Homestead

Top 10 Homesteading Blogs

Top 10 Homesteading Blogs Since I started blogging a few months ago I’ve discovered a world of beautiful blogs.  I’ve also discovered that a homestead can be 1/15 of an acre or 100 acres; homesteaders come in all ages & family sizes; they originate from all walks of life, from city-slickers to hippies to scientists;…

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Cooking Beans on the Wood Stove

COOKING ON THE WOOD STOVE Cooking beans on the wood stove instead of the electric stove fulfills four of my heart’s desires: 1)  To never use electricity from the grid ever again (I’m not there YET but it feels good to minimize usage). 2)  To be extra frugal.  Using the wood stove to heat the…

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Making Waste Into Something Clean

A Review of The Humanure Handbook. Poop.  Its not something we like to think about.  We drop it. We flush it.  We never think of it again. Joseph Jenkins thinks about it a lot.  He’s written a detailed book about what happens to our waste in the system, how our waste is damaging the planet,…

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Dreaming of the Ancestor Life

Image:  Loetschental Valley, from Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Weston A. Price Dreaming of the Ancestor Life As little as 70 years ago there were people living in the Loetschental Valley in Switzerland who didn’t have electricity, drive cars, use phones, shop at grocery stores, buy clothes, or ever consume a single chemical ingredient.  And they…

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Make a Lawn into Garden with Cardboard

Make a Garden Out of Lawn Using Cardboard Give up the grass!  Grow veggies instead.  Or wildflowers.  Or herbs.  Or make a butterfly garden.  Or plant fruit bushes. In the 10 years I worked as a Landscape Gardener I got plenty of experience manually digging out sod to make garden beds.  Its not fun.  Don’t…

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12 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient

12 Ways to Become Self-Sufficient I dream of making my little homestead into a closed-loop system.  Nothing comes in, nothing goes out.  Now THAT would be self-sufficiency. Alas, there are things I can’t produce or grow here.  For example, its much too cloudy in the winter for solar panels.  The climate won’t allow me to…

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Is Homesteading Sexy?

First off – this is not a picture of me. You see, I do make an effort to dress neat and tidy when teaching yoga and fitness (my other jobs), but most of the time, while I’m on the homestead, I look quite, let’s see, umm …rustic ….homespun ….organic? Nonetheless, I still feel qualified to…

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DIY: Natural Mouse Repellent

Homemade Natural Mouse Repellent Pouches I have no desire to kill mice.  For one thing, handling dead mice is no pleasure.  For another, I do my best to treat all creatures with compassion.  That said, I had a hard time feeling compassion for the mouse that was scuffling around inside my wall, obviously making itself…

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10 Tips for New Homesteaders

Things I’ve Learned on the Homestead Since I moved to the country a few months ago, I’m learning what works and what doesn’t.  I started this adventure with a gardening background, a reasonable level of fitness, and basic carpentry skills (along with a small arsenal of tools).  This has helped a lot.  I’m at a…

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How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Tips for Beginners Are you new to gardening?  Do you want to grow your own fresh veggies and save money?  There’s nothing like a fresh crunchy carrot or crisp green peas straight from the garden.  Winter is a great time to start planning, dreaming, and salivating. Here are 6 steps for starting a vegetable garden…

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