bloggerq&a

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Calling all homestead and prepper bloggers, this is an opportunity to introduce yourself to a brand new audience to increase your traffic and further establish yourself as an authority in the the homesteading community.

How? Glad you asked! I will be hosting 30 days of homesteading Q & A on the Modern Homesteading Podcast playing multiple episodes per week, and I want to give you an opportunity to answer the questions you feel like your qualified to answer. None of us know everything but all of us have areas of expertise in which we are qualified to answer questions. Together we will provide valuable insight to those who are looking for answers to their homesteading questions.

"I'm in" you say, Great! Here is the next step. Just pick a question from the list below and send me an email at sthomestead@gmail.com letting me know which question you want to answer, when you do I will remove the question from the list.

Next you will do an audio recording of your answer to the question, no less than 2 minutes of recording and no more than 20 minutes, following the simple format below. Then email me at sthomestead@gmail.com with the recording attached and any information you have connected to your recording (your name, website, links to any post of yours you mentioned, links to any other resources you mention, etc.)

If you have any further questions about the format or how to do an audio recording feel free to send me an email.

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Recording Format:

Mention your name, your blog, give a detailed answer to the question, mention how people can find out more about you.

Question List:

I've been thinking about raising quail and was curious what breed would be best for meat and egg production?

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I visit a bunch of homesteading and prepper websites and wanted to know if there is any difference between a prepper and a homesteader because they seem to have a lot of the same information on their sites?

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I'm just getting started homesteading and have a limited budget and trying to figure out some essential items I should have in my kitchen for food preparation and preservation, any ideas?

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I live in town with what I consider an average size city lot. I am fascinated by what I hear about permaculture but don't know if it's very applicable to a small urban property, any thoughts?

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I'm thinking about pursuing an off-grid lifestyle, what are some things I should deeply consider before taking any big steps towards this?

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We are getting some chickens soon but I'm kind of concerned about this bird flu that has been going around. Should I be worried? Are there any precautions I should take?

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I want to start raising rabbits and chickens for meat and would like to raise them in tractors and move them daily across my pasture. I'm looking for suggestions on the best way to build them, what size, materials, design, etc.?

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I have an abundance of zucchini this year, as I'm sure everyone who grows zucchini does, I'm desperately looking for ways to use it or even preserve it. Do you have any suggestions?

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I need to buy a dehydrator. It doesn't seem like there would be to much difference in function so which one is the best one for what they cost and why?

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I want to start homesteading, how much property do I need to start out?

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We do a lot of camping and even sit around a campfire quite a bit when we are home and we would like to get away from eating hotdogs all the time. Do you have any ideas on healthier meals we could be preparing over a campfire?

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I just started raising rabbits and It's almost time to process my first batch. Any ideas on the best way to cook them?

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What's the easiest way to get started with fermenting food? I would really like to do it for the health benefits but it seems a little bit overwhelming to get started because I have never done it.

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Can you recommend some "must have" books for the homestead?

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I live in an apartment and was wondering if there is anything I can do to start working towards being a homesteader?

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Do you have any suggestions on where to get free stuff for the garden like mulch,compost, or soil that would be chemical free and safe?

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Is dog manure safe to use in a garden?

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What's the best way to compost without the smell? I don't have a big yard and I don't want a stinky compost pile close to my house.

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What's the best gun for hunting small game? Shotgun or rifle? What caliber?

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Are there any good resources you know of for information on foraging mushrooms and berries?

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How do I keep algae from growing in my rain water catchment system?

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How do I keep birds from eating my garden? They are picking it apart.

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Considering getting a dairy goat. What breeds should I be looking at for the best quality milk?

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I want to plant a couple apple trees on my land. What are the best varieties for the family that just wants them for making things like pies, cider, and applesauce?

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Is it better to put compost on my garden in the fall after harvest so it can sit on the soil for a while or wait until spring before I plant to get the most value out of it for my plants?

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What is the best pressure canner to buy?

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What benefit do essential oils have for the homesteader? I see a lot of homesteaders talking about using them and even selling them.

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What do you do to keep a rain water catchment barrel setup from freezing and busting in the winter? Do you just drain it and waste the water for the winter?

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Do you know of any resources for help in getting out of debt? I want to have a homestead someday but I need to pay off a lot of debt first and save up some money so I can do it without creating more debt. Any thoughts on this are appreciated.

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I am a 30 year old single mom and I want to become more self sufficient when it comes to fixing things in my house and on my vehicles. Do you have any suggestions how to go about getting better at this and learning these skills?

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What is the best way to get rid of, or at least get under control, moles in my yard and garden without poison?

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Slugs...Slugs everywhere! How do I get rid of them?

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What are some ways I could introduce my kids to homesteading and help them have a more self sufficient mindset?

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Why is not safe to water bath can my vegetables? I was told if they went bad I would be able to tell. Is this true or do I need to pressure can? 

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I'm not sure how I feel about the whole prepping thing. What are some realistic situations where I could possibly need 3 months worth of food stored up?

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What can I do about aphids in my garden short of using harsh pesticides?

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What would be some foods I could grow in my basement over the winter under lights? Are there any that wouldn't grow well?

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I'm thinking about getting into beekeeping and I know very little about it. What are some first steps I need to take to get started?

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What are the best woods to burn in a wood stove and how long should it dry before burning it?

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How many eggs can I expect to get from a chicken and for how long?

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Is there a way to get flees out of my yard and house without spraying pesticide?

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How can I keep from getting ticks on me and my dogs when we go to the woods?

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I would like to get a few pigs but I don't want my home to smell like a hog farm. Is there anything I can do to keep the smell down?

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Should I sell my vegetables through a CSA or just sell at farmers markets or are there other options?

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I'm planning on putting some hedges along a fence line on my property for privacy from my neighbor's backyard. I was wondering if there are some tall thick hedges that would provide food as well or if not then what are the best ones for privacy?

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 It's my first year with chickens and wanted some advice on preparing for winter. Is there anything special I need to do for my birds or anything I need to pay special attention to through the winter?

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What's the difference between GMO, hybrid, and organic seeds?

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Do you have any suggestions for businesses for my homestead that do not require a lot of space? I have less than an acre and would love to generate at least a part time income but preferably a full time income from home.

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What's the best way to heat a large outbuilding? I have a 40'x 60' pole barn, uninsulated with a concrete floor and want to use it for a wood working shop. Any ideas?

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Can you make jam and jelly without processed sugar and store bought pectin?

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Every year I have tons of poison Ivy grow along my fence rows and ditches. I'm highly allergic to it. Do you know how to get rid of it without weed killer?

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I would like to start raising rabbits for meat. Should I raise them in cages or colony raise them?

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These are questions I have been asked in the past. If there is not a question here you feel like you can answer adequately then feel free to suggest another question to answer. Send question to sthomestead@gmail.com.