Sustainable Living • Farming • DIY • Gardening • Home Improvement

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Ten Essential Planning Points for Any Fence

The right fence, especially on a farm, can make the difference between a world of trouble and peace of mind. Robert Frost wrote, "good fences make good neighbors," and even though he thought it was kind of silly in his case, it's certainly true. Rick Kubik, author of Farm Fences and Gates, offers this handy list of what you need to consider when planning a fence. Continue Reading »

How to Raise Sheep

Consider a Guard Llama or Donkey for Your Sheep

Dogs Aren't the Only Livestock Guardians

Unless you're planning on sleeping out among your sheep, you will probably need some help managing predators on your farm or homestead. You may be surprised to hear that not every dog is the best breed for the purpose and lots of non-canine species can be called into service! Philip Hasheider, author of How to Raise Sheep: Everything You Need to Know, offers some sound advice on choosing the best animal to guard your flock. Continue Reading »

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Improving Drainage: Part Two

Install a Rain Garden

In Part One of Improving Drainage, we talked about how to build a swale. If you place a rain garden at the low end of the swale, you will further control excess water.  Continue Reading »

Country Skills

The corner post feat

The Corner Post

Livestock Fencing

Admittedly, one of the greatest deterrents to introducing larger livestock onto a homestead is the cost, time and energy that secure fencing requires to erect and upkeep, especially if you have mountainous terrain. Continue Reading »

Sustainable Living

Beeswax candles

Mind Your Beeswax   

What To Do With Wax

Most people start keeping bees with honey on their minds. Continue Reading »

Home How-to

swale feat

Improving Drainage: Part One

Install a Swale

Spring has sprung! Potentially. Continue Reading »

In the Garden

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Consider Planting Blueberries This Spring

As A Native Plant, They Do Well!

They're packed with antioxidants and delicious fresh or cooked, so it's easy to see why blueberries are among the most popular fruits! Katie Elzer-Peters, author of Midwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, explains how to grow these yummy berries in the Midwest. Continue Reading »

In the Kitchen

watermelon salad

Homegrown Recipe: Watermelon, Tomato, and Ginger Salad

We'll be landing in Asheville, NC today and setting up Booth #3010 at the Mother Earth News Fair. Continue Reading »


Driving Horses: How to Harness, Align and Hitch Your Horse for Work or Play 1

Hitched to a Purpose

Is Driving Horses Right For You?

Homesteaders often find themselves doing things the hard way. Continue Reading »