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Rhonda Crank

We live as close to nature as is possible for us in a modern world. We use organic, non-gmo practices based on the wisdom and skills my grandparents taught me, with a little modern ingenuity mixed in.
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Articles by Rhonda Crank

Improve Your Soil: Know How To Lay Mulch
May 10, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Mulch, mulch, and then mulch some more. Knowing how to lay mulch is one of the greatest skills any gardener can have. Using organic mulch is how …

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Water on the Homestead: Is Filtering Well Water Necessary?
April 13, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Many homesteads have wells drilled for their water source. But is filtering well water necessary? There are, as usual, different thoughts on the subject. I grew up …

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Do It Yourself Privacy Fence Tips For Success

Add to Favorites In suburban settings, a do it yourself privacy fence may be necessary to shield and protect you from those who live around you. They can also provide …

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What Planting Zone Am I In?
March 5, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites U.S. planting zones are based on the weather history of any given area. The question “what planting zone am I in?” is one of the most asked …

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Edible Landscaping Ideas for Any Yard
February 28, 2022 · · Growing

In the present state of our economy and breaks in the food supply chain, more and more people are looking for edible landscaping ideas. Landscaping with edibles is finding its place in neighborhoods and homesteads alike as people look for ways to help feed their families.

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How to Grow Blueberries in Containers
February 20, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Do you want to learn how to grow blueberries in containers? Blueberries are one of the most nutritious and versatile fruits you can eat. They fit almost …

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Recycling Materials on Hand for Compost Bin Plans
January 26, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites There are endless compost bin plans available online. A basic understanding of what components a compost bin must have is essential. Composting is among the easiest, environmentally …

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Breed Profile – The Red Wattle Pig
December 27, 2021 · · Pigs

The docile Red Wattle Pig has a mysterious history among heritage pig breeds. Sadly, it’s on the Threatened list of The Livestock Conservancy.

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A Guide to Natural Cold Remedies
December 21, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites As cold and flu season comes upon us, more and more people are looking for natural cold and flu remedies. My family has used and benefited from …

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A Free Choice Salt Lick is Vital for Livestock Health
December 14, 2021 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Don’t laugh, I’m sure I’m not the only farm kid who’s done this. When I was a girl I remember licking the salt lick block in the …

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The 6 Best Houseplants for Clean Air Indoors
November 17, 2021 · · Growing

We’re all aware of the rising health risks from indoor air pollution. It can be frightening and we may feel helpless to protect ourselves.

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7 Things to Consider for Insulated Sheds
October 27, 2021 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Sheds are used for all sorts of things nowadays. Many of these uses would make insulated sheds a necessity. Certain things, like electronics and specialty

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Which Cover Crops for Gardens Work Best in Your Climate?
October 7, 2021 · · Growing

When it comes to cover crops for gardens, the list of benefits is extensive. Choosing the best cover crop to accomplish the job in your climate is where most people run into difficulty.

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Cheap Fencing Ideas for the Homestead
October 5, 2021 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

With the rising costs of fencing materials, we’re always on the lookout for cheap fencing ideas. Fences don’t have to be complex or expensive to do the job.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Home Canning Meat
June 27, 2021 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites I was hesitant about home canning meat, even though I had eaten my grandmother’s home-canned meat all my life. When we lost a whole freezer of meat …

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