Attracting Bluebirds To Your Garden for Natural Pest Control

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I commented to my husband the other day that it seemed like we had an awful lot of birds hanging round the farm this year. From cardinals to starlings, mourning doves to crows, we’ve had no shortage of feathered friends flitting about the place! The bluebirds, though, are some of the most remarkable to behold. … Read more Attracting Bluebirds To Your Garden for Natural Pest Control

How to Keep a Duck Pond or Pool Water From Freezing in the Winter

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Ducks must have access to water at all times, both for drinking purposes and to swim in. The members of your duck flock will need access to swimming water even in the chilly weeks of January and February. Keeping the water from freezing when the temperature dips below 32 degrees F (0 C) is far … Read more How to Keep a Duck Pond or Pool Water From Freezing in the Winter

Raising Ducks vs Raising Chickens – Which One Is Right for You?

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So, you want delicious, naturally raised, farm fresh eggs on your homestead but cannot decide which is better to raise – ducks or chickens. That question is becoming pondered more and more, as duck keeping (for eggs and not just as cute farm pets), is becoming more popular. If you live in a rural area, … Read more Raising Ducks vs Raising Chickens – Which One Is Right for You?

20 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow Indoors

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Cultivating medicinal herbs indoors increases the homegrown seasonings and herbal remedy ingredients available on the homestead year-round. Unlike traditional crops, herbs and medicinal flowering plants do not take up much space nor do they require deep soil to thrive. Windowsill herb gardens were once commonplace throughout America. Growing your own spices or even an aloe … Read more 20 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow Indoors

How to Make Dandelion Salve – and Why You Should

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Dandelions have gotten a bad rap for far too long. They have summarily been dismissed as mere weeds, and get sprayed with chemicals to kill them every time their cute little flower heads pop up out of the dirt. Not only are these common backyard flowers edible, they may also boast natural healing properties. Dandelion … Read more How to Make Dandelion Salve – and Why You Should

150 Things Pigs Can Eat and 43 They Shouldn’t

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Pigs, or hogs as we call them in my neck of the woods, are omnivores. The traditional farming and homesteading type of livestock are incredibly biologically similar to people and can eat nearly anything recommended for a healthy human diet. Hogs are largely “opportunistic” eaters. The bulk of a pig’s diet is based on what … Read more 150 Things Pigs Can Eat and 43 They Shouldn’t