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How To Sharpen a Chainsaw: Husqvarna 450 Rancher

I needed to sharpen my chain on my Husqvarna 450 Rancher…. like really needed to sharpen it. It was feeling a bit dull a couple of weeks ago when I dropped an old walnut tree for my mother in law. … Continue reading

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Product Review: Harbor Freight Electric Log Splitter

I have a cool mother in law. Really, I do. She bought me a log splitter for Christmas last year. We discussed it, and we simply couldn’t justify the cost of a gas splitter at this point, so we went … Continue reading

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Pallet Project: Hen House

Once again, we break out one of our favorite building materials to create something we need on the homestead. Today, it is a chicken coop/hen house. This is actually the second rendition of a hen house we have made. The … Continue reading

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American Guinea Hogs: A Visit to J&J Acres

We had the opportunity to take a little drive south. About 3.5 hours or so that direction, you will find a nice little homestead/small farm by the name of J&J Acres.  Jared and his family have been doing the small … Continue reading

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Hive Beetle Infestation

So, the hives in the back apiary are infested…. badly. The good news is that the front apiary is looking strong. I reworked the hives in the back, essentially replacing everything in an attempt to save those two.

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The Best Tomato Cages: Concrete Mesh

I have been using concrete mesh for trellises for some time. Here is how I use them to cage up some tomatoes. These work great for cucumbers, zucchini, pretty much everything that needs support.

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Two Minute Tip: What are Hog Ring Pliers?

I remember the first time I heard about hog ring pliers, or more accurately, hog rings. I somehow managed to picture a ring in the nose of a hog… like the rings you see in bulls noses. I am not … Continue reading

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The Queen is Dead!

Another dead queen in the hive. She never made it out of the cage. It’s a sad day.  

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Cattle Panel Grape Arbors

After watching Daddykirbs Farm and J&J Acres create arbors using cattle panels, I decided to make some of my own. I had to change things up a bit due to the span I had to cover. We are looking forward … Continue reading

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Composting Cow Manure

We picked up a load of fresh… as in really fresh… cow manure. I needed to add to my compost pile, as I anticipate the need for a lot of good compost next spring. This stuff is too hot to … Continue reading

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