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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!
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 photo of a cucumber leaf turning yellow from a nutrient deficiency
Grow Your Own Food

Cucumber Leaves Turning Yellow? Here’s 5 Reasons & Solutions!

Are your cucumber leaves turning yellow? This is a common occurrence in backyard gardens and can be disheartening. You’ve been taking care of your plants, and then boom!  The leaves change out of nowhere and you’re left wondering if your plant is a goner or not. Those vibrant, green leaves are not just for show;

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Topping Tomato Plants at the end of the season with pruners
Grow Your Own Food

Topping Tomato Plants (Why, When & How to Do It)

So you’ve been hearing about people topping tomato plants, but it seems like such a drastic measure, doesn’t it? When your tomato plant is large and prolific it can feel counterintuitive to prune it back at the height of the season. Hear me out! Topping your tomato plants might be one of the best things

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A close up view of a pumpkin growing in the garden
Grow Your Own Food

Do Deer Eat Pumpkins? Plus, 6 Tips to Deter Them!

With your beautiful pumpkins ripening, you might be wondering “Do deer eat pumpkins? Are my pumpkins safe from them?” Then, you’re in the right place! Few things are as disheartening as dedicating months to caring for your cherished pumpkin plants, only to have them ravaged by hungry deer right before you can reap the rewards.

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Preserve Your Harvest

Fermented Eggs Recipe (EASY!)

Fermented eggs are delicious, nutritious, and SUPER simple to make! Move over boring hard-boiled eggs, fermented eggs are so much more fun. You’re going to LOVE them! When eggs are coming in from the coop by the basketful in the spring and summer, it can be hard to know what to do with them all.

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A photo of a group of chickens pecking at ticks in the grass
Raise Chickens

Do Chickens Eat Ticks? (…Do Ticks Eat Chickens?)

If you’re looking for some natural pest control strategies, you may be wondering “do chickens eat ticks?” Ticks are certainly a worrisome pest to have lurking on your homestead, so it’s an important one to consider! Not only do ticks give most of us the heebie jeebies, but ticks can carry many diseases as well.

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