Post Archives from the ‘The Homestead’ Category



Bees & Bees

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by
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Several weeks back I came across a listing on Craigslist where someone had cut down a tree and discovered it had bees inside. They were looking for someone to come get the bees, so I jumped at the opportunity. Several years back I had caught a swarm of bees and started a hive. For whatever reason the bees left my hive giving me a good Langstroth Continue reading the story "Bees & Bees"

Planning for the 2014 Planting Year

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by
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New FieldsComing into 2014 I have three acres in Cereal rye and two acres in Spelt. These were planted last fall and will be ready to harvest in several months. I plan on using this harvest to acquire enough seed to plant a larger amount of acreage this fall. My family and critters will eat some Continue reading the story "Planning for the 2014 Planting Year"

Rutledge Missouri Flea Market

Posted on: February 23rd, 2014 by
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rutledge Above is the Google Earth view of Rutledge Flea Market in Missouri. It is the largest flea market I have ever been to, and Rutledge Flea Market 03 6-13-09while others claim to be the largest Flea Market in Missouri they don't hold a candle to this one.   If Continue reading the story "Rutledge Missouri Flea Market"

A Cow and a Heifer

Posted on: February 15th, 2014 by
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While cruising Craigslist I came across an ad for a Dexter cow for sale just 50 miles from home. The price was right so I arranged a visit to take a look. Since we have more acreage now there is plenty of room for more cattle, and I am ready to build my herd. The cow is three years old and had just had a calf. Continue reading the story "A Cow and a Heifer"

The New To Us Tractor

Posted on: February 1st, 2014 by
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Ford 861 Last year we bought a Ford 861 diesel tractor to go along with the 8N. We knew what we wanted in a tractor, so we narrowed our choices early. Here were my determining factors in shopping for a tractor: #1: Nothing New. I consider any tractor made in the last twenty years new. I don't have Continue reading the story "The New To Us Tractor"

Bad Start to 2014

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by
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Things have generally went well for us and I feel very blessed, but we have definitely had a bad start to this year. So hopefully we get all the bad luck out of the way early for the remainder of the year. Burned Trailer The worst of it was that our old home burned to the ground. While Continue reading the story "Bad Start to 2014"

Bed Springs

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by
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A good use for old bed springs is to be drug behind an ATV and used as a cultivator and seed bed finishing tool. For the coming planting season I will have to use something else, as I have already worked the life out of the set I have used for a couple years, but figured I would throw this idea out for others. Continue reading the story "Bed Springs"

Cost of Heating, Free Comparison Tool

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by
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If you are like me then you have already worked on calculating the difference between the costs of different sources of heat. Often times what you think would be the cheapest form of heat is more expensive than another option. Providing heat can be a major drain on finances during winter, and life can get rough without a warm home. At the bottom of this post I will Continue reading the story "Cost of Heating, Free Comparison Tool"

Youtube Video of the PVC Chicken Tractor Cultivator

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by
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I made a youtube video of the PVC Chicken Tractor Row Cultivator. For some reason the volume is low on the video, but otherwise I am happy with the video. It pretty much goes over the idea and the building of the cultivator.   Youtube link to the chicken tractor cultivator

Building The PVC Chicken Tractor Cultivator

Posted on: December 21st, 2013 by
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Okay, a little late but it took a lot of time to put everything down in an understandable (I hope) format with pictures. Here are the step by step plans for building the PVC Chicken Tractor Row Cultivator. DSCF4884   I kept better track of the supplies needed to build the PVC Chicken Cultivator, so I am able to give Continue reading the story "Building The PVC Chicken Tractor Cultivator"