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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...

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...

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....

Understanding Coyote Behavior Patterns
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Understanding Coyote Behavior Patterns

Coyotes, renowned for their adaptability, have intrigued and challenged homesteaders and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Their complex behaviors, including hunting techniques, social structures, and migration patterns, offer valuable insights for developing coexistence strategies. This expanded exploration into coyote behavior aims to equip homesteaders with the knowledge to implement more nuanced and effective management practices. Understanding Coyote...

50 Medicinal Herbs for Your Healing Garden
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50 Medicinal Herbs for Your Healing Garden

As we dive into the practical aspects of botany, specifically focusing on the cultivation of medicinal herbs and plants, it’s essential to understand the significance of each species and its contribution to both traditional and modern medicine. Our continued exploration will not only cover the botanical characteristics and environmental needs of these plants but also...