Last Updated on December 21st, 2018Things to Love About Rural Living, After living for a long time in urban and suburban environments, I am now living a rural lifestyle. Is this for everybody? Maybe not. But I sure do enjoy rural living 52 weeks a year in a place where I used to vacation for […]
Last Updated on May 21st, 2018Backyard Chicken Adoption – A few months ago, one of our hens, Pigwidgeon, went broody. She was soon joined (literally, in the same nest) by her pal Hedwig. Before long, April had taken over the nestbox in the other coop. Comparing the Best Chicken Swings Some hens will sit on a […]
Last Updated on January 23rd, 2019Deciding on keeping a rooster or not, that is a big question! When it comes to keeping a rooster, there are pros and cons to consider. Here is a great book for all of us who have backyard chickens There are many people making money by keeping chickens and roosters as well. […]
Last Updated on June 6th, 2018Creating and Building Root Cellars – We have done some research though, and to answer your questions, we’ll share what we’ve learned. In some climates, root vegetables can winter in place in the garden, well-mulched before the first freeze. If frozen ground prevents harvest, the vegetables will usually be edible […]
Last Updated on January 24th, 2019Livestock Guardian Animal – Before we moved to our rural property, we knew we would need some help protecting our future livestock from the local coyotes, black bears, and cougars. Here’s what we learned when deciding if we needed a livestock guardian animal. We knew that smaller mammals and rodents […]
Last Updated on September 12th, 2018Backyard Homestead – A lot of the time, when people are beginning with their homestead, it’s difficult to know which direction to go in. One thing that’s usually pretty helpful is if you can get one good book that covers a variety of subjects in enough depth for you to […]
Last Updated on January 23rd, 2019DIY Hydroponics System – Pete doesn’t have any garden space or soil for planting in his yard. But he didn’t let that stop him from starting a vegetable garden. Here he tells us about the he built and the veggies he grows. Here’s what he said about building a hydroponics system. I live in a climate […]
Last Updated on March 15th, 2019Starting a Garden Where Soil Poor – But the good news is, there are ways to do this! Sometimes you can improve the soil that’s there. If it’s beyond an easy fix, you can plant in raised beds you’ve filled with good soil. Q: How do you start putting in […]
Last Updated on February 19th, 2019How to be livestock guardian dog in case any of you do-it-yourself are interested! Even though I am a very busy dog, after a bit of negotiation with myself I agreed to do it and so…here is my DIY how-to! Now where should I start. HMMMMMM. First off, you all […]
One question many of our Rural Living Today readers have in common is “Where do I start?” We’ve been addressing that question in several different ways, and today we have a great addition to our tool kits.
Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead has written an excellent book called Your Custom Homestead. Jill describes it as a “How to Organize Your Thoughts, Dreams, and Ideas to Turn Them into a Unique Homestead” book.
We knew our RLT readers would love that!