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I have to confess, when I first started growing tomatoes I never used to prune them. Then my hubbys friend Tom literally told us to start doing it or stop growing them. lol. Any how, fast forward a few years later I think we have mastered the art of pruning tomatoes. Why would you want […]

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Yep, you read that right, we are going to be canning flour today. I hadn’t done it myself until recently. I have successfully oven canned stuff already in the past, so I am not new to this method. Ready or not here we go, let us look at how to can flour for long term […]

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Oh today was one of those days that I decided to expand our current herb garden. We have different herbs already growing from basil, to cilantro and sage. It just occurred to me that I was actually missing one of the most popular herbs. That is why I looked up how to grow parsley in […]

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Today was one of those days when I have my cravings, and it just so happened it was ice cream. I can’t believe that we have made homemade ice cream cones, but never what actually goes in them. Luckily my friend Shannon shared this 5 minute homemade ice cream recipe, she found online a while […]

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Ok I have not been as excited about growing something from seed, as I am today. When I discovered that just like growing apricots from seed and growing olive trees from seeds , you could actually grow a coconut from another dehusked coconut I became very giddy. I loooove coconuts! You can grab a coconut […]

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A great way to collect water for your homestead is to use rain barrels. We built our very ‘complicated’ diy gutterless rain barrel system, a few years back and it still works well for us. However, I still thought it would be fun to share this diy garbage can rain barrel. I love this idea, […]

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Most people prefer to keep their chickens in coops. We have made quite a few in the past on this blog like the diy garden shed chicken coop and the diy portable A frame chicken coop. However, there is another option which I am seriously considering. This is why I was researching how to keep […]

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What would cooking be without herbs and spices? Trust me I do not really want an answer to that question. Every year I go all out growing different herbs and spices, both indoors and outdoors. This year we added yet another new one into the mix, I learnt how to grow turmeric. Turmeric has been […]

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Canning is one of those activities that have become almost a weekly thing in our kitchen, especially during the gardening season. We can everything over from canned to canned and even canned. Just last week I ran out of canning salt and was thrilled to find out I could make my own canning salt at […]

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Wait, I think I know exactly what you may or may not be thinking. Just take a few minutes to read this before shunning this ingenious idea. I mean you probably are or should already be growing some medicinal herbs or plants such as lavender and peppermint in your garden. So why not learn how […]

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When you live out in the woods, things like spiders are almost a common daily occurrence. That does not mean you have to like them though, my daughter is terrified of these things. We have made homemade mosquito repellent before, so I thought we could try this homemade spider repellent recipe. There is one secret […]

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Well the truth is I have always enjoyed dried apricots more than the fresh ones. Unfortunately you can not get dried ones, without the fresh ones first. Unlike growing banana trees from seed or growing olive trees from seed, the method for growing apricots from seed is slightly different. In order to be successful, you […]

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Are you ready for yet another awesome wood pallet project? I do not believe we can ever make too many of these. I had so much fun with the diy wood pallet outdoor bar and the diy wood pallet bench, so I have no doubt in my mind that building this diy wood pallet sofa […]

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It is a bit too late for us, since we have been keeping goats for a few years already. However, I thought I would just share this with others who may be considering getting started. Some of the things on the list we have already posted about on this blog such as the diy goat […]

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Grow boxes often make gardening more interesting, especially if you have limited space or want to enjoy indoor gardening. A few months back we made this diy Alaska grow box, which we have used to grow a lot of healthy veggies. You know I love to experiment, so today I decided to take on this […]

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Oh my, those juicy strawberries. They are always nice to have especially if you have grown your own strawberries in your garden. However the problem, as we recently discovered comes when you have way too many. We always oven dry some of our strawberries, however this year we decided to try canning strawberry pie filling. […]

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Let us be honest, you are not really a gardener if you do not have a compost. I mean seriously who does that? LOL. We personally have a couple of them, from the diy compost tumbler to the diy 3 bin compost bin, so yes we are REAL gardeners. Today I decided to try this […]

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Often we get carried away with the grown up stuff and forget the little ones too have to endure and enjoy the homestead lifestyle. I have in past made things like homemade fudgesicles for my girls. Today, I wanted to try something super fun like how to make homemade bubbles. What I love about this […]

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When it comes to growing things from seeds, bananas rank high up on one of the difficult ones to get to germinate. We have grown olive trees from seeds already and grown kiwi fruit from seeds too. Then I found another guy online who has figured out how to grow banana trees from seed. Here […]

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I guess we are going to call this, the year of the hammock. Maybe its because once you go hammock you never go back. Earlier this year we had our hands full with this diy hammock stand. Well I decided to try make a different version, this diy crocheted hammock. Unlike the other one, this […]

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