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....

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. ...

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....

A Forum for the Rest of Us May07

A Forum for the Rest of Us

Sometimes, living a self-reliant life can be, well, a bit lonely. Getting sage advice from seasoned homesteaders and sustainable-minded individuals is vital to survive everything that nature and society can throw at you. Unfortunately, for most of us, there is no Gandalf-like sage for most of us. There are, however, pretty great forums where people who are trying to cultivate life meet and discuss a range of issues. It might be a bit obscure, but the Sustainable Country Forums have sparked and discussed more than a few pretty great topics. I hope to start sparking some new discussions soon.    ...

DIY Jar Comb Honey May05

DIY Jar Comb Honey

Just to preface this, there is no one article to rule them all when it comes to beekeeping. There are, however, thousands of dedicated beekeepers who give their advice freely on sites like the BeeSource Forums. It’s a good thing, too. Bees are integral to the ecosystem. Without them, life would be much harder (and less delicious). So I thought, why not post a forum discussion on how to create stunning, incredibly effective Jar Comb Honey DIY beehives? This DIY Beekeeping thread shows how beekeeping can be a lifelong passion. If you grow a garden, have fruit trees, love the taste of honey, apply raw honey on skin blemishes, own a flower patch, or just generally respect the earth, try out this stunningly elegant solution to encourage the bee population in your area (and enjoy a tasty treat too).    ...