Septic Tank Maintenance

Septic Tank Maintenance ~ The Basics

If you are moving to the country, chances are that you will have to deal with owning a septic system. This means that you will also have to manage septic tank maintenance. Those who have always had homes connected to a sewer system might find this intimidating. Generally, most people want to flush and forget about it. Yet, when you live the independent, homestead lifestyle, this is something that you have to consider.  Septic Tank Maintenance More … Read more

muscovy duck

Muscovy Duck ~ Learn About Raising these Red-Faced Ducks

Good for meat, the Muscovy duck is also useful around a pond, cleaning up insects. Muscovy ducks are a popular domestic breed to raise in North America. They are usually kept as backyard or hobby animals, and sometimes as pets. They are friendly and not aggressive. They are highly adaptable and hardy. Muscovies are not considered to be productive layers. They lay between 40 – 80 white eggs each year. Hens will start laying around … Read more

septic tank cleaning

Septic Tank Cleaning ~ What it means, costs, and when to do it

The idea that you as a homeowner are now responsible for the management of your own sewage can be a little unsettling. You probably have a hundred questions about living with a septic system, and we have the know-how that you need to make this endeavor a success. The key to uncertainty is education, so read on to have all of your septic tank and septic tank cleaning questions answered. You have picked out the … Read more

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Can Chickens Eat Tomatoes? What to Know about Tomatoes

If you have a bit of excess garden produce or some scraps from your kitchen, you may have an idea. You may look at your kitchen scraps and wonder, Can Chickens Eat Tomatoes? When you first start raising chickens, you may be a bit nervous. You know that the layer pellets and chicken scratch that you buy at the store is safe for your feathered friends. After you have had them for a while, you … Read more

septic tank pumping

Septic Tank Pumping ~ What to Know

“How do septic tanks work?” or “How often does my septic tank need pumping?” may be questions that you’re asking if this is the first time you have ever dealt with a septic system.  If you have never lived in the country, the idea of dealing with a septic system may come as a surprise. However, especially in rural areas, septic systems are often more the rule than the exception.  If you have always lived … Read more

how to harvest basil

How to Harvest Basil So It Keeps Growing

Learn how to harvest basil to maximize growth. This warm weather plant will produce lots of leaves. The great thing about growing basil is you can snip leaves off to use in cooking as well as snip branches off to regrow more basil plants. You can also harvest the seeds. Before you know it, you’ll have several plants with more leaves than you know what to do with. There’s no fear of killing the plant … Read more

types of owls

Whooo is That? 16 Types of Owls Found in North America

Learn about different types of owls. With their unique calls and their nocturnal habits, owls are very fascinating birds. Because they feast on rodents, snakes, and other small creatures, owls are considered apex predators.  Despite the fact that some people find them spooky, their eating habits help keep the population of pesky animals in check. They can be a great asset to your property. Owls are found almost everywhere, and they vary greatly in shape, … Read more

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How to Keep Owls Away – Tips for Deterring and Getting Rid of an Owl

Owls are majestic and beautiful creatures that many people find fascinating. However, if you have small pets or keep chickens or other vulnerable farm critters, owls can be a threat to your animals. While you may understand that owls are a needed animal in nature’s life cycle, you may not want them around your property.  We explain how to keep owls away from your property. There are many things you can do to deter owls.  … Read more

Best PTO Generators

PTO Generator ~ What It Does and 5 to Choose From

PTO generator, also called power take-off generator, is a tool utilized primarily by those who have farm or construction equipment with a Power Take Off (PTO) connector. You might see PTO generators referred to as tractor-powered generators or a PTO driven generator as well. Either way, these generators are powerful must-have for anyone who owns a tractor with a PTO shaft connector. Here we explain why a PTO generator is so effective, dive deep into … Read more

Whole house generator

Whole House Generator ~ What to Know and How to Choose One

A whole house generator is an extremely useful investment in the event of an emergency. It can provide enough power for all your electronics and appliances. It can also be permanently installed and connected to your house to offer an automatic, quick, and seamless transition during a power outage. In the event of an emergency, a whole home generator can supply power to your home as long as it has a sufficient fuel supply. You … Read more