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Welcome To The Small Town Homestead

A homesteading website where we talk about gardening, livestock, food preservation, self sufficiency, sustainability, self reliance, urban homesteading, permaculture, foraging, hunting, fishing and the skills that will help you in your homesteading journey.

You can read our blog, listen to the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Join our Facebook Group “The Homestead Front Porch,” or you can take things to the next level and join our Homestead Forum Membership Community where you get special members only podcast episodes, exclusive videos, courses, access to the discussion forum and discounts on products and resources for your homesteading journey.

A Few Favorite Perennials With Guest Natalie Bogwalker

On this podcast episode I’m joined by Founder and Director of Wild Abundance.net Natalie Bogwalker and we discuss a few of her favorite perennials for the homestead and her school Wild Abundance and the classes they offer.

Creating and Utilizing “Edge” For Abundance

What is commonly referred to as the tenth Permaculture design principle is “Edge Effect” which is the use of edge and natural patterns for best effect. Use of this principle can increase productivity, efficiency  and diversity throughout your homestead, especially when used in small scale spaces.

Townhouse Homesteading With Guest Ashley Dempster

On this podcast episode I’m joined by homesteader and blogger Ashley Dempster of Townhouse Homestead as we discuss the many things she is doing to homestead even though she has very little space.

How To Raise Black Soldier Fly Larvae For Chickens

Chickens love bugs. If you ever let your chickens free range, you have probably seen them pecking around for tasty snacks around your yard. You can easily ensure your chickens have a steady supply of bugs by raising black soldier fly larvae.

Homesteading and Heritage Cooking With Guest Jill Winger

On this podcast episode I’m joined by author, homesteader, blogger and creator of the Heritage Cooking Crash Course, Jill Winger as we chat about her journey into homesteading, some of the things she is doing on her homestead and heritage cooking.

Book Review: The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone

The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.

10 Tips to Keep Your Chicken Coop Smelling Clean

Here are some ideas to keep your chicken coop smelling clean – no matter what time of year it may be, or how many chickens you might have.

Homesteading and Chicken Chat With Guest Alyssa Olson

On this podcast episode i’m joined by homesteader and blogger Alyssa Olson from thesheepshedmn.com as we talk about her homestead and starting a chicken flock.

Heating Your Home With Firewood With Guest Kerry Brown

On this podcast episode I’m joined by guest Kerry Brown to discuss the basics of getting started heating your home with firewood even if your home doesn’t currently have a woodstove.

Recommended Item Of The Week: LaMotte Garden Soil Test Kit

Finally I found one that works! If you want an accurate measurement of your soil PH, and the NPK levels without sending in multiple samples to a lab then you will want to get the LaMotte garden soil test kit.

All The Dirt On Living The Good Life With Guest Kirsten Lie-Nielsen

On this podcast episode I have a chat with homesteader and author Kirsten Lie-Nielsen from hostilevalleyliving.com about her homesteading journey and her book “So You Want To Be A Modern Homesteader: All The Dirt On Living The Good Life”

How To Plant Trees On Your Homestead

One of the greatest assets to any homestead are the productive trees growing on your property. In this article I will cover some tips for planting them on your homestead which should give you the best results for having healthy and productive trees.

Family Homesteading With Guest Teri Page

On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by Teri Page to discuss her new book “Family Homesteading: The Ultimate Guide to Self-Sufficiency for the Whole Family” and her family’s journey into homesteading and what that has been like with and for her kids.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Kitchen Compost Pail

If you’re going to grow a great organic vegetable garden you first have to grow good soil and to grow good soil compost is going to play a huge part on your homestead. For a lot of folks some of the most difficult parts of composting are overcoming the undesirable things, one of which is collecting food scraps in their kitchen.

Building Your Own Organic Garden Oasis With Guest Jackie Beyer

On today’s podcast episode I have a chat with Jackie Beyer of the Organic Gardener Podcast about her journey into organic gardening, her podcast and building an organic gardening oasis. 

How To Turn Your Home Into A Homestead

No matter where you live you can homestead! However what you can do on your homestead may be determined or limited by where you live. In this article I will go over how to evaluate your property to determine the possibilities and limitations that will help you decide what homesteading will look like for you.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Stainless Steel Cast Iron Chainmail Scrubber

I love using all my cast iron! I remember the days of trying to use a spatula to scrape the crud out of the bottom of my cast iron skillet and trying not to mess up the seasoning on the pan. Then I found out about chainmail scrubbers.

A Discussion With John Moody, Author Of The Frugal Homesteader

On today’s podcast episode I have a chat with John Moody. John discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was killing him, with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems. So, the family began to transition to local foods and local food distribution. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. He is the founder of the Whole Life Buying Club, and also speaks at many local, regional, and national events on food, farming, and nutrition. Author of the Frugal Homesteader Handbook, he has three books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, including one on weed control and one on elderberry. 

Recommended Item Of The Week: Home Canning With Confidence

The question that I get asked quite often by folks just getting started is “What Homesteading Skills Should I Work On As A New Homesteader?” Of all the things on the list of skills I give them I think learning to can is the one that people seem to want to learn the most but are also a little scared to dive into.

Why Every Homesteader Should Also Be A Prepper

On This podcast episode I discuss a few things homesteaders should be doing to practice preparedness for when or if disaster strikes in any form.

How To Prepare A Bug Out Bag

Nobody wants to leave their home and it should be a last resort, but the reality is when you need to flee your home quickly a bug out bug can make things much better for you. Here is how to prepare a bug out bag for when things turn bad.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Heated Seed Mat

For the first couple years of growing a garden I didn’t use heated seed mats, I started all of my seeds indoors on the kitchen table (despite my wife’s displeasure with this) in front of a south facing window. It seemed like it would take forever for the seeds to germinate and grow to the point of hardening off and preparing for being transplanted into the garden. Then I purchased a couple seed mats and I couldn’t believe the difference it made.

Seed Catalogs You Should Have On Your Coffee Table

Seed catalogs are great to have as you think about and plan your garden. There are a few great companies out there that send beautiful and information packed and best of all FREE catalogs right to your door.

Emergency Back Up Power Options

On this podcast episode I discuss some possible options to have in place just in case you lose power on your homestead for an extended period of time.

Finding Cheap and Free Resources To Build Your Homestead

What are you lacking to really get your homestead going; time, money, land, stuff?  In this episode I will discuss how to find free and cheap resources to build your homestead.

Just Chewin’ The Fat While Driving: Homestead Updates and More

In this podcast episode I just wanted to chat with you about what has been going on around the homestead. I talk about why I took a short break and some of the things I’ve been doing in the garden and with the livestock. I also talk about a few changes I’m thinking of making around the homestead.

Preparing The Greenhouse For Winter

Having a greenhouse, even a small one can be very useful on the homestead, we use ours in all four seasons. In this video I talk about some things I do to transition the greenhouse over for growing a few things through the winter.

How To Have Fresh Lettuce All Year

It is great to grow your own food, harvest that food and then in some form or another preserve that food to make it available year round. What is even better though is having something fresh from the garden you can eat year round.

On this podcast episode I answer a listener question about how I grow lettuce for fresh salads year round in a four season climate.

Grafting Is A Great Way To Grow A Homestead Orchard

Having an orchard on your property is an amazing thing, but it can be an expensive pursuit. Buying saplings to plant can be costly but if you have a little time and patience then there may be a better way to build that orchard of your dreams. Why not give grafting a try.

