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Homesteading - From Wikipedia

Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale. . .


Homesteading is... ponds, barns, livestock, gardens, food preservation, outdoor kitchens, fishing, hunting, shop projects, tractors, bush hogs, pigs, raising chickens, cattle, worms, 4H, permaculture, organic practices, cast iron skillet, neighbor relations, frugality, 5 gallon buckets, crops, grazing, fences, lumber, canning, aquaculture, trees, woodland, diatomaceous earth, farmers, root cellars, smoke houses, mason jars, agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, critter shelter, farm interns, wwoofers, bees, honey, wildcrafting, dairy, goats, raised garden beds, paddock shift systems, nuts, berries, vegetables, growing sweet potatoes, self sufficiency, permaculture design course, off grid, alternative building, alternative energy, wood stoves, chainsaws , wood heat, tools, welding, woodworking, green woodworking, joel salatin, red worms, sepp holzer, masanobu fukuoka, ianto evans, art ludwig, farmers markets, animal husbandry, cottage industry, outhouses, composting toilets, septic tanks, ferro cement, straw bale construction, cob building...


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Advice for a 17 year old

Hi I’m 17 and in the future I would like to have a homestead. I’ve been dreaming of this for a years and in a few years I might even start a homestead or a project alike. Do you guys have any advice for someone who didn’t even start yet? I’d like to learn the most I can and get some experience because I can’t stop thinking about it.

8 Comments
2024/04/10
14:25 UTC

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Filling raised garden beds without a lot of resources

So, I was gifted a rather large, tall raised garden bed (I want to say it’s 5x10? It’s huge). I am late getting it filled this year I know, but there’s still enough time to get it filled and get some things growing.

Problem is, I don’t have a ton of money to fill it. My boyfriend is willing to buy the raised garden fill on his card at Lowes, but there’s no way he’s going to want to fill this whole thing with the stuff once he sees the price tag! It’s, I think, somewhere between two and a half to three feet tall?

I know about things like filling the bottom with logs and branches and twigs and such, but I don’t actually have access to any of that. Not to mention my disabled body isn’t going to be able to lift half of it to get it in there. Is there another option that is just as good, or slightly less good? I was thinking of getting top soil for the bottom half since it’s super cheap, but I wasn’t sure if that was a good idea or not. If it would leach away the nutrients from the top? That’s the only option I could think of from Lowes. Anything else would need to be either ridiculously cheap or free. My brother has a truck, though his willingness to help is sus.

I’m just overwhelmed. I’ve never had to set up garden beds myself, and certainly never ones this tall. I know what to do in a perfect world, but my world is far from perfect. I’d have asked this in gardening, but I think the homestead sub is probably a little more crafty and resourceful? I’m in Dayton Ohio, if that helps anything. I appreciate any input you all can give!

10 Comments
2024/04/10
14:02 UTC

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Help ID this plant. It's growing all over my pasture. I've gotten three answers from picture this app. Lance leaf coreopsis, bitter sneezeweed and Virginia pepperweed. I'm located on south Texas. Mostly sandy soil. Pasture got a little overgrazed last year with the drought.

1 Comment
2024/04/10
13:55 UTC

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How long after chicks hatch to assist unpipped egg

My eggs are doing well and I had 10 hatch out of 12. How long do I wait to assist with pipping of the last two eggs? Such as using a small drill bit to go through egg shell into the air sack.

The remaining two eggs have not pipped yet.

Thanks!

Edit: I am planning on making a safety hole once the 11th chick is out and dry. I just don't know if I need to do it sooner. I'm all for safety holes as it is low risk.

2 Comments
2024/04/10
13:31 UTC

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Whats your most helpful tool on your homestead?

30 Comments
2024/04/10
13:23 UTC

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Pneumonia in calfs and lambs

Hi everyone farmer in the hills of Scotland looking for advice as pneumonia is hitting us hard we lost 2 calfs and a few lambs we bed up with dry straw the shed has got ventilation we just keep getting it any help is greatly appreciated please

1 Comment
2024/04/10
12:40 UTC

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insulating a shipping container for wet activities

Hello! I am looking to add a shipping container to my setup for growing mushrooms. A requisite for mushroom growing is the ability to pressure wash out the inside of the container weekly for maintaining cleanliness. However, as I am in Florida and mushrooms don't like heat, I will need to insulate and cool the container.

