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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” →

Spinach-Maybe Popeye Is Smarter Than We Thought

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Popeye used his spinach to make him strong, just like we tell our kids, but maybe Popeye was getting much more for his efforts.

Here is a quick run down on Spinach;

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Spinach is a very hardy annual with a rosette of dark green leaves. Sometimes the leaves can be crinkled, which is called a Savoy Leaf variety, or flat. Spinach is related to beets and chard.

Growing Info.
Growing Spinach: Being a very hardy plant spinach can tolerate the cold; in fact, it does extremely well in cool weather. Heat and long days will make Check Out The Rest of “Spinach-Maybe Popeye Is Smarter Than We Thought” →

Saving Seeds and The Adaptive Properties

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This video is about the adaptive properties of plants and how, over time, of saving your seeds , many plants will adapt to the environment and climate they are subjected to. They may become more hardy or more tender depending where your garden is located . For example Check Out The Rest of “Saving Seeds and The Adaptive Properties” →

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” →

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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