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Growing A Home Vegetable Garden

Growing a home vegetable garden is not only a rewarding hobby, but enables you to be more self-sufficient and eat healthier. Many people do not even consider growing a home vegetable garden because they have a few misconceptions about the undertaking. This post is the introduction to a mini series of posts on how to…

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Why Use Heirloom Seeds?

Growing a home vegetable garden is a great idea! But what seeds should you get to maximize the value from your garden. Heirloom seeds would be the seeds I recommend. These are seeds that have an ancient heritage and are proven producers. What Are Heirloom Seeds? Heirloom vegetables are plants that have been grown from…

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Upskill Yourself Learning Blacksmithing

There are many tasks and projects to be undertaken on a homestead. One of the ways that you can save money, become more self reliant, and get projects done in your own time is to upskill yourself! Our post Upskill Yourself For Self Reliance On The Homestead covers several ways to achieve this. Upskill yourself…

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Upskill Yourself For Self Reliance On The Homestead

As someone who is intent on becoming as self reliant as I possibly can, I like to learn new things and new skills! Undertaking the journey to upskill yourself for self reliance on the homestead can be both fun and rewarding. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but our capacity to learn means that…

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Benefits of Owls On The Homestead

Some disturbing events over the last week have prompted me to write this post on the benefits of owls on the homestead. The events that unfolded were, to my thinking, unbelievable that these mindsets are still around in our modern society! I received a call from a friend who lives on a farm a few…

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Self Reliance Challenge Wrap-Up

The month of May was  self reliance challenge month, initiated by Lisa Lynne from The Self Sufficient Home Acre! A number of other homesteading bloggers and like-minded people took up the challenge and participated in the quest to become more self sufficient. What Was The Point Of The Self Reliance Challenge? The goals from my stand…

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Self Reliance Health On The Homestead

I have been laid up with the winter flu for a couple of days! As a result I have been unable to continue with my planned self reliance projects this past week. Although I have been frustrated about being incapacitated, it did give me a chance to reflect on self reliance health on the homestead!…

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Self Reliance Challenge Second Project

The self-reliance challenge has been exactly that! A challenge! This past week we have had a number of delays in our projects! We have had unseasonal rain, which we are grateful for, but effectively halts any outside work! Mothers Day we enjoyed spending time with the kids as they spoiled their Mom (my wife), and…

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Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency: An American Perspective

This post is written by a friend and fellow homesteader from the USA, AnnMarie. Annie gives a great perspective on homesteading and self-sufficient living from an American perspective. We are also co-participants in the Self Reliance Challenge! Annie writes very informative posts on various aspects of homesteading and how to get started! Follow Annie on…

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Self Reliance Challenge First Project

When I accepted the Self-Reliance Challenge for the month of May from Lisa Lynn, I chose my first goal to be to increase my seed success rate. The traditional method is to prepare the beds in the ground, with the relevant nutrients for the crop to be planted. We then we sow the seeds directly…

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Self Reliance Challenge For Month Of May

A number of homesteaders around the world have taken up the May Self Reliance Challenge. The challenge was set up by Lisa Lynn from The Self Sufficient Home Acre. The goals are to embark on projects that will improve our self-reliance. This means that at the end of the month we will be more self…

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9 Reasons To Plant Marigolds With Vegetables

Marigolds repel bugs.
Rabbits and moles do not like marigolds!
Marigolds attract beneficial insects to your garden.
Predatory insects are attracted too!
Marigold plants will not crowd your veggies.
Marigolds are nematode fighters.
The marigold plant is edible.
They are extremely easy to grow.
Marigolds may be an effective crop trap.