Only you can decide the best route to adding to your flock, but don’t think getting chicks is your only option. Here on The 104 Homestead, we hatch out several dozen chicks and ducklings each year, but add only established birds to our flock. We enjoy the fuzzy chicks and make a profit from them, but raise only older birds. It’s the best of both worlds for us.
Native bee populations are suffering. They refer to it as Colony Collapse Disorder. I hope you all are already using natural alternatives in your gardens and around your homes instead of pesticides. Another way we can help out our native bee population is to plant bee-friendly flowers. Maybe even a bee meadow. Even a small bee meadow can feed a lot of bees.
I’m not sure why, but we as a society have this need to put labels on ourselves and others. Sometimes these labels are innocent. They describe to others where we stand. They describe how we feel about others and what their mission is. I turned to Facebook to find out how people viewed homesteaders, preppers and survivalists. I’m sure these cliches won’t surprise you.
I hope I’ve been truly transparent about the struggles I’ve had on my journey. One struggle that comes to mind is my difficulty learning to make bread. My family was losing faith in my ability to learn this skill, and I was losing faith as well. Finally I figured it out and it was an amazing feeling. That amazing feeling is what makes trying worth it.
Melt & Pour soap bases are premixed bases that have all the scary work done already. All you do is melt, mix, and pour into molds. You get the joy of homemade soap with the ability to customize it as you see fit, without dealing with chemical ratios and possible burns. M&P gives you a foundation. It’s up to you to build the house.
I am constantly looking for new ways to improve my soil and enhance my gardening experience. I also prefer to use all natural elements. And don’t forget about frugal. That is where Grocery Gardening comes into play. With Grocery Gardening, you often don’t need to look any further than the pantry or fridge.