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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the recent pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can never be too prepared for a disaster. However, while everyone else is stocking up on toilet paper and canned foods, true preppers know the value of high-quality homesteading skills that will serve them well long after the consumable products are used up and gone.
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is one of the most useful products you can have at your homestead, small farm, or even around the house. That might sound like a pretty bold statement, but if you’ve never heard of DE and its wide range of uses, you’ve been missing out.
The pleasure of wine is doubled when you make it yourself for a few cents a bottle, using your own fruits and without unnecessary additives.
There seems to be a still commonly held belief that, in 1492, the first European explorers discovered two entire continents populated with nothing but primitive Stone Age “hunter/gatherers.” That, in turn, made it only logical that the settlers who followed would displace the Native Americans with their own version of “highest and best use” farms and towns.
Perhaps the reason we don’t see many bare spots in the wilderness is that Mother Nature knows the uncovered ground is bad for business. When we manipulate our environment by growing something (plants, trees, flowers, vegetables), we can improve the ecosystem by covering up the resulting bare spots with mulch.
Plants need water; that is a fact. However, to make the most of this, often limited, resource, it pays to use it economically by understanding plants’ needs and using techniques to help limit water loss from both plants and soil.