Homesteading

3 Reasons Why Your Homestead Needs a Barn Cat

3 Reasons Why Your Homestead Needs a Barn Cat

Are you considering adding a barn cat to your homestead?  You should!  Today Mr. Native Texan presents three reasons why every homestead needs a barn cat.  He’ll also address three common concerns about introducing barn cats to the homestead.

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DIY Chicken Tractor

How to Raise Pastured Poultry, Part 2: DIY Chicken Tractor

Your baby chicks have arrived and you’ve got them all settled into their new DIY Brooder.  High five!  The next step is to build your DIY Chicken Tractor.

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7 Reasons to Start Your Own Seeds Indoors

7 Reasons to Start Your Own Seeds Indoors

After wanting to start my own seeds indoors for YEARS, I finally tackled the challenge this spring.  I’m beyond thrilled with my success, and the process was so simple!

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How to Start Seeds Indoors

How to Start Seeds Indoors: A Simple Method

Even though I’ve been gardening for years and years, I was never exactly sure how to start seeds indoors.  It felt like such an intimidating process.  When we moved to the new farm last year, I decided it was finally time to tackle the challenge. I would learn how to start seeds indoors.

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Simple DIY Seed Starting System | Roots & Boots

Simple DIY Seed Starting System: Shelves & Lights

Have you ever wanted to start seeds indoors but felt overwhelmed at the prospect of getting started?  You’re going to love this simple (and cost effective) seed starting system!

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How to Refinish a Vintage Claw Foot Tub

How to Refinish a Vintage Claw Foot Tub

I spent a lot of time psyching myself up for this project in our new log home farmhouse, but it turns out that it’s really pretty simple to refinish a vintage claw foot tub.  And I’m so pleased with the results!

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The Real Cost of Raising Meat Birds: Year Two

The Real Cost of Raising Meat Birds: Year Two

Our second year of raising meat birds was filled with ups and downs.   Mostly ups, with two major downs.  In the end, we’re still addicted to raising our own food and plan to expand our pastured poultry enterprise this year.

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Favorite Books for Homestead Kids

Favorite Books for Homestead Kids

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a “best books list” here on the blog.  This year we’ve had homesteading on the brain in a major way, so I’m excited to present a collection of our favorite books for homestead kids.

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Our Big Meat Bird Mistake: How We Accidentally Killed 35 Chickens

Our Big Meat Bird Mistake: How We Accidentally Killed 35 Chickens

I almost don’t even want to share our great big costly meat bird mistake of 2018, because it was so terrible and so avoidable. It was possibly the most discouraging set back we’ve experienced in our homesteading journey.  But we want to be transparent with you.  And since we ourselves have benefited from the mistakes of…

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What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Is it big enough and important enough that you’d do it anyway, even if you were afraid? That’s what we did in 2018.

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