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Countryside Contributor

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Articles by Countryside Contributor

Incorporating Homesteading and Homeschooling

We homestead and homeschool with our eight children. Incorporating the two lifestyles just comes naturally. I’m a huge proponent of life schooling.

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How To Build A Permanent Home Herb Garden 
March 26, 2022 · · Growing

Herb gardens are one of my very favorite things to have around our homestead. They serve so many purposes, including beauty, pollinator attractors, herbal teas, medicine, and seasonings.

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Barn Quilts Rekindle Legacies From Past Days

Travelers discover many views of interest along highways, including barn quilts. Each mile brings its unique views.

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Bear Country? It Bears Watching!

They’re interesting. They’re unlike other animals. They’re wild. And they’re dangerous. Bears can inflict serious injury or even cause a fatality. They bear watching.

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Aquaponic Systems for Homesteaders
March 13, 2022 · · Growing

Aquaponic systems could be a top-notch method of gardening for homesteaders. Why? Because it is a simple agricultural system that can be placed almost anywhere: in your backyard, in a greenhouse, or indoors.

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Homeschooling Homesteaders

I’m quite certain that many of you reading this are possibly already homeschooling on your homestead. But just as many may be considering such an idea and think it’s completely impractical or downright impossible

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Sourdough From Scratch

Baking Bread has to be one of my favorite things to do (and eat), and while I love all types of bread, sourdough is my absolute number one! Why?

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Using Natural Fertilizers on the Homestead
March 5, 2022 · · Growing

Gardens are hungry creatures, demanding endless applications of fertilizer to keep vegetables, fruits, and flowers growing throughout the season. Unfortunately, many find their plot’s needs increase each passing year despite frequent feedings.

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Growing Your Own Spuds
March 2, 2022 · · Growing

Potatoes are one of the most versatile root vegetables to grace a garden. There are white potatoes, yellow potatoes, red potatoes, even purple potatoes.

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How to Keep Varmints Out of Your Garden
February 28, 2022 · · Growing

There’s nothing better than the sense of satisfaction that comes from growing your own food — and nothing worse than the feeling of disappointment when a critter eats the fruits of your labor before you do!

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How A Solar Powered Car Could Drive Your Homestead
February 25, 2022 · · Homesteading

In 2014 when my wife and I decided to power our five East Texas acres with solar, a solar powered car was not part of the plan. But a couple of thoughts we had, changed our minds.

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Use Self-Standing Water Tubes to Fool Mother Nature
February 20, 2022 · · Growing

Planning your next garden requires more than looking at pretty pictures in the seed catalogs. If you are an old pro, you are familiar with the relative length of your growing season and what plant varieties to select.

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Fire it Up!
February 17, 2022 · · Homesteading

Last winter saw the coldest temperatures that we’ve seen in several years. And with that, we were stuck inside because, with ice and snow-covered roads and temperatures barely reaching a high of five degrees F, we honestly weren’t thrilled about going outside at all.

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Getting Your Kids Involved with 4-H and FFA
February 17, 2022 · · Homesteading

The fair season was always filled with awe and wonder in my household, even from an early age. My father would take us through the livestock exhibits, and I would look up at the cages of poultry in amazement at the various colors and shapes of chickens.

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What are Skunks Good For on the Homestead?
February 16, 2022 · · Homesteading

When we hear the word, “skunk,” we don’t get a warm fuzzy feeling and are more likely to look for someplace to hide. That’s because skunks get a bad rap, some of it legitimate, but some mistaken. So what are skunks good for?

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