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Homestead Hints — Control Ants

Add to Favorites By Lil Roberts, California This is the time of year when the ants decide it might be great to come in the building to see what they can …

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Water Doesn’t Burn, Does It?

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman Not unless you break H2O down into H and O, both of which are highly flammable, and that doesn’t happen in your stove or furnace. …

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El Niño and La Niña

Add to Favorites By Rhonda Crank, The Farmer’s Lamp I’m not a meteorologist magnet; nor am I a weather wizard. But as a sustenance farmer, the weather plays a large part …

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Make Your Own Simple Drying Rack

Add to Favorites By Daniel Strauss, Lockport, New York It was my sister-in-law’s 50th birthday and my wife wanted to give her a practical gift of a dry­ing rack for …

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Naturally Cozy — Washable Feminine Hygiene Product

Add to Favorites By Patrice Lewis Gentlemen, please skip this article. You’re probably not going to be comfortable with the subject matter. Ladies, let me ask you a question: What would you do if …

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Preparing For Power Outages

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb As the weather starts to warm, we typically see an increase in stormy weather. Along with the thunder and lightning comes the threat of …

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How To Build Your Own Solar Oven

Add to Favorites By  Jeff Hoard, HM Ranch One of the easiest and most productive projects I’ve built here at HM Ranch is a simple solar oven. The only expense …

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A Primer About Solar Electric

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink, Colorado Back when I was a young teenager, I saw something that changed my life forever — a solar electric panel. My parents had just bought remote, …

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Repairing Water Lines: Frost-Free And Flowing

Add to Favorites By Joseph D. Conwill, Maine Everyone wants to hear about homesteading experiences, as the Jan/Feb 2015 issue says, and I sure enjoy reading them all, even if they don’t apply …

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Building Bridges With Basil, Rosemary And Yarrow

Add to Favorites By Judith Andrews Starting a medicinal herb garden in early spring of 2013 was the beginning of bridge awareness—the bridge between fresh herbs and their equivalent essential oils, between traditional …

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Full Moon Names And Meanings

Add to Favorites By Shirley Kelly, Colorado Full moon names date back to Native Americans, of what now is Northern and Eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive …

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Is Homesteading Important To Kids?

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee, Watchtower Farm There is no denying the fact that we live in a digital age. This can be a blessing or a curse. As parents, this presents …

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Agritourism: A Profitable Idea?

Add to Favorites By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Colorado The words, “fun on the farm,” were probably not coined by a farmer. After all, farming is hard work, but today, people around the …

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Family Trees

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas, Idaho Ron Kelley and his family are enjoying their orchard business in southern Idaho, near Weiser. “My father and grandfather were citrus growers …

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Gas Refrigerator DIY Maintenance

Add to Favorites Most people don’t take care of their refrigerators. It doesn’t matter if they are electric or gas, both require maintenance to run efficiently. Gas refrigerators need attention to …

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