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5 Reasons Why Homesteading is an Awesome Lifestyle

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By Jenna Dooley, The Flip Flop Barnyard Our family started homesteading over 6 years ago (in 2011) and we have never looked back. I don’t know if we really knew what we were getting into when we started but it’s been an amazing journey. It hasn’t always been easy and fun but it’s always been worth it. […]

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Preparing for the “What If” in Homesteading

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  By Kaylee Richardson, The Farm on Quail Hollow This topic is not the easiest to discuss, but I feel like it is one that needs to be addressed. The “what if” in homesteading could be a game stopper for many of us. There are many “What if” moments that could possibly happen, but I’m going to […]

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When Things Fall Apart: Rabbits and Coccidiosis

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Four empty rabbit tractor, a sad sight after a coccidosis infestation. By Teresa Pilegaard, Lone Rose Homestead We had to cull twenty young rabbits last week.  Both my husband and I were heartbroken. I coped by sitting in the car eating chocolate sunflower butter cups writing this while my husband mowed the grass where the rabbit […]

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Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

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                    by Patrice Lewis, Lehman’s Hardware It’s an exercise which far too many people are finding themselves doing. Open the refrigerator, take out the bag of veggies or tray of meat, and check whether the contents are involved in the latest food recall. The newest scandals to […]

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Summertime Is Pickling Time

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by Dori Fritzinger. Lehman’s Hardware Summertime brings us the freshest produce of the year. Now’s the time to put up some of the bounty for the cold winter days! Pickled cauliflower, cucumbers, and peaches? Yes, please! There are a few hard and fast rules that will protect your family and the food you have worked to […]

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Eat Your Weeds!

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by Karen Geiser, Lehman’s Hardware Foraging for wild greens is an age-old practice, and here in Ohio, it’s the perfect time of year to grab a bucket and take a hike to search for supper ingredients. WHAT WEEDS SHOULD I EAT? While you wait for your garden seedlings to grow, you can take advantage of the […]

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Perks Of Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

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By Destiny Hagest, Lehman’s Hardware A few falls ago, one of my husband’s coworkers invited us to come out with buckets to pick apples from the trees in his overwhelmed backyard. We came home happy with three five-gallon buckets full. Then came the endless task of processing them, and figuring out what the heck we […]

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4 Ways To Eat Like A Farmer

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By Hannah Breckbill, Lehman’s Hardware As a vegetable farmer, all season long I’m confronted with too much abundance — it’s absolutely overwhelming. In winter, though, it can feel like the opposite if I don’t prepare. So the question for me is, how can I manage the abundance of summer so that I can enjoy it into […]

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3 Reasons You Should Can Tomato Juice

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By Galen Lehman, Lehman’s Hardware A few nights ago, we canned our own tomato juice. We found out that it is very efficient and easy! Discover the three reasons why you should can tomato juice every year. REASON 1: TOMATOES ARE EASY TO GROW. You can even grow them in containers if you don’t have room for a garden! In […]

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Paper Gardening: How To Grow A Successful Garden Now

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by Patrice Lewis, Lehman’s Hardware January and February – traditionally the coldest, bleakest months of the year – have one highlight, something like the gardener’s version of the swallows returning to Capistrano: the arrival of seed catalogs in the mail. The timing of these catalogs is no accident. Amidst the snow and wind, these beautiful, […]