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.

Snakes on the Homestead

Our fear of snakes seems almost primal.  Indeed, along with fear of falling and fear of the dark, it’s, more…

1 month ago

We’re not Playing, ‘Possum: Why Opossums are Actually Good on the Homestead

My first up-close encounter with an opossum was one evening many years ago when I went to get feed for…

1 month ago

Lightning Safety on the Homestead

It’s a humid, summer late-afternoon, the butterflies cease flittering and land.  They fold their wings for the day and seek…

2 months ago

The Bear Facts: Teddy’s Story

Not long ago, on a summer jaunt to the northern border of the U.S., my husband Donnie had the impulse…

6 months ago

Sticky and in Your Face: Spiderwebs

It’s a common occurrence this time of year. You’re walking through the woods enjoying the cool dry air as the…

9 months ago

Winter Preparedness

Begin You Winter Preparedness Routine So You Can Enjoy the Fun Winter Offers “Walking in a Winter Wonderland...”  What images…

9 months ago

Utilizing Trees on the Homestead: Crafts to Cure-alls

  When you become a homesteader, you notice how much nature is willing to give to us in return for…

1 year ago

The Whippoorwill

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

1 year ago

Ticks!

I wish I knew how many thousands of dollars ticks have cost me. And the worst part is, they weren't…

1 year ago

Reading the Weather

The ability to read the weather is a valuable skill practiced by our ancestors that has gotten lost throughout the…

1 year ago

Weather Lore and Superstitions

  “Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.” Since the beginning of time man has…

2 years 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…

2 years ago