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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!
A dark colored hen sitting in a chicken nesting box that is perfectly sized for her
Raise Chickens

Ultimate Guide to Chicken Nesting Box Size

Are you building or updating a coop, but you’re not sure what chicken nesting box size to use? You’re in the right place! I’ve been raising chickens for years and have experimented with many different sizes and styles of nesting boxes along the way. The type and size that you need depends on your flock

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Sliced dried radishes (radish chips) laid out in an artistic manner next to dried radish greens
Preserve Your Harvest

Dried Radishes for Winter Storage

If you are growing radishes in your garden this year, don’t miss this opportunity to preserve some dried radishes to enjoy during the cold days of winter! Growing food during the summer is great, but being able to preserve some of your harvest for winter storage is a HUGE step in becoming self-sufficient. The good

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A pepper plant sitting on a deck railing with scissors set just about to top the pepper plant
Grow Your Own Food

Topping Pepper Plants – Should You Do It?

Have you been hearing about gardeners topping their pepper plants? While it seems scary, it’s true! Topping pepper plants is an easy practice that many of us use to increase pepper yields and strengthen the plant. However, not all pepper plants should be topped! Don’t do it just yet! In this article, we’ll review the

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3 tomato plants in a row along a building. Planted in black grow bags.
Grow Your Own Food

Growing Tomatoes in Grow Bags: A Comprehensive Guide

Growing tomatoes in grow bags is rapidly becoming a popular way to garden in small spaces while reducing disease pressure.  As someone who has never been able to grow a tomato due to heavy blight in my area, using grow bags has made growing tomatoes possible for me! In this article, we’ll discuss which grow

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A half gallon glass mason jar filled with eggs and a lime mixture
Preserve Your Harvest

Water Glassing Eggs for Storage

Have you made the dreaded “trip of shame” to the grocery store to buy eggs when your ladies have slowed down in the winter? Ugh. Me, too! That is, until I discovered water glassing eggs! Water glassing eggs is a simple, old-fashioned way to preserve eggs for long-term storage.  In this article, we’ll discuss everything

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A spoonful of refried beans in front of a copper pot
Farm-to-Table Recipes

Homestead Refried Beans (Plus, Canning Tips!)

No journey toward self-sufficiency is complete without cooking and canning refried beans! Dried beans are inexpensive, shelf-stable, nutritious and complete meal on their own! They just take a little preparation, but it’s totally worth the effort. In this recipe, I’ll share how to properly soak beans and make the BEST refried beans you’ll ever have.

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