Managing Weeds On The Homestead

Every plant has a place in the economy of nature, some relation to its environment to which it is adapted better than any other. To perform their greatest service, however, plants must be in their proper place. When sufficiently out of place to be of no great value, they become weeds.

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Building A Homestead, One New Thing At A Time

On today’s podcast my guest is Heather Eby. Heather and her family have a ten acre homestead in Kansas and they are building their homestead by adding one new thing at a time. Heather is a wonderful story teller and blogger with a real passion for homesteading.

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Gardening Encouragement For Today From 1910

I was rather surprised when I came across a book from 1910 in public domain today. This book seems as though it could have been written yesterday when describing the benefits and need of gardening for all people no matter where they live or what their profession is. It would seem that many of the concerns we have with unhealthy eating, poor exercise and a need for a relief of stress was also a concern in 1910.

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The Basics of Starting Seeds

Now is the time to start many of your seeds and can be done right in your home. This is a lot more fun than simply buying plants and throwing them in the garden. Let’s start with the basics. Here is what you need:

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The Underappreciated Mulberry Tree

All my life mulberries have been one of my favorites, imagine my surprise when I found out most people despise this wonderful tree, they consider it invasive and messy. So I thought I would share a few of the wonderful qualities of this underappreciated tree and perhaps persuade a few self sufficient folks to make it part of their homestead.

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A Few Of My Homesteading Mess Ups

So I thought this post could be sort of a written blooper reel where I share a few things I did the wrong way, some aren’t a big deal and others are sort of embarrassing so i’ll just take a big gulp, swallow my pride and play the reel.

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Grow Potatoes the Easy Way

The first was the stacked tire method… too heavy for me to move easily. The grow bag method was okay, but it was rather a pain to get the floppy fabric to cooperate with me when I was trying to fill the bag as the plant grew. They also seemed quite expensive to me. Both were a bit of work to harvest, although nothing like digging. I decided to come up with my own method and the GunniGarden was born.

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Grow Great Strawberries the Easy Way

Strawberry plants are inexpensive and hardy, but growing them can be rather frustrating. Their shallow roots make it difficult for them to compete with weeds and their low lying habit makes for much bending and crawling on the ground to care for them. Birds, fungus, and slugs love them and, because the berries touch the ground, these predators have easy access. But there is a better way!

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10 Best Online Communities For Homesteaders

If we are going to spend time online we may as well make the most of it. That is why I find myself spending time in homesteading communities, places where I can gain knowledge, be inspired, meet new like minded friends and just sometimes have some fun. So in this post I thought I would share a few of those places with you.

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