Homesteading

Learning on the Homestead - Homesteading and Livestock

"The Ultimate Guide to Skinning and Tanning" by Monte Burch was a book I read when learning how to tan hides. On the left is a skinning knife with a …

Sustainable Living

Tips to Assemble a Hobby Bee Hive Kit - Homesteading and Livestock

As homesteaders going on year three, we decided to start our journey as beekeepers.<p>It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each …

Gardening

Taking on Debt to Finance a Dream - Homesteading and Livestock

Greenhorns: The Next Generation of American Farmers 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement <i>(Storey Publishing, 2012), by Zoë Ida Bradbury,</i> …

Farming

Homesteading: The Old and New, Then and Now

There is a lot of talk about homesteading among those who are prepping to live long after there is a major economic collapse or some other terrible …

Simple Living

How to Coppice Trees for Sustainable Firewood - Homesteading and Livestock

<i>You can grow firewood in a fraction of the time it takes to raise a tree from seed.</i><p>February / March 2018<br>By Brett McLeod<p><i>Illustration courtesy Keith</i> …

Gardening

The ABCs of Caring for Baby Chicks - Homesteading and Livestock

Although it's the dead of winter, I know that many chicken enthusiasts like myself are already planning how they will start or expand their flock …

Farming

What We Do Around the Homestead in January - Homesteading and Livestock

The short period of time each year where homesteader's and summer-business owners like us get to freely bask in open-ended unscheduled time is as …

Gardening

Wax Moths: Protect Your Valuable Honeycomb - Homesteading and Livestock

Drawn honeycomb is like gold to both bees and beekeeper. For every pound of wax they bees produce, they must consume 6 to 8 pounds of honey. Only the …

Bees

Dog Tales: Heartwarming Dog Stories - Homesteading and Livestock

<i>Readers share special stories about their favorite canine friends.</i><p>December 2017/January 2018<br>Reader Contributions<p><i>We were inundated with letters about</i> …

Dogs

Homesteading and Livestock

I’m a child of the 1960s and 70s. I remember well the upheaval our country was going through during those troubled times. The Viet Nam War, civil …

Sustainable Living

How to Handle Cattle - Homesteading and Livestock

All species of grazing animals are born with natural behavior patterns that help them avoid predators. Handlers can make use of these behaviors to …

Livestock

4 Ways to Upgrade an Old Homestead - Homesteading and Livestock

Home improvement projects do not pertain to urban homeowners alone. In fact, those of us who aim to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle are in a …

Livestock

16 green holiday gifts for gardeners and backyard farmers

Gardening, backyard farming, and homesteading have become more popular than ever, and chances are you have at least one green thumb to shop for this …

Gardening

Astragalus: The Herb that Heals and Protects Chicken's Immune Systems - Homesteading and Livestock

When you first begin your homesteading adventure, you typically begin with the gateway animal—<b>chickens</b>. Chickens are some of the most entertaining of …

Livestock

Root Cellars - Modern Homesteading

Cross section of Roberts' root cellar.<p>ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF<p>A refrigerator in spring and summer, a safe-from-freezing pantry in fall …

Gardening

Build Your Own Low-Cost Storm Windows - Homesteading and Livestock

<i>Stay warmer during the winter by building your own low-cost storm windows using these helpful tips.</i><p>Storm windows, as you know, can keep your home …

Sustainable Living

Off Grid and Free: The Terror of Forest Fires, Part 1 - Homesteading and Livestock

I can't think of too many things that demand immediate attention more than walking out the door and seeing a billowing curtain of gray/black smoke …

Livestock

How You Can Use a Scythe on Your Property - Homesteading and Livestock

Besides being an ideal tool for harvesting grass on a small scale, scythes can also be used to harvest small grains, such as wheat and rye.<p>Photo by …

Gardening

10 Ways My Wife And I Cut Our Grocery Bill By 75 Percent

Image source: Pixabay.comMy wife and I own two homes and live two lifestyles. One homesteading and one suburban. Here’s how we borrowed the best from …

Gardening

The Harvest, The Hunt, and The Balance of Money and Life - Homesteading and Livestock

<i>Readers may recall that I typically write about</i> harvesting energy from renewable sources, <i>but I also harvest living, growing things</i>.<p>Food<p>This was an …

Livestock

Reusing Things: 100 Ideas of How to Reuse Commonly Thrown Away Items - Modern Homesteading

Before you throw away those used cans, or anything else for that matter, check to see if you can reuse it somehow. This article gives 100 tips on how …

Sustainable Living

The 16 Brick Rocket Stove - Quick (30 Second) Build - Easy DIY - Simple Instructions

in this instructable i'll show you how to quickly and easily make the 16 brick rocket stove. Watch Video... 55 Second Video ~ W/30 Sec. Build! This …

DIY

3 Methods for Heating Greenhouses for Free - Homesteading and Livestock

Greenhouses can be interesting environments to grow in. This is because standard greenhouse materials like glass and plastic (“glazing”) are …

Clean Energy

Chainsaw Maintenance Tips: Keep That Saw Running Right - Modern Homesteading

If you're a chainsaw owner, you're probably well aware of your machine's enormous potential for chewing through raw timber. But perhaps because …

Chainsaws

Why and How We Use Comfrey at Our Country Home - Homesteading and Livestock

Comfrey is a celebrity plant among homesteaders for its healing properties, its composting acceleration, its soil-building abilities, and its use as …

Gardening

6 Methods for Harvesting Rainwater - Homesteading and Livestock

<i>Written for city dwellers by city dwellers,</i> The Urban Homestead <i>(Process Media, 2010) is an illustrated instruction guidebook for the homesteading</i> …

Farming

8 Homesteading Winter Preparations to Begin in the Fall - Homesteading and Livestock

Homesteading allows individuals and families to live a greener and healthier lifestyle. A self-sustainable lifestyle helps heal and replenish natural …

Gardening

10 Potent Plants That Kill Pain Fast

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Pain

Bee Tips - Homesteading and Livestock Blog

It’s beekeeping; it is never a perfectly oiled machine. Just when you think you’re getting pretty good at it, the girls knock you down a peg. I’ve …

Bees

Critical Survival Tools for Severe Weather Events - Homesteading and Livestock

More than ever before, people's lives are being impacted by extreme weather events. There is a ton of information out there on what to do but it …

Livestock