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Cold Climate Gardening – Easiest Crops to Grow (even in small spaces)

In Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

by Matilda With limited space, time and money, I want an optimal, seasonal yield from my cool climate garden.  No matter where I live or how much room I have, the garden is a significant part of my daily life. It also provides an opportunity for appreciation of God’s provision. Most vegetables are beyond comparison for taste if you grow them …

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How to Save Heirloom Vegetable Seeds From Your Garden

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by Debbie S I’ve been seeing a lot of people on forums and comments on other blogs asking about how to save vegetable seeds for next years planning, so I decided to write this article to share what I’ve learned through years of gardening and seed saving… Hybrids are basically for commercial production and flavor is not necessarily what they …

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How Many Acres Do You Need for a Small Farm?

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by Petermccue Like me, I’m sure you’ve seen the numbers out on the internet – “You only need a quarter of an acre to support a family of four” or “Five acres for a family of four” or “20 acres for a family of four” – but what is the basis for these figures? I originally started this article to …

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How to Build an Underground Bunker on a Budget

In Homesteading, Prepping and Preparedness by M.D. Creekmore

by Doc Wacholz In April 2011, we saw one of the worst tornado outbreaks ever in the Southeast. On April 27th alone, there were 208 tornadoes with four being EF5’s tearing across hundreds of miles of the countryside, killing hundreds of people and destroying hundreds of millions of dollars in property across six states. This was the catalyst (amongst other …

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How to Build a Prepper Bunker or Root Cellar Cheaply

by Doc Wacholz In April 2011, we saw one of the worst tornado outbreaks ever in the Southeast. On April 27th alone, there were 208 tornadoes with four being EF5’s tearing across hundreds of miles of the countryside, killing hundreds of people and destroying hundreds of millions of dollars in property across six states. This was the catalyst (amongst other …

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Is Kentucky a Good Survival Retreat Location for Preppers?

In Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

By Joel Skousen Author,  Strategic Relocation and The Secure Home Kentucky and Tennessee are a couple of my favorite states for relocation for those already in the East looking for safety.  They are both in or beyond the Appalachian chain of mountains which will channel refugee flows coming from the east into known highway corridors, which can be strategically avoided. …

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How to Raise Catfish in a Barrel

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The text and illustrations of this article are from Organic Gardening and Farming; October 1973. By Philip and Joyce Mahan After some study and experimentation, we have set up a productive food chain– table scraps to earthworms to catfish–in our backyard. The project is satisfactory in many respects, utilizing waste materials to produce fresh fish for food and at the same time …

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The Backyard Fish Farm

In Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

The text and illustrations of this article are from Organic Gardening and Farming; January 1972 The new series of reader research projects starts with an exciting plan to turn grass clippings into organic fish. Dr. John H. Todd with Dr. William 0. McLarney, Director of Aquaculture Director of Aquaculture Studies for the New Alchemy Institute OVER THE PAST FOUR MONTHS in the series “Shaping an Organic America” I have …

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The Solar Greenhouse That’s Right for You

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The Solar Greenhouse That’s Right for You (Text & illustrations for this web page came from the August 1978 issue of Organic Farming & Gardening) Here is a new gardening tool that produces fresh food when the snow flies. by JACK RUTTLE ALMOST ANY STRUCTURE that is built to look like a solar greenhouse will work. That is to say, the solar greenhouse concept …

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Wildfire Survival Tips To Keep Your Homestead Safe

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by Ron Melchiore I had another post in mind to submit to you folks but forest fires are a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve recently become aware of the fires burning in various areas particularly in the Southeastern United States. In fact, it finally made the National news tonight. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail many …

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How to Make Trees Grow Faster [and healthier]

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The Grandma White Method – From “The Complete Book of Composting” Copyright 1960 by J. I. Rodale Using Compost For Tree Growth Start right from the very beginning. Use compost to start and nourish your tree. We cannot recommend commercial, chemical fertilizers which do not add humus to the soil. You must add organic matter to the soil if you …

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Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners – The Complete Guide!

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by  Petticoat Prepper First let me say, I am no expert. I have been keeping bees for the past year. It’s been fun, frustrating, interesting and challenging. I’ll share what I’ve done and hopefully those interested will find a bit of help. Just keep in mind; it’s rather like herding cats. I am setting up to add 3 more hives to …