Bumblefoot is pretty common among chickens. But what is it exactly and how do you tell if your chicken has it? Often times, a chicken will scratch the bottom of their foot on fencing or even a common stick that scratches or punctures the pad on their foot. Just like humans, chickens can get infections. Because chickens are on their feet all day long and step in who knows what, it’s nearly impossible to keep infection out once a scratch occurs. When this happens, a
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Pollinators make a garden flourish. But how do you attract them? Many of you plant flowering plants directly in your garden. Everything from sunflowers to marigolds. These plants are not only great for pest control, but they are also great for attracting pollinators! If you’re already doing this, you are ahead of us in this area. But if you’re like us and need to attract pollinators with the plants currently in our garden what do you do? You attract pollinators with our homemade spray! We
When gardening everyone is looking for plant fertilizer. The bigger foliage and flowers, the better the fruit. Right? While we fertilize our soil, the foliage and flowers can use some extra help too! Most plant fertilizer at your big box store will contain chemicals of some sort. Maybe not all of them, but a lot of them will. If you’ve been reading our content very long at all you know we are avoiding chemicals at all costs. And that includes plant fertilizer! Our homemade plant
During the gardening season we get all kinds of animals around in the garden. Depending on where ya’ll live, I’m sure the animals you deal with are different than us. But I think there are two animals we all can agree are pretty predominant during the gardening season. Deer and Rabbits. We don’t have a ton of deer, but that’s simply because we live close by a school where traffic and people are a bit more prevalent than other areas surrounding us. Many of my
Every year one of the chores we dislike fighting the most is bugs in the garden. Everything from aphids to squash bugs to caterpillars drive us crazy! And for the past several years we have gone as far as to hand pick bugs off of our plants. Well, this year we are trying something new. A homemade garden spray for bugs! You can go to any garden center and find a garden spray. But what you may not realize is even in the most of
Seed Saving is a dying breed. Back in the day when my grandpa farmed, farmer’s bought seed saving machines to harvest and clean seeds. Storing them for safe keeping generally in a mason jar or by freezing them. It’s one of the ways farmers kept their overhead low. Seed saving enabled them to use seeds from the previous year’s harvest, so they didn’t need to purchase seeds for the next planting season. Today, the seed saving process is illegal to corporate farmers. But as a
Crop rotation is important for any farmer. Whether you have fields and fields of crops or a small plot, you need to understand the importance of crop rotation. Like many things we do in homesteading, this too serves a purpose. It’s a tried and true tradition passed down through the family lineage of farmers because it works! What exactly is crop rotation? On a very basic level, crop rotation is moving plant families from one bed to the next each planting season. If you aren’t
Did you know plants have families? We didn’t either when we first started gardening. We won’t get into the science too deeply because it really does go on and on…and on. But knowing your plants and who is in what family makes it easier to lay out your garden beds. Generally speaking you want to plant like minded plants together. Now don’t confuse this with companion planting. While they have some similarities, plant families are more about which plants are related and not just about
There are so many plant varieties on the market. Sure, you may know that you want to plant tomatoes, but have you thought about what type of tomato? A beef steak tomato, a roma tomato, variegated, yellow or red are all different plant varieties. And that doesn’t even put a dent in your choices. Each type of plant, whether it’s corn, green beans, squash, etc., all have different plant varieties to choose from. How do you know which plant varieties you need for your garden?
Planning a spring garden can an overwhelming task. Where do you put your garden? How much space do you need? What do you plant? These are all questions we had when we began our garden four years ago. We learn as we go, but if y’all can learn from our mistakes you’ll be ahead of the curve. Whether you have a spring garden or are starting from scratch planning begins now! Every January we get out our notebooks, seed catalogs and look at our plot.