Animal Trapping for Dummies

Animal Trapping for Dummies

There are two main ways to get rid of those unwanted critters that are terrorizing your garden. You can either use a number of methods to repel them, or you can trap them. There are plenty of humane traps out there that will do the job nicely without harming the animal. These traps are a good solution if you have one or two animals that have been bothering you. Before you get started, check out this short guide to animal trapping. Everything will go much more smoothly once you understand the basics. Some Basic Rules to Follow When it comes […]

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5 Tips for Using Manures in Your Garden

5 Tips for Using Manures in Your Garden

  Manure is one the best, all-natural fertilizers around. Yes, it does smell, since it consists of animal feces. However, its many benefits far outweigh the stench. You’ll be glad that you put up with it when your plants are growing strong and tall. Before you begin spreading manure around your garden willy-nilly, take the time to review these five useful tips.   1) Don’t Place Manure around Your Edible Vegetables You might be tempted to use manure to fertilize every single plant in your garden, after all, it’s good for all of them, right? Wrong. You never want to […]

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How To Build An Earth Oven

How To Build An Earth Oven

  An earthen oven is exactly what it sounds like – an oven made of a combination of dried earth and clay. These ovens tend to cook things better than standard outdoor brick ovens, and are fairly easy to build, as long as you know how.   History of Earth Ovens A type earth oven, known as a pit hearth, has been used for centuries. Examples of them have been found in Europe that date back to the Bronze Age. In the United States, they were commonly used by Native American tribes to cook large meals. Use of these ovens […]

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5 Great Benefits of Having Succulents in Your Home

5 Great Benefits of Having Succulents in Your Home

Plants help clean the air, add oxygen and any number of other benefits.  The problem?  Not everyone has a green enough thumb to keep their plants alive, let alone flourishing. Fortunately, you don’t have to have a degree in botany to enjoy having plants indoors; you have to pick the right ones. Enter the succulent.  Succulent plants, or succulents, are a type of plant that displays parts that are especially thick and fleshy.  This characteristic lets the plant retain water in drying climates and soil types in a similar manner to cactus plants. These wonderful little plants have become even […]

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5 Ways to Clean Your Tarnished Copper Naturally

5 Ways to Clean Your Tarnished Copper Naturally

  Sinks, pans, and various other items found throughout your home can be made of beautiful copper. You may even pick up something cheap at a rummage sale made from copper that is just begging for you to bring it back to life. The only problem with this kind of a metal is that over time, it tarnishes. It can turn black after being exposed to the air. A greenish-blue color occurs when it gets wet. Instead of dealing with unsightly looking cooper, you are fully capable of cleaning it up with natural cleaners found right in your home. There […]

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How to Prune your Roses the Proper Way

How to Prune your Roses the Proper Way

  Roses come in a plethora of species. Over a hundred of them are available to be exact. They can be climbing, bushes, or trailing with long stems. You can grow just about any color that you can imagine at this point as a result of cross-breeding different ones to achieve the desired shades. They are gorgeous, they have a pleasant aroma, and they brighten up the exterior of any homestead or home. That’s why they are one of the most popular flowers found in gardens all over the world. Even though roses are pretty easy to grow and to […]

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The Best All Natural Fertilizers For Your Garden

The Best All Natural Fertilizers For Your Garden

  Store-bought fertilizers can get expensive. On top of that, they don’t always produce the results you are looking for. They aren’t natural, so there’s no guarantee that they are going to work the way they’re supposed to. Instead of heading into town to pick up an overpriced bag for your garden, go to your kitchen and mix up your own batch with any of these natural fertilizer recipes.   Egg Shells After breakfast, don’t toss your egg shells. Wash them up and crush them. They are 93% calcium carbonate. With that there, it’s effective to use near peppers, tomatoes, […]

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8 Simple Ways Baking Soda is the Forgotten All-Purpose Tool

8 Simple Ways Baking Soda is the Forgotten All-Purpose Tool

  You can go through just about any kitchen in the world and find a box of baking soda. It’s one of the most widely used ingredients for cooking, cleaning, and even various beauty regimens. While the standard teaspoon required for baking is why most people have it, there are plenty of other uses for baking soda that you may not have thought of before. See what you can do with it besides make a cake.   Cleaning without Harsh Chemicals The last time you cleaned your oven, there was probably some chemical used that gave you a hard time […]

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10 Simple Money Saving Tips Everyone Should Follow

10 Simple Money Saving Tips Everyone Should Follow

  I remember seeing a news report on T.V. several years ago featuring people who are addicted to “coupons” shopping.  I was fascinated by some of the techniques these people had developed to get products for practically nothing. As I was watching though, and later when I was looking at the coupon mailers we regularly get, I was struck by the fact that so many things that companies and merchants often offer coupons for, my family don’t use.  Or at least, don’t use a large amount of regularly. As I was watching, I realized I didn’t see the point of […]

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4 Completely Natural Ways to Rid Your Property of Mice

4 Completely Natural Ways to Rid Your Property of Mice

  Mice can be the bane of the homestead pantry, and feed shed, and garden, and…well, you get the idea. One thing that is important to understand is you will never have only one.  You may see only one, but there where there is one there is the potential for dozens more.  With a very short breeding cycle, mice can overrun a food source in a matter of weeks if left to their own devices. For many of us, the first reaction to the idea of mice is to go out and buy some chemical bait that will get rid […]

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4 Things Baby Chicks Need for Healthy Living

