This year I’ve been experimenting with tomatoes in containers in the greenhouse, and was wondering how to build a tomato trellis that I could move with the containers. My standard tomato trellis option using pounded in posts was not going to work. While I was thinking, I got an email from Dominic of Better Bilt Products, offering to send me some of their Vine Spine™ garden trellises to try out in the garden – plus a set for a lucky reader. Here’s my take on why the Vine Spine™ is the best all-purpose garden trellis I’ve seen to date. [Read more…]
How to Can Green Beans
Canned green beans are one of the boys’ favorite veggies, so I try to process about thirty quarts each season. Our last round of “green” beans actually started out mostly as Purple Podded Pole Beans (which turned green when canned or cooked). I prefer pole beans because there is less bending and they produce over a longer season. Here’s our system for cleaning and processing home canned green beans. [Read more…]
If you build it, mice will come. Fall is prime time for an increase in rodent activity in your home, as they look for winter protection, but mice and rats can move in at any time. While small, mice and rats can cause big problems. They chew on everything, causing property damage and potential fire risks when they gnaw on electrical wiring and build tinder dry nests in dark corners. Rodents can spread disease, on their own, through the parasites they carry (their fleas carried the Black Plague) or through their droppings (such as hantavirus).
How to Tell if You Have Mice in Your Home
It’s probably more common to see mouse droppings or mouse damage before you see the mice themselves, as they are nocturnal. When I was a kid, the little buggers would dry me crazy at night running around up in the attic. Thankfully we didn’t get rats in the house, but they would sometimes show up in the outbuildings around the farm. [Read more…]
“How to Heal Thyroid With Foods” is a guest post by Magdalena Wszelaki of Thyroid Diet Coach. She is a holistic practitioner who specializes in thyroid treatments that address the underlying causes of thyroid problems.
20 million American people, mostly women, suffer from thyroid related diseases. Out of these 20 million only 50% have been diagnosed. This means there are about 10 million of us who might be undiagnosed and misdiagnosed – this results in an ongoing struggle with unexplained weight gain, fatigue, depression and infertility.
Today’s medicine answer to thyroid diseases is to either nuke the thyroid (for hyperthyroidism) or prescribe synthetic hormone replacement drugs like Synthroid (for hypothyroidism). For too many of us these “treatments” do not help to recover and do not make us feel at our optimal health. [Read more…]
A Typical Day Homesteading
What’s a typical day homesteading like? I’ve teamed up with a number of my “self-reliance guru” friends to share a peek into our homesteading lives, from urban homesteading to full tilt farm life, and everything in between. [Read more…]