Choosing the Best Vehicle for Your Homestead: 3 Things Newbies Should Know

Choosing the Best Vehicle for Your Homestead: 3 Things Newbies Should Know

Small Scale Farming
As the global population is expected to rise to 9.7 billion by 2050, that means homestead farms will need to produce 70% more food than what is produced now. More American families and individuals are opting to grow their own garden as a means of sustainability and survival. Thus, building a stable shed, picking up and loading materials, and towing a trailer requires a stable truck. Starting a homestead requires you to learn along the way. When you’re running a small homestead, every piece of equipment must be in great condition. Thus, choosing the right truck is of paramount importance. So, how do you know what to look for when you’re just starting to learn the ropes? Here are 3 things newbies should know about the best vehicle for your homestead. Know…
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Advantage and Use of Small Tractors

Self Sufficiency
Nowadays there are various ranges of tractors present to do their assigned jobs. When you or someone has a huge garden or a considerable amount of field you must look for small tractors for sale because it can help you with heavy landscaping tasks. They are smaller than the big tractors, yet flexible and powerful enough to accomplish variety of gardening tasks including moving mulch, mowing and even tilling the garden. They are ideal for landscaping tasks. They have the horse power between 15-55hp. [caption id="attachment_5950" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Small Tractor[/caption] Even for a novice tractor driver, a small tractor is great. You must know the techniques to drive it as the driving techniques are not the same as that of the cars. Otherwise, it may turn dangerous. People get small…
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Essentials of Eco-Friendly Home Design

Essentials of Eco-Friendly Home Design

Sustainable Living
Sustainability comes in many forms and ways and anyone can find a way to adapt it into their lifestyle and their home design. This is especially true for all those fans of eco-friendly home design out there who want to spend their lives in a green and sustainable space. If you too are looking for ways to make your home more eco-friendly and unlock your own green potential, here are a few ideas for you to explore. Solar panels This is the simplest and most effective way to introduce sustainability and eco-friendliness into your home, particularly if you live in a hot region with lots of sunny days. All you need to do is install some high-quality equipment, learn how to maintain it regularly and you’ll be ready to start…
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Laboring With Less

Laboring With Less

Food Supply
I thought this article was worth a mention. It is a problem that is growing without much support or solution in sight. There has to be a way to We support Local Harvest by using their online store to sell our botanicals. Please use the LocalHarvest search engine to find local farmers, farmer's markets, CSA's and real local food. Let's talk frankly about the state of agricultural labor in this country. Don't worry, the US is not alone in this dilemma- it is happening in countries all over the world. Despite a growing human population, we have fewer people who want to be farmworkers. And those that do want to do the work may not be located in the countries that need the workers. It is a mismatch of global…
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Adding Fruit To Edible Landscape

Adding Fruit To Edible Landscape

Sustainable Landscaping
Small fruits are often easier to integrate into the edible landscape than fruit trees. Strawberries are excellent ground covers, often covering the surface much faster than ornamental ground covers. The foliage becomes an attractive red in the fall, and the fruit are a tasty bonus. Select varieties that will not require mulching in the winter as the straw could prove quite distracting in the front yard. [caption id="attachment_4975" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Strawberry plants make an excellent, edible ground cover![/caption] Anywhere you can grow azaleas will be equally suitable for blueberries. However, unless you are willing to view bird netting for much of the harvest season, plant enough to share with the birds. Several Berries Are Shrubs Blackberries, raspberries, or gooseberries could effectively substitute for a shrub border. They will undoubtedly help…
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Awareness for Survival

Awareness for Survival

Emergency Preparedness
While an unpleasant topic, never forget... "Chance favors the prepared." When it comes to dangerous situations where mass murders are more likely to occur, most people are completely unprepared. You’ll even hear news accounts where witnesses will remark that they never suspected or never saw the situation coming. But by having awareness, you can raise your odds of surviving such a disaster. Pay attention to your surroundings - but also pay attention to special days and anniversaries of events. Terrorists and mass shooters will often attack on the anniversary of something significant that happened, such as the 9/11 terrorist attack. Sometimes it’s a celebratory attack honoring a previous attack - and sometimes it’s revenge for something that happened to their side. School Shootings School shootings are on the list of…
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Some Important points about Farm Storage Sheds

Some Important points about Farm Storage Sheds

Small Scale Farming
A farm is not an easy place to maintain because it not only requires a lot of tools and equipment but also livestock and other such things that one might need in a farm. A farm storage shed is a shed in which you can keep all your farm equipment. Apart from that, you may need to store some raw materials inside these sheds and you need to construct the sheds with durable and long lasting materials only. Earlier people used to design their firm sheds with hard woods, but these wooden sheds can easily get affected by rain water and climatic disasters. Now you can design the sheds with aluminum, rough metal and stainless steels. What type of steel does it require?  The steel you decide to use should…
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How To Stay Committed To Reaching Your Goals

How To Stay Committed To Reaching Your Goals

Personal Development
Let's admit it, we all have that one goal we've been trying to set yet failed to achieve. Think about countless New Year’s resolution attempts, broken piggy banks, a planned vacation that remains a plan. So how exactly do we go about having a goal and then actually achieve it? The key to success is an overly used cliché, yet only followed by a few – "commitment". Yes, the word does not only apply to relationships. It also applies to everything else in life that one wishes to achieve. It could be applied to using good records so that you don't lamb in winter (unless that IS your goal!) your weight-loss program, a more productive garden, or simply beating your early-morning alarm. Commitment is the Key to Reaching your Goals…
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How Accountability Is Key To Self-Discipline

How Accountability Is Key To Self-Discipline

Personal Development
If you’ve ever tried disciplining yourself on your own, you know just incredibly hard it can be. And it’s really no fun. You have no one to share your successes and rewards with, and over time, you may end up eschewing your goals altogether because you had no one to push you or cheer you on to continue working on your goals. So you just up and quit. Homesteading can be like that.... even if you have a partner, children... no one gets as excited as you do when you accomplish something magnificent, not matter how small or large. Note: My six year old grandson is the only, and I mean ONLY person in my life, that squeals and jumps up and down with me when the peas start poking…
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Excuses Won’t Help You Reach Your Goals

Excuses Won’t Help You Reach Your Goals

Personal Development
If you have goals and dreams in life, and you want to achieve them within a certain period of time, then you need to stop making excuses. Building self-discipline is important so you can avoid making lame excuses. You need to start taking responsibility for your goals by changing your behavior and your lifestyle. Otherwise, you're never to get anywhere near your intended destination. So how do you avoid making excuses to reach your professional and personal goals? It's quite simple really if you think about it. You need to examine why you are making excuses in the first place. Are you afraid of something? Of failure? Of success? Once you've identified the root cause, it will be easier for you to overcome your excuses and it will be easier…
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