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Enjoying great weather with a clothesline

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There’s something magical about drying clothes on a clothesline. It’s an act of symbiosis between nature and a human. A person takes their clothes and uses the sun and wind to dry them. No electricity, no machines. One of the best things about buying a home, for me and my family, was the chance to […]

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Top 5 reasons to own a clothesline

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So, you’re thinking about getting a clothesline, either building one or, even better, buying one, like we did. But you might be a little on the fence about the whole thing. So, we thought about it and decided to give you the top five reasons to have a clothesline. We’re not saying you should throw […]

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Essential Beekeeping Equipment

Essential Beekeeping Equipment

Beekeeping equipment is essential to raising honey bees in your backyard. Here’s an overview of what you really need … and what’s nice to have. As Dr. Seuss wrote, “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” Knowing how, including what beekeeping equipment you need, can be the key to an enjoyable […]

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How to Write a Farm Plan?

I’ve written three farm plans now, and I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve got a pretty good idea of how it should go at this point. (Full disclosure: Out of these three farm plans, only one has been moderately successful, so, you know, your mileage may vary going forward. I have a confidence-shattering […]

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Top 6 Homesteading Resolutions

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New Year’s Eve is here, which means it is time to make promises to ourselves and then, probably break them. People all over the world will vow to quit smoking, lose weight, be healthier and more. At From Scratch magazine, we consulted with our staff and put together a list of resolutions that are perfect […]

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How (not) to replace a pressure switch

As a brand new home owner, I’ve decided to share my expertise with others to help them learn about homeownership. Recently, I found myself in a precarious situation when the pressure switch to my well pump decided to stop working. Since I did such a great job replacing it, I thought it’d be a great […]

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How to Quiet an Aquarium’s Water Pumps?

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If you’re a nature or science lover who gets easily mesmerized by nature even to the tiniest bit, then most probably, you already have your own aquarium, if not then having your own aquarium (and fishes most obviously) is a must. Aside from making your home much more attractive, an aquarium filled with tiny yet […]

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How Much Do I Need to Plant to Feed My Family?

How Much Do I Need to Plant to Feed My Family?

I was at a class at my Local Cooperative Extension Agency (if you don’t utilize your local cooperative extension agency you are missing out) and the agent started talking about estimated yields for vegetable plantings. My ears perked up because I always grapple with this every season… How much do I need to plant to feed […]

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Make your own cheese

I bake my own bread. I don’t understand why anyone would use a box mix to bake a cake. I take pride in cooking things with real ingredients. So, it just seems natural that the next step in my culinary journey would be cheesemaking. I won’t say that the process didn’t intimidate me – because […]

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