DIY Rabbit Tractor

Reader Valinda Mullin shares a clever DIY hack that allows her to raise healthy, happy meat rabbits in a mobile pen. By Valinda Mullin I thought it’d be great to have a tractor for raising meat rabbits, just like people do with their chickens. I started by gathering up recycled supplies that I’d been saving … Continue reading DIY Rabbit Tractor

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Eat Your Weeds!

Eat Your Weeds! The Best Edible Weeds Easy-growing weeds are surprisingly tasty and packed with nutrients [repost - thanks Mother Earth Living: By Amy Mayfield May/June 2011 With high levels of iron, potassium and beta-carotene, dandelion stimulates digestion and aids the liver. Long used as cleansing tonics, easy-to-find spring weeds are rich in vitamins … Continue reading Eat Your Weeds!

How BIG a Backyard Do You Need?

Interesting... When Summer turns to Fall and the air is crisp, my mind drifts to the planning stage.  For those at the exciting beginning stage of homesteading, this is for you! Here is a fun graphic to illustrate how much land you need to live off and be self sufficient.

7 Steps to Stop the Bird Flu in Its Tracks!

[reposted from my Capper Farmer blog: ] The bird flu is an infection which jumps.  The avian flu virus can pass from wild birds such as ducks to say chickens laying eggs on a farm to people like you.  As this virus makes its jump, it strengthens, becomes nastier, even deadly.  It is very … Continue reading 7 Steps to Stop the Bird Flu in Its Tracks!

Hmmm… What Is In My Dinner?

Worried about the chemicals in your food?  Or how your meat was raised?  Terrified of the Super Bacteria lingering in your salad?  Feel like you have to disinfect every veggie that comes through your door or that you must turn that steak into leather to avoid the inevitable case of food poisoning?  We're going to … Continue reading Hmmm… What Is In My Dinner?

When Bumblefoot Strikes!

[ Repost from my Cappers Farmer blog: ] What is it? Bumblefoot is a staph bacterial infection which has penetrated, typically by a puncture wound or other significant injury, on your bird's foot.  It causes the foot to swell, typically creates a nasty-looking scab and can lead to paralysis or even death. The Cause? … Continue reading When Bumblefoot Strikes!

The Health Benefits of Honey

Whether against sore throats, infected wounds, or upset digestion, the health benefits of honey have been demonstrated time and time again. By Nancy Eischen Spring brings a picture-perfect day. You’re enjoying yourself on a well-deserved vacation. Then you fall, a victim of loose gravel. Your leg is a mess. At the local hospital, you’re given … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Honey

Seed-Starting Essentials

Starting seeds is the inexpensive way to grow more of your favorite plants. Here's what you need to know for success. Seed-Starting Essentials Starting seeds is the inexpensive way to grow more of your favorite plants. Here's what you need to know for success. Starting plants from seed has many practical benefits: You save money, … Continue reading Seed-Starting Essentials

Spring Garden Checklist

Spring’s Last Frost Dates

  Average Frost Dates Alabama City First Fall Frost Last Spring Frost Birmingham 11/9/16 4/2/17 Huntsville 11/4/16 3/30/17 Mobile 11/29/16 2/28/17 Montgomery 11/12/16 3/11/17 Alaska City First Fall Frost Last Spring Frost Anchorage 9/23/16 5/8/17 Fairbanks 9/8/16 5/15/17 Juneau 10/4/16 5/8/17 Nome 8/31/16 6/11/17 Arizona City First Fall Frost Last Spring Frost Flagstaff 9/22/16 6/9/17 … Continue reading Spring’s Last Frost Dates

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Growing Peas

Peas are one of the tastiest vegetables to plant in a garden.  They are easy to grow, sweet when picked at the right time, chocked full of protein, easy to harvest and store.  This is definitely one of my go-to veggies. Sow At the end of January; directly sow seeds in succession (enough for one … Continue reading Growing Peas