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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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Firewood Management 101
September 29, 2020 · · 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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Making Homemade Lipstick
August 7, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Learning how to make homemade lipstick is easy and gives you control over the ingredients. You just need a lip balm base, micas, and containers. In the …

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Building a Cheap, Seasonal Greenhouse

A greenhouse can be crucial for extending the growing season. It keeps plants warm while letting in a full day’s worth of sunlight.

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Combining the Best Essential Oils for Soap Making
July 6, 2020 · · Soapmaking

f you make soap, you probably do it for one of two reasons. First, it allows artistic creativity while making something useful. And second, it allows control over all the ingredients.

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Barking is the Language of Dogs

Barking is a language for all dogs, and livestock guardian dog (LGD) breeds are no exception. In fact, barking is an integral part of what LGDs do. It’s always done for a reason and a purpose.

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How to Clean Creosote From a Wood Stove
December 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites In our home, knowing how to clean creosote from the stove pipe chimney is a job best handled by my wonderful husband. Although I do try to …

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Straw Vs Hay: What’s the Difference?
October 24, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites When it comes to straw vs hay for your backyard chickens and livestock, there are definite advantages to each. We raise horses and ducks on our small …

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Valais Blacknose Coming to the U.S.
September 14, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Alan Harman Originating from Switzerland, Valais Blacknose are a world heritage breed with an estimated global population of just 13,000 or 14,000, verging on an endangered …

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Upping the Ante with Tractor Bucket Attachments

Add to Favorites Scoop, scrape and push are really the only things a tractor bucket was meant to do, but with the right tractor bucket attachments, there’s so much more we can do …

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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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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
August 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to …

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The Care of Aging Guardian Dogs

Add to Favorites By Brenda M. Negri Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) research studies have shown that a working LGD often suffers a short lifespan, the average full time working flock …

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How to Store Firewood: Try Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Racks

Add to Favorites By Ed McClearen, Fleetwood, North Carolina – One thing we have in abundance here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is firewood. Last winter, we …

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Tornado Safety Tips to Keep You Ahead of the Storm

Add to Favorites By Amy G. Hadachek – “We have a tornado warning!” I yelled to our storm chasing team. “A tornado warning is now in effect until 7:30 pm,” squawked …

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