Livestock Guardian Dog

How to Be a Livestock Guardian Dog

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 ways, like kibble and belly rubs, but my job on the homestead is a very important one. How to be … Read more

Jill Winger

Interview Jill Winger of “Your Custom Homestead”

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!

Storing Grain in Buckets

Guide to Grain Storage in Buckets and Mylar Bags

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! Grain Storage in Buckets Grains can be poured directly into sanitized buckets with … Read more

Owning a Dairy Cow

The Backyard Cow: Guide to Keeping a Productive Family Cow

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.

fresh garden flowers

Country Gardens Are Not Just for Vegetables

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 and rural living too. We didn’t … Read more

Rural Backyard

Restoring an Old Abandoned Rural Backyard

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 trees, a grape arbor, blackberries, tons … Read more