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Welcome! Join us for friendly discussions: gardens, herbs, orchards, to chickens, goats, llamas, alpacas, sheep, cows, bees, aquaponics, to cooking, fermenting, brewing, canning, to hunting, foraging, fishing, to home construction, cob, straw bale, insulated concrete, solar, arduino - and more. We are here to share questions, stories, tips, and inspiration on a wide variety of homestead topics.

We're here to learn, and to share what we've learned!

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Long over-ground water line

I plan to run about 800' of 3/4" water line down my property (80' elevation drop). Unverified AI calculations estimate I'll have about 12.5 PSI when water is flowing, which is acceptable to me.

My question is about material. PEX (A, B), PVC, Poly are my current options. Much of the run is mountainside bedrock, so burying is not feasible. I accept that the sun will degrade whichever material I choose over time, which will require repairs and/or replacement. Trying to balance cost, longevity, and ease of dragging through mountainous bush.

I often see homesteads and farms with long lines across the ground, and varying materials. Looking for some practical advice from those that have done this. Thanks!

0 Comments
2024/06/19
17:41 UTC

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Is it possible to just continually milk your animals?

This is probably a really stupid question, sorry. I have heard that if you just continually milk a mammal it will continually produce milk. Like how you can wean your child at 1 year or 4 years old.. so why can’t you just do the same with a cow or a goat? Can’t you just.. keep milking them.. instead of breeding them again?? I don’t really see why not, can someone please explain this to me?? Lol.

16 Comments
2024/06/19
17:15 UTC

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Seed long term storage

Gday all I have a bunch of seeds I’m looking to store I’ve left them in a zip lock bag, in a plastic box, in the fridge. Are they perishable in this state? And how long will they last before needing to be sowed?

5 Comments
2024/06/19
02:50 UTC

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Favorite Soil Amendments?

Zone 8B, Texas Hill Country

I guess I should start by saying that I’m not opposed currently to using organic feeders and fertilizers, especially in this case. Some people are and some people aren’t, but that’s my current stance.

Our soil type is… terrible lol. Heavy on the limestone grit, fairly alkaline, often hydrophobic, and it seems like the chunky material is right alongside the fine sand material. All of that to say, we’re having a hell of a time.

I’m using both in-ground rows and above-ground beds in old tractor tires (honestly, amazing. 10/10). We’re not in the position currently to go totally into beds and fill with purchased soil, although I’m starting to feel like that may be where we wind up eventually whether we like it or not.

Anyway! We’ve tilled in a great deal of leaf matter, used pine shavings from poultry bedding, and some chop-and-drop (the weeds are a nightmare). The beds seem fairly happy, although they’re filled mostly with bought soil. I fed two days ago with bone meal and an extended release fertilizer.

I’d love to hear what products and suggestions you have for further amending the soil to make it as happy as we can. I’ve heard good things about blood meal and Garden Tone? We do have a healthy compost pine in the midst of breaking down, although it may be the end of the fall by the time it’s ready to be disbursed.

3 Comments
2024/06/18
18:10 UTC

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Freezing Marshmallow Root Tea?

Hey all!

So, a family member was sick and I made Marshmallow Root tea (from soaking loose marshmallow root) and then they decided they didn't want to drink/gargle it. And since it's such a beneficial drink, I really don't want to waste it! Is it possible to freeze it so I can preserve it for a later time? Or should I just take the loss and "dump it"?

I appreciate your help!

5 Comments
2024/06/18
09:34 UTC

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Is a tree farm easier/less maintenance than other types of farming

I’d like to start off with an acre of land and plant oranges/tangerines. Because I’ll be working often away from the land, I’d like to start off with something that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.

Is tree farming generally considered easier than other types of fruit or vegetable cultivation?

7 Comments
2024/06/18
03:56 UTC

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3 inch well options

Backstory, I have a 5 inch drilled well that will give water to my house and was going to put a hand pump on it. The hand pump uses a 3 inch cylinder, and cannot fit in the main well because of the pitless adapter. I still want to get a hand pump set up, so I can get water when I lose power. My water depth sits at about 57 feet. Outside of paying to have another well drilled, anyone know of anyway I could put in another 3 inch casing? I've never seen a sand point that big, and can't imagine being able to drive that much pipe. Just curious if anyone has more experience than me. Thanks.

3 Comments
2024/06/17
14:57 UTC

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White collar jobs in rural areas

Hello

I am a young guy who is interested in some point living in small town or rural area. I am more suited for white collar work like programming or something with numbers and business. I am extremely introverted, analytical, and logical. What are the best options for me? What should I think about in terms of commuting and other stuff?

23 Comments
2024/06/17
11:40 UTC

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Can seeded asparagus be cooked yet?

We’ve had some bad storms the last while and one of the asparagus stems that had seeded out broke off. Can it still be cooked at all, or is it just waste at this point?

4 Comments
2024/06/16
22:59 UTC

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Accounting vs Programming

Hello,

I am a young guy who is looking to live in a small town area and at some point homestead. I want to know which career is better for this accounting vs programming. Currently I am a computer science major. I would like to know what opportunities in CS will allow me to eventually homestead. I am looking into data. I think that will give me the most opportunities. What companies could I work for? I know it is important to pick a career you should enjoy. I have heard accounting is mundane, but people say coding is boring too. I am tired of it. I am more than a job, but I am more suited for a white collar job because I am an anxious introvert.

10 Comments
2024/06/16
20:21 UTC

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What role to use?

For 2 decades we had great rope my late father in law put up. When a tree came down on it I replaced it with this rip, but it has only been 3 years and it’s disintegrating. I have no idea what a long lasting solution would be, and am not keen on plastic coated wire.