What could I do to insulate and seal the interior so that water doesn't build up on/in/behind the insulation and cause bacteria and mold growth? Are there exterior insulation solutions?

4 Comments
2024/04/10
12:33 UTC

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How many people in this sub are actually homesteading or farming?

Just curious how many are just reading for the sake and how many are actually living the lifestyle. What is your situation?

234 Comments
2024/04/10
02:52 UTC

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How to make money 51 acres with livestock or the best way to make a living off of the land

Me and my wife live on a 51 acre property pasture and we are wanting to start a farm and eventually turn a profit and eventually make a living from said farm. We are noobs to this although I have experience with chickens and goats from my younger days with my father, still do not know how to turn a profit from livestock. Someone more experienced than me help me get on the right track it will be much appreciated

59 Comments
2024/04/10
02:10 UTC

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Fence Energizer troubleshooting

I've got two Zareba 10 mile solar fencers. Both of them were used last year, and when I close the pasture over winter I turned them off but kept them connected to the fence. I went out to the pasture today to get set up for spring and neither fencer is working correctly.

Fencer #1 - the red light on it is supposed to flash with each pulse. But it is steady burning. There's no power coming through to the terminals on the fencer. I checked the battery and have 6.42 volts.

Fencer #2 - the red light flashes indicating it's energizing. But when I put a tester on the wire terminals,, there's no power being delivered. I checked the battery and it had 6.48 volts.

Both fencers have 6 volt batteries so the batteries don't seem to be the issue. When I checked for power on the terminals the fencer was initially connected to the fence. I then disconnected the fence and checked it again and there still was no power to the terminals.

It seems to me fencer #1 is probably junk (it's about 10 yrs old) and fencer #2 is creating power but not delivering it to the terminals. Fencer #2 is only 2 years old.

Any advice would be appreciated.

1 Comment
2024/04/10
01:38 UTC

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Made a mini basket for collecting my eggs!

7 Comments
2024/04/10
00:09 UTC

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Homestead Insurance?

I recently put an offer on a restored old farmhouse to expand our little farm. However, the age of the house (1890) and distance to a fire hydrant are apparently making homeowners insurance a deal killer. Quotes are ranging $8k-$9k per year. Anybody dealt with this and found a company that’s easy to work with?

15 Comments
2024/04/09
22:30 UTC

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Hose help request

I am hoping some of you may have some solutions that could help us out. Our spigot is on the corner of our house, which is also where our garden is. Slightly up the hill, about 110’ and 100’ respectively is where our goats and chickens are. We need the hose to reach the goats and chickens to fill their water and also water some plants we have there, but it’s not easy for my wife and kids to get the hose that far up the hill and then it inevitably gets left out. I’m looking for a solution that helps with storage and also hopefully makes it easier for everyone to get the hose where it’s needed. Thanks!

11 Comments
2024/04/09
22:05 UTC

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[Advice] Remote Dog Release?

Hi! I have a very (perhaps too much) loyal boarder collie who lives with my wife and I, off grid, in a very remote region. As such, we don't have nor need a fence and we just let him wander about (he sticks very close to the house). The problem arises when we have to leave for a bit; he gets extremely anxious and will attempt to follow our car. Usually we can distract him enough with some food in a small destructible cardboard box, because by the time he finishes we'll be far enough away that he won't follow and just guard the house. However, it's not working as well lately; the other day he managed to eat the whole thing and catch up with us one or two miles down the road. We can just tie him up but it's not very good for his well-being (or function as a guard dog) if we have to do a day trip or the like.

So I'm looking into trying to find some sort of wifi-enabled mechanism to automatically release him via cell phone (or like a mechanical spring solution that does it after 10 mins or so) but I have no idea the combination of keywords to search into google anything remotely like this.

I would also love to hear any other alternate solutions someone comes up with (or like pointers on how to train this behavior out of him).

Picture because he's adorable

54 Comments
2024/04/09
21:49 UTC

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Spring Planting Zone 5a - Geothermal Greenhouse Update - 3Canyons Permac...

