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Common Sense Homesteading

  • newHow to Make Pear Wine – Easy Homemade Wine Recipe for Ripe Pears
    When life gives you too many overripe pears, it's time to learn how to make pear wine. This wine recipe is dry, with a light pear flavor, and is a good use for very ripe and lightly damaged pears. This recipe is adapted from “How to Make Wine in Y…
    - 13 hours ago 15 Aug 18, 4:19pm -
  • newCommon Ragweed – Tips to Beat Ragweed Season – Weekly Weeder #7
    Today's featured Weekly Weeder plant is common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia. Common ragweed is also known as ragweed, hayfever weed, bitterweed, bloodweed, crownweed, mayweed and bane of allergy sufferers everywhere. Some other common ragweed spe…
    - 19 hours ago 15 Aug 18, 10:04am -
  • 50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens – Chicken Coops and More
    “50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens – Chicken Coops, Brooders, Runs, Swings, Dust Baths, and More!” by Janet Garman of Timber Creek Farm is a pleasure to read. You might think that with so many chicken care books already on the mar…
    - 4 days ago 11 Aug 18, 7:00pm -
  • 4 Reasons Your Tomatoes Are Not Ripening – And What You Can Do To Help
    Tomatoes not ripening? Here are the four main reasons why your tomatoes aren't turning red, and what you can do (if anything) to help ripen your tomatoes. Why do tomatoes turn red? Tomatoes turn red because of their lycopene content. What is lycopene…
    - 7 days ago 9 Aug 18, 2:57pm -
  • Pickled Peppers Recipe for Canning – Just Four Ingredients
    Now you can enjoy pickled peppers year round with this easy four ingredient canning recipe. For this recipe, you can use jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, or whatever other hot peppers you have available. Many of our hot peppers go into our homemade…
    - 7 days ago 8 Aug 18, 5:37pm -

Grow Your Own Groceries

  • Do You Need a Gun to Garden?
    Well guns aren’t really that useful for digging or anything like that.  But do you need a gun if you are becoming self-reliant?  Let me tell you a true story that happened to me an made me decide to go buy several guns. Back when we were first pr…
    - 13 Aug 12, 1:56pm -
  • The Power of Herb
    A friend of mine, Maria, now has a huge bountiful garden.  But in the beginning she got started by simply growing a few herbs on a window still. Just a few simple herbs made a huge difference.  Maria called me one day ecstatic about her success “…
    - 13 Aug 12, 1:45pm -
  • The #1 Reason To Wear Bling In Texas
    I am on a mission to live sustainably.  My primary water source is a rain water collection system.  Collecting rainwater is a great idea almost everywhere, but especially here is the drought-prone Southwest. We collect the water into big tanks from…
    - 15 Jun 12, 10:48am -
  • Perfect Camouflage
    House cats don’t do very well in rural environments.  White cats are in the most peril as they are highly visible – and delicious – to owls.  Solid black cats, or gray-black tabbies tend to do much better. My young daughter really, really wan…
    - 1 Jun 12, 1:46pm -
  • Have You Been Invaded?
    Being able to identify and use plants is a critical skill for living sustainably.  Botany is not the easiest thing to pick up, so anywhere you can get a chance to learn a bit more, take advantage of it.  Sometimes you have to be a bit creative.  D…
    - 3 Apr 12, 1:57pm -

One Acre Farm

  • The Truth About Trapping: An Honest Look at a Controversial Topic
    An honest attempt to determine the pros and cons of fur trapping. A review of research and input from trappers and an animal rights activist, help you decide for yourself what is the truth about trapping.
    - 28 Mar 16, 7:40pm -
  • Guide to Choosing Chicken Breeds: Pick the Best Breeds for Your Flock
    Planning to keep chickens and wondering which breeds would be best for you? Use this guide to choosing chicken breeds to learn which are best for eggs, meat, showing, cold climates, warm climates, companionship, and a variety of other traits.
    - 16 Dec 15, 2:52pm -
  • How to Get Started Tracking Animals: 16 Tips & Resources
    These tips & resources will help you get started tracking wildlife by breaking a daunting task into manageable chunks & set you on the road to expertise. Includes reviews of my favorite tracking books.
    - 19 Nov 15, 10:46pm -
  • Autumn Olive Fruit Leather
    Simple autumn olive fruit leather is made from the delicious, nutritious berries of an invasive shrub. Transform a pest into a resource with this recipe.
    - 18 Sep 15, 9:33pm -
  • Save Money on Chicken Feed with Natural, Healthful Alternatives
    Save money on chicken feed, reduce dependence on industrial monocultures, make your chickens happier and their eggs healthier with these ideas. Give them access to good habitat, let help in the compost bins, feed them from the vegetable garden, grow…
    - 4 Sep 15, 9:11pm -

The Backyard Farming Connection

  • The final blog hop
    After quite a bit of reflection over the holidays and a whole list of New Years thoughts and commitments, I've decided that it is time to say a fond farewell to the weekly blog hop here at the Backyard Farming Connection.  Over the last two + years,…
    - 6 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Years
    See you back here after the New Years for more blog hops and posts!  Have a safe and happy holiday!
    - 23 Dec 14, 1:10am -
  • The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #110
     This week's feature: from Grow, Pray, Build: 21 Everyday Uses for White Distilled VinegarI want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would…
    - 16 Dec 14, 8:00am -