Pest control

Alleviating Aphid Aggravation

The harvest season will soon be upon us.  Our summer produce will slow down and the canning and food-preservation process…

8 months ago

Going Bats! The Benefits of Bat Houses on Your Homestead

Do you want to know how amazing bats are?  I imagine some of you are saying, “Why am I learning…

9 months ago

Guinea Fowl: Something Different in the Garden

An exotic and perhaps odd-looking breed of poultry, the Guinea Fowl, is fast becoming not just the friend of the…

11 months ago

Worth a Mint

Mentha was a nymph who because of the love Pluto bore her, was metamorphosed by a jealous Prosperine into the…

12 months ago

Attracting Beneficials: Garden Good Guys

Whether you are a backyard gardener, an urban homesteader, or you run a commercial farm, the fight against pests and…

12 months ago

Beneficial Bugs

When I first started gardening, I knew I would probably be spending a lot of time weeding.  What I didn’t…

1 year ago

How Raising Chickens Can Help Your Garden

It’s hard to imagine a world without chickens. We love them for their eggs, meat, and companionship, not to mention…

2 years ago

The Benefits of Bats on the Homestead

Bats are among the most misunderstood creatures on the planet. For centuries, these flying mammals have been associated with evil…

2 years ago

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

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

2 years ago

Top Ten Wild Birds for Controlling Insects in the Garden

Destructive insects munching away on your garden plants can quickly wreak havoc on all your gardening efforts.  But did you…

3 years ago

The Praying Mantis: A Gardener’s Friend

The warmth of spring brings out the start of the gardening season as well as many leaf-and-stem-eating insects. Many times,…

3 years ago

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…

4 years ago