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Homebrew your very own mead with killer bee honey

How to Make Mead Homebrew Recipe: Killer Mead

Dear Readers,

Happy New Year!  I can’t believe 2017 is already here!

The long nights are here (as well as the cold and snow!) and my husband and I have been brewing a lot and I mean a lot over this last year. We hosted a large Yule party this year with lots of food and drink to fuel partygoers with something delicious, seasonal and warming.  

We also wanted to make something traditional which many of our friends had never had before (let along drink out of a giant drinking horn!) so we made mead and I want to share the recipe with you.

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Winterize Your Chicken Coop For Free

How To Winterize Chicken Coops For Free

Winter’s coming and you need to winterize the chicken coop.

I’m totally stealing a phrase from Game of Thrones but winter is coming and it’s coming fast!  

This whole method of winterizing the chicken coop was all my husband’s idea.  He gets full credit for this one and it’s so simple, I can’t believe we haven’t seen it anywhere else so today I’m sharing this frugal way of insulating your chicken coop that you can try.

My trees are dumping leaves and making a yellow, brown and red crunchy carpet on the ground which provides me hours of cardio raking them up.  The winds are picking up and temperatures are dropping at night so it’s time to start looking at winterizing the chicken coop.

And I’m going to show you how to do it for FREE, yes for free!

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Make your own natural organic fertilizers at home

Learn the Secret to Getting Better Harvests with Homemade Natural Liquid Fertilizer

Dear Readers,

I want to share a secret with you so you can get amazing harvests in your garden too. I’m going to tell you how you can make your own liquid fertilizer using things you might already have in your garden.

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raised beds with cardboard organic no dig gardening

How To Make Easy Raised Garden Beds Using Cardboard

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Dear Readers,

Today I want to show you a cheap and easy way to make garden beds using cardboard.  This raised bed tutorial is a no dig gardening method which anyone can do and I will take you through how I used materials I had lying around to make it. Read More

How To Make A Reversible Tote Bag

Dear Readers,

I have been on what can only be described as a sewing bender the last few weeks. I made a reversible bag as a gift for a very close friend and it exploded into requests from other friends then to family wanting one. So I have been diligently making a personalized bag for each person and I wanted to share with you how to make them. Read More

How To Brew: Secondary Fermentation (Episode 3)

Dear Readers,

Welcome to episode three of brewing beer in the How To Brew All Grain Brewing series where I take you through the secondary fermentation stage of beer brewing at home. Read More

Dehydrate snow peas to make nutritious snow pea chips. Click to find out how to get started or pin it to save for later.

Dehydrating Snow Peas: How To Make Snow Pea Chips In 6 Easy Steps

Dehydrating snow peas is a really easy way to start the homesteading skill of preserving.  Preserving the harvest is a busy time in the homesteader’s year and comes around quickly once the growing season is off  to a start and we’re already harvesting buckets full of leafy greens, snow peas, radishes and salads.

In this post, I’ll show you step by step how to dehydrate snow peas or any other peas where you can eat the pod whole such as mangetout by making healthy, delicious, spicy snow pea chips (snow pea crisps) in 6 easy steps. Read More

Make Your Own Liquid Fertilizers

Make Your Own Liquid Fertilizers

Dear Readers,

In this post I would like to show you step by step how to make your own liquid fertilizers by using herbs such as comfrey, manure and my favorite: Gardener’s Revenge Fertilizer from weeds.

Making your own liquid fertilizers is incredibly easy, super thrifty but rather smelly so try to make them somewhere downwind of the garden. Read More