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08/31/2010

By: Jesse Turner

I've been told that you can get out of the rat race (become a homesteader) or be a city dweller; the only difference is you'll either be trading your time working to be more self sufficient (self employed, gardening, getting wood in for the winter, etc.) or trade time away from home, at work, to pay for the conveniences and bills (Overtime).

The person who told me this didn't see the difference in the quality of life; to this person, you exist here or you exist there, the price you pay is the same, it was all a wash in the end - and they call me the boring one.

06/01/2010
by hemant kumar

NATURE is very liberal in giving us materials that can be used by the children in their work or play with very little expense. In fact, we hardly realize how much we have ready at hand unless our attention is especially called to it.
The materials vary in different parts of the country; for instance, in the South there are the pine-needles, the palmetto, the corn-husks, and the blue grass of Kentucky, the wistaria, grape-vines, and the rushes. An ingenious teacher, mother, or child will find many others when the possibilities of those mentioned above are learned. For more details visit to www.greatindustrialguide.com .As one goes farther North, one finds more beautiful grasses, rushes, birch bark, twigs from the trees, willows, grape-vines, and also the corn-husks, which have very beautiful coloring. Nature is indeed good to us if we know how to use her wealth.
06/01/2010
by aprilrein20

Imagine yourself living in a limited space in the city and yet enjoying the greenery right at the comfort of your simple abode. Impossible you say, but not anymore.
Introducing to the world the modern day greenhouse: HYDROPONICS.
What is Hydroponics? Hydroponics is your solution to having your own vegetation or gardening contained in your restricted place of living. It only needs water, nutrients and lighting. You don’t have to own a huge place in the country to have your own gardening since Hydroponics does not need a big amount of space.
If you plan to have this modern day greenhouse, then all you have to bear in mind is the important materials to consider:
06/01/2010
by Abel Jones

My Grandfather was an old school farmer from way back who depended on his crops for his living. He, like farmers then and now, knew that the secret to optimum yield and plant health begins in the soil. If the soil was just right and other conditions were favorable, his yields were higher and he could make a descent living that would get his family through the rest of the year.

My grandfather also knew that the condition and health of the soil directly influenced the plants ability to resist disease and insects. Having to use any type of insecticide on his farm was virtually unheard of. And yet, he had no insect problem.

So the question of what is the secret to healthier and more beautiful plants should really begin with the question of what is the secret to healthy soil.
04/01/2010
by Abel Jones

This method of vegetable gardening is what I prefer. As you might have guessed, it doesn't involve digging. This method is particularly suited to older people or people with physical disabilities. But I just prefer it because I think it's better for the soil.

When soil is turned over it destroys the soil structure. When you create a no-dig plot you are not disturbing the topsoil at all, this means that the soil microbes, worms and creatures can continue doing what they do best in your garden.

For the best results in your garden, you want to aim for no compaction of the soil. Water, air and nutrients travel through the soil by pathways made by worms and plant roots. When soil is compacted these pathways are destroyed.
03/01/2010
By: Julie Clark

Thanks to the internet, the opportunities for educating outside of a classroom are endless. Homeschooling families are discovering what universities all over the world have used to their advantage: Students do not need to be in a classroom with a teacher to process “the facts” and the internet is an extremely effective means of transmitting those facts in an engaging way.

Online homeschooling can mean a variety of things. You can use the internet to reinforce lessons learned from a purchased in-the-box curriculum or from your daily “life learning”. You can use the plethora of (mostly free!) online resources and pull together your own curriculum specially tailored to your child and your lifestyle. You can also use the internet to participate in distance learning homeschool programs in which the curriculum is presented on CDs and via an internet connection, tests are taken online and transcripts are kept for you.

03/01/2010
Author: Ellen Bell

There are two main types of plastic greenhouses on the market today: polycarbonate panels and polyethylene covers. Each has its own pros and cons, and quality can vary greatly between the two types of materials. In this article, we will discuss the ins and outs of shopping for plastic greenhouses, the pros and cons of each material type, and how you can be sure you're getting a good quality product before you buy.

01/31/2010

by: Mary Walsh

Bread is one of the oldest food items around. People in the olden times lived mostly on bread & they knew how to make fresh loaves for their everyday meals. Today, people do have lots of food choices aside from bread, which is why the practice of baking our own bread isn't as common as before.

People simply buy bread from their grocery stores and bakeries. But if you're one of those people who want more alternatives aside from those commercially-produced bread products which are loaded with preservatives, then you should definitely learn to create and bake your very own bread.

