Category Homesteading Skills

Root Propagation Techniques

fall is the time to grow new plants from cuttings

As a home gardener, fall should be a very special time for you. Fall is the best season of the year for plant propagation, especially for home gardeners who do not have the luxury of intermittent mist. The technique that I am going to describe here can be equally effective for evergreens as well as many deciduous plants.

The old rule of thumb was to start doing hardwood cuttings of evergreens after you have experienced at least two hard freezes. After two hard freezes the plants are completely dormant.

However, based on my experience it is beneficial to start doing your evergreen cuttings earlier than that. So instead of doing “by the book” hardwood cuttings you’re actually working with semi-hardwood cuttings...

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Firemaking – How to Make a Fire

Who doesn’t love sitting around a fire on a cool fall night, or a crackling fireplace? But what if you needed to start a fire for survival? Do you have the firemaking skills required for your survival?

First thing is to know the basics of fire safety and fire starting:

  • Always light your fire from the upwind side.
  • Make sure to lay your tinder, kindling, and fuel so that your fire will burn as long as you need it.
  • Igniters provide the initial heat required to start the tinder burning.

Firemaking skills fall into two categories: modern methods and primitive methods.

Modern Methods for Firemaking

Modem igniters use modem devices–items we normally think of to start a fire.

  • Matches: Make sure these matches are waterproof...
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Split Pea Soup with Ham Hocks -Homestyled cooking & a hearty meal!

Ham Hocks and Split Pea Soup

Here’s a cool weather soup that hits the spot. I grew up with pork and beans, and split pea soup, so I created my own recipe using a combination of both flavors to make this soup. It’s thick, delicious and filling and will serve 4-6 bowls of soup, depending on the size of your soup bowl.

Even better it reheats wonderfully and like most soups or stews, the flavors will infuse overnight making the next day’s serving better than the first! I like this alone, with just some bread. There are a couple of variations that I’ve tried depending on my cravings that day.

When you find a basic combination that you like, enjoy experimenting with the dish by adding in different flavors that change the texture and enhance the flavors...

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Possibilities With Pumpkins: The Life Cycle of a Squash Enhances the Family Circle

Picking a pumpkin is one of the joys of childhood. In autumn pumpkins are ubiquitous at grocery stores, garden centers, and farmers markets. The most fun place is the pumpkin patch where children can see the fruit as part of the life cycle of a living vine.

Within the life cycle of the seasons in a garden the pumpkin goes full circle. Seeds sown in spring produce a flowering vine throughout the summer. Fruits harvested in autumn become decorations, food for wildlife and humans, residence for rodents, and seeds for snacks and next year’s garden. Winter remnants of the plant become organic nutrients in soil supporting seeds sown in spring.

Pumpkins prompt possibilities which link generations together in the family circle...

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Super Simple Kosher Homemade Applesauce: Made Easy With No Special Equipment or Complicated Procedures

Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is a favorite among children and adults alike. Some homemade applesauce recipes require special equipment, complicated and time consuming procedures and seem to be more of a hassle then it is worth. However, fresh homemade applesauce can be made very easily in small batches with no special equipment and in less than half an hour. And the best part? It’s Super Simple and Kosher Too!

There are many benefits to making your own applesauce. You can have fresh applesauce any time of the year; however it is best when apples are in season. Applesauce can be made with any apple variety as each variety has its own unique flavor. Making fresh applesauce ensures a fresh product without any unnecessary additives. Important nutrients are retained due to the minimal processing required.

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Learn how to Freeze Fresh Garden Vegetables

store garden vegetables for winter

As the garden harvest comes rolling in, many of us are left with more vegetables than we can comfortably eat. As always, to help your neighbors, offer some to them, trade with other gardeners for things they both of you didn’t grow, hot water can some, and freeze some for the winter.

Have you ever tried freezing your own vegetables? Because many of them contain enzymes that will cause them to lose color while frozen, it can leave you with a colorless bunch of vegetables, which don’t look appealing. I recommend blanching them before freezing them, it helps keep their color vibrant, and also makes cooking them from frozen easier.

Homemade frozen vegetables are healthier than store bought ones, since you know you’re vegetables have been grown organically. They are also friendly to the walle...

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Save Money by Cooking at Home

By the end of a busy day most parents are very tired from working all day. It’s very tempting to just pick up fast food on the way home. Preparing home cooked meals don’t have to take a lot of time. Cooking dinner at home will save a family a lot of money every month. There are many ways to make cooking at home easy and fun.

Look at Weekly Grocery Store Ads for Sales and Specials

When the weekly ads come in the mail don’t just throw them in the trash. Plan the family’s weekly meals around what the store has on sale. If a busy family buys the items on sale, it makes eating at home much cheaper than eating out. When planned accordingly there are many meals a family of four can make for under $5. Using coupons is also a great way to save money on groceries.

Buying in Bulk can Save Money

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Different Learning Theories: A Complete Guide

Educational theorists, from philosophers like Socrates and Rousseau to researchers like Howard Gardner today, have addressed theories of learning. Many of their ideas continue to influence homeschoolers as well as traditional educators. A little familiarity with some of the ideas most popular among homeschoolers will help you make sense of the wealth of available materials when you begin to make choices for your family.

Overview of different learning theories

By Unidentified (Ensian published by University of Michigan) – 1968 Michiganensian, p. 91, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30316389

Jean Piaget and Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget proposed that children go through several distinct stages of cognitive growth.

  • First comes the sensorimotor stage (birth t...
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Water Bath Canning

water bath canning

Water bath canning is the process of killing potentially harmful microorganisms through boiling. This method is also referred to as boiling water method, it is said to be the simplest and easiest method for preserving high acid foods. It destroys any active bacteria and microorganisms in your food that makes it safe for use at a later time. High acid fruits and vegetables are suitable for water bath canning because most of the present microorganisms in high acid foods are killed even through boiling only. In this process a temperature of 100 degree Celsius must be maintained to kill these microorganisms.

Most canned foods like jellies, jams, relishes, pickles, conserves, preserves, marmalades and acidified tomatoes are processed under water bath canning...

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The Best Soy Yogurt is Homemade: How To Make Nutritious Yogurt At Home

homemade soy yogurt

Soy yogurt is a wonderful food, providing a nice balance of protein and carbohydrates, as well as a dose of calcium. Soy yogurt, when not heat-treated, is also a good source of probiotics, or the beneficial bacteria that encourage digestive health. This easy, healthful food can be made at home with little trouble and thus enjoyed without the sugar and other additives found in most store bought yogurt. Try preparing the recipe below and serve homemade soy yogurt with fruit, jam, honey or maple syrup for a delicious and healthy snack.

Recipe for Homemade Soy Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons unflavored live, active culture yogurt (or yogurt starter, as directed on the package)
  • 1 Quart of soy milk

Instructions:

  1. Bring the milk to the boiling point and cool to 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix th...
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