A Harvest From The Quote Garden: Gardening Is About…

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the practical side of gardening; the healthy food that that it supplies, the security it can provide through the preservation of it. While these may be the most important things to you I believe this quote reminds us of so much more that the garden is about.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Hori Hori Knife

If you were to ask me what my 3 most used gardening tools are, the Hori Hori Knife would be on the list and it would be on the list for most serious gardeners I think.

Creative Homesteading In Small Spaces With Children

Homesteading in small spaces has many challenges but things get even tougher when children’s play equipment is battling for space in the backyard of an urban or suburban homestead.

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.

How To Find Places To Hunt

Hunting is a great way to fill the homestead freezer but what do you do if you don’t have a place to hunt? Here are a few ideas on how you can find a place to hunt and provide potentially hundreds of of pounds of meat for your family.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Electric Leaf Shredder

An Electric Leaf Shredder can make yard and garden clean up much easier and speed up the breakdown process of all the organic material for use on the homestead. By dropping leaves and plants through the shredder you can make an ideal soil amendment for your garden.

Why Do Tomatoes Split And What To Do About It

Early on in my gardening journey I noticed something strange happening to my tomatoes which caused me to do a lot of research. Since then it is a question I get all the time from beginner gardeners and that question is “why do my tomatoes split and what can I do to prevent it?”

Homesteading In A Tiny House

Have you ever thought about homesteading with a tiny house but don’t know where to begin? Is it even something that’s right for you? Is homesteading while living in a tiny house even practical? 

On today’s podcast episode I have a conversation with Ryan Mitchell from TheTinyLife.com and he answers questions like these and others.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Wooden Half Bushel Baskets

Baskets like these 2-pack Cornucopia Brands Wooden Half Bushel Baskets have been used for many years on homesteads everywhere for both practical garden and farm chores to decorative purposes at the farmers market or farm stand.

Preparing A Chicken Coop For A Cold Winter

On this podcast episode I answer a listener question about prepping a coop for winter, specifically about ventilation requirements in a coop. This is an often underestimated feature in a coop but a very important one.

Improve Garden Soil By Growing Cover Crops

There are three main ways you can improve the soil in a garden bed, You can use organic mulches to cover the bed, work in soil amendments or you can grow cover crops. All of these methods work well and each have their advantages but cover cropping garden beds seems to be the one people consider the least because they know the least about it. So let’s dive in and take a look at this great method for improving your soil.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Eversprout Fruit Picker

Why is the best fruit always way up in the tree? Well that’s not a problem if you have the Eversprout Fruit Picker. 

Using Goats And Other Methods For Clearing Land

On this podcast episode I answer a question from a listener by sharing my thoughts on how to clear underbrush from a piece of land using goats to make it useful for other livestock or anything else he might want to do with it.

Harvesting Sunflower Seeds

What a great treat any time of the year, a mid-day snack at work, something to munch on when your out for a hike, kickin’ back relaxing by a camp fire, yep I could have a handful of sunflower seeds just about anytime. It’s even a greater satisfaction when you grow, harvest and roast your own.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Biodegradable Disposable Tea Filter Bags

One of real joys of gardening is growing plants that can be used to make herbal teas. I find that these bags make it super easy to have a quick cup of tea whenever I want one without a lot of hassle. This 300 Piece Empty Drawstring Tea Bag Package can be a useful addition to your homestead.

7 Reasons Having A Homesteading Community Is Important

There is nothing I’ve pursued in homesteading that has brought me more value in the past few years than building community and it wasn’t even on the list of reasons I wanted to homestead in the beginning. Here are 7 reasons I believe having a homesteading community is important.

Introducing Children To Gardening

Many families are changing the way they are living to pursue a lifestyle of self sufficiency and sustainability and because of that many children are being introduced to gardening for the very first time. Many are wondering about how to get their children in a self sufficient, homesteading mindset. Well here are a few tips that just might help.

Homesteading On A Temporary Property

Do you want to start homesteading someday but don’t live on your “forever homestead” and don’t plan on staying at your current location too long? What can you do right now, right where you are even if it’s a temporary situation? On this podcast episode I tackle those questions.

Purslane: Friend or Foe of the Garden?

Purslane can be both a friend and a foe in the garden depending on how you use it and manage it in the garden. In order to get the most from our gardens it is not only important to understand the vegetables we are growing but to know all we can about the weeds that pop up as well and purslane is one such common weed you are likely to see.

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.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Polish Fermenting Crock

This is one for all the folks who want to take their fermenting serious and to the next level. The Burnt Sienna, TSM Products Polish Fermenting Crock with Stone Weights will help you do just that.

Reflecting Back and Looking Forward On This 100th Episode

On this episode I am celebrating 100 episodes by taking a few minutes and looking at why I started this podcast, what I’ve learned along the way, what I believe this podcast has accomplished so far and where I think it’s heading in the future.

Permaculture Design Principle “Integration Rather Than Segregation” For An Efficient And Productive Homestead

Integration Rather Than Segregation is recognized as the eight permaculture design principle and in this article we will look at how integration rather than segregation can be applied to benefit your homestead by adding efficiency and productivity.

7 Things Saturday 7-21-18

A Saturday mix of things I want to share or found interesting throughout the week. This could be anything from anywhere, you never know what you’ll see.

Urban Homesteading May Be The Answer

According to the United States Census Bureau 62.7% of the population live within city limits, that’s over 203 million people. When we consider that most of those people live in homes with at least a small yard and many without yards have community gardens available to them we can begin to see the potential.

What To Do First To Turn A New Home Into A Homestead

In this podcast episode I answer a question from a listener about what I would suggest they do first at their soon to be new home to turn it into a functioning homestead.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Culina 5-Quart Salad Spinner

If you’re going to grow your own greens you can make your life a lot easier with a good salad spinner. The one I have and recommend is the Culina Space Saving 5-Quart Salad Spinner. 

What Homesteading Podcasts Do I Listen To

In this podcast episode I answer a question about what podcasts I am currently listening to and my thoughts on Jack Spirko and his podcast called The Survival Podcast.

How To Build A Simple Aquaponics System

Have you ever wanted to get started with aquaponics but maybe you thought it looked a little difficult? Well I hope this post can convince you otherwise. Here is how to build a simple aquaponics system using an IBC.

7 Things Saturday 7-14-18

A Saturday mix of things I want to share or found interesting through the week. This could be anything from anywhere, you never know what you’ll see.

Eating Healthy From The Homestead

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 97 – July 12, 2018 – Eating Healthy From The Homestead.
In this podcast episode I answer a question about what I believe caused my past health issues and the diet that helped me turn it all around. I discuss healthy eating from the homestead and things like organic, paleo, ketogenic and Weston A. Price.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Gardener’s Hollow Leg

The Gardener’s Hollow Leg Debris Pruning and Harvesting Bag with Adjustable Belt. Just put this recycled bag around your waist and start using both hands for weeding or harvesting. The ring opening will always stay open for you with no fumbling around.

A Homesteading Journey That Went Down Many Paths: An Interview With Michele Nutter

On this podcast episode I have a conversation with homesteader and Author Michele Nutter. Michele started homesteading for frugal living reasons but soon started down many other paths such as pursuing healthy eating of ethically raised meats, herbal remedies and even a preparedness lifestyle as well as many other paths.

Small Town Homestead Video Tour

Possibilities In Urban Homesteading –
Folks have been asking for a complete tour of our Urban Homestead for a while now so I thought it was about time I did that.

