Grid Tie Or Off Grid Solar System - Which Is Better

solar panel array

You have located a great piece of property for your dream homestead. But one problem is there is no electrical power to it. You are considering a Grid Tie Solar or an Off Grid Solar Electrical System. What factors should be considered in making your choice? The Factors to be considered include: How far would…

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Amazing Edible Flowers You Can Eat And Their Benefits

Cake with borage flowers

Growing flowers in our gardens are not only for the beauty they bring to us while also helping to pollinate our plants, they can bring a splash of color and exotic taste to the plates on our table. If you love flowers like I do you might already have several different varieties of edible flowers…

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Productive Garden From Rocky Soil - The ABCs Of Success

Large Raised Bed

The ideal spot for a garden on our homestead happened to be where a previous owner had graded the lot before building a metal shop. The grading had removed the top soil and left hard rocky soil that grew a mixture of weeds and some low growing grass. There are several problems with rocky soil:…

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Tips On Getting An Early Start For The Spring Garden


Here in the Pacific Northwest where we still have snow on the ground I find myself turning to thoughts of planning for our Spring garden. Having gardened for most of my life I know that planning ahead will help to have produce to harvest much sooner. What are some tips on getting an early start…

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DIY Easy Raised Trellis Planter For Your Garden - Free Plans


A great way to increase your garden's output of produce without increasing the garden size is to use raised trellis planters. Raised trellis planters allow plants to grow up instead of out. You will learn how to make a simple raised trellis planter in a couple of hours. This trellis planter is simple to make. …

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How To Plan Your Garden For Success - Helpful Tips

Mixed plants

I've been gardening pretty much all my life and each year about this time I start thinking of what I would like to grow and where in our garden space I want to plant it all. Even though we still have lots of snow on the ground here in February, it hasn't deterred my desire…

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How To Build A Hoop House Style Greenhouse On A Tight Budget

hoop house

For the last four years we have been extending our growing season with a hoop house style greenhouse. The hoop house we designed and constructed is simple to make, has withstood winds in excess of 75 mph and will not break the bank to build. The benefits of a hoop house style greenhouse include: ease…

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Homestead Septic System Primer (Anaerobic, Mound, Aerobic)

Homestead Septic System Primer

A homestead in an area where there is no public sewer system will need to have an approved septic system. The purpose of this septic system is to remove wastes from the home, safely convert them to effluent and return the water from the effluent to the ground water. The septic system is usually approved…

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Urban Homesteading⎜History, Dark Chapter, Types, Skills

Community Garden

Urban Homesteading is a movement that started over 100 years ago. It has been called Backyard Homesteading and even Hobby Farming. The different names it has been called all describe the same basic idea. Producing as much of the food eaten by the urban household as possible given the amount of yard or other space…

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Property In a Flood Zone - Flood Insurance, Home Value, Risk


In searching for Country or Homestead property it is important to know if the property is in a Flood Plain. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) definition of a Flood Plain is: any land area susceptible to being inundated by flood waters from any source. We will look at: Why it is important to…

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