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How To Make Spaghetti Sauce From Scratch

How To Make Spaghetti Sauce From Scratch

Have you ever wanted to make spaghetti sauce from scratch? Maybe you have a garden overflowing with tomatoes, a friend gifted you a barrel of them, or you got ambitious and bought a box from your food co-op. Now what?! While processing tomatoes is fairly easy, like most things it can be very daunting if you’re just starting out! I’ve been making my own spaghetti sauce for years now. When I was 27, I quite suddenly developed a severe allergy to…

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How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 3

How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 3

Welcome to the final post in my “How To Build A Chicken Coop” series! In Part 1 we went over the supplies you’ll need, how much money we spent building our coop, and how to build the base and walls. In Part 2 we talked about building the nest box, putting in windows and doors, and how to build and finish your roof. At the end of part 2 we already had a pretty good-looking chicken coop, with walls, doors, and…

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How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 2

How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my 3-part series detailing how we built our own chicken coop – and how you can, too! In Part 1 of the series, I went over the instructions for building the base and walls of your chicken coop. You can find that post here. In this post I will cover framing the nest box, putting on doors and windows, and probably the hardest part of building any structure: the roof. When we were searching for…

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How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 1

How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 1

Early this year, we decided that we would get our first chicks in mid-April, after a couple family trips we had planned would be over. We made a timeline for building a chicken coop, found some ideas online, and had a solid plan in place. But then our local farm supply store got chicks in in February, and well… I couldn’t be expected to NOT get them, right?! Suddenly we had four chicks in our basement, and we needed to…

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Start a Pallet Composting Bin for Free!

Start a Pallet Composting Bin for Free!

Lately the weather has been unusually beautiful for this time of year – temperatures in the 70s and low-80s for two weeks! It’s been the perfect time to do some outside projects, including making our own pallet composting bin for the backyard. If you’re like me, maybe you haven’t given composting much thought before recently. Perhaps you have questions or concerns – isn’t it stinky? Does it take up a lot of space? Will it cost me a lot of time?…

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How To Make An Easy Bucket Waterer For Chickens

How To Make An Easy Bucket Waterer For Chickens

Hopefully you already know how important it is to keep your chickens well-hydrated, especially when the temperatures are high. But it can be a challenge to provide enough water for them while also keeping it clean and fresh! Today I’d like to show you how to make a cheap, super easy bucket waterer for your chickens. In fact, it’s so easy you’ll wonder why you needed the tutorial! 😉 Supplies The first thing you’ll need, obviously, is a bucket with a…

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Chicken Chronicles: Growing Fast and a Trampoline Chicken Tractor

Chicken Chronicles: Growing Fast and a Trampoline Chicken Tractor

The chicks are now 4 1/2 weeks old, and have been home with us for 3 1/2 of those weeks. I can’t believe how much they’ve grown just in the past ten days! They are so much bigger and are doing so many more things now. I even made them a trampoline chicken tractor because they want to spend so much time outside! Getting Bigger To give you an idea of how much they’ve grown, this photo was taken 9 days ago, when the chicks were…

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Urban homesteading projects

Urban homesteading projects

What can you get for 3 hours and $274 at Menards? About half the things you need for your new urban homesteading projects!      Not shown here are the big purchases that stayed in the garage – some lumber, roofing shingles, and four rolls (!) of hardware cloth. We have not yet purchased the majority of the lumber needed for the coop; that will definitely be another several hundred dollars and at least one more big trip. A Quick Note on…

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