Using Mulch In The Garden + Members Only Live Chat

There are a lot of people talking about using mulch in gardens these days. People like Ruth Stout and her book No-Work Garden Book: Secrets of the Famous Year-Round Mulch Method and the Back To Eden Gardening Film have brought a lot of recognition to this method of gardening. Here Is what you need to know about using mulch in the garden.

7 Things Saturday 6-30-18

A Saturday mix of things I want to share or found interesting through the week. This could be anything from anywhere, you never know what you’ll see.

Why Garden In Raised Beds Instead Of Planting In The Ground?

Why would you go through all the trouble of building raised beds instead of just planting your garden directly in the ground? What are the benefits of raised beds? Here are 9 benefits to gardening in raised beds.

5 Great Ways To Use Coffee Grounds On The Homestead

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 95 – June 29, 2018 – 5 Great Ways To Use Coffee Grounds On The Homestead.
I Discuss:
Coffee grounds in compost.
How to balance a hot compost pile.
Using coffee grounds in vermicomposting.
Other ways to use coffee grounds on the homestead.
Where to use unused coffee. 
Where to get more coffee grounds.

Homesteading The Permaculture Way

A few years ago when I started homesteading I had no idea what permaculture was, I was simply growing a few vegetables in some raised beds, planting a couple fruit trees and raising a few rabbits.  Then permaculture came into my life and it changed everything about the way I was homesteading.

7 Classic Quotes That Can Be Applied To Homesteading + Members Only Podcast Episode

I feel like I can accomplish anything that I want to do as long as I feel inspired and great classic quotes have the ability to do this for me. In this members only episode I look at 7 classic quotes that can be applied to homesteading for inspiration and motivation.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Weston Cabbage Shredder

You can only truly appreciate a kitchen utensil like this if you’ve ever made sauerkraut by chopping up cabbage with a knife. The Weston Cabbage Shredder is AWESOME!

The Good, Bad and Ugly About Growing Bamboo

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 94 – June 25, 2018 – The Good, Bad and Ugly About Growing Bamboo.

I Discuss:

The benefits of bamboo. Construction material, privacy screens, culinary, medicinal.
The problems with growing bamboo.
Different types of bamboo. Over 1500 varieties. Running and Clumping.
Who might want to grow it. Those who have space and a purpose.
Who definitely wants to avoid growing it.

Battling The Blight: Prevention and Treatment + Members Only Live Chat

Something most homesteaders will have to face sometime and maybe even have to be in constant battle with is blight. It wreaks havoc on our tomato and potato plants and causes us huge losses in harvest. In this live chat I will discuss a few preventive methods as well as some treatments.

Building A Garden Wash Station

For quite some time I had contemplated building something I could use to clean off my vegetables before I brought them in the house and I finally got around to it. There are several reasons for having a garden wash station as I will discuss below but first I will tell you that we enjoy it more than we thought we would. The garden wash station is a welcomed addition to the homestead and if you don’t have one you should consider building one soon.

Laying Down A Strong Foundation For A New Homestead

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 93 – June 20, 2018 – Laying Down A Strong Foundation For A New Homestead.
I discuss:
Evaluation of your new homestead
Education through reputable sources.
Emulating great examples of those who are doing what you want to do.
Establish the right infrastructure for your homestead.
Evolve gradually, because you won’t get everything right the first time.
Enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Redmon Green Culture 65-Gallon Compost Bin

Do You Want A Great Garden? It all starts with great soil and to build healthy soil you will need to occasionally amend your soil with things like compost.

The Redmon Green Culture 65 Gallon Compost Bin makes it easy and convenient to convert your food and lawn waste into nutrient-rich compost.

Small Backyard Ponds: Advantages and Dealing With Potential Problems

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 92 – June 18, 2018 – Small Backyard Ponds: Advantages and Dealing With Potential Problems.
I Discuss:
The advantages to having a small backyard pond. Wildlife (frogs, snakes and pollinators), growing water plants, microclimates, emergency water, and enjoyment.
Different ways to install small ponds. Hard liner, rubber liner, plastic, bentonite clay.
Other pond components. Pumps, filters, pipes.
Beneficial features. Waterfalls, streams, bridges.
Mosquito issues and solutions. Moving water, fish.
Other potential issues. Moss, algae, unwanted wildlife, safety concerns.

Setting Up A Rabbitry

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 91 – June 14, 2018 – Setting Up A Rabbitry.

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:

Ty Asks – What are some best ways to set up a rabbitry? I have three does and a buck in separate outdoor hutches at this time. I have been receiving large amounts of request for rabbit meat. So in order to capitalize I want to expand my operation. I was thinking of building a small rabbit specific barn but i have no clue were to start. What should the dimensions be, what type of ventilation should i use, what kind of watering system works best, should I make it climate controlled, etc. And how to do all of this without breaking the bank?

What Is Homesteading?

In this podcast episode we will dive into what homesteading is and what it means to pursue a life of self sufficiency and sustainability.

Starting A Homesteading Blog, Why and How | Members Only Live Chat

If you have ever thought about starting a homesteading blog or just wonder why you should then join me in this live chat or watch the replay as we discuss a few reasons you may want to, what’s involved and how to get started.

Using Pallets To Make Raised Garden Beds

Growing a garden in raised beds has many benefits but can sometimes be a little costly depending on what you build them out of. I’m all about being frugal and using what I have or what I can get cheap or free for my homestead projects, and pallets seem to be one of those things that just seem to be easy to get for free.

A Few Homestead Hacks That Work | Members Only Podcast Episode

Every homesteader I know Is always looking for ways to make things easier or save money doing a task. I call these tips and tricks “Homestead Hacks” and there are a lot out there but here are a few I use and that work.

Building A Greenhouse Out Of Old Windows

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 89 – June 6, 2018 – Building A Greenhouse Out Of Old Windows.
Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:
Jason Asks – I’m thinking of building a new greenhouse out of old windows. My question is, is it worth it, estimate cost, and some good plans locations.

When Are You Too Young or Old To Start Homesteading?

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 88 – June 4, 2018 – When Are You Too Young or Old To Start Homesteading?

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:

Tanya asks: I would love to hear your thoughts on starting a homestead in mid life. We are looking to homestead in the near future and we are a married couple in our mid 40s with a young son (4 yrs). People say it would be futile as we are too old for such a lifestyle. I think it could be an advantage in having the wisdom and forethought to homestead smart, not back-breaking hard, not break-the-bank hard. 

How To Properly Use A Greenhouse

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 87 – May 28, 2018 – How To Properly Use A Greenhouse.

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:

Troy asks – How do you properly use a greenhouse? I bought a small 6×8 plastic greenhouse to use. I had horrible luck. It didn’t retain any heat at night and if any sun was out, it got between 30 – 50 degrees hotter than outside and would fry my plants. I don’t know where I’m going wrong.

Return of Investment In Homesteading

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 86 – May 28, 2018 – Return of Investment In Homesteading.

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:

Kolbi Asks – I would love to hear more about if you feel that the financial investments you’ve made for homesteading projects have helped you save money later. For example, have you gardening expenditures begun to pay for themselves in terms of produce you’ve harvested? If not, do you think they will over the course of several years? Same for, say, quail – have you been able to start making up your infrastructure costs? How long do you think that takes? Can homesteading ever put one in the black or are you always in the red? We’re just starting out and I’m really interested to learn more about typically how long it takes to recoup infrastructure costs.

A Few Power Tools That Make Homesteading Easier | Members Only Podcast Episode

Every homestead needs a few tools but which ones are the most useful and make homesteading easier? On this podcast episode I discuss a few such tools, some might seem obvious, others maybe you haven’t thought about.

