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The Homesteaders' Spirit As part of our homeschooling, it's my intention to share great literature with my children; to give them a broad, Christian worldview, and to feed their imaginations with wholesome stories of virtue and faith.

Farm Fresh Tuesdays & 9 Things to Consider Before You Buy Chickens So, you want to keep a few hens for fresh eggs. No biggie, right? Well, it depends. Some people regret their choice and other people become chicken hoarders! Here are some things to ask yourself before you buy chickens… Bonus Tip: How many eggs can you use?

17 Natural Mosquito Repellent Options For The Home And Garden I hate that itchy sensation they leave and the fact that they can carry Zika or the West Nile Virus. I also prefer not to use toxic chemical repellents like DEET. Especially when a plant-based, natural mosquito repellent gets the job done.

How to Get Rid of Sticky, Gooey Mucus with an Herbal Steam — Home Healing Harvest Homestead This article is a complete tutorial for how to do an herbal steam, as well as the special herbs and essential oils you can use to get rid of thick, gooey congestion in your sinuses and lungs from cold and flu. Herbal steams can significantly improve your comfort level as your body fights off viral and bacterial infections!

Wild Violet Jelly The flowers are blooming, and we're foraging and harvesting to get some of that fresh early spring goodness in our bodies. And, sick as I am of hearing about a virus, all the more reason to load up on vitamin C rich greens and to be out in the sunshine soaking up that vitamin D.

Damping Off Disease: Everything You Need to Know Except for, that is, damping-off disease. Damping-off disease is the name of a soil-borne fungus that primarily affects seedlings. It attacks at the stem, causing it to rot away and for the root tissues at and below the soil line to disintegrate. Common in young plants, the name for the disease is actually a bit of a misnomer.

Sacred Space I repaired the vacuum cleaner. That's something. On the kitchen floor with a screwdriver and a spew of dirt, cat hair, and balsam needles from our last Christmas tree, I listened to my daughters washing the dishes and talking about little things - a song, a work schedule, a high school teacher.

How to Make Ricotta Cheese How to make delicious, fresh ricotta cheese at home with 3 simple ingredients and some equipment you probably already have. If you have milk, you can make cheese.

Hot Process vs. Cold Process Soap — Home Healing Harvest Homestead This article is a comparison between hot process and cold process soap making. Although there are similarities, and they are both methods for making handmade soap, there are important differences to know about. Here's a look at the two methods so you can decide for yourself which is best for you.

DIY BEST Decongestant that REALLY Works! How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose Naturally — Home Healing Harvest Homestead NOTE: This article is about how to make an easy decongestant that really works! It's a super simple recipe that uses common kitchen spices to fight congestion, stuffy noses, post nasal drip, and may ease difficult breathing by supporting the lungs.

Sunday Walkabout 3-29-2020 "social distancing…social distancing?…that sounds oddly familiar…" It seems I've doing this for a long time. When my daughter heard that phrase the first time, she said she immediately thought of her childhood. And, apparently, not in a real good way.

Our Relaxed Homeschool Schedule and Routine Together with my husband Mark and our son we built a cordwood house totally off the grid with our own hands. Our goal is to help others learn how to live a simpler, more self-sufficient life. Join us!

Four Big Worries of New and Sudden Homeschool Parents: How You Can Relax and Succeed Right Now If you're suddenly homeschooling because your school is closed or if you are relatively new to it by choice, there's no doubt that it can be a difficult adjustment from traditional schooling. You might be struggling to find a routine that works for you.

How a Former High School Teacher Learned to Love Homeschooling Homeschooling has taken on a new meaning recently as the current crisis has sent students across the world home to learn. Parents are struggling with suddenly educating at home, perhaps while also being out of work or having to work from home. What does learning at home look like?

Sunday Homestead Update - Spring Feel Despite "Stay-at-Home" Order Our state has issued a stay-at-home order for 3 weeks. Mtn Man is almost out of work, as no new fiber has been coming into the mill in the last few weeks, likely due to the cancellation of many fiber festivals etc.

Why Are Weeds So Bad For Your Garden? Spend hours pulling weeds, with sweat dripping off your brow, and you might be wondering, "why are weeds so bad for your garden?" Sure, they don't look all that great - but are they really that harmful? There are some benefits to letting weeds flourish in your garden, but there are also some risks, too.

Our Favorite Bread Recipes In One List! - ~Texas Homesteader~ With the buying frenzy going on in many of our grocery stores these days, more and more people are having difficulty finding fresh bread. The good news is - bread can be very easy to make, even for the novice baker! There's a traditional light and fluffy sandwich bread, or a simple recipe for a bread machine.

Living in Interesting Times: Spring Greens This is a very strange time for everyone. As a healthcare provider, I know how much there is to worry about. I know that not everyone can isolate themselves from exposure, and not everyone has the luxury of the money and space to store some crisis supplies.

Planting potatoes in Our Ruth Stout Bed It's finally warm enough to plant our potatoes! Red Pontiac are my absolute favorite potatoes to grow and eat. This is my third year growing them in a Ruth Stout bed. I try to disturb the bed as little as possible. In a few days well add a shallow topping of mulch to kill off any weeds trying to come up.

Quarantine day….ah who knows All over the world people are being quarantined to their homes to help prevent the spread of Covid 19. Our state is on lockdown with only essential businesses open. Our town is like a ghost town and it's pretty eerie to see everything closed.

How and Why to Draw Permaculture Sketch Maps A sketch map, in the world of permaculture, is a series of drawings in different layers that show your chosen site of land, first as how it currently is, and then how it could be designed to optimize yields, save resources, and care for nature and people, while helping to grow your homestead ecosystems and small business.

Homestead Stories: Pineapple Lilies The leaves branched out like an orchid. The flower stem can grow as much as 2 feet tall and is top-heavy when the flower blooms. I will have to protect my pineapple lily come fall.

The top US states for homesteading, tiny homes, and off-grid living When the things are feeling grim, the idea of self-sufficient living seems even more appealing. The climate crisis, wealth disparity, and other various components of modern life have inspired more people than ever to rethink their place in mainstream society.

Starting a Vegetable Garden for Beginners FOOD by using theses starting a vegetable garden for beginners tips. If you are not in a place where you can plant a big garden, start small. Plant in pots and containers and utilize every available outdoor space you have. You don't need to go out and buy fancy containers, or big pots, use what you have.

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