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  1. Growing in tough lands?

    Anyone here tried to grow your own food in a tough area? I'd love to hear some stories. I've often wondered about living off-the-grid in Alaska or even overseas. I've watched some reality shows about living in the Alaskan wilds or living in the desert, but I always figured they were probably...
  2. Let's hear your ingredient substitutions

    I rarely cook, but I'm a decent baker. My favorite substitution is to use cornflakes (any brand will do) to create my crumble/breading. I like the texture better and it doesn't become a soggy mess as quickly. I often reach for the cornflakes even when I have the traditional ingredients or...
  3. Haunting the farm

    I wouldn't do it for free. You could throw this yourself and charge good money for it. However, if you still wish to help your city, and I understand why you might feel sympathetic, then I'd have the powers that be pay you a fee. Charging a fee, even if it's nominal, will help cover the...
  4. Apples

    The sour Granny Smith apples have always been a personal favorite. I love the apple's taste and its origin story - they came to be from a chance seedling!
  5. Fall livestock chores

    I need to reinforce some of my outbuildings. The storms hit them pretty hard this year. I also need to check on my fencing and plug any holes in the barn so the animals can stay warm.
  6. Tips for picking up machinery at auctions

    A lot of it also depends on where you live. I used to live near a big auction site so I could go pretty often to check things out without wasting time and gas, plus I knew some of the local workers who could let me know whether there was something I might want to look at.
  7. Fall activities for kids

    Unless it's truly frigid, I'd still encourage them to go outside as much as possible. Just bundle them up in warm clothes and let them play and they'll stay warm.
  8. Turkey Business Left Guessing

    I stumbled across this article in the New York Times about turkey farmers and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the industry. I hope all of our turkey farmers are doing okay that are members of this community.
  9. When do fountains freeze?

    I have a fountain full of koi fish. I'm in Georgia. Do you guys know about when decorative fountains begin to freeze over? I took these koi fish in as a favor to someone who got in over their head. They were supposed to be gone by now, so I'm totally unprepared to overwinter these guys. I...
  10. What are you preserving?

    I'm dehydrating some of the apples I got from an all-you-can-pick outfit. We made a fun day of it and loaded up on some of their homemade caramels and other treats too.
  11. Which veggies grow best

    It's not too late to grow some things from seed, if your ground is still warm enough. That's especially true for fast growers like radishes and greens.
  12. Did you get a frost?

    No, not yet. It's still pretty warm around these parts. We aren't due a frost until November, maybe late October at the earliest. I'd be delighted, but it sure is hot.
  13. Ever heard of soap nuts?

    Have you guys ever used soap nuts to clean your laundry? Do they actually work? I find the idea intriguing from both an environmental and economical standpoint. I don't know anyone who uses them though.
  14. Turkey conclusion

    I've never raised turkeys. Would it be less expensive to grow their food rather than purchasing a commercial mix? I think they eat seeds, nuts, plants, grains, and fruits. You should be able to grow some of those things. A nut tree takes time to get established, but it will produce for...
  15. Pole Barn House Prices Finished

    That's totally going to depend on where you live and what size of pole barn you're looking to have built. Lumber is high right now in many areas of the United States for some reason. If you're going to need a lot of wood, then I doubt it will come cheap.
  16. Winter squash

    I've never bothered to preserve squash because it's so easy to grow, and we eat so much of it during its harvest season that we all need a break. I don't like to waste food though, so I give a ton of it away and I feed the rest to my chickens and goats. Chickens will happily peck at a squash...