Most summer gardens are in full swing by early July; the plants are growing like crazy and the harvest is finally coming in. The days are wonderful….and hot. While summer vegetable crops do love heat, there is only so much they can take. Understanding how heat affects you and your crops will make gardening in the heat more productive. [Read more…]
most any home or homestead if you are stuck with a prolonged power outage. When hit with a natural or man made disaster (small or large) that takes out the grid, it's not long before lack of electricity affects us. How do I keep the food cold and the house warm? When will the power come back on? How do I keep the phone charged so I can maintain contact with the outside world?
When a major storm hits, it can take weeks to get the power grid back in operation. The bigger the outage, the longer repairs are likely to take. See “When the Power Grid Fails – 10 Things You Need to Prepare” for more info on preps for a grid down situation.
There are many ways to have emergency power when the rest of the neighborhood is dark. [Read more…]
- How much help you have
- The level of cleanliness you desire, and
- How much maintenance cleaning you do throughout the year
For some spring cleaning means scrubbing every square inch. For others it means chasing out the biggest dust bunnies, clearing some cobwebs, and donating a few items that are no longer of use.
Even if you don’t enjoy the act of cleaning, the end result – a clean home – will probably improve your mood. Studies have linked clutter with an inability to focus and depression. Clear your space, clear your mind. [Read more…]
Chickens are all the rage these days, and while I'm usually not big fan of “trends,” I happen to think this is a good one! There is a lot of chicken raising information out there and it can definitely be overwhelming at first. While I don't claim to be the final authority of all things chicken, I've kept a flock for several years now and want to share my seven best chicken tips for simplifying your chicken keeping. [Read more…]
Sole Proprietorship vs LLC – If you sell anything to anyone, you are running a business. To protect your farm or small business, as well as your private assets, you should consider whether a sole proprietorship or an LLC is your best option.
The vast majority of farms are sole proprietorships because this is the default organization if you do not do anything. To busy farmers, it can seem easier and less time consuming to just let the farm be a sole proprietorship than to do something formal to organize it. One problem – if your farm is a sole proprietorship, there is no distinction between you and your farm. All your eggs are in one basket. [Read more…]