9 Signs You’re a Homesteader

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From making your own jams and jellies to raising chickens in the backyard or even doing some gardening and DIY projects, homesteading looks different for everyone. And, really, it's more of a lifestyle than anything. But it's hard to put the 'homesteading' label on everyday life. But never fear! Today I have some clues that you might be becoming a homesteader: Waking up at 7 a.m. is sleeping in Boxed food tastes like chemicals to you Work boots and pajamas are totally ... [ Read More ]

Things You Should and Should Not Feed Chickens

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Chickens can be extremely entertaining and useful to have around the homestead. They can also be extremely valuable, providing eggs and meat as well as helping control bugs. Plus, they're a lot of fun to watch! While there are a lot of things you can feed your chickens aside from feed to keep them healthy and happy, there are also some things that ought to be avoided. Things you should feed your chickens Every chicken is a little different, but in addition to a balanced feed diet, here are ... [ Read More ]

How to tell if a Pumpkin is Ripe


While there are a lot of things that I love about fall, I think that pumpkins are probably the best. There's just nothing quite as comforting as adding some hearty and delicious pumpkin to just about anything--baked goods, lattes, pie, soup... the list goes on and on! But, the key to getting the best out of your pumpkin comes down to being able to pick the perfect one. Whether you're checking for pumpkins in your garden or the grocery store, there are a few things to look for in a perfectly ... [ Read More ]

September Gardening To-Do List


Well, September is here which means that the school buses are on the roads and fall is on the horizon. The nights are already dropping down to be nice and cool where I live and while the days are actually starting to cool off some, this week has felt more like early summer. Regardless, September is a busy month for gardening and I thought I'd make a quick list with some projects and tasks that you might want to consider this month. September is all about reaping some of the rewards from all ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Drying and Preserving Herbs


There is nothing that will make or break a dish like choosing the right quality and type of herbs and spices. And, as with all things, growing your own is always better, cheaper and more rewarding. But while fresh herbs are pretty fantastic, sometimes it can be hard to keep up with the growth rate. I mean, there's really only so much rosemary a person needs, right? So if you are in that boat then don't worry! There are plenty of options for drying, preserving and storing your overabundance of ... [ Read More ]

Homesteading Education Month : Festivals


It seems like every month has a million different things that we are all supposed to remember or do during that month, and September is absolutely no exception. However, as it turns out, September just so happens to be International Homesteading Education Month! Who knew such a thing even existed? Mother Earth News has a website dedicated to education about homesteading, and there are plenty of events and informational articles there. But, while International Homesteading Education Month is ... [ Read More ]

How to Become a Homesteader

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  The idea of becoming a homesteader and living a more simple, old-fashioned lifestyle is, for many people, both exciting and daunting. If you're deeply entrenched in your regular lifestyle, the idea of uprooting everything you know and trying something new can be a little scary. But I'm here to tell you that it's nowhere near as hard as it sounds and everyone--no matter where you live--can be a homesteader. What are homesteaders? There are a lot of misconceptions about ... [ Read More ]

6 Things to Never Say to a Homesteader

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Homesteading--no matter what kind of homesteading you do--is a completely different lifestyle and is always a labor of love. Because, let's be honest, it can be a lot of work and sometimes it's not a lot of fun. For people who aren't homesteaders or into the old-fashioned lifestyle it might even seem strange or ridiculous to do everything the "hard way." But, whether you're a homesteader or not, there are some things that you should never, ever say to a fellow homesteader: 1. I don't know ... [ Read More ]

Every Barn Should Have a Cat


When I was growing up, we had an insane amount of barn cats running around our property. I really mean insane--likely in the double digits, and my parents didn't have a whole lot of livestock for the most part. Being a typical little girl, I played with the cats and it was my job to feed them every day. As an adult, I am firmly of the opinion that every barn should have one--and not just because I'm a huge fan of those little fuzzy hunters. Natural pest control Rats present a huge problem for ... [ Read More ]