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If you are anything like me, you love coffee. It was 1998 when I had my first cup of coffee. It was black and in a small white cup that was sorta like milk glass. Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and in basic training, I was dog tired and someone told me to try coffee, “It’ll wake you up.” Did...

8 Organic Methods for Weed Control

What is a weed? Seems like a silly question but take a quick paradigm check with me and ask yourself, “What IS a weed?” I’ve known folks to grow 8 foot thistles because “they are pretty” and others to grow buttonweed “because it keep the ground moist.” Likewise, I’ve seen other folks pull healthy tomato plants out of the...

Mulch Your Garden and It’ll Grow

The word is getting out. Mulching the garden beds is becoming more and more popular. Nonetheless, I still see bare ground on many gardens and that bare ground is bare due to one of three reasons: 1) Freshly tilled and planted. 2) Intensive weeding all the time. 3) Toxic and cancer-causing poison sprayed on the ground around the plants...

Best Wife in the World

My wife is the best wife in the world. I know that’s a shock to many of you ladies out there who’s been told by their husbands that they are the best. Those gentlemen are well-meaning and we have to give them credit for giving you encouragement. Ahhh, all kidding aside, my wife is wonderful and I wouldn’t trade...

Homestead Passion or Prison

We live in a world that functions by many systems and our homesteads are no different. Watering, feeding, cleaning, pruning, weeding and a whole array of other chores keeps bowed-up busy each day. And with all there is to do we sometimes (more often than I care to admit) neglect family, friends and even personal time. The day-to-day time...

How to be Happy

How to be a Happy Homesteader…How to be a Happy Person Over the past few weeks we have been creating yet another homestead. We’ve been striving toward this concept of self-sufficiency for over a decade and still have not found it. What does it mean to “create a homestead?” Once upon a time, I started homesteading (the verb) on our...

Planting Comfrey – 5 Considerations & 5 Nitty Gritties

Comfrey is a soil builder. To make it simple, we could practice planting comfrey root or crown cuttings right in the dirt and, with a bit of water, the comfrey plant will grow. But, we don’t want simple; we want want gargantuan, humongous, prodigious (that’s a fun word) comfrey. We don't want small and simple; we want big and "not-too-complicated." Comfrey...

Making Worm Compost Tea

Making Worm Compost Tea - Back to the Homestead Throw out all your chemical fertilizers and start making your own worm compost tea. Not to mention you'll find an avenue to dispose of your food scraps. Think about it. You've prepared a nice meal and have pealings and other scraps left over. You enjoyed your meal with your family. You've...

Easy 4 Step Worm Bin Setup

Last week we scored on a big bag of banana peels. The first thing I thought of was, “The worms in our worm bin would love this.” We are currently responsible for 6 bunnies, 8 chickens, a 9-year-old boy and countless red wigglers...worms...yes worms. Worm Composting is different than regular composting; worm composting is super charged composting. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMSKPPC3kjQ] Here on...

Planning Where to Put the New Garden

There are options and there are options you may have never even considered...but will after you read this article. This guide, Planning Where to Put the New Garden, offers suggestions in placing your main, sustenance-producing garden used for canning as well as your seasonal needs. The concept of “a garden” should not narrow your view to a designated, single, squared...

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