Protecting Plants In The Heat of Summer

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 85 – May 25, 2018 – Protecting Plants In The Heat of Summer

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:

Randy Asks – What are some strategies for protecting veggie plants in heat of summer? We have a lot of 95+ degree days here and it would be nice to hear some new strategies of keeping plants shaded/cooler to improve production.

Outdoor and Summer Kitchens

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 84 – May 23, 2018 – Outdoor and Summer Kitchens.

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:

Sarah Asks – What are your thoughts on the usefulness of a summer kitchen? This is our first summer and with all the stuff I want to can from the garden I can see that I will be paying through the nose on electric bills to cool the house back down.

Planting Trees and Shrubs In Less Than Ideal Soil

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 83 – May 21, 2018 – Planting Trees and Shrubs In Less Than Ideal Soil.

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:

Alexandra Asks – What is the best way to prepare the soil for planting trees and shrubs, on property that has hard compacted grey soil, with no nice top soil, only enough for grass to barely penetrate. How long would you take before hand to prep your tree spot?

The Prepper Side of Homesteading | Members Only Podcast Episode

On this podcast episode I discuss how homesteading and prepping are the two sides of the same coin and why I believe that while every prepper is not a homesteader, every good homesteader is a prepper.

15 Uses For Dandelion On Your Homestead | Members Only Podcast Episode

Do you have those pesky little flowers ruining your manicured lawn… If you’re a homesteader that’s probably not the way you think. You know they’re good for something, but what? On this podcast episode I’ll share 15 uses for dandelion on your homestead.

Consider Growing These 7 Perennials On Your Homestead

On this podcast episode I discuss 7 perennials you might want to consider growing on your homestead. I go over how to prepare, maintain and make best use of these perennials.

Function Stacking On Small Scale Homesteads

On this podcast episode I will discuss what is commonly known as the second permaculture design principle, Stacking Functions. The application of this design principle can lead to a more productive homestead.

Destructive Insect Control For Organic Gardening

In this podcast episode I discuss a few methods for controlling destructive insects in your organic garden and give the best chance for having a great harvest.

Raising Coturnix Quail On The Homestead

In this podcast episode I discuss what you need to know to get started raising Jumbo Brown Coturnix Quail on your homestead. I talk about the basic facts about these quail, general care and equipment needed as well as some the benefits from this wonderful livestock.

Homesteaders Share Why They Started Homesteading

In this episode I was feeling under the weather and fighting a cough so I asked some folks if they wanted to share why they started homesteading. This is a collaboration from a few homesteaders about what lead them down this path.

Living Fences: Trees, Hedges and Fedges

In this podcast episode I discuss creating privacy or a barrier using living fences, made from trees, hedges and fedges. 

10 Things I Don’t Want You To Know About Me

On this podcast episode I respond to some negative feedback by telling you 10 things I don’t really want you to know about me in order to take myself off a pedestal some have put me on and help you realize you can homestead and make a difference in the world.

The Wormcast: All About Vermicomposting

In this podcast episode I discuss composting with worms. Vermicomposting is a fantastic way to compost and provide valuable nutrients for your garden, here’s what you need to know to get started with your very own composting system.

27 Movies For Homesteading Inspiration

In this podcast episode I decided to step away from the usual format and do something fun by combining two of my passions, homesteading and good movies. I discuss 27 movies I believe offer a little homesteading inspiration to keep you ever pressing forward in your journey. 

Homesteaders Need To Know About Coccidiosis

In this podcast episode I discuss the dreaded coccidiosis which is a common problem among homesteaders raising livestock. I talk about what coccidiosis is and how to prevent and treat it. 

Announcements and Recommendations

I decided to take a break for a couple weeks during the holiday season from the regular podcast episodes but I did want to tell you a few things and leave you with some recommendations.

Q & A Episode: Mistakes, Regrets, Farm Sitters, Soil Tests and More

On this Podcast episode I answer a few questions from listeners. I talk about what to get started with on a new homestead, mistakes I’ve made and what I’d do different, getting away from the homestead and farm sitters, what to look for on a new homestead, guest rules on my homestead, what i’ve decided to stop doing and making use of a leach field area.

The Underappreciated Mulberry Tree

When someone asks me what my favorite most useful tree on the homestead is I’m quick to answer, The Mulberry Tree! This usually surprises the person asking the question as this tree is considered a burden to many homeowners. In this podcast episode I’ll talk about why I believe it is one of the best trees you can have on your homestead.

Pioneer Roots: Interview with Melissa K. Norris

On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by homesteader, blogger, author and podcaster Melissa K. Norris. Melissa and her family homestead 15 acres in Washington where they raise cattle, chickens, pigs, grow heirloom vegetables and put a lot of emphasis on cooking from scratch. She has written two books and she is the host of the “Pioneering Today” Podcast. 

5 Reasons You Might Fail As A Homesteader

Getting started homesteading is easy, all you have to do is just start. But to keep homesteading, well that might be a little tougher. In this podcast episode I discuss 5 reasons you might fail as a homesteader and what you can do to prevent it from happening.

Build Your Own Homestead Hardware Store

Being prepared and keeping supplies around the homestead is a necessity in my opinion. That’s why I think building your very own “Homestead Hardware Store” is a good idea.

Homesteading When Your Spouse Isn’t On Board

Do you have dreams of being a homesteader but your spouse doesn’t? On today’s podcast episode I want to give some of my thoughts on homesteading even if your spouse isn’t on board with the whole self sufficiency thing. 

7 Ways For Kids To Make Money On The Homestead

In this article I share 7 ways kids can make money by starting their very own business. All of these endeavors will help them to learn all aspects of running a business from bookkeeping to a little hard labor to customer service.

Container Gardening

It has never been more important for you to grow at least some of your own healthy food. The good news is anyone can do it no matter where they live. One great way is to garden using containers. On today’s podcast episode I discuss the pros and cons of container vegetable gardening

How To Create A Beautiful Ranch Style Fence

A few years ago I decided to surround my property with a ranch style fence. I searched around for a simple design I liked and settled on this and have been really happy with the way it turned out.

The Homestead Weekly Web Roundup 9-8-17

The weekly post where I share with you homestead relevant items from all around the web that have caught my eye in the last week. Kick back and enjoy this smorgasbord of internet variety.

Expanding Your Home Outdoors

As many of you are doubtlessly aware, homesteading requires creativity and ingenuity. Many folks live sustainably on a small acreage of land. My husband and I find that as the weather warms, our time outdoors increases. Here, on our small homestead nestled in the mountains of Vermont, we have discovered opportunities to expand our living spaces by creating private areas outdoors as well as creatively using outbuildings. .

The Homestead Weekly Web Roundup 8-31-17

The weekly post where I share with you homestead relevant items from all around the web that have caught my eye in the last week. Kick back and enjoy this smorgasbord of internet variety.

Recommended Item of The Week: Ninja Fit

If you want to use up some of that homestead garden surplus whipping up some healthy drinks, smoothies or whatever other blended snacks you can think of then the Ninja Fit could be a handy little tool for your homestead kitchen.

Weekly Web Roundup 8-24-17

The weekly post where I share with you homestead relevant items from all around the web that have caught my eye in the last week. Kick back and enjoy this smorgasbord of internet variety.

Seed Saving for Self Sufficiency

A big step toward self sufficiency is knowing how to collect and store seeds from your garden. On today’s podcast episode I discuss all the basics of seed saving and all the reasons you may want to start doing it.

