The Best (and Worst) Companion Plants for Brassicas

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Companion planting brassicas helps to save space, prevent disease and pests, and keep weeds at bay, while improving the taste and flavour of your crops. Generally considered cool weather crops, brassicas – such as cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, and brussel sprouts – serve as a pretty easy going companions to most plants. That said, … Read more The Best (and Worst) Companion Plants for Brassicas

DIY Natural Fabric Softener

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DIY natural fabric softener keeps your clothing, towels, and blankets both feeling soft and smelling fresh. Commercially manufactured fabric softeners, even some “organic” ones, are comprised of potentially harmful chemicals. Fabric softeners not only keep your clothing looking, smelling, and feeling their best, they also prevent static cling, and reduce soap residue. It is entirely … Read more DIY Natural Fabric Softener

How To Eradicate Brown Rot In Your Garden

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Brown rot is a fungal disease that particularly affects peach, plum, apricot, cherry, nectarines, and other stone fruit trees. This type of fungal infestation becomes especially problematic during spring when wet and humid conditions abound. The brown rot fungus impacts not only the flowers on fruit trees, but their overall yield capacity. A robustly healthy … Read more How To Eradicate Brown Rot In Your Garden

Cheap DIY Chicken Coop – Turn a Rabbit Hutch into a Hen House

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Building a chicken coop doesn’t have to cost either a lot of money or a lot of time. This DIY chicken coop is predator-proof, extremely spacious, takes only a full day to create, and costs less than $300. If you have scrap wood and/or wire stockpiled on your homestead, the cost of building this rabbit … Read more Cheap DIY Chicken Coop – Turn a Rabbit Hutch into a Hen House

DIY Natural Homemade Sunscreen: Protect Your Skin Without Harsh Chemicals

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I can clearly remember being a little girl and my mother slathering sunscreen on the skin of my sisters and I. All of us had, and continue to have, very fair skin so sunscreen was extremely important. Honestly, though, even if you have darker skin that doesn’t burn as easily, you should still protect yourself … Read more DIY Natural Homemade Sunscreen: Protect Your Skin Without Harsh Chemicals

Cooking and Canning Blackberry Jelly – Old-Fashioned Goodness

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As a little girl, I used to visit my grandma and grandpa’s farm on the weekends. The place was very picturesque complete with cows grazing in the pasture and an old tire hanging from a tree limb that served as a joyous swing for my siblings and I. Grandma was always cooking yummy things up … Read more Cooking and Canning Blackberry Jelly – Old-Fashioned Goodness

How and Why Attract Bats to Your Garden

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Bats have gotten a bad rap over the years, thanks to their associations with blood-sucking vampires, and the scare of them carrying rabies. However, despite these myths, bats are actually extremely useful in the garden. In fact, only 3 species of bats carry rabies and all of them live in Central and South America. Instead, … Read more How and Why Attract Bats to Your Garden