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Mulching Benefits All Year Long
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites In my dream world, every gardening season starts with a blank slate of properly prepared, weed-free beds just waiting to be planted. Of course, that’s not how …

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A Simple, DIY 3-Bin System for Composting Ingredients

Add to Favorites By Ralph Wilmhoff, Kentucky Composting ingredients are free, discarded from kitchens and gardens. But can you build a three-bin system for almost as cheap? We recently completed …

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5 Reasons to Start Garden Composting in Planter Boxes
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Fall means yard cleanup. Organic debris becomes garden compost. But small spaces might not have room for composters or piles. Garden composting directly within planter boxes solves …

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How to Start Composting: You, Too, Can Be a Composting Fool

Add to Favorites By Lisa Jansen – I wanted to learn how to start composting, but I was skeptical the first time I tried it on my own. Could I really …

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Improve Your Soil: Know How To Lay Mulch
February 25, 2019 · · 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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The K.I.S.S. Approach to How to Make Compost

Add to Favorites By Mark Staneart – I imagine I first heard the word “compost” about 40 years ago. Around the same time, I first encountered the word “organic.” Since …

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Digging Holes 101

Add to Favorites Since the dawn of agrarian culture, we’ve been inventing and reinventing ways to keep domesticated animals contained. Many things in our culture have radically changed such as …

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BOAZ: A Mini Wheat Harvesting Machine

Add to Favorites By Benjamin Hoffman Choosing the right mini wheat harvesting machine for our small-scale operation took research. We settled on the BOAZ mini-combine. Bob Mowdy and I have …

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How to Build a Compact Tractor Implement Counterweight

Add to Favorites Compact tractor implements are designed to add utility, ability and function to your small farm tractor. Many implements can get expensive when you opt to buy them …

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Choosing the Right Saw from the Top-Rated Chainsaws
February 19, 2019 · · Tractors & Farm Equipment

Add to Favorites When it comes to choosing the right saw from the top-rated chainsaws, there are a few things we’ve learned. As when buying other common farm equipment, making …

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Rope-Making Machine Plans

Add to Favorites By Bob Greenwood and Judi Stevens – Did you ever need a rope to tie a gate, make a halter, tie down a load or make a …

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How Open Range Ranching Applies to Non-Ranchers
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites The laws surrounding open range ranching are opposite what you’d expect closer to civilization. But you need to know the rights and responsibilities of both yourself and …

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The Jersey Cow: Milk Production for the Small Homestead
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites By Ken Scharabok – For those who only need one or two milk cows for the family and aren’t interested in large-scale dairy cow farming, one dairy cow breed …

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Free Range Pig Farming on the Homestead
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Al Doyle – With free-range pig farming, you’ll be raising your own high-quality meat. Like other home-raised food products, meat from a homestead hog is far superior …

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How to Make Hog Head Cheese
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Don’t make the mistake of thinking pigs produce only chops, bacon and ham. You can also make hog head cheese. When raising pigs for meat, you’ll get many other products …

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