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How to Grow Zucchini in a Container

Zucchini (and other summer squash) are considered staples for many backyard gardeners. Both are easy to grow and produce lots of fruit. But what if you don’t have a huge backyard to devote to a garden space? Can you still …
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a jar of dehydrated tomato sauce with sheets of dried sauce and tomatoes and rosemary

How to Dehydrate Tomato Sauce or Tomato Puree

If you’ve got more tomatoes than you can freeze or turn into salsa, you may want to consider dehydrating tomato sauce to save room in your freezer. This simple tutorial will share how to dehydrate tomato sauce so you can …
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Itch Relief Roller Bottle With Essential Oils

Preview: Mix up some quick relief for bug bites with an itch relief roller bottle made with essential oils. We’ve been outside in the evenings enjoying the cooler weather that nighttime brings. However, it also seems to bring out mosquitos and …
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a bowl of tomato sauce with basil and tomatoes on the side

How to Make Tomato Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes

Preview: Learn how to make a homemade tomato sauce using fresh garden tomatoes This is the perfect way to turn those juicy tomatoes into a flavorful sauce you can use all winter long. It’s tomato season. If your garden is overflowing …
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How to Peel Tomatoes

There are many different ways to peel tomatoes. In case you find yourself with a bumper crop of tomatoes, I’m going to share several different techniques to easily peel them. At the end of the post, I share what …
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How to Get Chickens to Lay Eggs in Nesting Boxes

Most chickens are generally smart and will quickly adapt to laying in nesting boxes. But occasionally, you will get a hen that refuses to lay her eggs where she is supposed to. So how do you encourage hens in your …
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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.