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What Planting Zone Am I In?
November 19, 2021 · · 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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A Guide to Buying Your First Wood Stove

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee  Wood stoves are a great addition to any home. A home centered on a wood stove not only offers financial benefits and self-sufficiency, but adds …

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The Joy of Growing Horseradish (It’s Great With Almost Anything!)

Add to Favorites By Sue Robishaw – Cold-climate gardeners can boast few crops that prefer their freezing winter abode, but the sturdy horseradish not only prefers it that way, it requires …

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Why is Phenology of Plants Important?
October 21, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Gail Damerow – I started studying the phenology of plants when I missed out on my fresh asparagus harvest one year. Next to my goat barn is an …

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The Joy of Raising Highland Cattle
September 27, 2021 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Story & Photos By Tom Fuller – Cattle have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and Highland cattle are by far …

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Prevent Sheep Bloat by Managing Your Flock
September 27, 2021 · · Sheep

“What does a bloated sheep look like?” was the question on the phone late Sunday evening. The question brought back some nightmarish images to my mind from the first time I saw sheep bloat:

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Seed Saving 101: How to Get Started
September 23, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Nino G. Cocchiarella – For us, one of the primary elements of a more resilient/sustainable lifestyle is growing and raising as much of our own food as …

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Firewood Management 101
September 20, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Wood-splitting tools have enabled homesteaders to survive and thrive for centuries. Just like many of today’s tools we use on the homestead, there have been some marked improvements since the days of yore.

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Preserve Recipes Turn a Bountiful Harvest Into Holiday Gifts

Add to Favorites Want to avoid the traffic, crowded stores, and expensive prices when shopping for holiday gifts? Here’s how. Use these preserve recipes to keep seasonal foods when they’re at …

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It’s Time To Preserve Your Tomatoes

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe Tomatoes are one of the easiest and most common plants grown in backyard gardens. Everyone loves fresh tomatoes picked from their own vine, but if …

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Wood-Splitting Tools for Today’s Homestead
August 23, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Wood-splitting tools have enabled homesteaders to survive and thrive for centuries. Just like many of today’s tools we use on the homestead, there have been some marked improvements since the days of yore.

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Try Suffolk Sheep for Meat and Wool on the Farm
August 2, 2021 · · Sheep

Suffolk sheep were first recognized in 1797 in sheep breed books. Since 1888, the Suffolk sheep have traveled to new continents and become a staple of American and Canadian sheep farms.

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A Guide to Pepper Plant Diseases
July 17, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Hot, sweet, purple, yellow, wrinkly or bell – I love all peppers. If you find yourself wanting to harvest your peck of peppers, but are having trouble …

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What You Can, and Can’t, Can
July 5, 2021 · · Canning & Kitchen

Just about anything you would grow in your garden may be preserved by canning. Only a few foods cannot be safely canned at all, some may be canned in one form but not another, and still others don’t hold up well under the prolonged heat of processing.

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Milkweed Plant: A Truly Remarkable Wild Vegetable

Milkweed plant isn’t your average weed; in fact, I feel guilty calling it a weed at all. The common milkweed, Asclepias syriacqa, is one of the best known wild plants in North America.

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