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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
April 20, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings.

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Building Planter Boxes for Strawberries

Add to Favorites By Sue Robishaw – It wasn’t that the old chicken wire covers we’d constructed five years ago didn’t work, they did. I had an idea for building …

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How to Treat Foot Rot in Cattle, Goats, and Sheep
March 26, 2021 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Thrush and an overgrowth of yeast are often behind a case of foot rot in cattle and other livestock. Foot rot in cattle and all livestock needs …

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How to Make Body Butter, an Easy Recipe
March 20, 2021 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Learn how to make body butter by following an easy whipped shea body butter recipe. Extra dry skin is not exclusive to the winter months. In the …

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How to Vermicompost At Home

Even homesteaders on a tiny urban plot make a lot of waste. Our multi-faceted approach to recycling sends most yard waste through our chickens to start the composting process along with both an outdoor, hot composting system and an indoor worm bin.

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How to Tube Feed a Calf

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – There are times you must get fluid into a newborn calf that needs colostrum or a sick calf that needs fluid and …

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Garden Hoops: Low Tunnels for Frost and Insect Protection
March 12, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites When you’re itching to get your hands dirty, garden hoops can extend the season enough to avoid disaster. Midway between full-sized greenhouses and the gamble of throwing …

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Recycling Materials on Hand for Compost Bin Plans
January 25, 2021 · · 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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Get An Early Start With Carrots

Carrots are one of the most versatile vegetables I grow in my garden. We plant them once a month through spring, and again after Labor Day. Except during summer’s intense heat, I harvest a continuous supply for salads or for cooking.

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Coloring Soap Naturally
December 27, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites When learning how to make homemade soap, will you use dyes, micas, or try coloring soap naturally? There are many ways to achieve beautiful colors in your …

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Fire Evacuation Procedures: Do You Have a Plan?
December 24, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Our recent fires in the state of Washington have been a lesson in preparing fire evacuation procedures. The fires swooped in so fast that there was little …

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How to Make Bath Bombs: An Easy DIY Gift
December 20, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Often ball-shaped, bath bombs are dry, chalky, conglomerations that fizz and release fragrance when dropped in water. They’re sold as novelties, though additions like witch hazel and skin-friendly oils can add benefits.

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Eliminating Weevils in Flour and Rice
December 5, 2020 · · Canning & Kitchen

Their little legs wriggled on my spoon. How harmful could they be? Casting my eyes to each side, I watched for approaching family members as I dropped the little bugs in the sink and stirred the flour.

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How to Make Castile Soap
October 26, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Vegan, sustainable, and often organic, castile soap is highly sought after. Properties are comparable to soaps made with tallow, lard, or coconut oil but the bar made from olive oil ranks higher.

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Cold Weather Tips for Raising Hogs for Meat
October 7, 2020 · · Pigs

Cold weather requires some planning for any homesteader raising hogs for meat. In the area of proper nutrition, thought and extra effort must be given to available supplies of fresh ice-free water at all times for all classes of hogs—the piglet, the weanling, growing/finishing, gestating and the lactating sow.

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