Fall In Love With Your Pantry

It’s not hoarding, it’s planning. I try to avoid grocery shopping as much as I can. Not that I don’t love standing in the giant line at the Super Walmart, but the more I shop, the more I collect things when I already have plenty of things to eat.  I...

Everyone’s Getting Chickens… Should I?

“I need help from a chicken guru,” It was a friend planning for chickens. I’ve keep 63% of my of chickens alive over the past six years. I don’t know if that’s “guru” status in the homesteading world, but if I calculate that...

Building a Greenhouse from Salvage (maybe!)

Isaid, “I’d like a greenhouse.”  I also picked up some windows I could use to build one. “When are you building the greenhouse?” I didn’t really mean to build one, I just noted it would be nice to have one. I’ve had three...

Zero or Hero: Going Low-Waste without (Too Much) Pain

There is a woman who fit two years of her trash in a jar.  Two years of stuff in one jar. That was all her trash. There’s another woman I found who goes around Manhattan to CVS stores looking through the garbage. She gifts or keeps the excellent things...

Covid shopping got you down? Look off the beaten path.

Covid shopping got you down? If you’ve been an Amazon-only shopper or “local only” buyer and you miss your local small businesses and can’t find the things you need, try this: Shop at EVERYONE’s small businesses around the country....

“Can I freeze these foods?” Here’s how.

Freeze food now. Avoid shopping and cooking later. “Can I freeze….” It’s the trending Google search in the UK right now.  At first I thought Londoners were having a cold snap hunting down ski coats. Not so. They’re freezing food. With...

Small Homestead? Get Grafted Fruit Trees

TL;DR: Get some fruit trees. Grafted fruit trees can really save the day. Don’t kill them. Don’t let the birds and deer eat your fruit. “How can I stop buying fruit every year and be more self-reliant? I don’t have much land…” If...

Water Problems and Pitchers

People everywhere are hunting down two things–toilet paper and bottled water. Many states are on lockdown for the Corona virus, and those are the two things people are frantic to buy.  I watched lines that made Disney lines look amateur in the warehouse store. I...

Canning 101: How to Preserve the Harvest (safely!)

Canning 101: Preserve the Harvest and Eat Well All Year Canning’s not just for grandmothers anymore. Canning fed Napoleon’s armies and kept homesteaders alive. Now, it’s back in fashion! Canning lets you eat like you hired Oprah’s chef while saving...