Perfect Tyme for Thyme

By Lora Krall Perfect Tyme for Thyme | Herbal Living Winter is cold, full of sickness and not much energy, it is the perfect tyme for thyme! The Greek word for thyme was said to mean “fumigate” for its strong balsamic odor.  It was often used as an incense to dispel illness and germs in …

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The Second Step in Providing Your Own Food

Let’s dig deeper into this subject so that you can fully understand the types of foods you select to produce/raise for your family and friends.  Below is the graph you saw in the previous post, with the daily caloric needs filled in for each person and then the totals. Daunting?  Yes… Do not worry.  Now …

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5 Odd, Old-Time ‘Folk Remedies’ That Really DO WORK

Written by: Tammy Robinson If you are like me, you probably had mom or grandma say to you, “Oh, honey, you don’t need a doctor or drugs. You just need a little old-fashioned medicine!” She then would promptly give me something that sounded a bit strange, but she often was right. It would fix the …

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What You Need to Know About Valerian

We use Valerian daily and nightly... Our very handsome dog, Bear, has epilepsy.  To treat his epilepsy, he receives 530 mg of Valerian and Skullcap (which I will review later on... ) every day.  Valerian, with its anti-spasmodic qualities, has been a Godsend for Bear.  He used to be on pharmaceutical drugs which damaged his …

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Spring Garden Checklist

The First Step in Providing for Your Own Food

"Let's start at the very beginning.... It's a very good place to start..."  -- Yes, I am singing the "Sound of Music: Do-Re-Mi" song in my head as I am writing this.   Want to provide your own food?  Want to start your food planning process, but do not know where to begin?  This should …

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12 Life Lessons Learned From The Great Depression

In the last couple of years, I have uttered to myself, "worst since the Great Depression" far too often for my liking.  Frankly, it makes me nervous.  The remedy to calm my nerves is homesteading. As homesteaders, or those of us who aspire to be, self reliance is our direction.  I believe it is important …

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Seasonal Savory Breakfast Bowls That Will Have Your Family Coming Back for More!

Mornings are quite busy in our household; as I am sure they are in yours!  So, how do you feed your family a healthy breakfast that will have them coming back for more? Breakfast Bowls...  Let me repeat... Breakfast Bowls!  Here are Seasonal Savory Variations on a Breakfast Bowl that your Family is sure to …

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Growing Arugula

Arugula is calorie low and nutrient rich. It is known to prevent cancer, prevent macular degeneration (eyes), is low in oxalate (an anti-nutrient), contributes to bone health, can aid in weight loss and is high in antioxidants, vitamin C, A, and K. Arugula is also mineral rich and is a good source of calcium, iron, …

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5 Small Vegetable Garden Plans

As homesteaders, we tend to equate self-reliance and food production with acreage.  While acres surely help in self-reliance, they are not completely necessary...  at least at the beginning.  I do not specialize in small gardens, but I wanted to offer these plans as inspiration for everyone just getting started.  Urban homesteading is most certainly on …

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Berries in Containers

Growing Raspberries in Containers  Some raspberry varieties grow too large to easily grow in containers, but newer types, such as 'Heritage' or 'Raspberry Shortcake', a dwarf, thornless variety, are well suited to growing in large pots. If you choose another variety, be sure it is a fall-bearing type. Planting tips: Plant in a container that …

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