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3 Tried and True Methods of Killing Insects

We have reached that time of year when we thank God that the onslaughts of summer stinging, biting and swarming insects have ceased their stinging, biting and swarming. Phewwwwww…. Oh wait, here come the fall insects! Ants, Lice, Mites, Fleas, Asian Beetles, Boxelder Bugs, Bedbugs, Earwigs, Millipedes, Centipedes, Cluster Flies, Silverfish, Cockroaches, Worms, Squash Bugs …

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Forest Permaculture

Forest Permaculture is an integrated three dimensional design of permanent agricultural layers combining tall trees, small trees and shrubs, vines, perennial and self-seeding ground covers, and livestock to sustainability and permanently provide nutrients. Okay, that sounds so serious and professional.  Permaculture is a method of farming management where the environment provides food for your livestock.  …

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Whole-Grain Flour Guide – Food and Recipes

Trying to reduce refined grains in your diet? Use our whole-grain flour guide to replace white flour with high-quality, nutritious alternatives. By Tabitha Alterman As science learns more about the makeup of a healthy diet, one fact has become clear: Refined grains are bad for our health—and our waistlines. Saying that a grain is “whole” …

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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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Echinacea:The Art of Tincturing

Learn to harvest and make medicine from this immune-boosting plant By Susan Belsinger and Tina Marie Wilcox We cultivate the echinacea because they are handsome perennial-flowering plants that add height and color to our gardens and show off their splendid coneheads throughout the summer and into the fall. Butterflies and birds are attracted to these …

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Emergency Survival Kits

Power outages ... severe storms ... no worries! With a little planning, you can keep your family calm and safe during short-term emergencies. By Matthew Stein Keep your family safe no matter how severe the conditions by planning ahead and creating a short-term survival kit. IMAGE: KEITH WARD In today’s world of blackouts, big storms, …

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Be Prepared to Survive

Be Prepared to Survive In the event of economic crises, sweeping natural disasters, or other massives disruption of the political and social order, will you be prepared to survive? Yes, if you follow the author's advice. By Kris Torrey | September/October 1974 If you want to be prepared to survive, the three main things you'll …

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Homestead Menu Planning

As homesteaders, we are so tired at meal times it becomes difficult to be creative.  Having a basic menu to plan meals just may be a lifesaver in those moments.  I begin my menu planning with basic categories so I know what I am preparing prior to the day even beginning.  This way I can …

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How To Milk A Cow

By Joann Grohman Milking a cow is a rewarding experience. Photo by Adobe Stock/Tanya Rusanova Keeping A Family Cow (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013), by Joann Grohman, guides potential and current small farmers on how to care for and benefit from raising dairy cows. The following excerpt from chapter three (Milking Your Cow) describes how to …

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Growing Fall Broccoli and Brassicas

By Barbara Pleasant Thick mulch will help keep soil cool, a boon to fall broccoli and brassicas like this kohlrabi seedling. Photo by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff Is there some secret to growing good fall crops of broccoli and other cabbage family crops? I start the seedlings indoors, but as soon as I set them …

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