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Pink eye in goats - what it is and how to recognize it and treat it. Keeping Goats, Raising Goats, Treating Pink Eye, Goat Pen, Goat Care, Boer Goats, Goat Farming, Hobby Farms, Chickens Backyard

Pink eye in goats

How to recognize pink eye in goats and treat it naturally.

Can you keep tomato plants alive all winter? I've worked on this for several years; here are my experiences and my advice. Growing Tomatoes, Growing Herbs, Growing Vegetables, Herb Garden In Kitchen, Homestead Gardens, Cold Frame, Square Foot Gardening, Success And Failure, Tomato Plants

Over-Wintering Tomato Plants: Successes and Failures

Here are my notes, my successes and failures on keeping tomato plants alive over the winter. Find out what I learned the hard way and turn your tomato plants into perennials.

Lessons I've Learned in My Garden My Happy Place, Homesteading, Places, Garden, Lugares, Garten, Lawn And Garden, Gardening, Outdoor

Lessons I've Learned in My Garden

My garden is a creative outlet, a place to experiment, to think, to pray. It's my happy place. Where is yours?

Shorter days and cooler mornings bring on the beginning of goat breeding season. Here's how to plan your kidding season so your goats will kid when YOU want them to, and how to plan your goat kids' birth and milking season around your herd goals, your family's schedule and your weather. #goats Breeding Goats, Goat Pen, Kids Birth, Family Schedule, Goat Care, Boer Goats, Raising Goats, Hobby Farms, Chickens Backyard

When to breed your goat

In late summer your buck will go into rut and your does will start cycling. When should you let them breed? (family friendly)

It really doesn't matter where you live, you can begin "homesteading" anywhere. Grow a little food, save money, and be more self-sufficient - it's all about living a simple life, no matter where you live. Homestead Layout, Self Sufficient, Gardening For Beginners, Natural Disasters, Survival Tips, Simple Living, Zero Waste, Homesteading, Outdoor Gardens

You can "homestead" no matter where you live

You can start homesteading no matter where you live!

Blister beetles are a scourge! They're toxic to livestock, especially horses and sheep, and cause unpleasant welts on humans too, not to mention that they will devour your garden plants. Here's how I battle them - with an update on a recent find that has me WINNING the war on these garden pests - organically! Planting Vegetables, Planting Seeds, Vegetable Gardening, Growing Vegetables, Organic Gardening, Garden Rake, Garden Pests, Have I Won, Potato Bugs

Fighting blister beetles in the organic garden

Blister beetles are my most-dreaded garden pest. Here's what they are, what they can do, and how to fight them in the organic garden.

Don't just walk away - your goat can develop mastitis. Here's the right way to stop milking (dry off) your dairy goat. Keeping Goats, Raising Goats, Goat Pen, Goat Care, Boer Goats, Hobby Farms, Chickens Backyard, Livestock, Homestead

How to stop milking your dairy goat

A dairy goat should be dried off 2-3 months before she kids again. Here are the steps I take to dry off my does.

to Keep a Water Trough Clean for Livestock How to setup your water trough or stock tank so that it stays clear and clean. How to setup your water trough or stock tank so that it stays clear and clean. Raising Farm Animals, Raising Goats, Goat Farming, Livestock Farming, Livestock Water Tanks, Goat Shelter, Goat Pen, Goat House, Goat Care

Self Cleaning Water Trough

How to keep your animal's water trough clean with no chemicals. This easy to setup trough for our goats stays crystal clear!

Saving seeds from your own garden plants, and then planting them for several years will yield seeds that are perfectly adapted to your soil and climate. Here's how to save tomato seeds from your garden. Growing Tomatoes, Growing Herbs, Herb Garden In Kitchen, Vegetable Garden Planning, Starting Seeds Indoors, Homestead Gardens, Tomato Seeds, Garden Pests, Seed Starting

How to save tomato seeds

Here's the best method to save seeds from your own tomatoes. By saving seeds from your garden and planting them again, after several years those seeds have adapted to your own climate and soil. They are the perfect seeds for your garden!

Homemade yogurt is simple to make and money-saving too! You can avoid those commercial yogurt ingredients that you can't pronounce, plus artificial colors and flavors, and add your favorite fruit, nuts and other flavorings for a delicious breakfast or a decadent snack. Learn how to make yogurt at home from scratch. How To Make Cheese, Food To Make, Yogurt Benefits, Making Yogurt, Full Fat Yogurt, Processed Sugar, Homemade Yogurt, Canning Jars, Drying Herbs

How to Make Yogurt at Home (and Save Money)

Homemade yogurt is simple, easy to make and inexpensive, and it's so good for you. Here's how to make yogurt at home and save money.

You can plan around your family's schedule to make homestead life more manageable. Here's how you can plan around the weather, your vacation and other factors so you'll know when to breed your goats - and so you'll be ready for those adorable goat babies! Breeding Goats, Goat Pen, Family Schedule, Goat Care, Boer Goats, Raising Goats, Hobby Farms, Chickens Backyard, Livestock

When will your goat give birth?

In late summer your buck will go into rut and your does will start cycling. When should you let them breed? (family friendly)

Where to find firewood near you, what type of wood to use and how to cure it for use. Everything you need to know about firewood.  #firewood #fire #cold #stayingwarm #winter #freewood Buy Firewood, Firewood Storage, Portland, Seasoned Wood, Kiln Dried Wood, Landscape Services, Diy Fire Pit, Wood Burner, Country Christmas

Firewood Near Me - and Where can I can free firewood? - My Homestead Life

What type of wood should I use? How to find firewood near me? Where can I get free firewood? I'm here to help answer all these questions and more!

You spent all summer growing your herbs. Here's how to harvest, dry and store your homegrown herbs to use all winter long. Dried Lemon, Herb Garden In Kitchen, Hanging Herbs, Homestead Gardens, Dehydrated Food, Dry Leaf, Food Hacks, Food Tips, Lemon Balm

How to Dry and Store Your Homegrown Herbs

You spent all summer growing those herbs! Here's how to harvest, dry and store your homegrown herbs so they'll last all winter.

Blister beetles can cause great damage in the vegetable garden, and secrete a caustic chemical that causes blisters on human skin. Here's how to fight them organically. Slugs In Garden, Garden Insects, Garden Pests, Potager Garden, Herbs Garden, Fruit Garden, Organic Vegetables, Growing Vegetables, Gardening For Beginners

Blister Beetles: How To Fight These Pests In The Organic Garden

Blister beetles are my most-dreaded garden pest. Here's what they are, what they can do, and how to fight them in the organic garden.

Barn fires are most common in the winter and summer months, but they can happen any time of the year. Here's what happened to our barn - and our goats - and ten ways you can help prevent a barn fire and keep your livestock safe. Keeping Goats, Raising Goats, Goat Care, Boer Goats, What Happened To Us, Homestead Farm, Starting A Garden, Fire Safety, Hobby Farms

10 tips to prevent a barn fire - our story

Barn fires are most common in the summer and winter but they can occur at any time. Use these ten tips to put a fire policy into place and save your barn from a fire.

Fruit trees can supply you and your family with apples, peaches, cherries and more, plus shade and a habitat for bug-eating birds. Learn how to plant fruit trees on your homestead - and the best time to plant them.    #orchard #homesteadorchard #homegrown Garden Pests, Garden Tools, Gardening For Beginners, Gardening Tips, Homestead Layout, Herb Garden In Kitchen, Homestead Gardens, Starting A Garden, Urban Homesteading

How (and when) to plant fruit trees on your homestead

How to select, locate and plant fruit trees on your homestead.