Why Are Weeds So Bad For Your Garden?

carrots and weeds

Spend hours pulling weeds, with sweat dripping off your brow, and you might be wondering, “why are weeds so bad for your garden?” Sure, they don’t look all that great – but are they really that harmful? There are some benefits to letting weeds flourish in your garden, but there are also some risks, too. … Read more

Delicious White Chicken Stew

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Looking for a hearty weeknight dinner recipe that’s quick and easy to make – plus super healthy and absolutely delicious? Also referred to as white chicken chili, this recipe combines the best of spicy and savory dimensions for an absolutely delicious meal! You can use any kind of chicken. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts will work … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Own Mushrooms

shiitake mushrooms

Do you love foraging for wild mushrooms? This is quite an enjoyable pastime that is practiced by budding mycologists – people who are passionate about mushrooms – all over the world. There are millions of species of mushrooms growing in the world today. While some are both edible and delicious, sporting myriad health benefits, others … Read more

18 Things You Didn’t Know About Assassin Bugs

Arilus cristatus Kaldari

Thinking about an assassin bug is enough to make your skin crawl. Not only are these pests creepy to look at, but they have the power to conjure up some serious nightmares. Carriers of the serious Chaga disease and fellow bug-killers in their own right, assassin bugs are shrouded with myths and rumors. Ready to … Read more

How to Grow Blackberries Step by Step

blackberries

Have you been wanting to grow fruit on your homestead – but put it off because you thought it was too big of a task for you to handle? Think again. Blackberries are some of the easiest plants you can grow on your homestead or in your backyard, and they’re also some of the most … Read more

How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Beets

beets

They might stain your cutting board every time you chop one open, but there’s no arguing – beets are some of the most nutritious, delicious vegetables you can grow and cook. These root vegetables are cultivated all over the world, and they can be served roasted, raw, pickled, and more. Packed with essential minerals and … Read more

Quick and Easy Chinese Oxtail Soup

Chinese oxtail soup

This simple oxtail soup recipe is a classic recipe in Chinese culture and actually finds its roots in Russia. It tends to be brothier and lighter than the Western versions of oxtail soup, and also contains many nutrients and lots of flavor. It takes about two hours to make. Check out some other oxtail soup … Read more

Scottish Oxtail Soup

oxtail soup

This classic oxtail soup recipe, beloved by the Scottish, is easy to make and even easier to enjoy. This is one of those dishes you start in the morning so it will be fall apart tender, ready for the evening meal. If you’re short on time or space, this soup can even be made in … Read more

How to Can Parsnips

canned parsnips

As a little kid, I was not fond of trying new vegetables – a reluctance that I believe many of us share. However, parsnips were never even an item on our dinner table because they weren’t part of our standard rotation of vegetables. We pretty much stuck to the classics – green beans, carrots, corn, … Read more

How to Can Carrots Step by Step

canned carrots

Is there anything better than the sweet taste of fresh carrots? I don’t think so. Except, perhaps, the taste of fresh carrots that you’ve just harvested from your own garden. This year, I harvested over a hundred pounds of carrots grown in just two small raised beds in my backyard. I’ve never grown that many … Read more

30 Chicken Diseases You Absolutely Must Know

sick baby chick

If you are interested in raising chickens, you likely have made this decision because chickens are one of the easiest kinds of livestock you can raise. While there’s not much you need to do in order to help them thrive, it is possible for your backyard flock to be infected with one of many different … Read more

How to Can Bell Peppers – Easy Recipe

canned bell peppers

True confession – this year is the first year I’ve grown enough peppers to preserve. Usually, our peppers end up being stringy, tough, and bitter – something that I have learned is the side effect of too little fertilizer, poor soil, and cold weather that doesn’t allow the plants to mature properly. However, this year … Read more

How to Can Spaghetti Sauce at Home

canned spaghetti sauce

There is nothing better than homemade spaghetti sauce! Whether you’re keeping an eye on your health – homemade spaghetti sauce has far less sugar and sodium than the storebought varieties – or you simply prefer the taste of fresh sauce, making and canning your own sauce is a great way to make the most of … Read more