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Common Sense Homesteading

  • newEmergency Medical Kit List – Build Your Own Custom First Aid Kit
    Everyone needs at least one emergency medical kit. You should have a kit in each vehicle and in your home. The kit needs to include trauma items for serious events. We recommend the 12 Survivors First Aid Roll up Kit if you want a partially stocked…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Feb 20, 5:18pm -
  • newPotato Pancakes (Almost) Like Grandma Used to Make
    When I was a little girl, I remember my grandmother making potato pancakes quite regularly, usually on Friday nights. (Potatoes were cheap, and stored well in the unheated basement of grandma’s farmhouse.)  With six kids to feed, mom appreciated t…
    - 22 hours ago 22 Feb 20, 6:39am -
  • Rainwater Collection Guide – Common Questions Answered
    In this article, we’ll answer some of the most common questions about rainwater collection, storage and use. What is rainwater collection? Rainwater collection and harvesting gathers rainwater and keeps it on site for later use. This water can be u…
    - 1 day ago 21 Feb 20, 10:40pm -
  • How to Start a Garden – 10 Steps to Gardening for Beginners
    Want to learn how to start a garden, but not sure where to begin? In this post I’ll cover the basics of gardening, and provide links to more detailed information so you can garden with confidence and have fun doing it. Get ready to enjoy some of th…
    - 2 days ago 21 Feb 20, 12:11pm -
  • Best First Aid Kit Recommendations for Home, Car, Office and Travel
    We recommend a couple first aid kits for different skill levels, tips for first aid kit use and items missed in many kits. Get a kit, get prepared BEFORE emergencies happen. As part of our emergency preparedness preparations, we’ve been slowly beef…
    - 7 days ago 15 Feb 20, 4:23pm -

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 -