Save the bees..but kill all the yellow jackets you can find. I love honeybees, without them we would all die because they pollinate 70% of the food we consume. But, I never feel even the tiniest bit guilty of swiftly ending the lives of yellow jackets on our survival homestead retreat. Yellow jackets serve no … Read more Dealing with Yellow Jackets Quickly and Easily
Kefir and kombucha are all the rage in the natural and holistic health community. They are high in nutrients, as well as sources of rare probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial for both digestion and overall gut health, providing the healthy bacteria necessary to prevent constipation, bloating, and other unpleasant ailments. Probiotics are found in few food … Read more Kefir vs. Kombucha: Which One Is Best?
It has been a tragic couple of weeks here on our survival homesteading retreat. We lost our most long-standing and skilled self-reliance tribe member, the last of my ducks, and my favorite chicken. We have not had such extreme predator issues since our first few months on this property. Something, and I am thinking it … Read more This Month on the Homestead (July): Learning and Losses
A GUIDE TO EXTENDING THE SEASON FOR YEAR-ROUND SELF-SUFFICIENCY Living in colder climates is undoubtedly somewhat challenging when it comes to growing food. The harshness of frost and ice leaves our gardens dormant, our ground frozen over, and our animals shivering. However, as with all permaculture tricks, the idea is to think outside the box … Read more Permaculture Tips for Cool Humid to Cold Climates
If you’re a homesteader, growing delicious, healthy crops is likely a top priority for you. However, this can be a challenge if you’re dealing with infertile, uncooperative soil. Adding fertilizer to your garden soil is a great way to increase your yields and to make gardening just a little bit easier. However, knowing the difference … Read more DIY Fertilizers: 25 Ways to Improve Your Soil
What are you going to do with all of those grass clippings? If you just mowed your lawn and don’t know the answer, then you are really missing out. While grass clippings may be a nuisance to regular homeowners, you can put them to great use on your homestead. In fact, you may find grass … Read more 17 Things to Do With Grass Clippings!
Keeping the livestock safe on the homestead, no matter how large or small the land, can seem like an insurmountable chore. Barnyard and even backyard livestock live under constant threat of attack. Before you can adequately protect your animals, you must discover what predators are lurking about and likely to attack..and then what you can … Read more The Most Deadly Predators On The Homestead
article written by Jackie Greene If you own a garden, you are likely already aware of the myriad health benefits associated with growing your own food. Homegrown vegetables can be grown without pesticides, herbicides, or other dangerous chemicals, giving you complete control over what you put in your body. Even better, homegrown veggies give you … Read more 33 Superfoods You Should Be Growing
Ground beef is truly the pinch hitter for your weekday dinners. It is inexpensive, easy to prepare, and it is extremely versatile. A pound or so of ground beef in your freezer opens up a world of possibilities; you can prepare almost anything for dinner this evening! Whether you sauté it on your stove with … Read more 11 Ground Beef Recipes You’re Going to Love
If you possess at least moderate construction skills and have some “junk” lying around you homestead, you too can build an enormous wood playhouse on the extreme cheap. I could no longer stand all of the grandkiddos’ toys and ride-on vehicles cluttering around the shelter house. The cost of cheaply-made plastic playhouses that barely leave … Read more How to Build A Massive Wood Playhouse For Less Than $350
While cast iron might seem out of place in today’s modern kitchens, it’s a homestead staple and a must have for any homestead cook. It’s relatively inexpensive and practically indestructible. You can cook nearly anything in cast iron that is properly seasoned, and it’s easy to care for once you understand how to properly care … Read more How to Easily Clean a Cast Iron Skillet
Japanese beetles can destroy the bulk of your garden crop in just days. They not only have a devastating impact on growing plants, but are extremely difficult to kill. Short of standing in your garden around the clock plucking the Japanese beetles off the pants and squishing them beneath your feet, there is no surefire … Read more How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles Naturally
It was hot, I mean a record-setting heat wave on the homestead this weekend. In spite of the 101 degrees heat and off-the-charts humidity, we accomplished some essential chores, infused some self-reliance training of the grandkiddos in with a play structure project, AND finally welcomed Pearl’s new kids to the barnyard. Pearl has been waddling … Read more Today On The Homestead: Goat Babies, Hay Mishap, And DIY Play Structure
Yard sale season is finally upon us, fellow homesteaders. Now is a perfect time to stock up on homemade toys and gift making supplies for Christmas and all of the birthdays that are coming up this year. The annual countrywide yard sale took place over the weekend and I scored some superb – and super … Read more How To Make A Boy’s ‘Dollhouse’