Beginning Blacksmithing
December 19, 2020 · · Homesteading

Some of the best advice on self-reliance I’ve received was given to me by my grandfather while we worked in his blacksmith shop. “Never buy something that you can make,” he told me.

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Making Herb Salts and Garlic Oil: Recipes for Imperfect Harvests
December 19, 2020 · · Growing

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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The Versatile Mint: Peppermint Plant Uses

Peppermint plant uses are endless; this versatile mint does a lot more than make a refreshing drink. Peppermint is indispensable in my herb garden and so vigorous I can pull handfuls up by the roots and it always comes back, as fresh as ever.

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What are Essential Oils?

By now you have probably heard mention of essential oils even if you have not yet experienced them. However, with the rise in multi-level marketing of essential oils along with the increase in popularity of natural grocers and health food stores, perhaps you also have experienced an essential oil or two.

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How to Make a Soil Sifter
December 17, 2020 · · Growing

Our Tennessee garden is built on rocks and clay. Instead of continually fighting the rocky hardpan, we decided to construct permanent raised beds and fill them with our own raised garden soil mix.

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How to Make Ginger Beer
December 16, 2020 · · Canning & Kitchen

When we were kids and would complain about a stomachache, Mom would give us a glass of ginger ale to help stop the rumblings and pain. Fast-forward to today, and ginger beverages have grown up and become quite trendy.

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A Sulute to the Mighty Come-Along Tool

Thanks to the fabulous come-along tool, an endless variety of monumental pulling tasks can be performed by one individual. In countless sheds and barns across this nation is one of the greatest tools known to man.

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Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipes for Holiday Giving
December 15, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Want a fun project that kids can do? Try easy melt and pour soap recipes for holiday giving.

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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
December 15, 2020 · · Canning & Kitchen

My old-fashioned peanut butter fudge recipe is a perennial favorite during the holidays. My sisters and I make batches of this easy peanut butter fudge to give away.

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A DIY Mobile Sheep Shelter

Do you really need a barn for small livestock? This was a question I pondered before we acquired sheep.

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