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Foraging in Alaska – Berry Picking

Summertime in Alaska means berries. Lots and lots of berries. From one end to the other, Alaska is covered in wild berries, both edible and not. Be sure you’re set for a busy summer of foraging in Alaska for wild berries. Foraging in Alaska – Equipment While berry picking can be done with no more … Continue reading »

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How to have a Lazy Garden in a Cold Climate

I’ll be totally honest with you. My garden is lousy this year. I may be an Alaskan Master Gardener, but with no time to do anything in the garden, there just isn’t much happening with it this year. A good garden can so often be something that is completely out of your hands, so I’ve … Continue reading »

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Are Chickens Vegetarians?

Anyone who has owned chickens for a decent amount of time will tell you that they are most definitely NOT vegetarians. Meat or fish scraps, mice, and bugs are all considered tasty treats by chickens. Protein is a must for chickens, especially during the annual molt. It’s usually pretty easy to tell when your flock … Continue reading »

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Homemade Carolina Barbecue Deviled Eggs

Ah, Spring, when eggs flow abundantly and barbecue season is beginning. Deviled eggs are such a wonderful, easy side dish for barbecue get togethers and picnics. I’ve tried so many different recipes over the years, but I do believe I finally came up with my favorite – Carolina Barbecue Deviled Eggs. Peeling boiled fresh eggs … Continue reading »

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Foraging in Alaska – Spring

Foraging in Alaska may seem impossible to those who haven’t been here long. Long, cold, dark winters with seemingly no life make it a tough landscape. But underneath all that snow, Alaska is an amazing food source for those who know what they are looking for. But be prepared. With the abundance of food in … Continue reading »

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Best Blogs for Zone 4 Gardening (and colder!)

Zone 4 gardening is a tough gig. The sub-zero temperatures of winter put a big damper on what perennials will survive in your garden or orchard. Stick that Zone 4 in Alaska and you add extra long winter, sunlight ranging from 19+ hours to less than 4 per day, the occasional summer that never gets … Continue reading »

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Your Choice of Chick Brooders for Spring

Ah, Spring. That time of year when fuzzy baby chicks flood the feed stores and chicks go to new homes on impulse buys. I admit- I’ve been known to surprise the hubby with a few new chicks “just because.” But I also knew I had a ready to go chick brooder box for them. Buying … Continue reading »

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5 Tools Every Gardener Needs and You Do Too

Do you ever go to the hardware store and stop to drool over all the beautiful, shiny gardening tools? It is so easy to get sucked into the newest tool that will change gardening as you know it, that new tool that will do it all, to fill your garden shed with tools that you … Continue reading »

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So You Want to Live Off Grid

The hubby and I have a dream- a dream to someday live off grid. Completely off grid. The idea of having the freedom and independence that only comes from not having to rely on any other person is glorious to us. We want to have a cabin in a remote part of Alaska where we … Continue reading »

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Making Money on the Homestead – Cottage Laws

There are so many ways to make money on the homestead, which is great, because so many homesteaders are striving to be independent and off the grid, not tied down to the “rat race” in any way. One of the most common is through “Cottage Laws,” which enables the sales of homemade food goods. Cottage … Continue reading »

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