How to Pit Fire Pottery and How to Build a DIY Kiln

How to Pit Fire Pottery and How to Build a DIY Kiln

It’s pretty easy to fire clay pottery without a kiln. Pit firing pottery is the simplest way but you can also make a homemade DIY kiln. Note: follow this link for more homesteading articles and ideas. I’ve always wanted to make my own pottery, but kilns are so expensive. And they are a huge drain […]

How Long Eggs Last and How to Tell if They’re Fresh

How Long Eggs Last and How to Tell if They’re Fresh

How long do eggs last? Good question. Let’s talk about it and also see how to tell if they’re good, how to keep them fresh, and egg storage. I raise chickens, mostly for the eggs. I sell my eggs to friends, family, and also at a local farm market. People always ask me if they […]

4 Creative Ways to Use A Bumper Crop of Cucumbers

4 Creative Ways to Use A Bumper Crop of Cucumbers

Have an abundance of cucumbers and need some fresh ideas? These 4 creative cucumber uses will help you use up your bumper crop of cucumbers. This has been a great year for my cucumber patch! We started off a bit later than normal, but I seem to be picking cucumbers daily now. I have five […]

Make UnPaper Towels and Save $$ on Paper Towels

Make UnPaper Towels and Save $$ on Paper Towels

Learn how to make unpaper towels so you never have to buy them again. This is also a great idea for use as untoilet paper and many other household messes. At the start of Spring in 2020, we were hit with a world-changing event that left most of us stunned. Food became short in supply […]

Homemade Udder Balm: Not Just For Goats & Cows

Homemade Udder Balm: Not Just For Goats & Cows

This DIY udder balm is based on a closely guarded recipe from my Uncle Roy in Minnesota. It works well on cow and goat udders but also works great on hands! I was raised on a dairy farm in East-Central Minnesota. And although I was very young, I remember Uncle Roy washing the cows’ udders […]

A Homemade, Natural Dewormer for Dogs and Cats

A Homemade, Natural Dewormer for Dogs and Cats

This is a homemade and natural dewormer for dogs and cats but it also works for chickens, goats, cows, and horses. It is also simple to make and administer. When you have animals, and most of us do, they’re bound to get parasites from time to time. Fleas and ticks are the first things that […]

A Comprehensive List of Mosquito Repellent Plants

A Comprehensive List of Mosquito Repellent Plants

We have no screens around our porch so we use mosquito repellent plants to keep those pesky insects away. Here is a list of 25 plants that repel mosquitoes! If you ask any of my friends, they’ll tell you that I practically live outside on my deck. From coffee to meals to just sitting in […]

Plants That Give Colorful Flowers All Summer Long

Plants That Give Colorful Flowers All Summer Long

Some plants flower for a short period of time and others have flowers that bloom all Summer. Let’s learn which annuals and perennials bloom all Summer long! I love summer! And being in my yard and garden during the warm months gives me such joy. Some flowers, like lilacs and daffodils are short-lived, giving you […]

Straw Bale Gardening: An Easy Way To Grow Food

Straw Bale Gardening: An Easy Way To Grow Food

Straw bale gardening is simple and effective. Setting them up is the hardest part but there are many benefits to this type of garden. Let’s take a look. Last year I tried a few off-the-wall types of gardens, including a straw bale garden. Plants growing out of straw bales – I had seen them being […]

25 Ideas for Toilet Paper Roll Crafts and Other Uses

25 Ideas for Toilet Paper Roll Crafts and Other Uses

The more time we spend at home the more toilet paper gets used. And those used tubes pile up! Here are 25 toilet paper roll crafts and other creative uses. Toilet Paper Roll Crafts and Uses 1. Plant Starters Cut the tube in half. Then make four shallow cuts on one end. Fold these in […]