Hold it in Your Hands: The Print Version of Natural Homestead is Here!

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It’s been a long time coming…

But the day has finally arrived.

And you can now hold your very own copy of Natural Homestead IN YOUR HANDS!

I’m a big fan of eBooks myself… But you just can’t beat print books sometimes–especially when they contain recipes.

When I first published Natural Homestead in eBook version, I wasn’t planning on ever printing it on real paper. But due to the overwhelming number of requests I got for a print book, I quickly changed my mind.

You can now take Natural Homestead out in the barn, down to the coop, in the garden, and everywhere else you need it.

And, you can scribble notes inside, dog-ear the pages, and mark your favorite recipes!

Kindle Lovers Rejoice!

Since I had it formatted for print, I figured I might as well have it formatted for Kindle as well. As of today, Natural Homestead is now available in the Amazon Kindle Store as well.

There are now THREE ways to enjoy Natural Homestead:

What’s Inside?

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Inside this 200+ page handbook, you’ll find everything you need to create a more natural homestead, garden, and barnyard including:

  • Why becoming a grass-farmer is absolutely vital for the health of your homestead
  • How to put together a natural supply cabinet
  • If pumpkin seeds, garlic, diatomaceous earth, baking soda, vinegar, and kelp are merely old wives’ tales or are truly beneficial
  • Tips for managing parasite loads, how to identify wormy animals, and breakdowns of natural dewormer alternatives
  • How to use essential oils in your barnyard and garden
  • How to mix up grain-free, corn-free, and soy-free rations for your flock
  • How to keep your facilities clean, minus the use of harsh chemicals such as bleach
  • How to battle bugs, fungus, and weeds without using chemicals that are toxic to you, your kids, or your critters

Plus over 40  recipes and 60+ full-color photos!

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Come Take a Walk Around The Prairie Homestead! (Video)

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For those of you who have been following me since the beginning…

You know that my photography skills started out a little rough.

I still don’t claim to be a pro, but at least they have gotten better. However, my video skills are definitely still in the “I have no idea what I’m doing” stage.

But today, I put aside my hesitations and perfectionist nature, and drug my camera out to the pasture anyway. Just because I love you guys. :)

Wanna Go for a Walk?

Let’s head down the barn and I’ll show ya around. I took this video first thing in the morning when the grass was still wet with dew, and the animals were wondering why I was taking a video instead of feeding them (sorry guys!).

In this tour video you’ll meet:

  • Oakley and the rest of our little cattle herd
  • The opinionated pigs
  • Our cute little turkeys
  • Annie, one of the resident equines
  • The goats who firmly believe they are horses
  • And various yard birds

Let’s Go!

If you are reading this post via email, click here to watch the video directly on YouTube

(There are a couple of mess-ups with the sound, but don’t worry, you didn’t really miss anything–I was just rambling)

 

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70+ Homestead Hacks: Nifty Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about homestead/farmer folk…

…it’s that you guys are a ingenious bunch (especially when it involves baling twine or duct tape!)

I’m all about conserving time whenever possible, and I’m always on the look-out for a good homestead hack to add to my collection.

What’s a “Homestead Hack?”

Good question. Here is how Wikipedia explains it:

“Life hacking refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way”

Apply that definition to homesteading, and that, my friends, is a Homestead Hack.
I’ve featured various Homestead Hacks in the past, but this, my friends, is the granddaddy of all Homestead Hack posts. I hope you are ready for this! ;)

70+ Homestead Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

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For Your Animals

  1. How to Weigh a Pig without a Scale
  2. A Cheap DIY Waterer for Ducks and Geese
  3. Turn an Old Kitchen Sink into a Dog Water Bowl
  4. 5 Tips for Putting Your Chickens to Work
  5. DIY $1 Chicken Feeder and Waterer
  6. How to Trim Your Goat’s Hooves
  7. How to Make a DIY Goat Feeder
  8. How to Make Your Own Udder Balm
  9. How to Stop Your Milk Cow from Kicking
  10. How to Remove Skunk Smell (without tomato juice)
  11. DIY Beehive in a Mason Jar

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For Your Garden

12. How to Kill Squash Bugs and Eggs with Duct Tape

13. How to Freeze Root Vegetables

14. How to Get Free Containers for Starting Seeds Indoors

15. How to Repurpose Masonry Ladders in the Garden

16. 6 Tips for Planting and Growing Beans

17. 10 Tips for Growing Awesome Tomatoes

18. How to Warm Up Garden Soil for Early Planting

19. How to Get Superpowered Garden Soil

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6 Ways to Keep Miller Moths Out of Your House

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We’re bracing ourselves for battle.

They could show up at any time, ready to attack, and we have to be ready.

No, I’m not talking about zombies, but it’s almost as bad.

I’m talkin’ about miller moths.

If you’re wondering what the heck is a miller moth, be glad. Because that means you’ve never had to deal with them.

Usually at the end of May/early June (or whenever it starts to get really hot), the little buggers hatch. Now, just one or two of them is no big deal.

But we don’t have just one or two.

We have thousands. And thousands.

And this year it’s supposed to be worse that usual.

Oh boy.

Thankfully? They don’t bite, and they don’t carry disease, and they don’t eat clothing.

But they like to divebomb your face. And die in your water glass. And leave little brown secretions on everything they touch. And when you’re sitting in your living room at night trying to relax and there are seventy or eighty of them flopping around, it gets kinda creepy.

Now, before anyone yells at me, I’m not calling for complete eradication of the species. I’m sure they have a valuable role in the ecosystem, but I wish they could live out their role outside of my house.

In the last seven years, I’ve tried pretty much every trick possible to fight the battle of the moths, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s nearly impossible to be completely free of them. But I have learned a few tricks along the way that I want to share with you today…

6 Tricks for Dealing with Miller Moths

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