Top 20 Foods for a Strong Immune System

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Are you finding yourself repeatedly falling victim to colds, coughs, the flu, and other unpleasant illnesses? If so, this can be a sign that your immune system is not working as hard as it should be. While you should always have yourself checked by a doctor if you suspect anything is wrong with your immune … Read more

How to Easily Cook and Can Bone Broth

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updated by Jessica Faidley The weather was cold, there was frost on the windowpane, and the sounds of sneezing and coughing could be heard through the house. We were in the throes of a blustery Michigan winter. Now, for anyone who lives in the Midwest you probably know how frigid and wild the winter weather … Read more

How to Grow Marigolds in Your Garden

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A gorgeous member of the daisy family, marigolds are herbaceous annual flowers that are easy to grow and even easier to enjoy. Marigold flowers were used by the ancient Romans to signify the start of the new moon cycle, and have historically been used in religious ceremonies as well as for culinary and commercial purposes. … Read more

How to Grow and Harvest Basil

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A fragrant, annual herb, basil is a popular crop to grow. With the proper care, it can provide a continuous supply of leaves throughout summer months. From choosing between basil varieties to understanding how to store freshly-picked leaves, this guide will teach you all you need to know about growing and harvesting basil. Many people … Read more

How to Sow, Grow and Harvest Lettuce

A member of the daisy family, lettuce is an annual plant, and one of the easiest crops to grow in your garden. Not only will you be able to grow exciting varieties that cannot be found in grocery stores, but lettuce also makes a fantastic edging and ornamental plant, adding an extra dimension of color … Read more

20 Plants to Grow for Calcium

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In addition to being required for healthy and strong bones and teeth, calcium plays an important role in everything from your nervous system to your muscle control, making it important that you are consuming enough of this mineral. Most people turn to dairy when it comes to their calcium intake, not realizing that there are actually … Read more

Edible Landscaping: What Is It, How to Design It and What Plants to Choose

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Edible landscaping refers to mixing food plants in with your ornamental ones, to create a setting that is not only visually appealing, but productive as well. Examples include: Using different types of loose-leaf lettuce as border plants Creating a hedge from blueberries or currants, rather than unproductive shrubs Replacing non-edible trees with fruit trees Using … Read more

Essential Homestead Kitchen Tools

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Anyone running a homestead will likely spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen, whether this may be preparing daily meals or preserving a harvest for the winter months. There’s no denying that kitchen work can be time-consuming and tiring, which is why we have put together this list of essential homestead tools, which … Read more

12 Culinary Herbs You Should Be Growing

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Not only do herbs add so much depth and flavor to dishes, but they also contain more antioxidants than just about every fruit and vegetable out there. From thyme to tarragon, these herbs are not only easy to grow, but they’ll make your food taste better. #1. Basil Basil is a common culinary herb, and … Read more

Homemade Raw Cat Food Recipes

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Raw feeding for cats and dogs is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. With commercial cat food containing everything from indigestible grains to contaminated ingredients to harmful additives, a raw, species-appropriate diet is really the best way forward. The Benefits of Raw Feeding Your Cat Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they should … Read more

How to Make Delicious Kefir Milk

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Kefir is a fermented, cultured milk product that is packed with a wide range of probiotics and yeast, similar to yogurt. This guide will teach you all you need to know about making your own delicious kefir milk at home. An Introduction to Kefir Milk Kefir has been around for centuries, and while nobody knows … Read more

Raising Ducks – The Ultimate Guide

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by Alina J., and with many thanks to Tara Dodrill for contributing to this guide Homesteaders have long raised flocks of chickens for eggs and meat, but now a growing number of folks are adding ducks to their barnyard as well. Ducks make cute farm pets that are entertaining to watch waddle around, but they … Read more