In this modern world we are losing touch with some traditional skills that we really should preserve. You don’t need to even own land to embrace homesteading! You can learn to homestead anywhere. Homesteading is a way of life, a mindset and it is very rewarding.
Our rabbits live in a colony, and they have been using metal bowls for their water. However they always tip over their water bowls before everyone has had a chance to have a drink. I decided that it was time to make an automatic waterer for the rabbits and another one the same for the chickens.
Keeping rabbits in a colony is a fantastic, natural way of raising rabbits. The only problem I have really encountered is their love of tipping their bowls over.
Sadly I candled our eggs at 14 days, and not too surprisingly found no signs of life 🙁 . So it is official our first incubator failed. Not put off, I found a styrofoam box that I had been sent something in from overseas and I decided to try and re-make the incubator and order some fresh eggs.
Plastic wrap, cling film, gladwrap – whatever you want to call it, it is everywhere. We use it to wrap sandwiches, fruit, snacks, leftovers, take-a-plates, cheese, baking, you name it, we can wrap it.
Not surprisingly, I have another experiment running. I have built our own egg incubator for a fraction of what you can buy them for. DIY incubators are notorious for being a great idea, with low success rates, but if you have a source of free fertile eggs it could be worth a try!
It is a yearly tradition in our house to make gingerbread houses at the beginning of the Christmas season. The kids (and me!) love making them and they sit on the bench until Christmas smelling divine and looking festive.
So I decided to give tree grafting a try. We want to have lots of fruit trees as the basis of a food forest on our property. We have an area between 1/4-1/2 an acre to cover. Grafting fruit trees ourselves will literally save us thousands of dollars.
This is a very simple go-to recipe for an old fashioned whipped body butter. It is so great for very dry skin, or just on your hands after gardening. Making skincare products at home can be quick and simple! This is a totally natural, hypoallergenic body butter.
Traditionally, soaps are made from several oils blended to balance cleansing/moisturizing/and lathering properties. In the soap making world one of the well known “rules” is that a soap should never be made of more than 30% coconut oil because it’s so effective at breaking up oil/grease that it can be drying to use. For a bar soap for personal use this is a bad thing, for cleaning things like clothes, it is fantastic!