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Easy Vegetables to Grow for Spring

Would like to get started gardening as soon as possible? Here are some easy vegetables to grow in the spring garden. Many of these can be started as soon as you can work the ground and it is no longer …
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Ways to Use Eggshells

When you keep backyard chickens, you often have many eggshells. Have you ever wondered what to do with all those shells besides throwing them away? This post shares many different ways to use eggshells around your home. Eggshells can be used …
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asparagus in a basket beside some growing in a bed

How to Grow Asparagus

Learning how to grow asparagus is definitely worth the trouble as the delicious spears will provide a harvest for many years to come. Asparagus is a perennial so if you plant it once it will return every year. But asparagus …
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homemade gel air freshener covered with tulle, tied with a bow, and surrounded by leaves

Homemade Gel Air Freshener

I love for my home to smell like the holidays. But sometimes I forget to start my diffuser or don’t want to light a candle. Especially in the bathrooms, I prefer something a bit more passive. I don’t want to …
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an assortment of homemade Christmas ornaments

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I’ve noticed that the homemade ornaments are the first ones everyone pulls out to hang on the tree. We often have an assortment of purchased ornaments that, while pretty, remain in the …
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bath salts with flowers

Relaxing Bath Salts

Adding bath salts to your tub can seem like a real indulgence. But did you know there are many health benefits to bath salts too? Learn how to make your own homemade relaxing bath salts and the benefits you can …
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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.