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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7 Reasons to Choose Small Livestock

America has long been the land of “bigger is better”. We love wide open spaces, “Super-Size” meals, big SUV’s, and King sized beds. It is easy to think that this philosophy applies to everything, but it really only works when there are plenty of resources available, which may not always be the case. Here are some reasons that I think keeping small livestock makes a lot of sense…. In good times as well as bad.

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Capturing Wild Yeast

Ahhh yes! The delectable smell of freshly baked bread is spreading through my little cottage today. Few things bring such a sense of hominess and wellbeing to me as slathering butter on a thick slice of hot bread straight from the oven. While there are countless potential combinations of ingredients in a good loaf of yeast raised bread, only four are essential: flour, water, salt, and yeast.

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Growing Mushrooms – Mike Hatfield from Flyway Family Farm

On today’s podcast i’m joined by Mike Hatfield of Flyway Family Farm in southern Illinois. Mike along with his wife and young daughter have a 9 1/2 acre homestead where they do a little bit of everything but their main crop is mushrooms. Mike shares with us a little bit about how he and his wife got into homesteading and how they eventually ended up focusing on mushrooms as their cash crop.

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Urban Homesteading – Sherry Willis from Half-Pint Homestead

On today’s podcast I interview Sherry Willis from Half-Pint Homestead. We discuss her homesteading journey from the wide open spaces of Wyoming to eventually land within the city limits in Missouri on a 1/5 acre plot raising goats, chickens, and rabbits with plans to bring in other livestock.

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