4 Things Baby Chicks Need for Healthy Living

  Baby chicks.  Fuzzy and cute, warm and cuddly, they are adorable beyond words.  Sometimes called the “gateway drug” to adding animals to a homestead, the chickens these chicks grow into can add any number of benefits to your property, from pest control to fresh eggs to a Sunday Roast. If you are contemplating joining the thousands of people across the world to raise their own chickens for meat and eggs, here are some things you will need to be prepared with.   A Brooder Brooder is a fancy way of saying container.  When you first receive your chicks, they […]

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Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals with These 6 Homemade Cleaners

Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals with These 6 Homemade Cleaners

  House cleaning can be a drag, but house cleaning while wearing a gas mask is just wrong.  So, why does it seem like so many of the available cleaners on the market today practically require a full haz-mat suite? If you are tired of dreading housework because of the inevitable headaches and respiratory problems that can be experienced by cleaners, consider instead mixing up your own with any or all of the options below.   Full Strength White Vinegar Use this wonder product straight from the bottle to remove calcium and other hard water deposits from your shower, sink, […]

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Is Grass Fed Beef Really Better Than the Alternative?

Is Grass Fed Beef Really Better Than the Alternative?

  As people work to become more health conscious, we are taking a closer look at the foods we eat regularly.  And, while some have chosen to avoid animal products altogether, others have instead made an effort to find healthier versions of the product they already know and love. Take beef, for example.  Most of us know from grocery shopping that it’s now possible to buy items like ground beef with different levels of fat in them.  And, you would think that when spending the extra money per pound on 93% lean beef that, that is hormone/additive free you’d be […]

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3 Surprising Ways to Reuse Old Electrical Cords and Cables

3 Surprising Ways to Reuse Old Electrical Cords and Cables

  Since the dawn of cable TV, the number of electrical type cording we have around the house has expanded almost exponentially.  What started with coaxial and extension cords now include shorted out or plain outdated AV connectors, HDMI wiring, and USB cords in about every shape, size, and color. If you are anything like my family, you have at least one box filled with outdated wiring, some of which is so old you probably have no idea what ancient piece of tech you’ve since gotten rid of it used to go to. The first idea we usually have is […]

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9 Practical Emergency Foods And How to Store Them

9 Practical Emergency Foods And How to Store Them

  Long term food storage is a good idea in many, many circumstances.  There are several basic food types that you should consider stocking up on that will last for years if needed.   Beans Dried beans of every variety are super cheap and even easier to store.  Store them in a dark, dry and cool place for best results.   Coffee and Tea Most of us consider ourselves in an emergency situation if we run out of coffee.  So, try to imagine going through an actual emergency without it…OH…THE HORROR!!! Just make sure you keep it in the right […]

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3 All Natural Homemade Flea Repellents

3 All Natural Homemade Flea Repellents

Fleas are miserable little creatures that can cause all kinds of discomfort and health problems for the beloved 4-legged creatures we call family. Not only do they cause uncontrolled itching and scratching they can also lead to other issues that could cost lots of money to remediate.   Why Fleas Are More than Just a Nuisance   Besides the obvious discomfort made by itchy flea bites, there are several other ailments that can result from them.  They include: Flea allergies that can result in skin rashes and other issues. Fleas feed on your fluffy friends’ blood. Excessive numbers can lead […]

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4 Critical Methods to Improve Your Garden Soil

4 Critical Methods to Improve Your Garden Soil

You have the perfect spot picked out for your new garden.  It gets just the right amount of sun, its easy to access and there is plenty of room to plant whatever your heart desires.  Just one problem.  The ground in your perfect spot is less than optimal for growing anything more than plastic plants. What do you do when your potential garden’s soil is more akin to just plain dirt that the rich compost you dream of getting your hands into?  Pick another site?  Probably now very practical. Fortunately, there are several natural ways you can inject your ground […]

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5 Fantastic Benefits of Living in a Yurt

5 Fantastic Benefits of Living in a Yurt

  Yurts are the ultimate example of efficiency in residential construction.  Their structural design, insulation and covering keep them cool in summer, warm in winter, and extremely wind resistant.  A yurt’s round walls allow for much less surface area for interior heat to escape while letting the wind move more organically around it instead of pushing against it. The framing of the support system is completely self-sufficient and a wonder of engineering.  The roof is supported by the use of a tension band and compression ring leaving the interior completely open and available to any interior design you could need. […]

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8 Extremely Natural Ways to Treat a Rash

8 Extremely Natural Ways to Treat a Rash

  Rashes can be at the least, inconvenient, and at the worst incredibly painful.  There is any number of reasons a rash may appear.  Allergies, toxic plants, and illnesses are the main categories, but within those, especially allergies, it can sometimes be impossible to figure out why the rash is happening. Please note, if a rash progresses rapidly, appear for no external reason, or it accompanied by other symptoms like sinus or chest congestion or trouble breathing this may be a sign of a severe allergy.  In these cases, you should seek medical treatment and work with your doctor to […]

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Can You Grow Miniature Fruit Trees and Non-Native Plants?

Can You Grow Miniature Fruit Trees and Non-Native Plants?

Can You Grow Miniature Fruit Trees and Non-Native Plants? Well, the short answer?  Yes. It is possible to grow just about anything on a homestead or even in an urban environment, with the right care and maintenance. And, if you are successful, you can provide yourself with your own rice, coffee, citrus fruit and more. The main trick?  Growing everything in planters and pots, essentially creating a mobile farm.  During the summer they can be kept outside.  When it turns cold you have a few options: Cover the plants with clear plastic to create mini-greenhouses Move them inside your home […]

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