Outdoor Lore

Homesteading articles about Outdoor Lore pertaining to homesteaders, farming, animal husbandry, gardening, history, and myriad other topics discussed at Homestead.org, collected over two decades from experienced homesteaders who know what they’re talking about.

Grave Matters: About That Old Cemetery on the Back 40…

A few years ago, my husband and I spent our weekends driving around looking for a retirement property. We wanted…

1 month ago

The Three Sisters Legacy: The Science Behind Companion Planting

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as having some know-it-all tell you why your cucumbers aren’t getting bigger than pickles, or…

2 months ago

Blizzards: Furies of Nature

Today, the Great Plains is an area of great resources and beauty. Nevertheless, during past days and even current times,…

2 months ago

Holy Days of the Farming Year

A Tribute to John Barleycorn John Barleycorn was a hero bold, Of noble enterprise, For if you do but taste…

8 months ago

The Pawpaw: America’s Secret Native Fruit

Ozark banana. Quaker delight. Asimoya. Hillbilly mango. This relatively obscure fruit goes by many regional names, pawpaw being the most common.…

9 months ago

The Whippoorwill

Perhaps not surprisingly, some of the strangest things Out There are things that you don’t even see.  The whippoorwill, or…

11 months ago

Mystical Morels

Different portions of society consider differing seasons as the "busy time".  For retailers, it might be the Christmas season.  For…

12 months ago

Noxious Weeds …or Are They?

"Oh, this is beautiful!" I sighed. My fiancé had brought me out to his property in the neighboring state several…

12 months ago

Snake Lore

Words like cold-blooded, venomous, slithery, and cunning come to mind.  Not very many living creatures hold such a place of…

12 months ago

Living with Poison Oak: Keys to Identifying this Forest Menace

As we left our home in the city, where my beautiful wife, our well-mannered children, and I spent the last…

12 months ago