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Homesteading

Is Rainwater Collection Illegal?

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Is the harvesting of rain illegal? The internet seems to think so, at least some parts of it. For clarity, when I say “harvesting of rainwater” I am referring specifically to the collection of rain falling from the sky before it hits the ground, not taking water out of an aquifer, reservoir or anything else. If anything was ever going…

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Homesteading

How to Make Soil Fertile: 40 Easy Ways

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It can be difficult to grow vegetables and other plants if your soil is lacking in vital nutrients. While most soil contains everything plants need to be healthy, over time, that soil can be overworked and the nutrients depleted, so that very little life exists. Here are some of the easiest ways to improve the nutrient content of your soil…

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Homesteading

The Ultimate Guide to Raising Sheep

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Raising sheep will supply a survival homestead with not only meat and wool, but a money making opportunity. Selling the raw wool, dyed wool, or clothing and toys made from wool, can become quite a lucrative home-based small business. Sheep are typically extremely docile animals, making them a great way to introduce homesteading and self-reliance skills to children. Showing sheep…

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Homesteading

Can You Live Without a Fridge?

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Can you live without a fridge? I posed this question to my teenage daughter and her immediate response was, “why would someone want to live with no fridge?” I imagine many people might respond the same way. But there are people doing it. Some by choice, some not. Many people in impoverished countries live without a fridge every day. And…

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Homesteading

How to Start Beekeeping for Survival Purposes

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Beekeeping as part of your survival plan will not only provide you with sweet tasting honey, but a natural healing agent as well as sustainable and substantial bartering material. A beekeeper has ample bartering options when running a successful backyard operation. Honey can be used to prevent bacteria from getting into wounds and enhance the time it takes for the…

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Homesteading

How to Get Rid of Roaches Fast

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No matter where you live in the world, you’re probably familiar with cockroaches and what a pain they can be when they invade your home. In a SHTF situation, cockroaches will thrive in abandoned homes and buildings which means they may become even more of a problem for everyone as they multiply unchecked Roaches carry disease, can contaminate surfaces in…

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Homesteading

Here’s My Chicken Coop [PHOTOS]

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Chickens are a staple on nearly every survival homestead. You don’t have to live in a rural area (although every prepper should) to keep meat and egg birds as part of your food security survival plan. Self-reliant folks who live in a small town or even the suburbs can keep chickens or ducks – as long as you build the…

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Homesteading

How Much Land is Enough to Live Off?

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One of the best ways to prepare for an extended crisis is to relocate to a remote property where you can live off the land and be as self-sufficient as possible. If you’ve been a survivalist or a prepper for any amount of time, you’ve probably figured this out and have at least begun to think about how to make…

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