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9 Herbs that want to take over your garden I really love growing herbs. Nothing beats freshly harvested herbs to really perk up a homemade meal. I grow about 20 different herbs every year for both food and medicine. While some herbs have given me a really hard time getting them to grow other herbs, have gotten completely out of hand in the garden.

Saving And Winning With Money: Food Several years ago Michelle and her family made big changes. With the decision to become a one income family new skills had to be learned. Scratch that - LOTS of new skills. They were like a lot of households in that they were normal, with consumer debt and a consumption mindset.

DIY Christmas Stockings You know that awkward moment when you're decorating for Christmas and you realize… Your 2 year-old's stocking says "Baby's First Christmas" and you don't have one for your infant? No, eh…. Just me. Well it happened, and what's a girl to do on short notice?

A Season to Rest Those who know me, know that I have run full tilt for the last eight years of my life. In late 2010, I uprooted my life, shook out some skeletons from the closet and packed my bags for a new journey in the arms of the most wonderful man I've ever met.

Eating Organic is Not a Luxury Eating organic is NOT a luxury. There, I said it. I have some pretty strong feelings on this subject so please, hear me out. I want to preface by saying that I am not judging or looking down on people who don't choose to eat organic. I'm a huge proponent of informed decisions and educating oneself.

Growing Spinach Spinach beds should be in full or semi-full sunlight for best results, though if you live in a warm region, you may want to plant taller plants beside your spinach beds to offer some shade during the heat of the day. To plant, soak spinach seeds in water or composted tea for a few hours before sowing them directly into the ground.

Foraging For Wild Oregano - Benefits, Uses and Recipes Maybe you would like to collect your very own Wild Oregano for a FREE source in your spice rack all year long! Learn how to find it, what to look for, the benefits, uses, recipes and SO much more!

Water Kefir Soda Recipe: Easy to Make and Really Good for You! A few years ago, I had noticed a "new drink" at the grocery store. I plucked the bottle off the shelf in the cooler and turned it over in my hands, reading the label. It made mention of kefir, probiotics, and fermentation. I think the word that stuck out most to me was "fermentation".

What about the Tornadoes? Yes, Arkansas does gets tornadoes but it is not in the top 10 states for tornadoes accoring to USTornadoes.com. These are Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida, Nebraska, Illinois, Colorado, Iowa, Alabama, Missouri and Mississippi. A great website for more detailed and accurate information is Tornado History Project.com.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Stew It will fill up a 6 quart slow cooker, so you have to use a big 6 quart. You can use it to feed a crowd, or eat it over a couple of days. It is amazing with some crusty, artisan style bread. And it warms up exceptionally well. I can guarantee it will quickly become your favorite.

How to Make Your Permaculture Garden Work in Off-Seasons As we come out of the summer months, we start to see the productivity of our gardens die back. We also see the fervent nature of our own lifestyles retreat inward as the weather becomes colder and we slow down for winter. As the seasons turn, so does our activity and the way we live our lives.

10 Prepping Habits You Should Be Working On! Habits can be good or bad. They can be a wonderful thing or a curse. However, I believe in having good habits as a prepper. We need to be diligent in our personal growth as preppers and habits do this for us. Habits keep us accountable and help us to become better preppers.

Tomato Sauce Time! Our sauce making is a little later than last year, but our neighbours kindly told us we could pick what we needed to make 'salsa'. Although we had a few bottles left from last year we decided to go for it. After washing them, away we went - outside as it was a lovely day and saves all the steam from the Burco being indoors.

Preserving too much Summer Squash Inevitably we end up with more zucchini that we can possibly eat in time before the next batch is ready. I like summer squash, don't get me wrong. But using up the excessive volumes of zucchini can be hard. My mother in law freezes grated summer squash for adding to soups and stews later in the year.

Revising the Crawlspace Vents Since we first built the cabin, I have made it a biannual tradition to suit up, crawl under the floor and either open or close the vents in each corner. I curse, struggle, swear and then return to the land of humans spent and crusty. Finally this year I decided to try to change that, even if only slightly.

Delightful About the cow… As you may remember, Delightful is sick. She is very sick. Delightful is sick enough that I decided to take her to the vet. I have never taken a large animal to the vet. I have had a vet come here and take care of a goat once.

How To Prepare For Fall In The Garden And Compost Heap What to do to prepare your garden for fall and build a new compost pile that will be ready by spring.

How to Plan a Profitable First Year Homesteading You can easily plan a profitable first year homesteading if you take the time to plan and think ahead. Preparing your homestead with the right animals and opportunities before you start can bring quite an income to first time homesteading families. For the most part, making money is easy.

A Glimpse at Simple Homesteading Life in the 1800s There are numerous diaries that have been left behind by the folks who "traveled West" and the hardships of simple homesteading they endured; as well as diaries of those who "stayed behind" in the civilized world of chamber pots and chimney fires. Reading these diaries gives a very good insight into how people lived.

Homesteading talks on at library Goulburn Mulwaree Library is running a series of talks on Urban Homesteading, also known as Backyard Self-Sufficiency.

Summer of ambivalence I almost couldn't bring myself to open my laptop and begin a blog entry this evening. It's been so long since I've blogged that the very thought of starting again has felt kind of daunting. I was considering the possibility that my short-lived blogging stint might just need to come to die a premature death.

How Can You Help Avoid Chicken Illnesses? Even though backyard flocks tend to be exceptionally healthy, there are things that you can do to avoid chicken illnesses within your flock. Perhaps you are already naturally doing many of these things! Great! Even so, hopefully there are a few ideas of things you can do to improve the wellness of your flock and avoid any problems in the future.

How to Cook, Prepare and Eat Artichokes Did you know that just one medium sized artichoke contains 6 grams of fiber??? That is MORE fiber than an entire CUP of prunes!!! They are not only yummy but they are nutritional powerhouse too. If you did not grow up eating artichokes or have never seen them prepared, they can be a bit intimidating.

My Favorite Garden Inspiration Sources Perhaps for the sake of order and organization? Luckily for my gardens, as many others who follow a more French-style of potager gardening, all plants are intermingled. Grapes sit next to foxgloves, tomatoes next to zinnias, and currents amongst the lavender.

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