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Chickens and Building Your Own Hen House

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Who doesn’t relish the idea of collecting your own fresh organic eggs from your own chickens, right in your own backyard?

The great thing about chickens is once you are set up with a quality coop, a good location, and a few protected chicks, other than….
 feeding, egg collecting, and occasional cleaning up for your compost, they are fairly maintenance free. (they do make good pets too!!)

When you decide to build your own hen house you will obviously want to stick to a Check Out The Rest of “Chickens and Building Your Own Hen House” →

Green Home Building is Booming !!

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Green Home building is booming

The confluence of a stagnant housing market and consumer desire to save money is creating a green home building boom that could be worth up to $114 billion by 2016, according to a new report from McGraw Hill Construction.

Green homes represented $17 billion, or 17 percent of the overall construction market in 2011. This figure is double 2008’s 8-percent market share (valued at $10 billion) and has been a Check Out The Rest of “Green Home Building is Booming !!” →

A DIY Cucumber Trellis For Your Garden

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Here is a short video on making and installing a cucumber trellis. we used simple 2″ x 2″ lumber to construct it and 5 foot garden fence stapled Check Out The Rest of “A DIY Cucumber Trellis For Your Garden” →

"Spring"ing Ahead In The Garden

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Lettuce

Wow the past few days have been very busy here on the homestead. We like many other gardeners, and homesteaders are getting into our “busy” season.

With the vegetable and flower gardens, firewood (good bio-mass fuel, but that is a whole other blog post), coupled with blogging , “paid” work and the rest of the homesteading chores, time seems to be a waning commodity. Check Out The Rest of ““Spring”ing Ahead In The Garden” →

Do-it-yourself Pole-barn Building

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Do-it-yourself Pole-barn Building

If you need to add shelter to your homestead easily and economically, pole barns are right for you. They’re the fastest, most cost-effective way to build permanent, solid shelter to store equipment, house livestock, or function as a garage or workshop facility. You can even use the pole barn approach to build a year-round home. A big part of the attraction is simplicity. There are only four steps involved in pole-barn building, and the first one’s even optional! None of the work requires fancy tools or finely honed skills.

The steps to pole-building success are simple: Create a level base pad (if you want more than just the earth underfoot), set poles vertically into holes in the ground, connect them across the top with beams and braces, then put roof trusses on top. No need for a complicated foundation, either. Even in regions with cold, frost-prone winters, pole barns endure well with nothing more than Check Out The Rest of “Do-it-yourself Pole-barn Building” →

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