Category Archives: Homesteading

8 Steps to Evaluating your Food Preparedness for Power Outages

8 Steps to Evaluating your Food Preparedness for Power Outages No matter your level of preparedness the power outage can catch anyone off guard. Now we may react and take the right steps quicker than the average person but there is still that sickening feeling with the power goes out. Have you covered all your …

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Too Much Rain in the Garden – Managing Wet Dirt and Waterlogged Plants

Too Much Rain in the Garden – Managing Wet Dirt and Waterlogged Plants Sometimes spring can do some damage on your garden. Before I moved to raised beds I used to stand at the back door and look outside with a frown as small pools would begin to form. Even with collection of raised beds …

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Homestead Tips: Firewood

Homestead Tips: Firewood There is nothing as human as a fire. There is nothing as fun as humans around a fire. The author begins this article with a sentiment that is very true for those who are heating themselves with wood in the winter. We can never start gathering wood too early. You may be …

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Why Living Smaller Is Living Better! The 5 Big Keys To Downsizing

Why Living Smaller Is Living Better! The 5 Big Keys To Downsizing When I hear the word downsizing it often conjures up visions of children growing up and heading off to college. I see mother and father staring at one another inside a once necessary home that has suddenly just become a headache to two …

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12v Deer and Critter Alarm

12v Deer and Critter Alarm This is a title that will resonate with those gardeners or those chicken keepers out there. It is always a struggle to keep the deer out of our gardens. I mean, I have even struggled dealing with rabbits in my garden. A woman once told me tales of stingy squirrels …

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How To Make A Homemade Battery From Scratch Right Now

How To Make A Homemade Battery From Scratch Right Now Some types of technology are wrapped up so tight that to the average person it seems nearly impossible to be replicated. We have all had that feeling when we are missing the batteries that we need. In that moment with our basic understanding of power …

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This is Why Location is Key for your Long Term Wilderness Survival Shelter

This is Why Location is Key for your Long Term Wilderness Survival Shelter This author has put it all together in one article. When you are considering a location for long term survival that means your situation is dire enough. You have to focus on several things when you are considering a place for long …

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Starting Seeds or Buying Transplants: Which is Better for Your Garden?

Starting Seeds or Buying Transplants: Which is Better for Your Garden? Are you aware that gardening is exploding in this nation. There are 1/3 of people making $35000 or less who are gardening and eating out of their home gardens. Its not just a trend for those making little money but the idea that 1/3 …

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57 Best Cabin Plans

57 Best Cabin Plans Building your own log cabin and starting to live off-grid can be a great way to start prepping. For those who don’t know, log cabins can be built for a surprisingly small sum of money (<$20,000) and can be hidden away making them an ideal home for preppers. Cabins can be …

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5 Lost Survival Lessons I Learned from the Amish

5 Lost Survival Lessons I Learned from the Amish When it comes to walking the walk its hard to overlook the Amish. They have been living the same self reliant lifestyle for a long time and pride themselves on the fact that they do not need the luxuries of the modern world to survive. Of …

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20+ Impressive DIY Water Feature And Garden Pond Ideas

20+ Impressive DIY Water Feature And Garden Pond Ideas Check out these 20+ Impressive DIY Water Feature And Garden Pond Ideas to make your garden awesome this year 🙂 I already have plans to make 2 of them. I personally am having a really hard time prepping my garden this year and this led me to …

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Actually, You CAN Afford to Prep: 30 Easy Spending Cuts to Make It Possible

We can all agree that prepping costs money. It’s hard to imagine buying extra food when you feel like you can barely buy groceries to make it until the next paycheck. Thinking about spending over $100 on a prepper purchase is enough to induce a cold sweat for a lot of folks. Over at Preppers …

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Why I Completely Changed My Family’s Long-Term Survival Plan

For the past five years, I’ve lived the prepper’s dream. I’ve lived on secluded acreage out in the boondocks, with a gate at the driveway to deter those who just wander past. I moved from the Canadian boondocks to the American boondocks (in foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California) and lived the life …

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How to Grill the Perfect Grass-Fed Steak

How to Grill the Perfect Grass-Fed Steak What great news grass fed beef is? There were many great moments in my life but once people figured out that grass fed beef was great for your body and maybe even necessary it brought me back to red meat. Of course, the issue with grass fed beef …

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Watering The Garden – How To Avoid The 3 Most Common Mistakes!

Watering The Garden – How To Avoid The 3 Most Common Mistakes! How long did it take you to realize you didn’t just wake up and water your garden everyday? For me it was just an everyday thing unless it was raining. There was very little thought to the amount of water and what plants …

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Make Dried Pineapple With Zucchini

Make Dried Pineapple With Zucchini There are many exciting ways to manipulate the foods that we grow as well as preserve them. I have never heard this one before. For even the most run of the mill backyard gardener they know that zucchini is going to be coming out of their ears come summertime. It …

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You Can Drill Your Own Homestead Well

You Can Drill Your Own Homestead Well One of the best solutions to a fallen water system is the hand drilled well. This process is surprisingly simple when you compare it to the freedom that you get from having access to your own water. If the water treatment plant is interrupted due to disaster you …

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DIY Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

DIY Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap Do you know how the black plague spread so successfully? It came in on a cavalry of rats. With the advent of modern medicine and modern sanitation techniques we rarely hear anything about diseases that are spread by animals except maybe mosquitos. In the event of a serious collapse all …

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Manual Kitchen Tools To Get For When There Is No Power

Manual Kitchen Tools To Get For When There Is No Power It shouldn’t be a secret by now that our national power grid is fragile and vulnerable to attacks. Even more, people should understand that our electricity “addiction” will have a poor outcome when the grid goes down. You and me, like all other Americans, …

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7 Homesteading Jobs For Winter

7 Homesteading Jobs For Winter For the homesteader and the remote homesteader in particular its never to early to start thinking about winter. I think it is so important to have a plan for the whole year. Its not a bad idea to put together what I like to call a Master Schedule. This will …

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Self-Reliance Strategies for Small Spaces, Temporary Locations, and Rentals

This article is full of self-reliance strategies for small spaces, temporary locations, and rentals because It was inspired by  a reader who asked, “What should those who live in apartment settings or renting do? What should military families do since we move around a lot?” Some self-reliant strategies shared here are not really workable for everyone …

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Why You Need To Prune Tomatoes and Peppers – And How To Do It!

Why You Need To Prune Tomatoes and Peppers – And How To Do It! Gardens are work. There is no getting around it. If you are going to get into it you are going to spend time weeding and pruning among other things. Sometimes in the early part of the season you can get so …

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The Homestead Guard Donkey

The Homestead Guard Donkey Would you ever have imagined a homestead guard donkey even being an option for you? Its only through putting these things into practice and then offering up the information to the public that ideas like these get spread around. If you think this is some kind of gimmick you will be …

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How To Easily Freeze Spinach – A Great Way To Preserve Fresh Spinach

How To Easily Freeze Spinach – A Great Way To Preserve Fresh Spinach Its always one of the first things I harvest each year. The spinach comes early and those delicious baby leaves are just as delicious as the previous years. Its a hard one to beat. I put them in salads, buzz them in …

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3 Small Livestock Preparedness Tips

3 Small Livestock Preparedness Tips One of the most rewarding things I have ever been apart of was raising livestock that produced something for my family to use and eat. Of course, you are not to get too attached to the animals but you are still responsible for taking care of them. Also, following a …

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