Category Archive for: ‘Homesteading’

55 common foods from the kitchen for hens

Feeding Hens with Kitchen Scraps

There are plenty of common foods we eat all the time that are yummy and beneficial to chickens too. Integrating various foods into your flock’s diet helps give them balanced nutrition and keep them healthy, plus feeding hens your food scraps that would otherwise go in the garbage saves money and reduces food waste. Pam Freeman, author of the fabulous …

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Shovels and spades: what is the difference?

The Home Gardener’s Guide to Shovels and Spades

Do you know what you’re digging with? Many people don’t know that shovels and spades are actually two different tools with different uses. There are so many garden tools out there that it can be overwhelming and hard to know which tools to use for which jobs, but if you know how to choose the right tools, your garden and …

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Collecting eggs

Backyard Chicken Breeds and Egg Color

Many people who are new to raising chickens hope for a myriad of different colors of eggs to try, but it can be difficult to know which chickens to choose and what kind of eggs they will produce. Why are some eggs white while others are brown, blue, or green? Is it the color of the feathers that determine the …

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Indoors or out, a pallet planter is a vertical organizer for all kinds of greenery.

Building with Secondhand Stuff: Make a Wood Pallet Planter

It seems like there are a million creative ideas for making things out of pallets these days, so naturally I sought out one specifically for the garden. This planter has a rustic look that is enhanced by greenery cascading down it, and it creates a ton of room for planting—perfect for those without much outdoor space. This project comes from …

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41 herbs for hens

43 Healthy Herbs for Hens: the Health Benefits of Culinary Herbs

Catnip may drive your cat crazy, but it’s a sedative for chickens. Lavender, bee balm, and chamomile are relaxing for people, and hens too. If you keep chickens, or want to add some to your garden, then you will want to read about the health benefits of culinary herbs for chicken-keeping. If herbs for hens can help prevent mites and …

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Heirloom Tomatoes

Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Forget seed catalogs, I’m shopping for my tomatoes at the farmer’s market. Walking through the colorful displays of produce at my local farmer’s market, I’m brimming with anticipation for the next gardening year. The heirloom tomatoes that I pick out today—given they pass the all-important taste test—will be the garden bounty of my future. Saving heirloom tomato seeds brings back those …

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