Creating and Utilizing Microclimates

Getting the most from your garden depends on a lot of things including the right climate conditions for each specific plant. On today’s podcast episode I discuss how to locate or create microclimates for your garden and how best to use those microclimates.

Homesteading Saved My Life!

Someone recently asked me to write an article answering the question “Homesteading is important to me because…” This was easy for me to answer because I believe I’m still walking this earth today because of homesteading. Here’s my story.

Homesteads Aren’t Fueled by Rainbows and Unicorn Farts

Homesteading Is hard work! I’m writing this right now at night because I’m tired and am quite often tired at the end of the day.

So why do it? Is it worth it? These are the questions I often ponder and constantly make me consider why I’m doing this.

My Favorite Homesteading Books

Books have always played a big part in my life and while video’s, podcasts and blog posts are useful, the book will always be my favorite resource. Here is a small list of my favorite homesteading books.

Turning Your Backyard Into A Wildlife Garden

Most of us know that today’s conventional lawns are generally unsustainable. Grass not only requires large amounts of water and mowing, but it also provides very little to the native ecosystem. Below are some tips on turning your landscaping into a sustainable wildlife garden that benefits your local flora and fauna.

9 Ways to Prepare for Homesteading While Still in the City

The homesteading movement is taking root across America. For some it has meant selling their suburban home and moving to the outskirts of town, while for others it means looking for ways to bring the “farm life” to wherever they are because their circumstances make living anywhere but the city impractical.

All About Comfrey On The Homestead

On today’s podcast episode I discuss the many uses of having comfrey on the homestead and why EVERY homesteader should be growing it, what variety to grow and where to get it.

21 Ideas To Help You Grow A Lot Of Food On A Small Homestead

On today’s podcast episode I will discuss how you can make the most out of what you have by giving you 21 ideas to help you grow a lot of food on a small homestead. These ideas can be used for urban, suburban and even rural homesteaders for increasing the amount of food they grow.

Healthy Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Homestead

Not only is Spring a time to get started with our gardens it’s also the time we think about giving our home a deep cleaning after a season of being closed up. On today’s podcast episode I will discuss how to spring clean your homestead in a safe and non-toxic way that will make your homestead a healthier place.

First Year Building An Off-Grid Homestead: A few Things I Learned Along the Way

Guest Post: I will start out by saying I tend to learn things the hard way. It is not that I am unwilling to take advice from others but I tend to jump into things and then ask questions later. Sometimes it is a fun learning experience and occasionally it is a what was I thinking experience. When it is one of those moments I could kick myself in the butt for, I try not to dwell on it and find something small I can accomplish and feel good about.

7 DIY Homestead Building Projects Worth Doing

On today’s podcast episode I will share with you 7 Diy Homestead Building Projects that will make great additions to your homestead. These are simple and easy to build projects that anyone can do.

Thoughts On Hugelkultur, Food Forests, Aquaponics and Other Popular Food Growing Methods

On today’s podcast episode 58 I give my thoughts on a few popular food growing methods that seem to be the hot topics in homesteading today. Are these methods something you should be doing or are they just a shiny object that looks good on the surface but have no place on your homestead?

First Year Building An Off-Grid Homestead

Guest Post: Given the situation I was in, I decided it was time to finally pursue the dream I had as a teenager. It may not be in Alaska but I found a 40 acre lot I could afford and start my homestead. The only thing I had was my truck, a large tent, some tools, and a small generator. Starting from the first day I arrived, I knew this was going to be a challenge.

Passing On A Homesteading Legacy and Getting Started Homesteading Without Land

In this podcast episode I share my thoughts on living out the legacy that has been handed down to you, adding to that legacy and then passing it down to future generations. I also share 11 tips for getting started homesteading if you don’t have any or very little land.

Pastured Pork For Free Or For Profit

In this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Kelly and Troy McClung guest host again. The core of the discussion is how to raise hogs on your homestead for free or for profit. Kelly and Troy detail how they raise pastured pork on their homestead and how it is a valuable revenue stream to support their homesteading expansion endeavors.

Continuing To Turn An Old, Run-Down Appalachian Property Into A Functional Farm

In this episode, guest hosts Troy and Kelly McClung discuss their eager anticipation of warmer weather on their homestead in central West Virginia. Their to-do list is long and the excitement is building to see what can be accomplished this season.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Range Kleen Battery Organizer

We have always just kept an assortment of batteries in a kitchen drawer but that was until I came across this sweet little organizer that holds 82 assorted batteries plus has a tester. One look and you know what you need to stock up on and you always know where to find your batteries when you need them.

Q & A Episode- Seed Starting, Adding Compost To Garden, Self Employed Health Insurance and More

On today’s podcast episode I will be giving my thoughts on some questions from you, the listeners. I will be answering questions today on seed starting, how and when to add finished compost to a garden, I’ll give my thoughts on health insurance for the self employed, tanning rabbit hides, software I use to do my “techy stuff” and what life looks like a little further along in the homesteading journey.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Portable Greenhouse

Before I built my larger permanent greenhouse this is what I used to get my seeds going a little earlier in the year and give my garden a jumpstart. When you’re not using it for seed starting it also makes a great shelf to set plants on in the summer when you remove the cover.

Working To Build A Homesteading Community

On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by Melinda Lee, a homesteader in Ohio with a passion for working with and building community around gardening and homesteading. Melinda has a website called “The Homesteading and Preparedness Collective” where she shares about her urban homestead along with other useful information to help others down their own homesteading paths.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Easy Fermentation Kits

Fermented foods are Sooo good for your gut health and amazingly easy to make right at home, especially if you have the right tools. Fortunately it doesn’t take much, just a mason jar, your veggies of choice some salt and one of these kits and you have everything you need.

Figuring Out The Homestead Life

On today’s podcast episode i’m joined by Lana Jackson, a homesteader on 13 acres in Iowa and in her own words she’s “a city girl trying to figure out country life.” Lana is someone eager to help others down the homesteading path by giving advice and sharing her struggles to hopefully keep them from making some of the mistakes and going through some of the struggles she has.

Spend A Winter Saturday With Me On The Homestead

Hang out with me a little on a winter Saturday as I hang out in the greenhouse a little, do a few chores, spend a little time in the kitchen and record a podcast.

Following A Passion For Homesteading

On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by Jill May. She and her family are homesteaders on a couple acres in Ohio with a passion for the lifestyle and she also is an active member of our Homestead Front Porch Facebook Group.

Pursuing An Off-Grid Homesteading Lifestyle

On today’s podcast episode I chat with Tanya Morrison, she is a homesteader in Alberta Canada pursuing a journey “back” to off-grid living while taking advantage of modern technology.

Planning Your Spring Garden

There is much to consider when you layout a plan for your spring garden and in this article/podcast episode I will help you think through the details and provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to have your best garden so far.

Keeping Bees for Pollination Without Honey

Over the past several years many people have heard about the problems that the honey bee has been facing. Scientist and the such have labeled this problem as Colony Collapse Disorder. And while many people around the world are studying this and debating its cause and what can be done about it.

Homesteading In The Winter

Perhaps when one thinks of homesteading they have images in their mind of digging in the garden on a warm summer day or perhaps putting in fence posts while sweat runs down your brow and no doubt these scenes are common on the homestead but in the winter homesteading looks completely different.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Farm Innovators Submergible Tank De-Icer

Submergible tank de-icer
Thermostatically controlled to operate only when necessary
A sturdy, protective cage permits use in all tanks, including plastic
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Homestead Updates and 2017 Goals

On today’s podcast episode I chat about recent updates on the homestead and our goals for 2017. I share these things to hopefully inspire you to set some goals for your homestead and perhaps give you a few ideas for your next steps.

