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Five Things Homesteaders Should Do In The Spring

When spring comes and the ground thaws, homesteaders need to get to work! It can be difficult to know exactly what you need to do first, especially as tax season is coming right around the corner, but there are five things homesteaders should do each spring. Prepare for new births, remove winter grime and clutter, fix anything that needs repairs, prepare your garden for planting, and get ready for tax season.

5 Needed Crops For Your Self-Sufficient Garden

If you intend to feed yourself and your family, there are a few staple crops you absolutely need in rotation. These crops either have high yields, high nutrient values, or are easy to rear. Whether you are a new gardener or an old hand in the yard, it is important to plan out your garden …

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Licenses, Fees, and Taxes For Chicken Owners and Homesteaders

Owning chickens can be an easy way to provide your family or homestead with a steady supply of protein, but getting the room and resources to raise hens can involve quite a financial investment. Fortunately, not only are there many ways to save when rearing chickens, there are also ways for you to make money off of them if you have enough. One of the easiest ways to do this is to make yourself into a small business and claim tax breaks, but this often requires various licenses and fees, depending on your state. What are some legal documents you will need to raise and make money off your chickens?

Tips for Creating Row Covers for Your Garden

If you struggle to keep your garden safe from winter frosts and chills, or you aren’t sure how to protect tender shoots from snow, then you should consider creating row covers. A row cover is a type of protective shield for your garden that can keep it free of snow, frost and hail. In addition, it can help to insulate your garden from the cold. If protecting your garden over the winter is a major concern, then a row cover is exactly what you need.

How to Clean a Fireplace

The warm glimmer of a blazing fireplace inspires cozy holiday bliss in all of us. Even crooning Christmas legends feature roasted chestnuts and hanging stockings around the fire in beloved verse. A toasty fire presents a practical way to warm up the wintertime chill, and is particularly useful in rural living situations where consistent power may be iffy – in the event of an outage due to a snow-laden downed tree falling on wires, a fireplace can go from being a pleasant ambiance enhancer to an all-important heating source.