An Introduction to Chicken Breeds and Their Eggs Sep09

An Introduction to Chicken Breeds and Their Eggs

So, I wanted a chicken. Just a chicken, you know, for eating and laying eggs and stuff. Well boy-o-boy, I never knew there could be so many from which to choose. Chickens are kind of like dogs. There’s a million kinds and you get different behaviors from all of them. Then again, you eat chicken.  You do not eat Bobo, your oaf of a Great Dane. DO NOT EAT BOBO. If all of this seems overwhelming, the amazing people at Oh Lardy have a great guide to keeping chickens. Our favorite part of the post was the detailed image that serves as a cheat-sheet for what kind of eggs to expect from different breeds of chickens. Check out their photo/info graphic below and consider taking a glance at their Practical Guide to Keeping Chickens....

DIY Soil Test in a Mason Jar...

Growing your own food and gardening the day away can be fun and relaxing. It can also be frustrating and downright disappointing. One way to mitigate the possible frustration is to do your homework before you ever start planting. Trust me. I wish I had taken my own advice. A great (and pretty simple) step to doing your due diligence is to try your own soil test. All you need for this little test is a mason jar, some elbow grease, and a bit of time. Knowing what percentage of clay, sand, and silt in your soil can help you understand what you might need to add or modify to get your garden going. The brilliant Shelle Wells over at Preparedness Mama helps people find ways to be self-sufficient and get prepared....

Building for Free with Papercrete Sep02

Building for Free with Papercrete

You have WAY too many newspapers on your stoop. Junk mail accounts for as much as 50% of your garbage. Your printer is evil and spits out hundreds of misaligned pages. Even if, by the grace of all that is holy, none of these descriptions currently fit your life, the odds are that there is excess paper somewhere in your vicinity. Good news! You can build something out of it. Up-cycle. Recycle. Reuse. Whatever you want to call it, re-purposing old materials to make something amazing is something of an art form. Papercrete is the medium by which some of the most amazing reuse projects are completed (including much of the house to the left). A doghouse? Sure, done. A shed? Give me a few weeks and you will have one free of charge. A house? Well, maybe. The amazing people over at Survival Life have put together a brief history and tutorial of the material. If you’ve had a hankering to build but didn’t have the funds, now you have no excuse. Oh, wait, but that means I don’t either....

Crowly Folk School Aug14

Crowly Folk School

Remember those things your grandfather just knew how to do? Almost like the knowledge came down from the heavens in the form of flannel-and-hat manna. And, just like the Hebrew people, you grew tired of the gift. Well, thankfully, all is not lost. Folk schools teach skills that are being forgotten with each passing generation. Crowly Folk School is one such  institution bringing back the skills it takes to live off the land and make beautiful things by hand. Their classes on cooking, growing, hiking, and making are beginning to take off.  Sponsored and managed in part by the Crowley Museum and Nature Center based out of Sarasota, Florida, there are many opportunities to help out and learn a thing or two along the way....

Eat Fresh (or Frozen) Jun09

Eat Fresh (or Frozen)...

Growing a successful, lush vegetable garden is a rewarding experience. Of that, there is no question. For those who have two green thumbs, harvest might mean picking more than you can chew. Learning how to properly preserve and freeze vegetables is a great way to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor. Cultivated has featured articles from Mother Earth News before, and for good reason. This article comes from the ever-wonderful Janet Chadwick, author of ““The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home”. When living and pursuing a sustainable life, little to nothing should be thrown away. Luckily, a bit of technology can save a bunch of veggies. ...