Homesteading can bring with it a lot of unique challenges. It’s not all fun and roses and even a rose has thorns. When those days come along and one of us is struggling with depression, we try to have some ideas on hand to deal with the depression and focus on better things. Depression is … Read more 30 Natural Depression Remedies You Should Try
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 Top 20 Foods for a Bulletproof Immune System
It was another busy month here on our homestead. Summer is commonly thought of as the busiest time, but in reality, those weeks between the end of long sunny days and the falling of leaves is equally filled with necessary chores. We are still getting the rest of our wood in. This shouldn’t be so … Read more This Month on the Homestead – September 2018
It must have been about 10 years or so ago. I was still living in Michigan (go Blue!), the state that I grew up in, and visiting a local apple orchard. This orchard wasn’t just any orchard as it had quite an elaborate gift shop and bakery attached to it. You could get anything from … Read more How to Can Jalapeno Hot Pepper Jelly: Treat Your Mouth to Some Sweet Heat
The corn plant might be the most useful item growing in your garden right now. It is simple to grow and pick, a bit of a time-consuming pain to preserve, and offers the chance to use not just the yield from the plant, but the entire plant itself around your homestead. If you grew up … Read more How To Use The Entire Corn Plant For Food, Medicine, and Crafts
When it comes to gardening on your homestead there are many great and fun ways to save space. You don’t have to spend a fortune and you can mix and match these ideas to work for your gardens in and around your homestead. On our homestead, we use a combination of these ideas in and … Read more Ways to Save Space On Your Homestead
Thick grapevine like the ones in the photo above are incredibly sturdy, making them perfect for using to build furniture and large garden decorations. Chances are if you live on a rural homestead in most regions of the country, there is a good amount of grapevine growing in the woods. Those thick and winding vines … Read more Homestead Money-Making: Grapevine
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 Kefir vs. Kombucha: Which One Is Best?
It has been a tragic couple of weeks here on our survival homesteading retreat. We lost our most long-standing and skilled self-reliance tribe member, the last of my ducks, and my favorite chicken. We have not had such extreme predator issues since our first few months on this property. Something, and I am thinking it … Read more This Month on the Homestead (July): Learning and Losses
A GUIDE TO EXTENDING THE SEASON FOR YEAR-ROUND SELF-SUFFICIENCY Living in colder climates is undoubtedly somewhat challenging when it comes to growing food. The harshness of frost and ice leaves our gardens dormant, our ground frozen over, and our animals shivering. However, as with all permaculture tricks, the idea is to think outside the box … Read more Permaculture Tips for Cool Humid to Cold Climates
What are you going to do with all of those grass clippings? If you just mowed your lawn and don’t know the answer, then you are really missing out. While grass clippings may be a nuisance to regular homeowners, you can put them to great use on your homestead. In fact, you may find grass … Read more 17 Things to Do With Grass Clippings!
It was hot, I mean a record-setting heat wave on the homestead this weekend. In spite of the 101 degrees heat and off-the-charts humidity, we accomplished some essential chores, infused some self-reliance training of the grandkiddos in with a play structure project, AND finally welcomed Pearl’s new kids to the barnyard. Pearl has been waddling … Read more Today On The Homestead: Goat Babies, Hay Mishap, And DIY Play Structure
Do high tech and homesteading go hand in hand? Absolutely! When people think of homesteaders, they often envision people eschewing all modern conveniences, and living like they’re in the 19th Century. However, while simplifying your life is a key component of homesteading, that doesn’t mean you have to turn your back on technology. There’s no … Read more 14 High Tech Tools and Tricks for Modern Homesteaders
It has been another busy and new experience-filled week here on the homestead, folks. I thought the swarming yellow jackets who deeply disliked their nest under the boards of an old barn we are tearing down and repurposing would be the most exciting part of my week…but I was wrong. Let’s start with the yellow … Read more Today On The Homestead: Wacky Predator, Toxic Discovery, Barn Troubles, And Tragedy Averted
How do you make a free playground area on your homestead? Well, go shopping in your husband’s junk piles, garage, and sheds…of course. Keeping your eye out for so-called junk on the side of the road is also a great idea. Sadly, far too many folks throw away outdoor recreational items simply because they are … Read more How To Make A Free Play Area On The Homestead
If you can make it yourself, you probably should. Most people become homesteaders because they want to live a more deliberate, self-reliant life. One of the best ways to become more independent – financially, and from supply chains that could get disrupted unexpectedly, and add things to products that you do not want – is … Read more 46 Things You Should Stop Buying and Start Making