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....

Food Every Year: Perennial Fruits and Vegetables Jun07

Food Every Year: Perennial Fruits and Vegetables

Planting a new crop every year takes quite a bit of work and dedication. Thankfully, the world has given us fruits and vegetables that you can plant one year and enjoy for the next several. Perennial fruits and vegetables are a great way to build a sustainable garden without spending dozens of hours each planting season. You might instantly think “apple tree,” but there are many, many more options out there that produce food year in and year out. The site Village Green Network offers some pretty great articles on all things sustainable, and this is one of their gems. When you think perennial, start thinking guacamole made from avocados, crunchy asparagus,  and sweet and sour raspberry pie....

Morel Mushrooms Grown at Home May04

Morel Mushrooms Grown at Home

Sounds impossible. Sounds improbable. It can be done. Morel mushrooms might just be some of the tastiest mushrooms to grow in North America. In my neck of the woods, the things can be found by taking a walk in the park, having a mushroom identification book on hand, and slicing them down the middle to be sure of no false-positives. One thing is for sure, morels are not easy to find (and can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are looking for). So why not take the guess work out of it entirely? Mushroom Appreciation.Com  is a great resource for the mushroom lovers out there. In one of their more useful posts, the site discusses four different ways to grow moral mushrooms at home. The article “Different Ways of Growing Morel Mushrooms” is a god-send for all those seeking a better, safer, more convenient way to enjoy the tasty mushroom treat....

Beginning the Road to Self Sufficiency May02

Beginning the Road to Self Sufficiency...

You don’t have to wait until you get your dream property to begin cultivating life. Starting on the road to self sufficiency can be as easy as changing a few buying and spending habits. “How Anyone Can Be More Self Sufficient” is a great article detailing ways that anyone, anywhere can begin to become more self-sufficient. Much like any major project, the hardest part is often starting at all. This article comes courtesy of Little House Living, a great blog run by self-proclaimed South Dakota country girl Marissa. If you want to learn more, visit their blog for tips, tricks, and wonderful posts almost daily....