wHY YOU HAVE BEEN COMPOSTING WRONG ALL ALONG

Why You’ve Been Composting Wrong All Along

Dear Readers,

2017 is here and I want to spread the word about composting and I want to change your perceptions to get you composting even more from your home.

It’s quite a challenge I’ve set myself for this year and I hope you can help spread the word about a better way to compost.

Do you already compost?  Do you compost kitchen waste, prunings, clippings, weeds and all that fun stuff?  I’m so glad that you do but did you know that there is even more that you can compost?

Read on to find out more and why I’m so controversial about my composting!

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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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How to make chicken scratch for omega-3 rich eggs

Making Chicken Food

Dear Readers,

I’ve been making chicken food for a while now to make sure that the hens have nutritious treats, especially when most scratch grains are just corn or soy.  There are many highly nutritious grains which can be fed to hens that are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which will boost the nutrient content of eggs and meat.

Chickens love to scratch about in the dirt and the scratch grain sold in stores is not chicken food but a treat to encourage this natural chicken behavior. Read More

GETTING A GARDEN READY FOR NEXT SEASON

Preparing the Garden for Winter and The Next Season

Dear Readers,

Winter is just around the corner and gardening doesn’t stop here even with the first flurries of snow.   There’s plenty you can be doing in your garden throughout the winter to prepare for the following season.  

Grab yourself a nice hot cuppa tea and  read on to find out what you can be doing in your garden right now and get ahead for the next season.

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Winter tips for keeping chickens

Improving Nutrition and Other Tips for Keeping Chickens Healthy in Wintertime

Dear Readers,

Today I have a special guest post by Gabrielle Yoder from ChickenCoopGuides.com.  

Chickens can experience many different health problems in the winter if their keeper does not keep a close eye on their behavior and habitat. You can keep healthy winter chickens by taking a few simple steps before cold weather sets in and then following through on different strategies as the season progresses.

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TOP 10 HOMESTEADING BLOGS

My Top 10 Homesteading Blogs

Dear Readers,

Today’s post is a share of my favorite places to go for inspiration and information.  Blogging is quite a social thing for many, especially those who work at home but it takes a phenomenal amount of time for a blogger to write a post, take the photos, video, edit the video, publish the post, network, market and all the other stuff in between!

Today I want to share my most admired and favorite blogs for you to check out too.  Some are well established and others are just getting started. Read More

How to grow your best ever garden starting right now. Click to find out more or pin to save for later.

How to Grow Your Best Garden Ever, Starting Right Now

Dear Readers,

Have you ever wanted to start a garden but are not sure where to begin?  Do you have a garden but the harvests haven’t been good or the produce has lacked flavor?

Well you’re not alone and there is a solution!  I’m going to let you into a secret so you can have the best harvest EVER and I’m betting that there’s something on the list you can do right now to improve your garden to so you can reap the benefits when you’re harvesting.

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WHAT TO DO WITH FALLEN LEAVES

What To Do With Fallen Leaves In Your Garden

Dear Readers,

Fall is here!  The leaves are turning gold, russet, coral and burgundy and dropping in the slightest of breezes.  The ground is slick with leaves in the rain which turn to a glittering wonderland in the early morning frost.

What to do with fallen leaves

It would be lovely to just leave them where they fall, but like so many gardeners, suburban and urban homesteaders across the country; there are city ordinances which need abiding by and one must keep up appearances for the good of the neighborhood. So rather than listening to the chatter of birds as they feed before winter, out come the leaf blowers to fill the warmer autumnal days with noise.

I own a leaf blower, I have no idea how to use it and I don’t want to use it and add to the fossil fuel burning but my family use it when I’m away.  

I tackle the gardens with a lawn rake to gather the leaves.  I rather enjoy the cardio exercise I get from raking the leaves and a sense of satisfaction at how many large piles of leaves I can create in the backyard alone!

This post is to answer that annual question “What do I do with all of these leaves?” and how you can turn all those leaves into something useful in the garden rather than filling the trash can with them.

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winterizing the chicken coop

How To Winterize Chicken Coops For Free

Dear Readers,

Winter’s Coming.

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!

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Win a bokashi composting kit

Win A Bokashi Composter Kit

Dear Readers,

I love composting with Bokashi, it means I can compost raw meat, raw fish, dairy, cooked meat and fish as well as all the other items which go into a compost heap.  

Bokashi means I have even less waste heading for landfill coming out of my kitchen and I already use a worm composter, my chickens and a traditional compost heap.

I love my Bokashi composter so much, I want you guys to try it too!

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