Christmas trees have a lot of uses once all the festivities are ended. Personally, I used to feed them to my sheep but now I just burn mine in a big New Year’s Eve bonfire. Whatever you decide to do just be sure to remember RULE NUMBER ONE – Make sure the tree is free from all tinsel, ornaments, fake snow and other artificial decorations. Fish Habitat: Toss the tree into … [Read more...] about What Do You Do With Your Old Christmas Tree?
All Hallow's eve is over. The candy has been passed out, the apples bobbed, and the costumes returned to the closet for next year. But one seasonal signature lingers on. Your friendly (or fierce) Jack O' Lantern still shimmers nightly on your front porch, though he's looking a little more slumped with each passing day. What's the best way to properly dispose of your glowering … [Read more...] about Post-Halloween Pumpkin Procedures
Most homesteaders begin their journey with the desire to be fully self-sufficient. From food, to power, to transportation, this can be quite a process. Oftentimes, however, the simplest needs are overlooked in favor of more flashy pursuits, but the devil is in the details. Have you ever considered, for instance, how to live without store-bought toilet paper? If not, read on, … [Read more...] about How to Grow Your Own Toilet Paper
I know, I know, your feed plot should already be well underway. But if you're like me, summer chores got the best of you, and you're a little late putting it in the ground. The good news is, you're not too late, particularly if you're south of the Mason-Dixon like myself. Brassicas and tender cereal grains are damn near irresistible to whitetail, are easy for even novices to … [Read more...] about Prepping Your Procrastination Feed Plot
Purslane. I guarantee you've seen it, and if, like me, you grew up below the Mason-Dixon, you may even have heard of it by the slightly unappetizing moniker: Hogweed. Found growing wild across most of the United States, purslane is most definitely a weed, but the question is, is it a useful one? As you've probably guessed, given that we're devoting an article to it, it is … [Read more...] about Purslane: Worthwhile or Weed?