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.    ...

Dry Your Own Herbs May06

Dry Your Own Herbs

And no, not those kind of herbs (I’m looking at you, Colorado). If you have any space indoors or out, growing herbs like basil, mint, parsley and others is a no-brainer. We have some growing right outside our front door below the porch. Although they taste great fresh on eggs, pasta and the like, you can also easily dry them. Taste of Home actually has a great little tutorial on how to go about drying herbs. Their article  “How to Dry Herbs” is a great start for those who want to try out a few drying methods. Stop spending your hard earned money on herbs that barely have a taste to them at all. Begin cultivating a more self sustaining life....

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).    ...

Eat Dandelions in 16 Delicious Ways May03

Eat Dandelions in 16 Delicious Ways

How many people do you see spraying harmful chemicals on the yellow “weeds” that invade yards known to all yard Nazis as “Dandelions”? Although considered a weed by some, others enjoy this plant as a gourmet green growing right outside the front door. The Prairie Homestead offers an article that is sure to change the hearts and minds of those who battle the little yellow flower year in and year out. Dandelions, just like any other plant, should not be eaten unless you know where they came from and whether or not they have been sprayed with chemicals. There are also some false-friend plants that you certainly should not eat. Once you do find some dandelions growing wild in your own naturally maintained yard (free of chemicals and pesticides), check out 16 Ways to Eat Dandelions....

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....