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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

A Guide to Natural Cold Remedies
December 8, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

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 these home remedies for cold and cough for many years.

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What is the Best Way to Store Firewood?
September 28, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

You’ve put in all the hard work of chopping the tree, splitting the wood, and now you’re ready to stack it for storage. But what is the best way to store firewood?

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A Guide to the Best Trees for Firewood
September 28, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Whether you’re cooking or heating the house, not all wood is created equal. So, what are the best trees for firewood?

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Which Cover Crops for Gardens Work Best in Your Climate?
September 2, 2022 · · 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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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
June 20, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be uncomfortable.

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10 Best Herbs for Stress Relief
June 3, 2022 · · Growing

Are you stressed? These are 10 of the Best Calming Herbs for Stress Relief

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How to Grow Blueberries in Containers
May 23, 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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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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Foods That Fight Inflammation in the Body
April 2, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

Using foods that fight inflammation in the body is an effective way to alleviate pain. You are what you eat, right? Isn’t that what we learn as children?

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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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You Can Use Salt as a Disinfectant
February 25, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Using salt as a disinfectant is an easy, effective, inexpensive way to kill and prevent bacteria. 

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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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