Pack Rats - Mountain Living Reality

BertieWoodratPack rats, the reason to worry if you live in the mountains.  These little creatures are about the size of a grey squirrel, and are very cute to look at. They are mostly nocturnal. They are also known as wood rats and frequent wood piles such as your firewood pile.  It is best to be prepared and learn to live with them.  Trying to eradicate them will wear you out, frustrate you, and it is doubtful you will succeed.

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Vegetable Gardening Encyclopedia and How-To

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Any gardener will tell you that gardening is one of the most absorbing and rewarding occupations you can undertake. Any gardener will also tell you -- probably loudly and at length -- that gardening requires patience, resilience, hard work,and a lot of planning. Paperwork is probably the last thing you have in mind when you think about growing your own vegetables. More likely you see yourself leaning contently on your spade as all sorts of lush, healthy plants shoot up in front of your eyes. The fact of the matter, though, is that gardening begins not with seeds and a spade but with paper and a pencil.

A successful vegetable garden begins with a wellorganized plan of your garden space. Drawing a plan may not sound as exciting as getting outdoors and planting things. But if you don't spend the necessary time planning what to grow in your garden and when and where to plant it, you may spend the rest of the growing season correcting the mistakes you made because you didn't have a plan. It's a lot easier to erase a bed when it's a few lines on a piece of paper than when it's an expanse of soil and plants.

Your plan should include not only the types and quantities of vegetables you're going to grow and how they'll be positioned in your garden, but also planting dates and approximate dates of harvest.

Making a plan may seem like a lot of work to get done before you even start gardening, but careful planning will help you make the best use of your time and available space and will result in bigger, higher-quality crops.

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Easy and Cheap Deer Fence

deer_fence_jumpToday we would like to post a snippet from Mother Earth News. It is a problem for way too many homesteaders and gardeners to fence deer away from their "patches." Check out this easy and affordable way to stir deer away. And the best aspect of it - it cannot be classified as a "fence." All you need are poles, VHS tape and a few hours of your time.

We have tested this approach and it definitely works! Give it a try!

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Knox Cellars Native Pollinators - Help Save The Bees!

beesToday's showcase are Knox Cellars. This is one of a very few businesses left that help to save our bee populations. They provide "plug-and-play" kits with live bees and very small and handy "bee homes." Their kits are supplied to orchards and any customers/clients who are interested to see their fruits, vegetables to be pollinated by Bee-Friends. 

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Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead

Homestead_PlanEveryone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient homestead, and it's unlikely that any two 1-acre farms will follow the same plan or methods or agree completely on how to homestead. Some people like cows; other people are afraid of them. Some people like goats; other people cannot keep them out of the garden. Some people will not slaughter animals and have to sell their surplus stock off to people who will kill them; others will not sell surplus stock off at all because they know that the animals will be killed; and still others will slaughter their own animals to provide their family with healthy meat.

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