Category: Farming

Keyhole Gardens: A Drought Tolerant Composting Garden

Keyhole Gardens: A Drought Tolerant Composting Garden — The Keyhole Garden concept is brilliantly simple. A circular raised bed has a center compost basket that distributes nutrients to the surrounding lasagna-style garden bed.

The Keyhole Garden concept is brilliantly simple. A circular raised bed has a center compost basket that distributes nutrients to the surrounding lasagna-style garden bed. A small pie-slice section of the bed is used for easy access to the center compost …

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Grow a Lemon Tree from a Seed (Indoors, too!)

Grow a Lemon Tree from a Seed (Indoors, too!) — Citrus fruits are full of essential vitamins, great for recipes, and are a lovely addition to your garden. Some varieties, like lemon trees, can also be grown indoors. If you’re trying to be self-sufficient and you start everything from scratch, buying a tree from a garden center isn’t an option.

Citrus fruits are full of essential vitamins, great for recipes, and are a lovely addition to your garden.  Some varieties, like lemon trees, can also be grown indoors.  If you’re trying to be self-sufficient and you start everything from scratch, buying …

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Make Chicken Sweaters to Prepare for Winter

Chickens are warriors. They are survivors. It's so heartbreaking when that coop is broken into and your birds are eaten up or just torn apart. It happens. 

Chickens are warriors. They are survivors. It’s so heartbreaking when that coop is broken into and your birds are eaten up or just torn apart. It happens.  Your chickens are your little backyard survivors. They are a constant reminder of …

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14 Common Chicken Predators and How to Protect Chickens

14 Common Chicken Predators and How to Protect Chickens - Other than diseases, predators are the biggest problem of every chicken owner. Being able to protect chickens from these predators can be tricky though.

Other than diseases, predators are the biggest problem of every chicken owner. Being able to protect chickens from these predators can be tricky though. If you’re a new chicken owner, you might not notice it yet but there are many …

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15 Great Homesteading Projects To Make Life Easier

15 Great Homesteading Projects To Make Life Easier - Homesteading projects are not only fun, they are rewarding when they can add another element of self-sufficiency to your arsenal. All of these projects can be done using reclaimed or re-purposed materials, which allows us to flex our improvising skills!

Homesteading projects are not only fun, they are rewarding when they can add another element of self-sufficiency to your arsenal. DIY to Try has a collection of 15 homesteading project tutorials that are economical and add to the functionality of …

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Leaf Mold and How it Can Help Your Soil

Leaf Mold and How it Can Help Your Soil — Although leaf mold should not replace your regular fertilizers and compost, as these help to provide the nutritional supplements that soil needs to prosper and survive, it is a fantastic addition to the Earth.

Have you ever considered allowing your leaves to break down and become leaf mold? Although it might sound funny, allowing your leaves to mold will ease them into becoming a wonderful rectification for soil. Easily recognized as being dilapidated leaves …

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Natural Chicken First Aid

Natural Chicken First Aid - This is a great article about how to care for your chickens naturally. The whole point of raising birds is to assure you have access to either pure meat or eggs. If you have to fill them with antibiotics to keep them healthy, well, you are doing the same thing as those in the supermarket.

Chickens die. Its just part of the deal. They don’t die of old age. When I first started considering raising chickens I asked about what I would do when a chicken stopped laying eggs. The person I was speaking to …

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How to Build a Chicken Coop

DIY chicken coop

Backyard chicken coops continue to gain in popularity and I don’t see any signs of it slowing down. Chickens are great for the homesteader or dare I say, even the weekend prepper and suburban survivalist, given the advantage of having …

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Keeping the Egg Laying Hens Warm in the Winter

We are not yet out of the woods! The cold is still hanging around and for the northern parts of the United States winter is far from over.

We are not yet out of the woods! The cold is still hanging around and for the northern parts of the United States winter is far from over. The southeast got a taste of spring last week and sometimes that’s …

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Heritage vs. Hybrid Chicken Breeds: Which Is Sustainable?

Heritage vs. Hybrid Chicken Breeds Which Is Sustainable

Truth be told, there’s so much to learn about raising chickens. However, distinguishing the pros and cons of heritage and hybrid chicken breeds is a good start. Before you even decide to get a chicken coop and buy chicken supplies, …

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