Homesteading, Self-sufficiency, Sustainability, Food Security, Independence

 

16 fall homesteading projects

16 Fall Homesteading Projects

Fall is such a gorgeous season here in the Midwest, it's truly my favorite season.  So, while I'm crunching colorful leaves beneath my boots and breathing in the crisp autumn air, I am reminded that there are plenty of fall homesteading projects that will need to be done, before the snow starts to fly.  Here's a list of my "16 Fall Homesteading Projects" that I'll be working on! Canning and Preserving  Canning and preserving food is one of the most important fall homesteading projects that I do around here! Homesteading is all about being self-sustaining, is it not?   Getting serious about having enough...

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How to Get Rid of Varroa Mites in Your Beehives without Chemicals

How to Get Rid of Varroa Mites in Your Beehives without Chemicals

Every created thing has adversaries, and the honeybee is no different.  One of the most damaging predators that the honeybee must contend with is the varroa mite.  But if you're a chemical-free beekeeper like me, you are always looking for ways to keep your honeybees healthy by natural means, but still get rid of the varroa mites!   Today, I want to teach you "How to Control Varroa Mites in Your Beehives without Chemicals". Ever since I became a beekeeper, about 8 years ago, I've been told that you need toxic chemicals to treat varroa mites. However, after many years of research...

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How to Survive Comfortably Without the Grocery Store

How to Survive Comfortably Without the Grocery Store

Can you imagine a life, so self-sufficient, that you could do without the grocery store?  Could you survive one day/week/month, if the grocery store wasn't available to you?  You might be surprised as we discuss "How to Survive Comfortably Without the Grocery Store". Going to the grocery store is something that most Americans do, once, twice or more often each week.  Most of us can't imagine how we would survive without the local grocery for any period of time. A little over a hundred years ago, the first "self-serve" grocery store, Piggly Wiggly opened in Memphis, Tennessee in the year 1916.   But...

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How to make eco friendly cleaning products

How to Make Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Frugal people share at least one thing in common.  They know "How to Make Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products"! You see, frugal people truly hate running to the store for one random item that they might have just run out of. Frugal people also dislike unexpected expenses and overpriced items. This is why prudent folks know all about the magic of cheap, eco-friendly, everyday household items, like vinegar, baking soda, borax, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol and Dawn dish soap to clean their homes with! I am convinced, from spending decades inside of grocery stores and watching people in the checkout, that folks spend 15-20% of...

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How to be a modern homesteader

How to Be a Modern Homesteader

With all of modern benefits and technology of today, why would anyone want to go backwards in time to be a modern-day homesteader? Lots of folks would!  Today's world and the stress it brings would cause many people to ask themselves if it's all worth it.  Is there an alternative to the present-day lifestyle? Yes, there is! Let's talk about "How to Be a Modern Homesteader". The attraction and allure of modern homesteading is indisputable.   So many people dream of living out in the country one day, producing their own food and living from the land, all with different goals in...

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13 Fast Growing Vegetables for Summer

13 Fastest Growing Vegetables at Home for Summer

Summer is such a great time to enjoy all of your favorite vegetables! Short on time, though? Need something quick and easy to grow?  Check out "13 Fastest Growing Vegetables at Home for Summer"! As our food-grid shows itself to be more unstable than anyone really wants to come to terms with, it's wise to start growing some of your own food at home! Increase your food security with these 13 fast growing vegetables, you can start harvesting in no time! 1. Radishes Radishes are one of the fastest growing and most versatile vegetable to incorporate into any meal! Although I love...

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12 Ways to Start Homesteading in the Suburbs

How to Homestead in the Suburbs

  Homesteading in the suburbs?  Yes, it can be done!  I lived and homesteaded in a suburban neighborhood for 15+ years and I have a lot to share with you today about "How to Homestead in the Suburbs"!   1. Install Rainwater Barrels Being in control of your water is an important part of homesteading in the suburbs! Capturing your own rainwater is so easy to do!  Rather than pay high water bills, you can capture your own water from the sky! Rainwater barrels and downspout adaptors are readily available and simple to install.  Rainwater can be used for watering your garden or animals, flushing...

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10 Ways to Improve Your Food Security

10 Ways to Improve Food Security for Your Family

There is little doubt that most Americans need to improve their family's food security, but just how is that done?  Let's take a look at some practical ways you can make sure your family always has enough food! Here's "10 Ways to Improve Food Security for Your Family"! For the last two years here in the states, we have seen unprecedented shortfalls in our food supply. In 2019, known as the year of NoPlant19, we saw record rain fall/flooding in the "Bread basket" states, disallowing farmers to be able to plant in the Spring.  Seeds that needed to be in the...

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How to Know When It's Time to Downsize Your Homestead

How to Know When It’s Time to Downsize Your Homestead

If you've been homesteading for any length of time, chances are you may have more on your plate than is necessary.  How to know when it's time to downsize your homestead?  What are some downsizing tips to make it simpler? Let's dig into this! Becoming a homesteader and building a homestead is a fluid and organic process.  It's a time of great change in your life. The land changes, the weather changes, animals are born and animals pass, and WE change. We aren't the same people that we were when we started on this homesteading adventure! You've learned a lot about how...

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