Here are some compelling reasons why you should learn bread baking:

01/01/2010
by hemant kumar

NATURE is very liberal in giving us materials that can be used by the children in their work or play with very little expense. In fact, we hardly realize how much we have ready at hand unless our attention is especially called to it.
The materials vary in different parts of the country; for instance, in the South there are the pine-needles, the palmetto, the corn-husks, and the blue grass of Kentucky, the wistaria, grape-vines, and the rushes. An ingenious teacher, mother, or child will find many others when the possibilities of those mentioned above are learned. For more details visit to www.greatindustrialguide.com .As one goes farther North, one finds more beautiful grasses, rushes, birch bark, twigs from the trees, willows, grape-vines, and also the corn-husks, which have very beautiful coloring. Nature is indeed good to us if we know how to use her wealth.
01/01/2010
by Kimberly Treptow

In the majority of homeschool families, one parent stays at home to teach the children. This can make saving money on your children’s curriculum without sacrificing the quality of their education of the uppermost importance. Homeschooling can be an expensive adventure but it doesn’t have to be. If one does their research and is willing to take some time to plan and put together a curriculum it can be very cheap compared to purchasing a "packaged" curriculum. Putting together and eclectic curriculum in this manner can also benefit your child as each child has their own unique learning style. You may find when you purchase a ready made curriculum that the language arts works well with your child and the math does not.

Where To Start?
01/01/2010
by Luann Hays

Nothing is more attractive and cheerful than a room filled with healthy green houseplants. They offer aesthetics to the interior of our homes, improve indoor air quality, and often provide emotional satisfaction to the caregiver in getting the plant to bloom or produce new growth.

Aside from the aesthetic value plants provide your home with, there are also health benefits - grade school science class tells us that plants cleanse the air through utilizing the carbon dioxide and producing more oxygen. Here is some important information on how to care for your indoor plants to gain the optimum health and aesthetic benefits.


Top 10 Indoor Gardening Tips

1. Plants will "reach" toward a light source, so rotate your plant occasionally to promote straight growth.
01/01/2010
by Cecil Radmore

Replacing a toilet might seem difficult, but if you knew how easy it really was, you would not even bother calling the plumber.

You only need four tools to get the job done right: a small wrench, a socket set, a flat-head screwdriver, and a level. You might also need a scraper and an old towel.

In a pinch, you can use two adjustable wrenches in place of the small wrench and socket set, although using the right tools to do the job will make the job much easier to complete... I started to say "crescent(r) wrenches" until I realized that Crescent(r) is actually a brand of adjustable wrenches and other tools, owned by Cooper Hand Tools, a division of Cooper Industries, Inc. Here is a clear case of the brand name becoming universally utilized as a generic product description.


Parts Necessary For Your Toilet Installation
12/01/2009
by Robert Thomson

In deciding upon the site for the home vegetable garden it is well to dispose once and for all of the old idea that the garden "patch" must be an ugly spot in the home surroundings. If thoughtfully planned, carefully planted and thoroughly cared for, it may be made a beautiful and harmonious feature of the general scheme, lending a touch of comfortable homeliness that no shrubs, borders, or beds can ever produce.
12/01/2009
Author: Melissa Murdoch

The public schools that most kids attend have several disadvantages compared to homeschools. The main idea of one curriculum for all the students and one teacher for an entire class brings the possibility of individual attention to each student to near zero. Some children who require special attention in these classes may end up failing due to the ‘one size fits all’ education system. Here are some of the main disadvantages of this schooling system.

12/01/2009
Author: Bill Camarillo

Plant growth comes to a near halt in December, so it is a good time to spruce up flowerbeds and gardens and plant spring-flowering bulbs, say experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of premium soil products made from recycled green material.

Plant Bulbs and Flowers: Plant bulbs including hyacinths, daffodils and tulips in 5" to 6" of soil. Plant hardy plants such as camellias and azaleas. Consider adding natural California wildflowers (desert bluebells, California poppies, mariposa lilies) to your flower garden for early spring blooms.

11/01/2009
Author: Susan Slobac

If you are a gardener, then you might be familiar with net pots. Net pots are plant containers that have holes in the bottom and sides, and are similar in appearance to a kitchen strainer. Netting is used inside the container, and this allows the plant's roots to easily grow through the netting and out the holes on the bottoms and sides of the container. Net pots are used for hydroponic gardening systems as well as for aeroponic gardening.

11/01/2009
by Brien James

Most gardeners will have saved a few seeds over the years. Runner beans are the most likely candidate and one of the easiest seeds to save seed from.
11/01/2009
Vegetable Culture by Robert Thomson

As a rule, we choose to grow bush beans rather than pole beans. I cannot make up my mind whether or not this is from sheer laziness. In a city backyard the tall varieties might perhaps be a problem since it would be difficult to get poles. But these running beans can be trained along old fences and with little urging will run up the stalks of the tallest sunflowers. So that settles the pole question. There is an ornamental side to the bean question. Suppose you plant these tall beans at the extreme rear end of each vegetable row. Make arches with supple tree limbs, binding them over to form the arch. Train the beans over these. When one stands facing the garden, what a beautiful terminus these bean arches make.
11/01/2009
Author: Julie Clark

Like most women in America, I find myself extremely busy. I am the mother of three children, the wife of a teacher, coach and part-time cattle farmer, a blogger, a homeschooler and, oh by the way, I have a full time job.

Many of the homeschooling families that I come in contact with are ones in which the husband works outside the home and the mother works at home as the resident domestic goddess and educator extraordinaire. When I mention to people that I have a full time job and homeschool, the cries of, “Wow – I could never do that!” increase exponentially and I am often asked how I can manage to do both. In this article, I will give you my answers to that question.

I am able to manage working and homeschooling because:

I have a wonderfully supportive network.