Big Deal GMOs

What’s the Big Deal GMOs?

You may be hearing a lot about Big Deal GMOs. Most likely, you eat them regularly. The acronym GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” Bayer’s Monsanto, with the support of many businesses, organizations, and agencies, has been steadily increasing its use of GMOs since the first GMO tomato was introduced over a decade ago. It’s gotten out of control. Ever eat a product containing soy or corn products? If you eat any type of packaged … Read more

Ten Things to Love About Rural Living

Escape to the Country ~ 10 Things to Love About Rural Living

Escape to the Country – Things 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 two weeks a year. Why do people Escape to the Country Apart from a few years that I spent as … Read more

Backyard Chicken Adoption Guide

Successful Hen and Backyard Chicken Adoption

Backyard 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. Some hens will sit on a nest for a few days and then go back to business as usual. So I kept an eye on these girls, and they all remained on their nests. We … Read more

Colorful Rooster

Keeping a Rooster Pros and Cons ~ Learn Which is Best for You

Deciding on keeping a rooster or not, that is a big question! When it comes to owning roosters, there are pros and cons to consider. There are many people making money by owning chickens and roosters as well. Pros and Cons of Keeping a Rooster Rooster has several positive roles in a flock of chickens. A rooster provides fertilization services to the hens in the flock. Fertile eggs means you can hatch baby chicks. Rooster … Read more

Creating and Building Root Cellars

Creating and Building Root Cellars for Year Round Storage

Creating 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 in the spring as long as they haven’t been devoured or damaged by rodents. But for storage of other produce, root cellars can be a … Read more

Livestock Guardian Animal

Do You Need a Livestock Guardian Animal? Here’s What to Consider

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. We were surprised to discover a … Read more

The Backyard Homestead Review

Backyard Homestead with Carleen Madigan

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 only is it a book, but … Read more

How I Built My DIY Hydroponic System and Hydroponic Garden

How I Built My DIY Hydroponic System and Hydroponic Garden

DIY Hydroponic System – We did 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 went 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 about anyone can set them … Read more

Soil Poor

Starting a Garden Where Soil Poor

It’s natural to wonder if it’s worth your time and money 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.  What is poor soil? It’s when you have soil that consists of rocks, sand, or heavy clay… or dust or dirt without … Read more

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