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Tagged With: farm

DIY Chicken Tractor

Last year we raised 15 Cornish Cross meat chickens. I’ll admit, butchering day was tough, but those were the best tasted, totally organic chickens I’ve ever eaten. So this year we decided to up how many we raised. Then Mom asked me to raise a few for them. So this year we’re raising 40 Red … Continue reading »

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If You Give a Girl a Chicken

If you give a girl a chicken,   She’s going to want a cute chicken coop. When you give her the coop, she’ll probably ask you for some chicken feed. When she’s finished, she’ll ask you for some wood shavings for bedding. Then she’ll want to look in the mirror to make sure she doesn’t … Continue reading »

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Blueberry Rhubarb Lemonade Popsicles

It’s been hot. Well, it’s been hot by this Alaska girl’s standards. Mid-70’s in the shade, and I’ve spent the week in the non-shaded garden trying to get all my starts in the ground asap. Finally almost done! But I’ve been needing something to cool off. Ice cream is easily the first thing that comes … Continue reading »

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DIY Folding Chick Brooder

As much as I love backyard chickens and chicks, we don’t always have chicks on the homestead, thus don’t need a brooder box all the time. It took some thinking, but I finally came up with a design that works perfectly for us. Behold, the DIY Folding Chick Brooder.   Over the years, I’ve had … Continue reading »

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Hardy Perennial Flowers for Alaska Part Two

Snapdragons, nasturtiums, marigolds, sweet peas, pansies, and so much more. Flowerbeds can be beautiful even in the short Alaskan growing season. But the cost of replacing annual flowers every spring adds up fast and can often push your garden over budget, not to mention all that replanting is a lot of work. I think I’ll … Continue reading »

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Container Planting Corn and Beans

Growing corn can be an iffy thing in Alaska. Too often, the summers just don’t get warm enough. But this year we have hope. Last summer reached well into the 80’s (unusual for here!) and there’s a chance this summer will be warm too. So in hope, we’ve planted a short season sweet corn. To … Continue reading »

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Everyone has a Crazy Chicken Story

Every “crazy chicken lady” has a crazy chicken story of one kind or another. If you’ve had chickens for any amount of time, they seem to manage to get up to one crazy antic or another. I’ve had my fair share of weird chicken dreams, waking up in a cold sweat worried that I forgot … Continue reading »

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Planting Onions and Leeks from Seed

Here in south central Alaska, our growing season is fairly short. Planting outdoors usually happens around Memorial Day and harvest happens in early September. Frost tends to follow very soon. So planting onions and leeks from seed happens early and indoors.   Not only do we have to keep our short growing season in mind, … Continue reading »

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Homesteading Books Gift Guide

Whether you’re a homesteader or prepper, books are often essential. No or limited electricity? Need a fast reference about birthing a goat? Looking for a how to on knitting? Want to see how they did something in the old days? Find it all here in the Homesteading Books Gift Guide! Any of these would be … Continue reading »

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Interview with a Farmer Part Two

How often do you get an interview with a farmer who’s almost 100 years old? Granted, my grandpa hasn’t worked a farm since 1949, but he’s still a wealth of information!     Read part one of the interview HERE. Interview With a Farmer Part 2 Born in 1922, my grandfather grew up on a … Continue reading »

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