Category Archives: Homesteading

Income from the Homestead: Gardening

Homesteading is defined as a lifestyle of self-sustainability. While many people think of homesteading as providing the food needed off the homestead, there is another side that is most important! Income is needed to provide the things that we can’t do or make ourselves on the homestead. Today I want to focus directly on the garden, specifically how we can earn some income early on in the season when expenses are high in anticipation of the late summer payoff.

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How to Set up a Brooder for Chicks

If you’ve recently picked up some young chicks, you’ll want to have a safe space for them to grow. Before you even take your young chickens home, have a brooder ready for them. Today, we’ll cover what you’ll need to make your own brooder at home. Plus, we’ll have a link to a video tutorial so you can follow along with us.

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How to Make Maple Syrup at Home

There are a ton of items that you could make instead of buy. One of the more delicious examples is maple syrup. Any morning that starts with fresh syrup on my pancakes is considered a good day in my book. We’re going to go over each step in the process of making homemade maple syrup from tapping the tree to boiling the sap.

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Pests That Could be Killing Your Bees

Once a honeybee hive is populated and fully functioning, beekeeping is relatively simple. You should be checking up on your bees about every other week. The most important reason for these inspections is to make sure your bees are protected against pests and diseases. There are a number of common bee diseases and pests that you should be looking for each time you inspect, like Varroa Mites, Nosema, Chalkbrood, and more. We will go over the signs of these bee killers and the best way to fix the problem before you lose your buzzing buddies.Macro image of a dead bee on a leaf from a hive in decline, plagued by the Colony collapse disorder and other diseases

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My First Beehive: Parts of the Hive

Before you order your first shipment of honeybees, you will want to be completely prepared. Your bees will need a home, so the first piece of equipment you should be looking for is a beehive. Beehives have different components that go along with them, like hive supers, queen excluders, and frames. Find out what you’ll need to construct your first beehive and some extras to make it the perfect hive for a new beekeeper.


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