means that you have to make the most out of every square foot you have, whether it’s ideal or not.  One less than ideal situation you might have is a slope, which many would leave unplanted and unproductive.  While slopes do pose some real difficulties, there are steps that can be taken to mitigate the natural difficulties and take advantage of potential benefits from growing on a slope.   If the slope is orientated so that it faces the sun you are in luck, your slope will maximize the […]

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Cheap Bio Ethanol Fuel at Home (Video)

Cheap Bio Ethanol Fuel at Home (Video)

This is something I’ve always heard about and wanted to try. It’s pretty amazing how cheap the ingredients are to do it, and any homesteader might find the idea appealing, if you’ve got equipment that could be modified to be fueled with bio-ethanol fuel. Check it out! I’m pretty impressed. If you liked this, you might also enjoy… What Are the Signs of the End Times? Learn Natural Healing Secrets From the Masters Preparing for the Bubble to Burst 

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Understanding Garden Zones (Infographic)

Understanding Garden Zones (Infographic)

Understanding garden zones is so important if you want to have a hearty garden. Some plants will thrive in one area and completely fail in others! Also, when you are buying seeds, they will usually come with indications as to what zone they will work in. When you get started gardening, figuring out your first zone is the first step you should take. That will dictate the research you do, the kind of seeds you can buy, when your growing season is, when you should start your seeds, and so on. You can find online forums specifically for your zone […]

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Are Grow Lights Worth it?   

Are Grow Lights Worth it?  

  For those that have outdoor gardens, the thought of growing food indoors with artificial lights can seem like a ludicrous concept.  Providing your plants with access to the maximum amount of possible sunlight is a basic strategy for increasing growth, and the sun is free.  Purchasing and the operation of grow lights costs money, and gardening should save you money and provide you with resources, not cost money and use resources.  So, are grow lights worth their cost and the cost of their operation?   Not to try to skirt the question, but it depends.  If you live in an […]

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How Does Homesteading Make You Healthier?

How Does Homesteading Make You Healthier?

When you have a homestead, no matter the size, you do not have a lot of time to rest if you want it to stay up and running properly. Homesteading can provide you with a sense of accomplishment, but it certainly takes work. However, this work can be very good for your health. This is one of the “hidden” benefits of homesteading that many people do not think about. Let’s look at some of the ways that becoming a homesteader could make you a healthier person. Getting Exercise You are going to be outside and working quite a bit. Whether […]

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How to Choose Your Bug Out Spot

How to Choose Your Bug Out Spot

If you’re not yet homesteading and would like to be more prepared for survival situations, you naturally want to have a bug out location ready just in case something happens. However, not just any spot will do. If the world starts to go south, you need to have a good and secure location that you can retreat to and where you will be able to survive for as long as needed. You have to put in some thought when it comes to choosing the location. You have to think about the security of that location for starters. How easy is […]

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Keep Your Chicken Coop Clean

Keep Your Chicken Coop Clean

When you are a homesteader, you likely have livestock. One of the most common types of livestock to keep is chickens. You can use them for their eggs, as well as their meat, if needed. Building or buying a chicken coop and raising chickens is relatively easy if you put in some time and effort to learn more about what you are doing. One of the most important aspects of keeping your chickens nice and healthy though is to keep the chicken coop clean. A dirty coop will lead to disease and other problems with your chickens. Fortunately, keeping your […]

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DIY Winch (Video)

DIY Winch (Video)

  This video demonstrates and explains how you can make a powerful winch from only a rope and two strong cuts of wood.  This can be used to remove a stump as the video shows, free a stuck vehicle, or assist in safely felling a tree in a direction you choose.  The technique is easiest with two people, so that someone is holding each piece of wood at all times for safety, but you can also use two stakes if you are by yourself.  The stakes should be placed in-line, perpendicular to the object being moved, and on the side […]

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Pineapple

Pineapple

  Pineapples are a fruit that requires some patience to grow, but not much else.  If you buy pineapples from the store and have a spare container lying around you already have everything you need to grow your own pineapples.  Here are some simple instructions for how you can grow delicious pineapples in your backyard garden.   When you cut up a pineapple to eat it, save the top section with leaves. Remove all of the sweet flesh from the top, any leftover flesh will rot while you are trying to root it and will hinder the rooting process. Place […]

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Learn DIY Repair for the Homestead

Learn DIY Repair for the Homestead

If you are a homesteader, you need to invest time and effort in learning to do quite a few things that you may never have imagined yourself doing. In addition to taking care of livestock, growing food, and hunting for food, you also need to take care of many repairs around the house. When you have a piece of property, large or small, things are going to go wrong. You will eventually need to have repairs. People are not born as a jack of all trades who know how to fix everything. It is accumulated knowledge, and everyone needs to […]

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Are You Making Prepper Mistakes?

Are You Making Prepper Mistakes?

If you are into learning how to survive and prepping, you read as much as you can on the subject, and you are generally willing to work hard to make sure you have everything you need when it comes to living after the SHTF. Of course, many out there do not take any steps beyond buying some “cool” and interesting gear, some freeze-dried food, and maybe some water. Those who fall into this latter category could be making some serious prepper mistakes. One of the big issues is people buying supplies and then never bothering to rotate through them. If […]

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Cats as Pest Control on the Homestead

Cats as Pest Control on the Homestead

  Homesteaders often find that they are at odds with a range of different pests, including rodents. You can find different methods to use when it comes to controlling those rodents. Some might use traps, while others might use poison. This tends to be a losing battle though. The traps are not likely to kill as many mice or rats as you have, and the poison could end up hurting your other animals or even getting into your food supply somehow. Using Barn Cats One of the best natural and truly organic ways to deal with your mouse problem is […]

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