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Garden tiller

Spring is almost here and a lot of us will be getting the garden tiller out.  Most tillers are used a couple of times a year and then put in the shed.  I use my tiller to break the ground up and make the garden rows.  As the plants grow, I use it to go[.....]

Home grown snap beans

Let’s talk about why you should have hybrid seeds in your seed stockpile.  In a previous article, we talked about stockpiling seeds, but we did not even mention the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds. Hybrid seeds get a bad rap, which is too bad.  All the fruits and vegetables we Read More…

Tractor with chickens

Here on the farm in rural Southeast Texas, I find myself using certain tools on a regular basis.  Whether it is taking up an old livestock fence, cleaning brush or cutting down trees, there are certain tools that I keep going back to. Maybe it is because I am performing certain tasks over and Read More…

Half bushel of potatoes

There is an eye opening write up on The Guardian about our food chain – The supermarket food gamble may be up. The article discusses how developed nations all over the world depend on cheap labor and dwindling resources to maintain grocery store shelves. In 2002, food writer Joanna Blythman Read More…

Seed Stockpile

Several years ago I decided to start a seed stockpile. One spring, I went into a local farm supply store to buy some seeds. The lady that was getting my seeds said they were unable to get any pickling cucumber seeds. We talked for a few minutes and she told me that from time to time[.....]

Growing potatoes

Potatoes are some of the easiest crops to grow and have been cultivated for hundreds of years by people all over the world. In the southern part of the United States, from the middle of February to the first of March is when potatoes are usually planted. Let’s talk about some of the basics, Read More…

Stihl chainsaw

January 2014 I learned a couple of things about chainsaw safety. While using a chainsaw to cut down small trees, I had a temporary lapse of attention that resulted in a trip to the emergency room. The gash in my pants leg was 5 inches long. Thankfully, the cut in my leg was only 3[.....]

Chicken feed

When people talk about getting chickens, one of their first questions is about chicken feed. The dietary requirements for chickens is complicated. Chickens are omnivores, meaning they can eat fruits, vegetables, and meat. Modern chickens are decedents from a junglefowl from southeast Asia. In Read More…

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I recently bought some mounts from LaRue Tactical, a company that needs no introduction to AR fanatics. These guys make some of the best precision detachable mounts on the market, and they also make high-quality rifles. Anyway, this being my first run of LaRue orders, it was my introduction to the Read More…