If you’re a beginner to homesteading, trying to get started can feel overwhelming and intimidating. Even if you’ve been learning small homestead skills a while, knowing where to focus is difficult, and growing both knowledge and access can feel out of reach. These 10 small homestead skills are a great place to start.
If you have poultry of any kind, you know what daily chore it can be to attend to their basic care. Setting up an automatic chicken feeder or duck feeder is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to automate your coop. Some things to think about are: Size of feeder, location, size of poultry, size of flock, type of poultry, feed wastage from spill or birds, access for pests, and the refilling process. Let’s take a look at each of these options.
Over the last couple summers I have become enamoured of the bacterial magic of fermenting. The reasons are all below (my emotional favourite is the second one listed here). Read on to learn why to choose my new favourite form of preserving.
I’ve greatly increased my repertoire of preserving methods over the past few years. However, I’m still deeply committed to all the reasons to choose canning. Sweating over my rusty water bath canner was the first time I found the joy of putting food by,
For anyone new to gardening the priority will be sourcing a piece of ground and finding out where to get seeds. That is literally all it takes to get started growing your own food. It’s like magic! Those who have the time and resources will be able to order seeds from one of the many excellent seed companies that exist. But you aren’t here to find out where to order seeds, are you? You want to know where to get seeds when you can’t buy them.
Mr. M. has long been the meat cutting expert in our little farm share. When we recently purchased a pig he was excited to move into pork butchery. The experience has expanded our skill repertoire. However, our popular post 5 Helpful Butchering Tips to Read […]
Do you find your potted vegetables dry out way too fast in the heat of the summer sun? Feeling like your plants are lacking, but want to improve soil health without commercial fertilizers? Finding yourself watering them once or twice a day? Afraid to […]
Muscovy Ducks can be found all over the world as domesticated waterfowl, and we’re ready to talk about what these birds are really good at. There are many great reasons for keeping Muscovy Ducks on the homestead, or as small backyard pets—although these reasons do […]
Muscovy ducks are often a top choice for many first-time duck owners as they are a well-known breed. They were among the first ducks that we kept here on our homestead. It is true there are some benefits to having muscovies on the farm (see […]
On our homestead we like to tie up raspberry canes after the snow is gone, but before the buds come out. We have had some debate around here about the value of tying up raspberries. It is a small time investment, but we have decided the benefits are […]