Category: Small Acreage Homesteading

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Vegetable Garden Ideas for Small Spaces

by Jason Smith Living on the side of a mountain is nice, but it raises some interesting challenges to gardening. Since the land my house sits on was literally carved out of the mountain, the soil is blasted rocks and dirt, leaving much to be desired when trying to garden. My solution to this issue was to stay above ground, using pots and barrels as well as building a raised bed more than a foot off...

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How to Grow a Moringa Tree (and why you should)

By TN Mommy I grow vegetables and fruits in my container garden, plus I’m working on installing some built in garden boxes in the rear of my yard, but that’s about all I can do for now since I live in suburbia and the HOA will fine the shit out of me if I put chickens and goats in my backyard. For those that don’t know me, I am a Christian and I believe that...

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Can I Raise Meat Rabbits In My Backyard?

by The Mid-west Mrs. Can I Raise Meat Rabbits In My Backyard? Yes, You Can! I had rabbits when I was young but only as pets. Our children had rabbits growing up, again only as pets. We now have rabbits but they are for food. You have most likely a basic understanding of rabbits so this article focuses on how we manage our rabbit husbandry. We maintain 3 does and two bucks. Getting your rabbits It...

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Can I Keep Chickens In My Backyard?

by Nate Smith If you have made the decision that you would like to try your hand at keeping some chickens in your backyard, there are a few considerations that you might want to make first, and although you have probably thought of some of these, there just might be a few that might come as a surprise. Legality of Raising Backyard Chickens Probably the very first question you should ask yourself about raising chickens is,...

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What Are The Best Foods To Grow In A Survival Garden?

by Jason – www.theselfsufficientgardener.com It’s generally considered blasphemy these days to be a survivalist and not garden.  Food is the most important survival consideration next to water for the survival minded.  It makes sense to be at least somewhat self-reliant when it comes to food production for you and your family.  In other words, if you don’t garden you should really consider starting. For those of us who do mix gardening and prepping/survivalism, the perennial...

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Raising Livestock on a Small Piece of Property

by Robbins I have strived for the last 10 years to become more and more self-sufficient. This was not the result of any event or premonition. I had no inkling there was a prepper movement or survival community. It was just something in my DNA. I wanted the security and peace of knowing I was prepared. I wanted to take care of my family if something were to happen that would interrupt our modern existence....

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How To Find Affordable Homestead Property in Tennessee

by Sandra O A number of years ago I awoke to the unpleasant reality that when the stuff hits the fan and people were unable to get food and water, they would spill out into the suburbs, even past the burbs, to our sleepy community, to take what they wanted by any means they could. Although I lived in a “safe” area with preps, a garden, and neighbors who were hunters, I realized I could not...

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Cold Climate Gardening – Easiest Crops to Grow (even in small spaces)

by Matilda With limited space, time and money, I want an optimal, seasonal yield from my cool climate garden.  No matter where I live or how much room I have, the garden is a significant part of my daily life. It also provides an opportunity for appreciation of God’s provision. Most vegetables are beyond comparison for taste if you grow them yourself.  However, some take up garden space for a very long time or, if the...

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How to Save Heirloom Vegetable Seeds From Your Garden

by Debbie S I’ve been seeing a lot of people on forums and comments on other blogs asking about how to save vegetable seeds for next years planning, so I decided to write this article to share what I’ve learned through years of gardening and seed saving… Hybrids are basically for commercial production and flavor is not necessarily what they are after.  Most of us know they are designed for good shipping ability or for...

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How Many Acres Do You Need for a Small Farm?

by Petermccue Like me, I’m sure you’ve seen the numbers out on the internet – “You only need a quarter of an acre to support a family of four” or “Five acres for a family of four” or “20 acres for a family of four” – but what is the basis for these figures? I originally started this article to debunk the “seed safety in a can” products. I’m sure everyone’s seen them, and I’ve...