Tagged: homesteading

Using Retro Wax Paper over Plastic Bags Makes a Home More Eco-Friendly

Here at the homestead we’re always wondering how to cut down on waste. We have a compost pile, and our egg-laying chickens eat a lot of leftovers. But lately my mind has been on plastic waste. Especially with news articles coming out about plastic in the human digestive system, beads of plastic in the ocean food chain, giant rafts of...

r.i.p. Sasha: my encounter with a great horned owl

We had a homestead emergency when a Great Horned Owl got into the chicken run.  The three older chickens like to roost outside, right under the roof of deer netting, and the owl looks like it made a hole in one corner. It killed one of them, poor Sasha. I think her death was quick because Sasha’s head was right...

Article Preview: How to Build a PVC Hoop House that Actually Works

On the internet or in various guides you’ll find plans on how to make a PVC pipe hoop house, a type of greenhouse you can supposedly build on the cheap using the kind of plastic pipe you can buy in bulk at any home store. Having built this plan, I can state unequivocally: You get what you pay for. In...

How I built a DIY wood shed made from recycled pallets

Last Sunday in New Albany the mercury stayed in the low 20s, so the faucets were set to drip all day and will be dripping all through the night to keep the water pipes in the crawlspace from freezing. We don’t want to have to get down there and unfreeze them again. As Sarah remarked, civilization is just one frozen water...

Happy Hanukkah and Our First Egg

This evening begins Hanukkah, candle 1, and guess what? Our newly raised chickens laid their first egg. How appropriate, a blue Hanukkah egg from the “Easter Egger” chicken breed. A multicultural egg for sure! It was delicious!  We have 6 chickens – 2 “Easter Eggers”, 2 Speckled Sussex, and 2 Bard Rocks that we raised from tiny chicks in July....