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planting too large a garden is a mistake many beginning gardeners make

Mistakes Beginning Gardeners Make

Get your garden off to a great start this year by avoiding these 10 common mistakes beginning gardeners make. Time and time again, I see new gardeners start the spring off with such zeal. They are all excited that this will finally be the year they will grow a garden

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Homemade Gifts From The Kitchen

When looking to give gifts to people, it can get very expensive, especially at Christmas time. But we all want to show our love to others. One way to keep costs down is to give a homemade gift. Have you considered giving homemade gifts from your kitchen? Homemade Gifts Can

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How To Deal With A Bully Chicken

So you think you have a bully chicken? Learn how to determine if you have a bully chicken and how to reform the bully and restore peace and harmony to the coop. Normal Chicken Behavior vs. Bullying First, let’s discuss the difference between normal chicken behavior and bullying. Chickens will

homemade wax melts in various scents

Homemade Wax Melts

Preview: These easy homemade wax melts can be made in just a few minutes with only 3 ingredients. I’ve always loved making my home smell nice with the scents of the season. And I love the beautiful wax melt warmers and the ambiance they give. What I don’t like, however,

best kitchen gadgets under $20

Best Kitchen Gadgets Under $20

There are so many neat kitchen gadgets under $20. But which ones are worth the money and which ones are a waste of space in your kitchen? This post will share some of the best kitchen gadgets under $20 and why I think they are worthy of precious space in

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Frost Protection For Your Garden

You’ve anxiously waited until after your last frost date to plant your garden. That day came and went and you started planting. But what do you do when the weather forecast suddenly calls for a late frost? How can you provide frost protection for your garden? Well, that’s exactly what


Hey there! I’m Julie B. I want to help you learn to be a bit more self-sufficient, no matter where you live. From growing your own food to DIY projects for yourself or others, I’m here to help you learn a few new skills. I’ll show you how to raise chickens in your backyard or grow a small container garden. Even if you live in the city, you can grow a few herbs or make your own lip balm. Let’s cultivate a good life…wherever we live.