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Lizards, Snakes, and Frogs for the Garden
November 1, 2022 · · Growing

What is considered a “good” reptile and amphibian will depend on where you live. For reptile species, there are a variety of lizards and snakes that are good for your garden.

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Anatomy of a Tree: The Vascular System
November 1, 2022 · · Growing

Surprisingly, a vast degree of commotion occurs beneath a tree’s hard, protective bark. Take a peek into the anatomy of a tree.

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Regenerative Agriculture is More than Just a Buzzword
November 1, 2022 · · Growing

Regenerative agriculture is a way of growing food with minimal to zero amount of damage to the land.

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Manure: Worth Its Weight in Gold
November 1, 2022 · · Growing

Ask anyone what the most valuable product from livestock might be, and you’ll get a list of delectable answers. But the true answer may be a bit more basic and a lot less appetizing: manure.

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An Introduction to The American Chinchilla
November 1, 2022 · · Rabbits

American Chinchillas — or AmChins as they are sometimes called by breeders — are large, quick-growing rabbits and are one of three Chinchilla rabbit breeds, named for the small, South American rodent with similar salt-and-pepper gray coloring.

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Sloppy Joe Loaded Baked Potato

Want to switch up your baked potato for something a little different? Try these Sloppy Joe Baked Potatoes!

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Old-Fashioned Potato Pie

This old-fashioned potato pie is a creamy and delicious way to use up some homegrown potatoes.

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From Start to Finish: Working with Textiles
October 5, 2022 · · Sheep

Work with textiles has moved to the machinery and technology age, but in the early days, textiles were created and crafted by hand, using the simplest of tools and devices.

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Learn How to Felt Wool for Fun or Profit

Usually, people think of sculpting as an art form using clay or stone. However, there are other media and methods that can be used, such as wool. This has led many to discover how to felt wool and create beautiful wool sculptures.

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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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The Underutilized American Acorn
September 21, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

To see how most Americans view the acorn, one would think that they are useless tree droppings, something inevitable we just have to deal with in the autumn, like garden-killing frosts, pumpkin spice everything, and way-too-early Christmas decorations.

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African Swine Fever
September 12, 2022 · · Pigs

While ASF is not transmittable to humans, it spreads easily and rapidly among swine, and humans can transport the disease. Learn how to recognize African swine fever symptoms to protect your and your neighbors’ animals, and how to practice good biosecurity.

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10 Agritourism Ideas for Your Farm
September 12, 2022 · · Homesteading

Agritourism, while it sounds fancy, is not a new concept. Earning extra cash on your farm is possible with these agritourism ideas.

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Making Herb Salts and Garlic Oil: Recipes for Imperfect Harvests
September 5, 2022 · · Growing, Recipes

When insects attack your growing basil or your garlic doesn’t grow to a desired size, don’t worry, you can still make delicious, infused garlic oil recipes and salts with your imperfect herbs.

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Winter Cover Crops And Green Manure Strategies
September 2, 2022 · · Growing

Winter cover crop strategies refer to cover crops scheduled into a crop rotation plan. Organic farming relies on soil health and cycling of nutrients through the soil using natural processes.

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