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Raised On Homegrown

Raised On Homegrown

Raised On Homegrown Have you been to the grocery store lately? I can’t get over the price of groceries. I still remember prices from my youth, and it kills me how much less I can get today for the same dollar. Usually I spend between $30 and $50 a week at the grocery store. I don’t feel like I get a lot, mostly bread and dairy products. These are items that I do not produce myself. On the weeks that…

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Edible Landscaping: Blueberry Bushes

Edible Landscaping: Blueberry Bushes

Edible Landscaping: Blueberry Bushes Have you ever considered blueberry bushes as a way to landscape your property? When we bought our house I knew I was going to end up doing quite a bit of landscaping. Which I am still working on, 4 years later. It seems like every year I think of more landscaping projects, but underestimate how much labor is going to be needed. With 4 kids, what I think may take me a weekend, ends up taking…

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Edible Landscaping: Strawberry Beds

Edible Landscaping: Strawberry Beds

Edible Landscaping: Strawberry Beds This year, will be the third year with my own strawberry beds. In 2016 we put in 4, 16′ x 2′ strawberry beds. Each bed holds 50 plants. I opted to purchase the plants, and just cut runners, instead of buying less plants and filling in the space with runners. Last year (2017) was our first year having the plants produce. The first year, is the year for the plants to establish themselves. That year I kept…

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Don’t Let These Frugal Fails Cost You Money

Don’t Let These Frugal Fails Cost You Money

Don’t Let These Frugal Fails Cost You Money This is a guest post by Joleisa Creed Whilst the frugal life is a noble one, some frugalist often make some silly mistakes which end up costing them money and goes against their original plan of spending wisely and saving money.   Oh, by the way, a super scrimper is not to be confused with a frugal living person. They have totally different mind-sets and live completely differently. Check this post in case you don’t know how to make…

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Mix A Better Hamster Food

Mix A Better Hamster Food

Mix A Better Hamster Food I hope you find this post helpful. When I started looking for how to mix my own hamster mix, all I could find was how to mix different commercial feeds together. Since I couldn’t even find a commercial feed with a protein percent higher than 15%, that was not an option for me. I am sure there are feeds out there with a higher protein percent, but they are not readily available near me, and…

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Why You Should Buy Farm Fresh Eggs

Why You Should Buy Farm Fresh Eggs

Why You Should Buy Farm Fresh Eggs Last week I did a post that explained why farm fresh eggs cost more than supermarket eggs. This week I am going to highlight some of the reasons you should pay a little more and buy farm fresh eggs. You Support More Humane Conditions Starts With Space Backyard hens typically have more space than a hen raised in a production setting. The general rule of thumb is 5 square feet per bird in…

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Why Farm Fresh Eggs Cost More

Why Farm Fresh Eggs Cost More

Why Farm Fresh Eggs Cost More (this post contains affiliated links) You’re driving through the country one weekend, and see a stand advertising farm fresh eggs. You decide to support your local farm, and stop to buy a dozen eggs. Upon stopping at the stand, you get sticker shock to discover that the eggs you intended to buy, are priced anywhere from $2 to $5 a dozen. Knowing you can get a dozen eggs at the store for under a buck…

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Brownie And Her Babies

Brownie And Her Babies

Brownie And Her Babies It has been 3 weeks already. The babies have been enjoying a lot of outside time. They even free ranged all day on Wednesday. Their free range time depends on Brownie, some days she tries to take them to places they can not be, but Wednesday she was content keeping them in the yard. I changed out their poultry waterer for a black dish that the babies can play in. I am not sure that Brownie…

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That Chicken Has Ducks!

That Chicken Has Ducks!

That Chicken Has Ducks On July 8th, 2017, our Buff Brahma hen, Brownie, successfully hatched 3 of her clutch of 8 duck eggs. You read that right, our chicken has ducks! Before Brownie Became A Mom For the 3 months leading up to that day, we tried 3 times to hatch eggs with our incubator. Out of those 3 attempts we had 2, yes that’s right 2, eggs successfully hatch. The last attempt with the incubator, I did everything I…

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15+ Ways To Use Up Your Strawberry Harvest

15+ Ways To Use Up Your Strawberry Harvest

This year was the first producing year for my strawberry beds, they produced over 70 quarts* of strawberries! Some of the uses may be geared more towards having your own strawberry bed (or access to one) rather than just picking a lot of strawberries. Here is a round up of some ways to use up those babies, besides strawberry jam: Strawberry Jam – okay, I’m getting this one right out of the way. Strawberry rhubarb butter – these two are…

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