Frugal Homesteading

On today’s podcast episode I talk about living a frugal lifestyle on the homestead, what it means to be frugal and the benefits of frugality. I share several ideas for being more frugal in the kitchen, the garden, with raising livestock and general ideas for running a frugal household.

Homesteading For Better Health: An Interview with Rachel Jamison

On today’s episode I have a conversation with Rachel Jamison, a suburban homesteader in Michigan. Rachel started down the path of homesteading for better health for herself and her family.

A Family Homesteading For Self Sufficiency: An Interview with Cindy Patterson

On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by Cindy Patterson. Cindy and her family live on a 700 acre farm/homestead in Saskatchewan Canada and are doing a little bit of everything to be as self sufficient as they can be.

Full Time Jobs and A Busy Growing Homestead: An Interview with Steve Dinicol

On today’s podcast episode I have a conversation with Steve Dinicol, a homesteader on 133 acres in British Columbia Canada. Steve and his wife work full time jobs and still manage to operate and expand their homestead although expand too quickly at times as Steve will confess.

Homesteading In The Suburbs: An Interview with Ariel Gunn

On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by Ariel Gunn. Ariel is an urban homesteader in Texas working toward a more self sufficient lifestyle right where she is.

100 Acres, Good Stewardship and Hard Work: An Interview With Troy McClung

On today’s episode I have a conversation with Troy McClung. Troy homesteads/farms 100 acres in Southern West Virginia and shares about his journey at RedToolHouse.com.

A Life In The Wild: An Interview With Robin Follette

On today’s podcast I’m joined by Robin Follette from alifeinthewild.com. Robin and I talk about her 45 acre homestead in Maine and the things she is doing to live a self-sufficient life.

Winter Preparations On The Homestead

Depending on where you live winter can be a trying time on the homestead, but with a little preparation we can weather the storm a little easier and make those long winter months safer and less stressful.

Here are a few things you may need to do before it gets too bad outside.

Making Mulch, Huge Eggplant and Upcoming Event

On today’s blog post I talk about making mulch with my new Sun Joe chipper/shredder, the huge eggplant I grew and an upcoming event you don’t want to miss.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Outdoor Edge Game Processor 12-Piece Portable Butcher Kit

If you’re going to process your own animals, whether you […]

Hunting Whitetail Deer To Fill The Homestead Freezer

Homesteading isn’t all about gardening and raising livestock, hunting to supply meat for the homestead is a long standing tradition and way of life for the homesteader as well. Hunting the Whitetail Deer is one the most common and most rewarding hunts a homesteader can partake in. On Today’s podcast I will discuss everything you need to know to hunt whitetail deer and fill the homestead freezer.

How To Get Started Raising Pigs On The Homestead

Are you thinking about adding pigs to your homestead? Pigs are a great homestead animal but there are a few things you should know before you get started.

Recommended Product Of The Week: Worm Factory 360 Worm Composter

Composting with worms allows you to turn kitchen scraps, paper […]

Q & A Episode- Pigs, Raised Bed Gardens and What Makes Someone A Homesteader

On today’s podcast episode I will be giving my thoughts on some questions from you, the listeners. I will be answering questions today on getting started raising pigs on a small scale, setting up raised bed gardens with a focus on the soil and what makes a person a homesteader.

Ready For Fall, Another Great Podcast and What’s New!

In today’s blog post I discuss how I’m So Ready For Fall, I will tell you about another great podcast I discovered and I’ll share with you what’s new with the Modern Homesteading Podcast.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Programmable Dual Outlet Digital Timer

Get ready for the shorter days by installing the Urban Farmer […]

How To Homestead When You Don’t Have Time To Homestead

One of the biggest hurdles some people face when it comes to homesteading is time. They don’t have enough of it to spare, they don’t how how much it will take and they are unsure how to manage it in a way that will allow them to engage in a homesteading lifestyle. On today’s podcast I will discuss a few ways you can homestead when you don’t have enough time to homestead.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Farm Innovators Heated Water Bottle

Cold weather is something you want to be ready for […]

Harvesting Lettuce Seeds, Simple Is Better and The Garden My Rabbits Planted

On today’s daily blog post I talk about harvesting lettuce seeds, how sometimes simple is better as I share a simple squash recipe and I’ll talk about and show you the garden my rabbits planted.

8 Unconventional Ways Modern Homesteaders Can Make Money

Homesteaders look for independence and self sufficiency in every area of life so it only makes sense that when it comes to making an income they would look at every possible option. Modern homesteaders don’t only have to look at the conventional ways of making money such as farmer’s markets, and csa’s but can take advantage of some of the unconventional money making options.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Berkey Water Filtration System

Berkey water filters provide the ultimate in water bourne contamination […]

Why You Should Start Homesteading Right Now Right Where You Are

On today’s podcast I will discuss with you several reasons why you shouldn’t wait until you move to your dream homestead, but instead you should start your homesteading journey right now and right where you are.

Our Annual Trip To The Farmer’s Pike Festival

Every year in our county there is a farm festival that draws people from near and far called the Farmer’s Pike Festival. We have attended for many years and we always have a good time. Usually I have to be convinced to go because i’m not a “large crowds kinda guy” but I always end up having a good time. This year all my kids came home to go out there with and it made it that much funner.

The Why, Where and How To of Rainwater Catchment Systems

On today’s podcast I will discuss everything you need to know about building your very own diy rainwater catchment system. From why you should build one, where it should be, to the details of how to build a rainwater capturing setup.

This Week’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #20

“Our primary health care should begin on the farm and in our hearts, and not in some laboratory of the biotech and pharmaceutical companies.” ― Gary Hopkins

Recommended Item Of The Week: The Only Squirrel Cookbook You’ll Ever Need

“The Only Squirrel Cookbook You’ll Ever Need” is the largest […]

Beginner’s Guide To Hunting Squirrel

A great way to keep the homestead freezer well stocked with meat is by hunting and if you’re going to go hunting there aren’t many animals to hunt that will bring you more success and more enjoyment than hunting squirrel.

Making Grape Jelly, Preparing For The Hunt and Another Podcast Worth Listening To

In today’s daily blog post I will show you how to make homemade grape jelly, I’ll share a little about preparing for going squirrel hunting and tell you about another podcast worth listening to.

Product Review: Haus & Garten Titanium Pruning Shears

I received these Haus & Garten Titanium Pruning Shears for […]

Homesteading Skills

On today’s podcast I will give a brief overview on many homesteading skills worth acquiring and I discuss how one would go about learning some of these skills.

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #19

“Use your lives wisely, my friends, and conserve these precious freedoms for future generations.” -Ted Nugent

Introducing Our New Facebook Group and The Modern Homesteading Blog Hop

On today’s daily blog post I Introduce you to our new facebook group “The Homestead Front Porch” and the latest addition to our website “The Modern Homesteading Blog Hop”.

50 Homesteading Resources For Inspiration, Motivation and Education

On today’s podcast I will share 50 resources that will inspire, motivate and educate anyone interested in or living the homesteading lifestyle. Podcasts, YouTube channels, blogs and documentaries are great for all things homesteading and this is a list of some of the best.

