So What Exactly Can You Store in a Root Cellar?

a root cellar

Root cellars might be old fashioned, but they still work wonderfully for storing food and other goods. This is because they maintain a generally constant, cool temperature and low humidity level, both helping the gods kept in them to last longer than they would otherwise. This simple but highly effective method of preservation has been … Read more

Manure Management 101

pile of manure on a field

There’s no getting around it – manure (yes, poop) is a necessary part of farming. Did you know that manure can actually be a valuable resource for farmers? Managing manure can be tricky, but if done correctly, it can result in some big benefits for your farm. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to … Read more

9 Amazing Uses for Cow Dung

a cow on a green field next to cow manure

Dung is a dirty word for many, but it can actually be quite useful! From fertilizing your garden to keeping away pesky insects, cow dung has a lot of amazing applications. If you’re ever at a loss for what to do with this smelly substance, check out the list below for some inspiration. Who knew … Read more

Foraging and Growing Honewort

It is always good to learn about the wild plants growing on and adjacent to your homestead. In many cases, these plants are edible, and can make a great addition to your salads, soups or stews, or great complement to the poultry and meats you raise on your homestead as well. One great pant you … Read more

Stinging Nettles – Everything You Need to Know

stinging nettles

Urtica dioica, commonly known as stinging nettle, is a perennial herb growing throughout many continents. The herb is native to Asia and north Africa, but has travelled to Europe, North America, and even in some parts of the South Pacific. It gets its common name from the stinging hairs, known as trichomes. These fine hairs … Read more

How to Forage and Use Henbit

red henbit

Henbit is a delicate edible plant that is commonly referred to as a weed, as are most wild edible plants and herbs. One of around 50 plants found within in the Lamium species family, common henbit, also known as Lamium amplexicaule, is one of them. Common henbit is also known as greater henbit and henbit … Read more

Raising Cows: The Ultimate Guide

So, you want to raise cows? Whether you’re interested in dairy or beef, there’s a lot to consider before taking on such a responsibility. But don’t worry – we’re here to guide you through the process of raising cows, from start to finish. And trust us – it’s not as difficult as it may seem … Read more

Foraging and Using Sow Thistle

bee on sow thistle flower

Some plants are so common we cannot help but take them for granted. Sow thistle definitely falls into this category. Anyone with a decent stretch of field, or even a big lawn, is bound to have sow thistle growing somewhere in it. If you’ve just scoffed at it or attempted to root it out as … Read more

Chicken Tractors: What You Need to Know

a salatin-style chicken tractor

If you’re looking for a way to give your flock an easy and nutritious diet, then the chicken tractors are just what we’ve been waiting for! These lightweight trailers can be moved around every day or every few days so that they always have fresh pasture to feed upon. Not only that, but chicken tractors … Read more

Crop Rotation – Everything You Need to Know

tomato plants in garden

Do you want to maximize the yields of your garden – and minimize the amount of work you have to do? If so, there’s a gardening hack you need to know about – and it’s called crop rotation. It sounds like an agricultural technique that only large-scale commercial farmers would rely on, but the reality … Read more

How to Grow and Harvest Horseradish

horseradish plant

If you’re looking for a spicy addition to your cooking, horseradish may be the herb for you! This herb is easy to grow and can be harvested fresh any time of year. Horseradish is a rugged, cold-hardy perennial that grows exceptionally well in areas that experience harsh winters. This winter period forces the plants into … Read more