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Kindle Deals

Great Deals on 4 Books!

September, no matter what the weather, can be a great time to look back, or look forward, and take stock. To help, our friends at Voyageur Press let us know about some great deals on the Kindle versions of four of their books. Take a look, there's bound to be one or two that you will love. Sale prices will last through October 5, 2014.  Continue Reading »


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Build a Barred Owl Nesting Box

Not only are owls stately, majestic, and often associated with the mysterious, they are beneficial birds, feeding primarily on small rodents. In Easy Birdhouses & Feeders, author Michael Berger walks readers through step-by-step projects to build feeders and nesting boxes for a wide array of winged wonders using readily-available tools and materials. We've built bird houses for some smaller birds in previous posts—the Chickadee, the Tufted Titmouse, and the Northern Flicker—and today we're expanding that scale to build a simple nesting box for the beautiful Barred Owl. Continue Reading »


Buying Your First Pigs

What to Look For in Pigs' Health, Mobility, and Source

Are you new to pig farming? When buying pigs, there are quite a few factors to consider. Land, housing, and equipment are just as important as the pigs themselves, and it's best to determine the type of pig farm you want to manage before purchasing your livestock. Philip Hasheider, author of How to Raise Pigs, guides readers through each of these steps in his book, along with this overview of how to spot healthy pigs. Continue Reading »


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Slatted Garden Bench

September is the month when I have time to look around the yard and think about what to do differently the following year. Because I'm not actively planting or digging up or cutting down, and it isn't twenty below zero, it's also the time that I construct new furniture or planters. This year I am focusing on providing different seating around the yard. Usually I sit on the patio, but it is nice to sit in other locations and observe the garden from different angles. I could drag my folding chair around the yard, but I prefer to just have something a touch more permanent and part of the landscape. Continue Reading »


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What are Microgreens?

Indoor gardening: little scale, big flavor

We know there are specific types of plants that thrive best indoors, but did you know that there are several kinds of "crops" that are ideally suited to an indoor growing environment, too? Specifically, microgreens, pea shoots, sunflower shoots, sprouted grains, and some herbs can thrive inside much better than they could fare in a garden. Continue Reading »


Country Skills

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Troubleshooting Tips for Electric Fences

Identify and resolve common issues in electric fencing

Whether you're new to building farm fences or are more experienced and looking for better ways to build, Rick Kubik's Farm Fences & Gates covers the where, why, how, and use of a multitude of fence types. Continue Reading »


Sustainable Living

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Growing Grains On A Small Scale

When you think of the word "crop," you probably envision a vast field of golden wheat or a silo filled with freshly harvested grain. Continue Reading »


Home How-to

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Troubleshooting Tips for Electric Fences

Identify and resolve common issues in electric fencing

Whether you're new to building farm fences or are more experienced and looking for better ways to build, Rick Kubik's Farm Fences & Gates covers the where, why, how, and use of a multitude of fence types. Continue Reading »


In the Garden

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Growing Grains On A Small Scale

When you think of the word "crop," you probably envision a vast field of golden wheat or a silo filled with freshly harvested grain. Continue Reading »


In the Kitchen

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Storing Your Garden's Bounty

Enjoy the season's flavors long-term: Preserve heirloom vegetables and fruit

It's that time of year when our gardens/CSAs/markets are bursting at the seams and the season's bounty is running wild, inundating us with deliciousness, heedless of whether we can keep up with the harvesting and eating of it all (I'm looking at you, kale). Continue Reading »


Animals

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Taking a Gander at Geese

A little introduction to various goose breeds

We've been exploring the fascinating world of poultry lately. Continue Reading »