Neighbors Raise Stink About Noises and Smells at Local Farm

FARMERSLAND, IN – County officials say neighbors of local farmer […]

Blanching Green Beans, Suggested Podcast Episodes and Greenhouse Dreamin’

On today’s daily blog post I share about blanching green beans, I suggest 3 podcast episodes I recently enjoyed and open up about my greenhouse dreamin’.

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #18

“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” – Galileo

Recommended Item Of The Week: GardenHOME 7 Piece Ergonomic Garden Tool Set

Gardening just got more relaxing Gardening just got more relaxing with the GardenHOME 7 Piece Garden Tool Set includes Folding Stool with Tool Bag Tools, all in one set.

Achocha Cucumber Seeds, Zucchini Bread and Other Stuff

In today’s daily blog post I discuss my Achocha Fat Baby Cucumber Seeds, my first batch of Zucchini Bread this year and my research into composting toilets.

Protecting Your Garden From Wildlife

Today’s main topic on the podcast is about how to protect your garden from everything that wants to eat it before you. No matter if you live far in the country or in the heart of the city, your garden is a target for wildlife.

Making Pickles and The Homestead Network

In today’s daily blog post we’re making pickles and I also tell you about a new resource for learning about homesteading, The Homestead Network.

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #17

“Every Day Do Something That Will Inch You Closer To A Better Tomorrow” – Doug Firebaugh

My Cucumber “Tree” and Other Garden Updates

In Today’s Daily Blog Post I talk about my cucumber “tree”, I also share a bit about the lettuce I’m letting go to seed and I talk about the ripe grapes I’ve been waiting impatiently for.

Keeping Livestock On An Urban Homestead

On today’s podcast I’m joined by Sherry Willis from Half-Pint Homestead to talk about keeping livestock on an urban homestead and the new eCourse she has put together to help urban farmers take the livestock leap.

My Top 5 Favorite Homesteading YouTube Channels

Although I subscribe to many channels on YouTube there seems to be a few I never want to miss so on today’s daily blog post I wanted to share with you my top 5 homesteading YouTube channels.

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #16

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs

Recommended Item of The Week: Spiral Slicer Spiralizer

About a year ago I tried zucchini spaghetti for the first time and all I could think about was why haven’t I tried this before. Not only was it a great use of all those zucchini I was pulling out of the garden but it was much healthier than the high carb noodles I was eating before.

Keeping Urban Livestock eCourse

A course that will help you decide if keeping urban livestock is right for you and give you the basic information you need to get started.

What’s Going On With My Tomato Plant?

The main topic of today’s podcast is about identifying common problems with tomato plants and organic ways to fix the problems. This is a question I get asked often and I see being asked all over social media, “what’s going on with my tomato plant?”and I have to say it’s a good question because in the many years I have been growing tomatoes I’ve discovered they are a fickle plant and at one time or another i’ve had about every problem with them.

Aged Garlic Extract, Harvesting Carrots and Using Every Space To Grow Something

Today on the Daily Blog I share a bit about Aged Garlic Extract, Harvesting Carrots and Using Every Space To Grow Something.

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #15

“The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer… form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws.”
-Andrew Jackson

Recommended Item of The Week: Swiss Army Knife

If I were to ever leave the house without this […]

How To Get Free Mulch For Your Garden

Mulch can be one of the greatest assets available for your garden, it can be used in the garden beds to suppress weeds and to create wonderful rich soil with tons of nutrients for your plants. It is also great to use in your garden pathways and around trees and shrubs. I also like to use it just to add more curb appeal to my landscaping by putting it around my house and sidewalks in shady areas where not much will grow. All in all mulch is a wonderful resource to have but where do you get an abundance of it without breaking the bank?

A Documentary Worth Watching and Using Comfrey on Mosquito Bites

On today’s daily blog I write about a documentary worth watching and our experience using comfrey on mosquito bites.

Weeds I Let Grow In My Garden And Why

On today’s podcast I discuss 4 “invasive weeds” I allow to grow in my garden and why.

Building a Planter Box with a Trellis

If you’re limited on gardening space or maybe want to block out some neighbors and get a little privacy in your backyard then building some planter boxes with trellises may be the way to go. These great additions to the garden are easy to build, inexpensive and can provide you with a lot of food for years to come.

Video Tour of Our Garden Trellises, Making Zucchini Chips and Fighting the Blight

On today’s daily blog post I share a video tour of our garden trellises, how to make zucchini chips and how I fight tomato blight.

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #14

“It will not be doubted that with reference either to individual or national welfare, agriculture is of primary importance.” – President George Washington

July 2016 Photos From The Homestead

July 2016 Photos From The Homestead

Recommended Item of The Week: Robo Grip Pliers

Rarely a day goes by when I don’t have a […]

Homestead Updates, Rainy Day Chores and Leisure Activities

Homestead Updates, Rainy Day Chores and Leisure Activities

Neighborhood Outdoor Movie Night

Did you ever want to do something that would bring together the community, help build relationships with your neighbors, something that would be enjoyable for everyone and yet affordable, something that people would remember and talk about? Why not host a neighborhood outdoor movie night.

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #13

“Creating your own urban farm is as simple as planting your flowerbeds with edibles.”

~Greg Peterson, My Ordinary Extraordinary Yard: The Story of the Urban Farm

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #12

“And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.” – Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels

More Great Homesteading Podcasts and Homestead Updates

More Great Homesteading Podcasts I just can’t seem to get […]

Using Every Space To Garden, Soooo Much To Do, and Why I Think Every Homesteader Should Have A Blog

Using Every Space To Garden, Soooo Much To Do, and Why I Think Every Homesteader Should Have A Blog

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #11

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” — Liberty Hyde Bailey

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #10

“Organic farming appealed to me because it involved searching for and discovering nature’s pathways, as opposed to the formulaic approach of chemical farming. The appeal of organic farming is boundless; this mountain has no top, this river has no end.” – Eliot Coleman

Frugal Homesteading, Ever Expanding Gardens and Future Podcasts

Frugal Homesteading As i’ve been getting the gardens ready and […]

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #9

“When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.”

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #8

“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus you get strawberries.” -Ron Finley

Building Raised Beds with Trellises, Food Forests, and I Found Another Great Podcast

Building Raised Beds with Trellises I have been hard at […]

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #7

“I still love farming and gardening and things like that in the summertime.” -Blake Shelton

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #6

“Get in your kitchens, buy unprocessed foods, turn off the TV, and prepare your own foods. This is liberating.” -Joel Salatin

The Incredible Edible Hostas On The Homestead

Hostas on the homestead? I thought homesteading was about growing food not just curb appeal. Well hostas may just be that perfect homestead plant for your homestead, especially if you live in an urban or suburban area. Here’s why.

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #5

  “The greatest fine art of the future will be […]

Roasted Rabbit Recipe

If you raise meat rabbits like I do you might […]

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #4

“I can think of no better form of personal involvement […]

Wild Edibles, Homestead Updates, and Inspiring Stories

. Wild Edibles One skill I’ve been trying to develop […]

Fried Morel Mushrooms

This is what it’s all about folks! Every Spring I […]

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #2

  “I say, if your knees aren’t green by the […]

Summer Preparations For The Homestead

Living in the Midwest it’s easy to remember to get […]

Today’s Harvest From The Quote Garden #1

  “In the spring, at the end of the day, […]

My Favorite Easy Bread Recipe

Making your own fresh baked bread is one of the […]

Dandelion Lemonade

Dandelion is known to be high in Vitamin C and […]

Making Raised Garden Beds Using Natural Materials

In this post I thought I would share with you a few ideas from videos and pictures I found from around the web about how to build raised vegetable garden beds using natural materials such as the soil itself, rocks and logs. This can be a great way to build raised beds if you’re on a budget or just wanting to incorporate a more natural looking design into your property, these designs fit especially well into a permaculture design.

