Building Neighbor Relationships with a Community Garden

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Community gardens offer neighbors the opportunity to work together to create a place in their neighborhood to grow their own food and develop stronger relationships within the community. There are thousands of these small gardens across the United States providing local food to communities and schools as well as forming friendships that transcend age, race and culture. Community gardens don't have to be just about growing food; many community gardens are simply beautiful spots for neighbors to spend time together! Want To Start a Community Garden in Your Area? Now is the perfect time to begin developing a plan to create a community garden in your area. Here are Ten ... read more

Keep Busy This Winter: Make Your Own Braided and Woven Rugs

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I love winter. It's my time to curl up in front of a fire, catch up on my reading, knit like a fool and craft madly.  Every winter, I make a list of projects that I want to try for the year. A rag rug is on that list and here are some tutorials I found that I feel like I could do. How to Make a Braided rug from Recycled Materials Someday, I'd love to make a big one for my living room but I realize that's quite ambitious. This winter, I plan to make a few small rugs using recycled materials. This is a basic tutorial from Little House Living using old bed sheets to make a rag rug but does require a sewing machine.  In the tutorial I've read in Amanda Soule's ... read more

Easiest Fudge Recipe Ever

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Fudge is one of my favorite Christmas treats. I love all the varieties and the the creamy texture. However, I have a hard time getting fudge to set up.  I don't know if its the humidity here or what, but I'd settled on just eating everyone else's fudge until a friend shared the easiest fudge recipe ever.  She said that she learned it at a Pampered Chef party several years ago.  I love this quick and easy fudge recipe as a last minute treat during the holidays.  AND, this two ingredient fudge recipe has never let me down! Here's what you'll need for Perfect Fudge In a Flash! (And no, I didn't even have to go and get my recipe book out!  It's that easy to ... read more

Five Homesteading Books to Add to Your Collection

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The term homesteading often brings to mind a picturesque farm in the country with perfectly straight, equally divided fields.  In reality, homesteaders are everywhere. Whether you're in the city or the country, on a large plot of land, on 1/4 acre, or even on a small plot in the suburbs, homesteads come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you're new to homesteading or your family has been homesteading for years, here are some great resources to add to your bookshelves. The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals will show you how you can raise farm animals to provide food for your family, even on a limited amount of ... read more

Bartering Ideas: What Can You Trade With Friends and Neighbors?

Bartering Ideas: What Can You Trade With Friends and Neighbors?

Bartering is not a new concept - it’s been around for centuries. In the past, it was common to find neighbors bartering, to see ads in the paper offering skills in exchange for goods, or vice versa, but today, people are more wary of this beneficial way of living. Bartering is an excellent means of obtaining the goods and services you need without exchanging money, and is also a great way to meet the needs of your family in a time where money is tight, times are lean and people are frugal. Exchanging goods and services also helps you and your family develop a sense of community and togetherness as you barter with your neighbors. What? You don't think you have any barter-able skills? ... read more

How to Choose The Right Tomatoes for Your Garden

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You want tomatoes this year? First you've got to pick (pardon the pun) the kind of tomato that will thrive in your garden and provide exactly what you're looking for in rosy-red (or orange or yellow) goodness. Choosing the right variety of tomato can be complicated. Two of the factors you should consider are growth habits and varieties. I prefer to have several varieties of tomatoes in my garden, simply so that I can extend the growing season as much as possible, and spread out the canning! Tomato Growth Terminology When choosing tomatoes for your garden, it's important to understand growth habits. Tomatoes grow one of two ways: determinate or indeterminate. Determinate ... read more