Category: Homesteading

Best Backyard Chickens

Best Picks for the Small Farmer With so many choices it’s hard to know which are the best backyard chickens to raise. Much of your decision depends on whether you want meat or eggs. While most chickens are bred to produce either eggs or meat, there are a couple dual-purpose breeds that can provide both and we’ve had good luck with. We have been raising chickens for egg and meat production here on our homestead for six years and have found that the best egg producers remain thin no matter how much we feed them while meat breeds become...

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Relieving Stress While Creating Your Garden Space

There can be times when life really starts to take over and it can get a bit overwhelming. If you are looking for a new way that you can relieve a good deal of stress while improving your overall health, you may want to think about starting your very own garden. Believe it or not, there is a lot to be said about the impact of gardening, from the planning out and planting to the tending and then enjoying the yield. Gardening is also a very popular hobby with a lot of people who like to have a way...

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Self-Sufficient Homesteading – Realizing a Dream

Do you dream of owning your own homestead?  A place where you can grow your own food, raise your own animals and stop being reliant on those big-box stores. From our own experience I can tell you that with some careful planning and modest investment almost anyone can turn that dream into reality. Whether you live in the city, the country, or in an urban environment you CAN live a self-sufficient homesteading lifestyle. Your very first step is to have a general idea of what you want. Do you want to grow your own food? Raise your own livestock?...

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From the Big City to a Simple Homestead

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dave Ledoux from Back to My Garden a few months ago about our life here on our homestead. Dave and I talked about how we left our stressful jobs in the city to move to the country and build a life surrounded by chickens, gardens, and lots of fresh air! Listen to the podcast here…   Join Dave Ledoux on the Back To My Garden podcast as he interviews passionate gardeners from around the world. Discover new gardening techniques, expert secrets, time-saving tips and exciting trends so you can take your...

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How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon

The heat of a South Carolina summer is perfect for the watermelons that are thriving in my garden right now. I know when the heat of the day pushes me inside I can always count of the cool and refreshing taste of a homegrown watermelon to cool me down. For years, I struggled with picking them too early or too late. I could never find the right signs to know if they were at their peak and picked many too soon.  After growing them for a few years now, I can spot when they are just right to pick....

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Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Hidden away in Central South Carolina is a little farm where we call home. Surrounded by pine trees, chicken farms, and lots of sandy soil we live a very simple lifestyle by the grace of God.

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