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Here you'll find my most most recent blog posts. Explore everything from companion planting and vertical gardening to raising meat birds and water glassing eggs. Don't miss my farm-to-table recipes!
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Grow Your Own Food

Using Mulch in the Garden: A Comprehensive Guide

I’ll be honest, I haven’t always been a fan of mulch. I went a full 13 years – yes, you read that right – without ever using mulch in my vegetable gardens. I didn’t want to go through the hassle of locating it. I didn’t want to pay for it. I liked the look of

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Grow Your Own Food

Top 10 Perennials for a Low-Maintenance Vegetable Garden

If the thought of starting fresh with a bare garden bed every spring is overwhelming, consider growing a low-maintenance perennial garden instead! There are many different vegetables and herbs that will come back on their own, year after year, making them a simple option for the busy gardener. However, not all perennial vegetables and herbs

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Farm-to-Table Recipes

Rendering Fat: How to Make Tallow, Lard and Schmaltz

Rendering fat is a traditional skill that involves slowly cooking down animal fats and it’s making a comeback in homestead kitchens. It’s easy to do, affordable, and provides a versatile fat source for high-heat cooking and making things like candles, soap, and skin care products! Another thing that’s great about using animal fats is that

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DIY

How to Build a Covered Chicken Run (Step-By-Step!)

Building a DIY chicken run can feel really daunting, but this project is easier than you may think! Plus, your chickens will love having a safe outdoor space to run around in while you’re at work or off on vacation.  If you’ve been considering a covered run, then this tutorial is perfect for you! A

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Grow Your Own Food

Best (and Worst) Companion Plants for Thyme

Are you wondering what the best (and worst) thyme companion plants are? Then you’re in the right place! Using companion planting is an excellent way to save space in the garden all while maximizing the health of your plants. Thyme is generally a HUGE help to most plants due to its pest-repelling properties! Together, we

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Raise Chickens

The 5 BEST Chicken Bedding Options

There are MANY different chicken bedding options out there, but which one is the best? Some people swear by using sand, whereas others prefer straw, wood shavings, or even leaves. Feeling confused? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll discuss the purpose and best features of chicken bedding so you know what

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