Homesteading, Gardening, and Off-Grid Living

Author: Zac Friedman

  • Can You Compost Cork? Natural Wine Cork Disposal

    Can You Compost Cork? Natural Wine Cork Disposal

    Can you compost cork? The short answer is yes. Cork is compostable. It is a natural material that comes from a tree. That said, not all wine corks are compostable. Some corks are made from synthetic materials, such as plastics, that will not break down in your compost bin.    In this guide, we’ll go…

  • Growing Lavender for Profit on a Small Farm or Homestead

    Growing Lavender for Profit on a Small Farm or Homestead

    Lavender can be an incredibly profitable crop. It requires little maintenance, it’s easy to grow, and the startup cost is low. It’s also a surprisingly versatile crop. Lavender can be sold fresh, dried, or processed into a wide range of value-added products. It also doesn’t require too much land to grow profitably. Lavender can produce…

  • Raised Beds Vs In Ground Gardening: Pros and Cons

    Raised Beds Vs In Ground Gardening: Pros and Cons

    When starting a garden, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is whether you want to build raised garden beds or simply grow directly in the ground. This decision will depend on a number of factors including what you plan to grow, how much space you have to work with, and your…

  • Pros and Cons of Homesteading

    Pros and Cons of Homesteading

    Homesteading can offer an incredibly rewarding and healthy lifestyle. While living on a homestead, you’ll enjoy fresh and delicious food and get lots of exercise. That said, it’s certainly not for everyone. There are plenty of disadvantages of homesteading to consider. Homesteading is time-consuming and requires an enormous amount of labor. You’ll also have to…

  • Housing for Ducks: How to Build a Duck House

    Housing for Ducks: How to Build a Duck House

    If you’re a homesteader looking to add ducks to your backyard, you might wonder where and how you’ll house them. Ducks don’t need much in terms of shelter. All they need is a secure and dry place to protect them from predators and the elements. This guide outlines housing for ducks. We’ll look at different…

  • Raising Backyard Ducks Vs Chickens: Pros and Cons

    Raising Backyard Ducks Vs Chickens: Pros and Cons

    Ducks and chickens are both popular livestock options for homesteaders. They’re inexpensive, versatile, and easy to raise. They also provide you with delicious eggs and meat. Which is the best species for you? To help you decide, this guide outlines the pros and cons of raising ducks vs chickens. We’ll cover egg and meat production,…

  • 17 Best Homesteading Animals for Self-Sufficiency

    17 Best Homesteading Animals for Self-Sufficiency

    Animals provide essential services for homesteaders. You may raise animals for food, meat, milk, eggs, fertilizer, fiber, labor, companionship, and more. This guide outlines 17 of the best homesteading animals for self-sufficiency. In this guide, we’ll cover all of the common farm animals including chickens, cows, pigs, and goats. We’ll also cover a few less…

  • Urban Homesteading for Beginners: How to Be Self-Sufficient in the City

    Urban Homesteading for Beginners: How to Be Self-Sufficient in the City

    When most people think of homesteading, they imagine living in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by miles of farmland. You don’t have to live on a farm to homestead. You can do it in the city too! Even if you live in an apartment. Urban homesteading is becoming more and more popular, as people are…

  • How to Start a 1 Acre Homestead: Layout and Becoming Self Sufficient

    How to Start a 1 Acre Homestead: Layout and Becoming Self Sufficient

    If you’re interested in homesteading but feel like you don’t have the land or resources to get started, never fear! It is possible to start a homestead on one acre of land or less. While you may not be able to achieve complete self-sufficiency on such a small plot of land, with careful planning it…

  • Self Sufficient Homesteading: A Beginner’s Guide

    Self Sufficient Homesteading: A Beginner’s Guide

    Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is about producing as much food and other necessities as possible on your own land, and being prepared for anything that comes your way. Homesteaders often work toward the goal of living sustainably and being as self-sufficient as possible. This guide outlines self sufficient homesteading with a focus…