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?
Indiana homesteaders, keep your eyes on your walnut, oak, maple and fruit trees. This week, the spotted lanternfly was found for the first time in Switzerland County. This is significant not just for Indianans, but for Americans in general as Switzerland County represents the furthest west the fly has yet been found. A homeowner in Vevay contacted DNR’s Division of … [Read more...] about Spotted Lanternfly Found in Indiana
Now midway through July, lets take a look at how that summer heat is affecting the contents of our gardens. Here are a few tips on what to harvest, plant, and more in this most patriotic--but also hottest--of the summer months. Asparagus Asparagus takes a long time to mature--think about three years. Thus its going to be a while before any asparagus you may have planted in … [Read more...] about Proper Plantings for July