Building A Berry Abundant Homestead

When it comes to growing an abundance of bush fruits on your homestead, or as I like to call it “building your own nature’s candy factory” there are a few things to consider like,what to grow, how much to grow, where to grow them, and how to maintain them. Even after taking all these things into consideration it is my opinion that growing berries on your homestead is one of the most beneficial uses of your time, space and energy when it comes to growing your own food.

A Few Articles and Books Worth Reading

Sometimes I like to share a few good links to articles or products I think are worth checking out. Here are a few for today, enjoy.

Tooth Is Out, Seeds Are In and I Picked Up A New “Old” Book

  Tooth Is Out! It’s been a rough few days […]

The Best Year Ever For Your Homestead

What can another year to the homesteader mean? Are you going to do the same things you’ve always done or are you going to make this next year the best year you’ve ever had for your homestead?

Pain Can Change Your Plans

One of my favorite quotes of all time is from […]

Caring For Rabbits In Cold Weather

A few helpful facts and suggestions to help you take care of your rabbits in the cold weather.

Christmas Art, Christmas Crafts and Re-Reading Great Books

Christmas Art Tis the year my wife (Mary) became artistic. […]

Raising Rabbits: Colony or Cages?

Today is Day 20 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

The Inspiring Side Of Urban Homesteading

Recently I have been checking out a few websites of […]

The Sprouted Pitchfork, Book Giveaway and Greenhouse Kits

  The Sprouted Pitchfork . Found another good podcast a […]

Christmas Traditions at The Small Town Homestead

So often on the homestead we focus on other seasons of year, in the spring we are planting, in the fall we are harvesting, but this time of the year for us is a season of traditions. It really begins the Friday after Thanksgiving when our bellies are still full, we put on some classic Christmas music and dig all the decorations up out of the basement, we put up the tree and set out all the trinkets.

Changing The Rabbitry and Preparing For Quail

Changing the Rabbitry Over the last year and a half […]

Preparedness and Homesteaders Everywhere

Preparedness I was reminded today of the importance of being […]

Pond Aquaponics and Thanksgiving Leftovers

Existing Pond Aquaponics I have been putting a lot of […]

New Podcasts and Best Work Pants

Two New Podcasts I found two new podcasts to listen […]

How To Compost Without The Smell

Today is Day 19 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

Emergency Bag and Aquaponics Plans

. Emergency Bag Finishing up this four day holiday weekend […]

New Book, Anniversary and Seeds

. New Book I just purchased two copies of “Modern […]

Don’t Throw Out That Turkey Carcass, Make Broth!

. This is the broth I made after our Thanksgiving […]

Website Changes and Making Broth

. Website Layout Changes I have decided to change things […]

Is It Safe To Water Bath Can Vegetables?

Today is Day 18 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

What’s The Best Gun For Hunting Small Game?

Today is Day 17 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

What Lights Should I Use For My Indoor Garden?

Today is Day 16 of our 30 days of homesteading […]

Where To Get Free Stuff For The Garden

Today is Day 15 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

Realistic Prepping: What To Be Prepared For

Today is Day 14 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

What’s The Difference Between Heirloom, Hybrid and GMO Seeds?

Today is Day 13 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

3 Best “Building A Greenhouse Step By Step” Videos

I’ve been searching YouTube high and low for the best […]

Healthy Cooking Over A Campfire

Today is Day 12 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

Should I Plant In The Ground Or A Raised Bed

Today is Day 11 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

Introducing Children To Homesteading

Today is Day 10 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

Caring For Chickens In The Winter

Today is Day 9 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

Goat Breeds For Quality Milk

Today is Day 8 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

Homesteading In An Apartment

Today is Day 7 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

How Much Property Do I Need To Start Homesteading?

Today is Day 6 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

What’s The Difference Between A Homesteader And A Prepper?

Today is Day 5 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

How Many Eggs Will A Chicken Lay?

Today is Day 4 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

How To Get Started With Fermenting Food

Today is Day 3 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

Is dog manure safe to use in a garden?

Today is Day 2 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on […]

Things To Consider Before Pursuing An Off-Grid Lifestyle

Today on the podcast we begin with Day 1 of […]

My 10 Favorite Homesteading Podcasts

Today’s question comes from Glen via email. He writes “Enjoying […]

Trying Zucchini Spaghetti For The First Time

Why have I never tried this before, I grow it […]

Q & A – What Do You Use For A Safe Organic Weed Killer?

Today’s question comes from Randy. He asks “What are you […]

Harvesting Vegetables At The Perfect Time

Knowing when to harvest your vegetables at the perfect time […]

Gardening Tips For Early Season Transplants

If you have started your seeds under grow lights or in a greenhouse and hardened them off properly, it is time to really get the garden going. Before putting anything in the ground, think about which vegetables would benefit from a layer of black paper/plastic mulch. Raised beds will heat up quickly in the spring, but with a piece of mulch on top, you will get a significant boost to the root development of your transplants. Of course, later in the season you will get the added benefit of eliminating most of your weeding requirements.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

Making The Homesteading Life The New Normal – Jen Sharpin from The Easy Homestead

On today’s podcast I’m joined by Jen Sharpin from TheEasyHomestead.com. Jen Shares with us about her Journey from no homesteading experience living in Florida to a 15 acre homestead in South Carolina to a 45 acre homestead in Virginia.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

7 Homestead DIY Kits That Make It Easier To Get Started

Making your own products to use around the house is what self sufficiency and homesteading is all about. But maybe your a little like me and sometimes it’s hard to get started doing something new, well I’ve found when I try to do something for the first time it’s a little easier to buy a ready to go kit.

5 Ways To Know If You’re A Homesteader

When many people think of homesteading they think about a cabin in the middle of a big woods completely off the grid, living off the land and this certainly can be homesteading at its finest. However these days homesteading has taken on a deeper and somewhat more inclusive meaning, it is characterized by a lifestyle of self-sufficiency and sustainability but this comes in many forms and can look different from household to household.

5 Cheap Ways To Build A Greenhouse

A greenhouse is something every homesteader should strive for, but good ones aren’t cheap and don’t always fit into the budget. What if you could build your own and not break the bank doing it. Well check out these great DIY greenhouse projects.

Planning A “Destructive Insect” Resistant Garden

Now is the time to start planning your garden, what your going to grow, how much your going to grow, where your going to grow it and etc. One thing you should be considering is how do I plant a garden that is most resistant towards destructive garden insects.

DIY Rain Water Catchment Systems

The average roof collects over 600 gallons of water for every inch of rainfall so why not harvest that water and make use of it. Here are just a few ideas for your very own diy rain water catchment system.

3 Beginner Steps For The Homesteader Wanna-Be

I Wanna Be A Homesteader! I want to be more self sufficient, more sustained by my skills, my land and my efforts. How do I begin my homesteading journey?

5 Ways To Build Raised Garden Beds and 1 Way Not To

Winter time is a great time to start planning and preparing to build or expand your raised bed garden. Here are 5 great ways to build raised beds and 1 way to avoid.

Heating The Homestead Garage

I recently had to put some thought as to how I was going to heat my garage this winter so I could work on the many homestead projects I’ve got going on.