0 Comments
2024/04/09
21:41 UTC

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Banding calves question

I banded a two and a half week bull calf today and he had VERY small testicles. I did feel something inside the sack but it was soft and small.... almost like the size of marbles. I'm worried that the testicles didn't drop and I didn't get anything. How common is it for calves to have small testicles or not have their testicles dropped at this age? I've banded goats (my own) and cows(in-laws ranch) before but this just seemed different.

2 Comments
2024/04/09
21:38 UTC

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Chicken moat: critterfence vs graduated field fencing?

We're putting in a market garden that will eventually be fenced with over 1000 linear feet of chicken moat. Critterfence looks great, but the cost is almost 3x as high. Opinions on one vs the other?

What about using chicken wire on the inner fence? It's just to keep the chickens out of the garden...

2 Comments
2024/04/09
21:35 UTC

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I like it

Grabbed from fb

44 Comments
2024/04/09
18:59 UTC

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Tour of a Scottish Robot Dairy Farm

This might be of interest to some. I caught up recently with an old friend where we talked about his fullwood milking robots, wagyu cross calves, slurry store roof and more.

0 Comments
2024/04/09
16:45 UTC

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Homestead Insurance?

Do you all have just a normal Allstate/Geico/Nationwide/State Farm home insurance for your homestead or did you go with a farm insurance like Farm Bureau? Whats a swag for your price per acre? I am being quoted $126 a month for 22acres with a few head of cattle and chickens and a 3000sqft house.

11 Comments
2024/04/09
12:53 UTC

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Spider Mite Control

I have started my seedlings in a grow tent with 3 fruit trees that I have. I have just noticed that I have spider mites on my fruit trees and about half my seedlings. I already disposed of most herbs that had the spider mites but I want to be able to save my peppers, tomatoes and basil plants that I have started. I have inspected each plant and it does not appear that they have been hit yet.

I know from dealing with spider mites in the past that a diluted alcohol spray works to get rid of them. Would this spray be too harmful for the seedlings or is there something as effective but not as harsh? I'd prefer not to have to start all over again as I don't have enough time or money to reorder all the seeds.

5 Comments
2024/04/09
05:12 UTC

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Fencing

I’m going to be putting in a few thousand feet of sheep fencing that will also be used for pigs on and off.

Where is the best place to buy it? TSC seems ok, but is there better quality, preferably with price breaks for larger quantities? TIA.

1 Comment
2024/04/09
04:05 UTC

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Need help identifying this plant

6 Comments
2024/04/09
03:39 UTC

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How worried about Ovine Johnes disease (OJD) possibilities should I be with allowing a small cattle herd to graze my field, where I'd like to also graze sheep, or feed sheep hay from said field next year?

We have been pretty lax about bio security historically. We've raised large quantities of birds and rabbits, and ultimately paid for ignorance big time a couple of years ago - we're maybe a bit overly cautious about this stuff at this point. Now we have a small number of pregnant Katahdin sheep we're attempting to start a flock with.

I'm a bit leery of having a small cattle herd from a neighbor, on the property anymore as I'll likely stick the sheep out there within a year. But, more than that, we typically walk all over the property as necessary and are also worried about tracking it (assuming any of the 50 head or so carry it) back on our own property. Again - just wondering how likely this is. We didn't even know it was a concern. I raised a small herd growing up < 10 cattle, and my sister had sheep. We knew others with both, and we never had issues. I just assumed - whatever / the two are fine together. Same with pigs... we were probably ignorant of most things.

Overreacting / don't worry about it, or right to avoid?

3 Comments
2024/04/09
02:22 UTC

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[Question] Need help on some conversions on this recipe for a class project!!

So my class was tasked with making soil blocks for our bio class using the recipe in the photo, but I need to convert the recipe into 90 soils blocks that are 8 cubic inches (aka 2”x2”x2” each). If someone could help me convert this (and possibly even explain how they did it) I would be very grateful!!

3 Comments
2024/04/09
02:19 UTC

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New to Chickens

We got the go-ahead to get chickens (we live on my Grandfather-in-law’s land so we needed his permission). We are both new to raising chickens so we only got 4. 2 silver laced Wyandottes and 2 Buff Orpingtons. I appreciate any advice you have! We plan to build a chicken tractor soon too.

I’d appreciate anything relating to proper care, hacks, health, dos and donts.

6 Comments
2024/04/09
01:02 UTC

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