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Thieves on the Homestead

By Jason Rehr, Big Bear Homestead Summer is here in full swing. Corn is growing. Tomatoes ripening. Chicks hatching. Piglets squealing. The most rewarding moments of homesteading are upon us. And then the day comes. You walk out to your chicken tractors only to find one of your chickens has been attacked by an opossum. Or, you walk through your garden to harvest the […]

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Who Needs a Fairy Garden When You Can Have a Bee Kingdom? (with Video)

By Ella & Kaylee Richardson, The Farm on Quail Hollow Raising kids on a farm is an ultimate experiment? Well, just add bees to that experiment and see what happens (a bee kingdom!). Ok ok it’s not as scary as what it sounds. In fact, I’m intrigued with the fascination and bond that raising kids […]

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Spring on Our Homestead

By Jenna Dooley, The Flip Flop Barnyard This spring has been very busy around our homestead. I love all of the seasons, each one for it’s own reasons. Spring is such a special time of year. It’s a time of birth, sowing, growth, new starts, hope for the future, and expectation of abundance. Our spring has met […]

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My Favorite Garden Tips

by Allison Ervin Gardening is one of my all-time favorite summertime activities. I love planting seedlings, watching them grow, taking care of them, and eventually, harvesting the wonderful things they bring to the table (pun intended!). It is fun in every way to me – gardening draws me outside and into the warm sunshine and fresh air each […]

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Paper Gardening: How To Grow A Successful Garden Now

by Patrice Lewis, Lehman’s Hardware January and February – traditionally the coldest, bleakest months of the year – have one highlight, something like the gardener’s version of the swallows returning to Capistrano: the arrival of seed catalogs in the mail. The timing of these catalogs is no accident. Amidst the snow and wind, these beautiful, […]

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Herbs and Honey Bees

The buzzing of pollinators in a garden—it’s a sound every gardener loves to hear in the spring. It means healthy plants and vegetables will soon arrive, and our little bee friends are helping us along the way. Bees are essential to any homestead. In fact, they are like tiny herbalists that create natural concoctions that […]

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How To Start a Medicinal Herb Garden

When you begin your homesteading journey, you typically start because you want to become more self-sufficient. It often looks like getting a few chickens, maybe some goats. You then venture into dairy cows, beef herds, turkeys, large garden plots, canning and preserving, and other expeditious skill sets. But the one thing I most often find […]

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