Category: Homesteading

Growing Herbs: Fennel

Fennel The ancient Greek word for fennel is “marathon”, based on the Greek victory over the Persians in 470 BC at Marathon, a battle that was fought in a field of fennel. Fennel is mentioned as early as 3500 years ago in the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian medical manuscript for the treatment of flatulence. …

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How to Make Homemade Natural Cleaning Products

The reasons for making natural cleaning products are varied, but often include one or more of the following reasons: saving money and reducing the chemicals used in our homes to both protect the health of our families and the environment. Find three natural cleaning recipes below, and find some commonly used effective ingredients for natural …

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Marvelous Mint: Planting, Harvesting, and Usage

Mint or Mentha is much more than a plant grown to brew tea. The aromatic fresh green leaves can be used in the kitchen to spice up a fruit salad, sherbet, and ice cream. There are numerous other reasons to grow mint. The list includes the following: Planting Mint This fragrant perennial becomes a constant, …

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Getting Creative in the Kitchen With Zucchini

Gardeners love zucchini for numerous reasons. Once planted, this species of summer squash requires little maintenance to deliver a generous harvest. Young bright green or yellow zucchini of about 6 to 8 inches long and 2 inches in diameter contain few seeds and are perfect for most recipes. Larger zucchinis are tougher and develop more …

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Aromatherapy First Aid Kit: 5 Essentials

Every home and workplace should have a first aid kit. But have you considered also having an aromatherapy first aid kit? Essential oils are perfect for dealing with many of the minor illnesses, injuries and other conditions we encounter everyday, and in a natural, gentle and holistic way. Some books will say you need to have …

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10 ‘Essentials’ for Starting an Aromatherapy Home Medicine Chest

Here we will have a brief look at ten essential oils considered by some to comprise the ‘basic home care kit’. While by no means exhaustive, this list will go a long way to providing effective (and often pleasant!) treatments for you and your family for things like cuts and scrapes, sunburn, digestive troubles, stress …

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Chickens in Cold Weather: 8 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Backyard Flock Healthy and Warm

Keeping a small flock of chickens in your backyard means they will need some extra attention to make it through the winter safe, healthy, happy and warm. Where many large-scale farmers don’t go to the extra work to pamper their chicks, small flock farmers need to remember that a handful of chickens produce much less …

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How To Make Homemade Cheese

Homemade cheeses are renowned around the world for their range and taste. So if you want to create a post dinner cheeseboard with unique style, a quest to track down some homemade cheeses could take you on a round trip of The World. From the lush dairy pastures of the mid-west to the far-flung reaches …

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How to Collect Rainwater

Many of us are trying to be environmentally conscious these days and water conservation is part of that. If you are like me and have a number of plants to water, there are several ways you can accomplish that task while saving water at the same time. Rain Barrels One of the most obvious ways …

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How to Start a Compost Heap

Creating compost is an environmentally-friendly way of recycling rubbish. It reduces the bulk of rubbish that needs to be collected from your house and saves money because you will have produced a very valuable garden product for free. The compost will improve your soil and help feed your crops in order to increase yield. Make …

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