You can do so much more with food scraps than just throw them away or use them for compost. People tend to throw away loads of food scraps in the kitchen, failing to recognize that much of the “garbage” can be easily repurposed. Keep reading and I’ll show you a few tips and tricks for
A trip to the grocery store can be pricey outing. However, there are many simple ways to save money on your grocery bill. My wife and I own two homes and live two lifestyles. One homesteading and one suburban. Here’s how we borrowed the best from homesteading to save money, especially on our grocery bills.
Self reliance skills are a must have when living off the grid Self-reliance is somewhat of a three-legged table. People may talk about each of the three legs separately, but they all rely on one another. What are these three legs I’m talking about? Stockpiled supplies Equipment Knowledge While stockpiling supplies and securing equipment doesn’t
When you lose power, the first thing you usually think of is how to keep your food cold during the outage. Whether it’s the wind of a severe thunderstorm in the summer, the weight of an ice storm in the winter or even a traffic accident that takes down a power line, you can experience
By following some easy steps to growing grapes, you can create a wonderful addition to your garden. Grapes are hardy plants. They grow in many different parts of the world, even in the hot, humid Asian tropics where I live. I remember seeing a vine just growing out of a huge container in my parents’
8 Irreplaceable Things That Won’t Work During A Long-Term Blackout We all have dealt with power outages. Usually, it is very short-lived, and in fact, the first hour or so is kind of nice. It is romantic, mysterious and fun to just chill without the hum of it. You don’t even realize how loud everything
Natural feeding your chickens can be very beneficial for them The standard advice for feeding laying hens is simple: Just buy corn and layer mash. And if you’re primarily concerned with saving time and trouble, this is probably the right approach for you. But if you’re concerned with health and sustainability, you might consider another
There is always a chance that you could lose your way in the forest. Be prepared with survival items when you’re lost and desperate. If you spend any time in the outdoors, you could certainly get lost. You need some survival items when you’re lost and desperate, like when you spend time in the outdoors
Collecting rainwater through the use of rain barrels can serve to augment your water supply during an emergency. In olden days, people didn’t know how to build rain barrels for rainwater. However, rainwater has been one of the best sources of water for millennia. Many ancient people groups collected water in man-made or natural cisterns.
True self-reliance means home brewing, making your own beer! As more people try to live a self sufficient lifestyle, they’re turning to producing their food at home as their ancestors did before them. Just about every culture has a tradition of home brewing, or preserving food or purifying water through fermentation. These days, home brew
Surviving Extreme Heat In The Summer Time Can Be An Emergency Situation. I don’t know how it is where you live, but where I live, it’s over 100 degrees Fahrenheit half the days of the year. We only end up using our home’s furnace a couple of weeks in January and February and then, it’s
Using natural fly repellents can be effective to rid your home of flies. Before we get started with the list of natural fly remedies, it’s important to note that you must identify the exact species of fly you’re dealing with before you can get rid of it. You have to know your enemy, right? The
Listen To The Article A storm surge consists of the most dangerous flooding a hurricane can cause. Hurricane season has once again come to call, with people throughout the coastal states checking the National Hurricane Center’s website to know about the latest potential or next upcoming threat. Those threats are real too, with people losing
When living off grid, fishing can ensure your ability to survive. Pitching camp near a body of water is one of the best ways to ensure your capacity to survive. Water is necessary for the sustenance of life. Where there is water, there is the opportunity to snag supper on a reliably regular basis. With
Raising ducks on your homestead can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re introducing poultry to your backyard farm for the first time, or adding to an existing operation that features chickens or other birds, ducks will not disappoint. Ducks are excellent foragers who will find more than half their diet in your garden if
Chokecherry The modern back-to-basics food movement has led many people to rediscover plants used for centuries in the past. One particularly useful plant that grows in abundance around the country is the versatile chokecherry. Due to their quick and abundant growth, along with their tart berries, chokecherries have been planted in tree rows for wind
When faced with the task of surviving summer heat, maintaining an ideal body temperature is one of our highest priorities. When faced with the task of surviving summer heat, maintaining an ideal body temperature is one of our highest priorities. If we look at the “rule of 3s” it’s right there at the top. Our
Kiko Goat: The Fast Growing Meat Goat You Do Not Have To Feed We homesteaders usually go for the Boers, Nubians and Spanish breeds when choosing the type of meat goats to raise. These goat varieties deliver the bulk and poundage we want when it’s time to sell them or use for our own consumption.