About the Author

Janet Garman

Janet Garman is a farmer, writer, instructor, and fiber artist living in central Maryland on the family's farm. She loves all subjects related to small farms and homesteading. Raising chickens, ducks, sheep, and fiber goats led her to write her most recent books, 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018) and The Good Living Guide to Raising Sheep and Other Fiber Animals, (Skyhorse Publishing -February 2019)
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Articles by Janet Garman

Selective Cutting and Sustainable Forestry Plans
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Selective cutting is a term used in the management of forest land. Selective cutting and clear cutting both have a place in the proper management of timber …

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When to Add Perlite Soil to Container Gardens
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites What in the world is perlite soil anyway? Is it organic? I do a lot of container gardening, especially with my herb plants. Since I try to …

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Tractor Paint Colors — Breaking the Codes
February 19, 2019 · · Tractors & Farm Equipment

Add to Favorites Today’s tractor paint colors identify which manufacturer made the machine, but it is not always this simple. The common John Deere green is a more modern addition …

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What Happens at the Tractor and Machinery Show
February 19, 2019 · · Tractors & Farm Equipment

Add to Favorites Attending a local tractor and machinery show is a wonderful way to reconnect with the agricultural history of our country.  What can you expect to find?  Tractor …

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Calving Signs – Being Ready to Assist
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites When calving signs become evident, be prepared to assist when things aren’t progressing as they should. Know the stages of labor and how to react. When your cow …

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How the Bot Fly Causes Warbles in Rabbits
February 13, 2019 · · Homesteading, Rabbits

Add to Favorites Bot fly symptoms in rabbits show up after the Cuterebra fly deposits an egg on the skin of the rabbit. It is one of the rabbit facts …

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Dyeing Wool Yarn Differs from Dyeing Cotton
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Dyeing wool yarn is one of my favorite pastimes. Experimenting with different plant sources from nature can yield an amazing range of color. Since we raise sheep …

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How to Choose Between Natural Dyes or Acid Dyes
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Natural dyes have been used for centuries creating color from plants, insects, fungus, and minerals. Certain colors denoted higher social classes and wealth because they were harder …

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Solar Dyeing Wool Using Natural Plants
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Solar dyeing wool with natural dyes is a simple procedure that yields beautiful results. The process is fairly safe so the whole family can enjoy the experiment. …

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How to Crochet a Scarf
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites When you know how to crochet a scarf you have the foundation of skills needed to create blankets and clothing from yarn. Learning how to crochet a …

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What Needle Felting Supplies Do You Use for Sculpting?
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Get ready to grab some needle felting supplies. Needle felting is a way to make soft sculptured dolls and animals. The steps are easy. There are many different ways …

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