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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!
5 eggs in a nesting box, except one egg has been broken open
Raise Chickens

How to Keep Your Chickens From Eating Their Eggs

Nothing is more frustrating than coming out to the coop to gather eggs, only to face a messy nest with empty eggshells. Argh! To add insult to injury, once hens figure out just how tasty their eggs are, it can be very challenging (if not nearly impossible) to stop.  So, what should you do if

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Chickens pecking at the ground in front of an automatic chicken coop door
Raise Chickens

The 5 BEST Automatic Chicken Coop Doors in 2024

It can be overwhelming to try to figure out the best automatic chicken coop door for you and your flock, but it doesn’t have to be! I’ve taken the guesswork out of it by doing the research for you. Having the right coop door can make a world of difference in terms of convenience, safety,

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A tray of blanched broccoli cooling to be frozen. Fresh broccoli laying behind it.
Preserve Your Harvest

How to Freeze Fresh Broccoli (The Right Way!)

Freezing fresh broccoli is one of my favorite ways to preserve it, but there’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to go about it. You’ve likely heard of people blanching before freezing, but then others never blanch. So, which way is right? I actually do BOTH ways, depending on how I plan to

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5 of my incubators set out on my kitchen island
Raise Chickens

The 8 BEST Egg Incubators in 2024

You’ve decided to hatch your own chickens, but there are hundreds of egg incubators to choose from. So, how do you go about picking the best egg incubator for you and your homestead?! I’ve been hatching chicks since 2014 and have used MANY incubators along the way. In this article, I’ll share all of my

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A photo of a large grouping of plants that are mulched with organic straw
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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