Last Updated on: June 22, 2020. Livestock 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 would also be an issue around poultry. Therefore, we started to search for ways to keep our animals safe. … Read more
Last Updated on: July 21, 2020. Backyard 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 give it an experimental try. The Backyard Homestead, edited by Carleen Madigan, is one of those books. But not … Read more
Last Updated on: June 16, 2020. DIY Hydroponic System – We do not have any garden space or soil for planting in our yard. But that didn’t let that stop us from starting a vegetable garden. Here’s how we about building a hydroponic garden. How to Build a DIY Hydroponic Garden If you haven’t considered setting up a DIY Hydroponic Garden you’re really missing out. These gardens are the wave of the future, and just … Read more
Last Updated on: July 14, 2020. Starting 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. How do you start putting in a garden if your soil poor and is really bad? A: Whether you have rocks, sand, or heavy clay…or dust … Read more
Last Updated on: April 26, 2020. How to be livestock guardian dog in case any of you do-it-yourself are interested! Livestock Guardian Dog – 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 need to know that I have a job. Literally. I get paid in many different … Read more
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!
Last Updated on: May 31, 2020. There’s a lot to know about storing grain in buckets. But the great thing is, once you learn how, it’s easy to do. Our hacks will make it even easier! Q#1: How do you go about storing grain in buckets? Q#2: Do you have to do anything to keep air out? A: We have two short answers and one long answer for that! Survival Food: A Comprehensive Guide for … Read more
We’ve had beef cattle before, but until I read this book, I didn’t see any way I could ever keep a milk cow.
Not enough space, not enough time, not enough knowledge. But author Sue Weaver has changed my mind.
I now know that a cow does not take a lot of space or time. And with this book at my side, I’d have just about all the knowledge I’d need.
Last Updated on: July 14, 2020. Country gardens are not just for vegetables. There’s so much more you can do. Just in time for our first snowfall, I got our vegetable patch put to bed for the winter. As I was working, I realized that in spite of the colorful veggies and herbs, I had really missed having a flower bed. Along with food production, beautiful scenery is an important part of a wellness sanctuary … Read more
Last Updated on: July 15, 2020. This is about restoring an old abandoned rural backyard. Several months ago, we had to relocate due to a job. In this economy, you often don’t have a choice. The job we relocated for was a blessing but it took us several months to find the right home. The one we found is incredible. It’s out at the end of a rural backyard road, and it has about twenty fruit … Read more