How to Grow Parsnips

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Native to Europe and Asia, parsnips have been a dinnertime staple in North America since the early 1700s. These tasty root vegetables were used in ancient medicine to relieve toothaches and even achy feet! While parsnips may not be effective for those particular old household remedies, they offer a range of other health benefits and … Read more

How to Grow Zucchini Step by Step

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Zucchini is just one of the many varieties of squash, and as a summer squash, it grows in a highly prolific manner. A single zucchini plant can yield up to nine pounds of fruit and doesn’t take up much space in your garden. Furthermore, zucchini is incredibly versatile in the kitchen, making a great addition … Read more

How to Grow Radishes Step by Step

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One of the fastest vegetables to mature in your garden, radishes are arguably also one of the easiest. This pungent-tasting veggie is grown by homesteaders all over the country, and is a great addition to any garden, big or small. Radishes were first cultivated in China and Japan, popular as a root crop for both … Read more

Traditional Oxtail Soup Recipe

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Oxtail. It sounds fancy, elegant, and difficult to use in everyday cooking – but you couldn’t be further from the truth. Oxtail, simply the culinary name for the tail of cattle (technically the tail of a steer) typically weighs about three pounds and is skinned and cut into short, usable lengths for cooking. Oxtail not … Read more

15 Barbecue Grill Safety Precautions

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Each year, thousands of unwitting homeowners are injured while using their barbecue grills. And that’s not all – gas and charcoal grills alike are causative factors in home fires and other property damage. While some of these accidents could be due in part to faulty craftsmanship, in most cases they are caused by an error … Read more

The Real Differences Between Food From Your Homestead and Supermarket Groceries

If you have ever tasted a homegrown tomato, you likely already know how much more flavorful it is than a store-bought tomato. And it’s not just your imagination playing tricks on you. Homegrown produce does taste better than supermarket produce, and it offers a variety of other advantages as well. 1. It will look different … Read more

How to Raise Sheep Step by Step

Raising sheep is a fun and rewarding way to add life to your homestead – as well as to expand your bottom line. Sheep don’t require a ton of pasture space, and are docile, good-natured animals for hobby farms. Sheep can serve multiple purposes, including providing wool, meat, or even milk. Consider this guide to … Read more

Kefir vs. Kombucha: Which One Is Best?

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

DIY Fertilizers: 25 Ways to Improve Your Soil

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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

How to Grow, Harvest, and Preserve Ornamental Gourds

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While many novice gardeners or homesteaders may look at growing ornamental gourds as a daunting challenge, these delightful plants are actually quite easy–and enjoyable!–to grow. If you’re interested in growing enough of these colorful beauties to decorate the homestead with this fall, consider the following tips to maximize your harvest. What are these Ornamental Gourds? … Read more

How to Grow Dill from Seed

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Many pickling recipes call for a head of fresh dill, but this can be very hard to find sometimes! Why not grow your own dill plants? They’re super easy to grow, and are just what you’ll need to get your pickling done right.