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Germination and Sprouting times for 40 Vegetable Types
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Germination and Sprouting times for 40 Vegetable Types

From seed to harvest, the Growing times for vegetable seeds. Knowing the length of time it takes for your vegetable seeds to reach the various important stages of their growth goes a long way to successful gardening.    A primary benefit is succession planting to ensure a steady flow of fresh ready to harvest vegetables...

Optimal Dried and Dehydrated Food Storage Times
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Optimal Dried and Dehydrated Food Storage Times

How Temperature Impacts Life Span of Dried and Dehydrated Goods Assessing the longevity of food storage is complex due to numerous influential factors. These include the initial quality of the food when bought, among other elements. Temperature: The Primary Factor The role of temperature is paramount in determining the shelf life of dried foods. The...

How Dandelion can Help Cure Liver Problems
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How Dandelion can Help Cure Liver Problems

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are more than just a common lawn weed often the scourge of urban lawns – they are a potent medicinal plant, particularly known for their liver-supporting properties.  The first documented use of dandelions to treat liver and spleen conditions dates back to the Tang Dynasty in China more than 1500 years ago...

The Science Behind Composting
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The Science Behind Composting

All homesteaders and gardeners know the value of compost in growing food and for cosmetic flower beds etc, but for many, the actual process of composting and the science behind it is a vague concept.    When you produce your own compost, having an advanced understanding of the process and methodology behind what maximizes the...

Building an Ice House for Year Round Refrigeration
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Building an Ice House for Year Round Refrigeration

In the pursuit of self-sufficiency, one traditional method that has seen a resurgence among modern homesteaders and off-grid enthusiasts is the use of an ice house. An ice house, once a staple before the advent of electric refrigeration, offers a reliable solution for long-term cold storage, especially in remote areas where electricity is either unavailable...

The Actual Shelf Life of Packaged Goods
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The Actual Shelf Life of Packaged Goods

As homesteaders and preppers, you understand the importance of maintaining a well-stocked pantry and ensuring long-term food security. Knowing how to properly assess the longevity of your food supplies is crucial. But how do you determine what to keep and what to discard? And how can you ensure that your stock of fresh ingredients remains...

The Medical Wonders of the Wild Plantain Plant
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The Medical Wonders of the Wild Plantain Plant

Often mistaken for a problematic weed, the plantain plant (Plantago major) has a fascinating history of  medicinal properties ranging from a powerful antiseptic to treating high blood pressure and as a gentle digestive aid for those suffering from everything from IBS to heartburn.  Where most people know the healing aspects of the Aloe Vera plant,...

El Niño’s Historical Impact on the Coming Garden Season.
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El Niño’s Historical Impact on the Coming Garden Season.

Preparing for El Niño 2024: A Comprehensive Guide for Homestead Gardeners in North America As El Niño fades away in 2024, understanding its impact on specific North American growing regions is worth considering for homestead gardeners. El Niño characterized by the warming of ocean waters in the equatorial Pacific, influences weather patterns globally, especially in...

Optimizing Your Soil for this Years Beet Harvest
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Optimizing Your Soil for this Years Beet Harvest

To maximize the yield and quality of your beet harvest, paying close attention to the scientific aspects of soil conditions is essential. Here’s a deeper dive into the factors that influence optimal soil conditions for growing beets: Soil Texture and Structure Beets prefer loamy soil, which is a balanced mixture of sand, silt, and clay....

The Ultimate Guide to Potato Varieties
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The Ultimate Guide to Potato Varieties

From Kennebec to Burbank Russet, a look at 10 types of potatoes, their characteristics and how they fit into your planting strategy for your homestead. The Ultimate Guide to Selecting and Growing Potato Varieties Potatoes are more than just a staple food; they are a culinary delight that varies significantly in flavor, texture, and color....