Growing The Best Crops For Coping With The Next Crisis

growing the best crops for coping with the next crisis

If the next crisis hits hard, one of the best friends you can have is a practical garden. A key consideration in such a garden is which types of produce can be harvested and simply dumped into a root cellar or dark closet, without processing, and left there until needed.

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How To Keep Deer Out Of Your Garden

how to keep deer out of your garden

Last summer I returned home from vacation to find my vegetable garden devoured by Bambi. My first instinct was to run for the shotgun, but since that wasn’t a legal option in July, alternatives had to be found.

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More Than A Dozen Reasons To Practice Self-sufficiency Gardening

more than a dozen reasons to practice self sufficiency gardening

It often amazes me that when many people think of self-sufficiency, home food production is usually the last item on their list—that is, if it makes the list at all. We all tend to take certain things for granted, such as foods that are plentiful.

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How To Enrich Your Soil With Cover Crops

how to enrich your soil with cover crops

Use it or lose it. That expression did not originally refer to soil, but it could have. Nature improves soil by growing plants on it continuously. In the wild, good soil is never without a cover of vegetation. Something will grow there, so it may as well be something you choose.

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Harvesting And Canning Wild Greens

harvesting and canning wild greens

Winter’s dreary end seems to drag on and on into early spring. We itch to get planting the garden, poring over seed catalogs and babying those tiny light green tomato, pepper, and other infant plants in the south windows. How lucky we are that the very first delectable greens that our bodies crave are already growing in sunny, protected areas around the homestead, planted for us by God, himself.

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Tips For Preparing Gardening Soil In Winter

tips for preparing gardening soil in winter

We have to prepare for everything, whether it’s for a career, a city council meeting, a country fair, a junior’s first day at school, a well-stocked pantry, or anything else. It’s the same with gardening. You can’t expect to reap much of a crop if you throw your seeds out on the ground with nature’s wildflowers, weeds, and debris.

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How To Create Food Plots For Bow Hunting

how to create food plots for bow hunting

Since moving to northern Idaho and purchasing our own slice of wildlife habitat, my attitude toward whitetail hunting has changed completely. I no longer view whitetail habitat as something to be sized up and conquered on a limited time while traveling to hunt.

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Smart Ways To Preserve And Enjoy Your Apple Harvest

a few ways to preserve and enjoy your apple harvest

There’s nothing like an abundance of apples. You pick those first few buckets of ripe fruit with glee, anticipating the delights you can make with the sweet fruit, but a few bushels later, what to do with them becomes a quandary. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to enjoy your apples until next season’s harvest.

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Protect Your Chickens From Their Top Predators

protect your chickens from their top predators

I’m a member of quite a few backyard chicken enthusiast groups on Facebook, and it seems like every day someone is telling a gruesome story about their backyard chickens being attacked by a predator.

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Tips For Controlling Flies On The Homestead

tips for controlling flies on the homestead

As a poultry and goat keeper, I am more than aware of the problems flies can cause. By virtue of the animals themselves and their by-products, flies are always going to be an inevitable consequence of keeping animals. This is because the excretions they produce are an ideal environment to lay their eggs in and a food source.

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Tips for Wood Heating Efficiency

tips for wood heating efficiency

Wood was likely man’s first fuel. How people manage this remarkable fuel, from cutting to heating, varies with geography, culture, and even age. There are a lot of ways to manage your wood heating system, but one thing’s for sure: The system described here works. Storing firewood is also an important task, click here to find out more.

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A Few Reasons To Get A Mule For Your Homestead

a few reasons to get a mule for your homestead

I’ve officially put both feet in the stirrups of the equine world. In the last year, I’ve purchased two mules. Both animals are very different and at different levels of training. The first is what is known as green broke, and the other is totally unstarted.

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How To Grow Blueberries And Brambles

how to grow blueberries and brambles

When we bought our homestead 11 years ago, we made a five-year plan that included fencing in half an acre, establishing a miniature orchard, digging a quarter-acre garden, and planting raspberries and blueberries. I finally got the berry patches planted about four years ago.

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