How to Use Echinacea: A Potent Medicinal Herb

How to Use Echinacea

Echinacea is my hands-down favorite herb, and I always have it in stock in my natural medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, people have misused this popular herb, and they also have over-harvested wild echinacea. People use echinacea in all the wrong ways. Adding echinacea to your soap isn’t going to do much, but when used correctly, it’sRead more

The Self Reliance Challenge 2019: My Goals

Tomorrow is 2019; I really can’t believe it! 2018 flew by as we added Jolene to our family, Andrew changed work shifts, and I grew my freelance writing career to new heights. Wow! It was a great year. Now, I’m looking forward to 2019. I love a new year. Everything is fresh, and you startRead more

13 Vegetables and Fruits You Can Store in a Root Cellar

Root cellars are a low-maintenance method of food preservation that requires no extra work on your end. Storing fruits and vegetables in a root cellar helps to preserve freshness in the least labor-intensive way possible. Doesn’t that sound awesome? One thing to know is that you want to store ONLY the freshest, best food possible,Read more

6 Top Chicken Breeds for Small Spaces

Different chicken breeds have different space requirements. Chicken owners with large farmers or homesteads don’t need to worry about the breed they select, but backyard homesteaders need to pick chicken breeds for small spaces. Picking breeds with smaller space requirements will keep your flock happen, which means happy chickens. Happy chickens lay eggs, which isRead more

15 Things You Should Never Compost

Things You Should Never Compost

Composting reduces trash output and provides an excellent soil amendment for gardens. Compost adds nutrients back into your soil, but not everything belongs there. In fact, understanding what not to put in a compost ensures that the end product is safe for your garden use. In your compost, you want to put brown and greenRead more

Why You Should Plant Heirloom Seeds

Seed buying and gardening planning time are upon us. The two popular choices for seeds are either heirloom or hybrid. I prefer heirloom seeds, for several reasons. Many home gardeners aren’t sure what to pick. Hybrid and GMO seeds work for many people. I know dozens of people who use these varieties for their smallRead more