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Common Sense Homesteading

  • Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) – What You Need to Know
    This post is part of our Common Sense Preparedness series, where our goal is to help you be prepared for whatever life throws at you. EMP or Electro Magnetic Pulse has been in the news lately with the posturing of North Korea and active solar flares.…
    - 7 days ago 13 Sep 17, 7:59pm -
  • Zapple Pie – Mock “Apple Pie” Made with Zucchini
    The first time I made zapple pie, I served it for dessert when the neighbors came to visit. They didn't believe that it was made with zucchini and not apples. It's a great way to use up those giant club-sized zucchini. One zucchini about a foot long…
    - 8 days ago 12 Sep 17, 9:43pm -
  • Vermicomposting – How to Start an Earthworm Bin for Composting
    Vermiculture composting (vermicomposting, worm composting) is the act of creating rich, organic humus for your garden or lawn by allowing earthworms to help in the decomposition process. Earthworms eat food scraps and poop fertilizer (worm castings).…
    - 11 days ago 9 Sep 17, 4:24pm -
  • Elderberry Jelly Recipes – Low Sugar and Sure-Jell Options
    When we had a banner elderberry harvest, my friend, Tami, and I experimented with a variety of elderberry recipes, including two different types of elderberry jelly. One recipe is low sugar elderberry jelly made with Pomona's Pectin, and the other is…
    - 18 days ago 2 Sep 17, 7:08pm -
  • How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Fresh or Dried Elderberries
    In this post we'll share how to make elderberry syrup  with fresh or dried elderberries or elderberry juice. I noticed years ago that the ingredient lists on most commercial elderberry syrups for kids doesn't contain much elderberry. Now we make ou…
    - 18 days ago 2 Sep 17, 4:04pm -

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.The post The Truth About Trapping: An Honest…
    - 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.The po…
    - 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.The post How to Get Started Tracking Animals: 16…
    - 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.The post Autumn Olive Fruit Leather appeared first on .
    - 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 -