19 Comments
2024/06/15
14:11 UTC

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What are these?

I’ve been noticing these holes popping up all throughout my yard… what are they?! I swear last year there were only maybe a few. Now I have these all over.

85 Comments
2024/06/14
02:05 UTC

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Container building

We are currently in negotiations to buy 20 acres. After considering a few options, we think shipping containers may be the way to go when building stuctures. Any thoughts? Tips?

28 Comments
2024/06/13
20:49 UTC

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What's your experience been like with MachineryPete, Tractor Zoom, BigIron, etc?

Curious if there’s anything that could be improved within the farm equipment marketplace space. Any pain points you’ve experienced consistently with these marketplaces (desktop or mobile)?

I don’t have much experience in agriculture/homesteading so this would be a great opportunity to learn while hopefully solving problems. Would love if anyone can point me in the right direction to resources – thank you in advance!

0 Comments
2024/06/13
03:33 UTC

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Moving up from chickens/guineas to goats. Advice wanted in Virginia

We have had chickens and guineas for about ten years now. For the past couple years, I have debated on some sort of ruminant, mostly between sheep and goats. But I kept getting nervous about how easily things like sheep find ways to die/worms/etc. I’m tired of the scare stories and am just going to jump in with nigerian dwarf goats. We have just over ten acres, at a dead end, closest neighbor is a quarter mile away. I have no mentors (been looking for years), machinery other than a four wheeler, and the extension offices are useless.

Anyways, if I build shelter, will they actually use it or will I need to force them in at night? How much hay will I need per goat? Does the hay need to be “high quality”? I have about six acres of standing hay. Has anyone made their own without using machinery? If so, how did that work out?

31 Comments
2024/06/12
19:24 UTC

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Ethical dairy cow for homestead

Hi all, I’m new to homesteading but have always wanted to keep a dairy cow for my family. I am a huge animal lover and the idea of taking a calf away from its mother has always made me upset. Do cows generally overproduce milk where both the calf is able to feed and I am also able to milk the cow or is it a the case where the calf will drink the entirety of the heifers milk?

I would love to keep a dairy cow in an ethical way that is both fair on the animal and my family.

42 Comments
2024/06/12
11:30 UTC

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Introducing chicks to hens

So I have my original flock in the coop, down to two hens. I have 6 new chicks, all about a month maybe month and a half old and their feathers are starting to come in. They are starting to out grow their brooding box and so I’ve been trying to get them cozy with the hens, but they aren’t having it. One of the hens will straight up peck at them and chase them. I tried putting the chicks in the coop while the hens were sitting in there perched but they just pecked them a bunch, had to pull them out.

So what should I do? Have two separate coops? Wait longer til they’re grown?

8 Comments
2024/06/12
02:52 UTC

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Can I put the straw from my chicken brooder straight onto my garden beds as mulch?

Exactly as the title says. Thanks in advance team.

26 Comments
2024/06/11
03:49 UTC

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Clearing dead forest advice.

Not sure if this is the best place to post but I’m looking at possibly coming into a large chunk of acreage. Thankfully the majority of the land is old hardwoods and I don’t plan to touch any of those trees. On the upper portion there is about 8 acres of pine trees that were planted by a logging company after intensive clear cutting (no old growths left in this area) And in typical fashion they did a very bad job doing so. The trees are all about 6-12 inches apart and as such are all dead/dying. Due to the spacing it makes it physically impossible to access this land without some aggressive cutting. They’re only about 1” in diameter but over 8 feet tall. What machine should I look into using to clear this dead forest. Thanks 🙏

16 Comments
2024/06/10
18:25 UTC

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Is 1.5 achers big enough for 10 pepper plants, 5 strawberrie plants, 10 bean plants, 2 apple trees, 2 orange trees,1 Limon tree, 1lime tree? (Random pepper and bean plants)

0 Comments
2024/06/09
21:02 UTC

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Home gardening

Guys what kind of indoor plants are good for fragrance and oxygen supply? I have a balcony but my plants don't get enough sunlight. That's why i need some plants that need very less sunlight. I have aloe plant, bamboo plant already. What else can I bring home?

2 Comments
2024/06/10
04:49 UTC

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Emergency Food Storage 101: Tips Every Woman Should Know

7 Comments
2024/06/10
03:30 UTC

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Please help me save my sick chicken I don’t know what to do

11 Comments
2024/06/09
23:19 UTC

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AG use ideas for 9 acres?

I live in central-RTP-ish North Carolina. Have 9 acres, mostly wooded (pine/oak), red clay for soil. Trying to come up with ideas on agricultural/horticultural use of the acreage that could (1) Generate at least $1,000/mo income [qualifying for present use value tax deferral], and (2) justify maintaining acreage as AG use vs developing. Mushrooms? Bees?

9 Comments
2024/06/09
16:42 UTC

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Shed sold with floor

I recently got a large plot of land, and it's located far from where I currently live. Naturally since I'm starting from nothing, it's difficult to go straight to putting anything permanent to live in yet, still have a bunch I need to do (survey, well, septic, large concrete slab, prefab house). So instead of spending money on hotels every time I go down there, I thought maybe I could just get a diy shed kit that comes with a floor. All I see online are sheds either without a floor that are fairly priced, or they cost $1,500+ for ones with a floor. Should I just buy a 12'x10' shed for $800 and lay a tarp down? Does uhaul deliver their trucks to the airport? I could drive all the way there, but it's 34 hours as a straight shot, so it's cheaper to fly and less wear (and time). What did you do to develop your land far from home?

9 Comments
2024/06/08
20:47 UTC

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