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strawberry pineapple low sugar freezer jam

Low Sugar Freezer Jam

With many people looking to eat healthier, I wanted to share this low sugar freezer jam recipe. It is the perfect way to use up extra homegrown fruit, even if you don’t have a huge harvest. You can mix it …
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Oven Roasted Red Peppers

Preview: If you grow your own peppers, you can make roasted red peppers to use all winter long. This easy tutorial will show you how to roast red peppers in your oven. We grow lots of bell peppers around here. We …
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a bearded iris in the flower garden

How to Grow Irises

How (& Why) You Might Want to Grow Irises Why should you grow irises? For starters, they are an easy-to-grow flower that comes back every year. They will grow in almost any part of the US. The flowers are great for …
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a coyote is a common chicken predator

Common Chicken Predators

There are many chicken predators that want to make a tasty meal of your chickens or their eggs. These are the most common ones you may encounter and the best ways to foil them. Warning: There are a few details …
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a homemade candle surrounded by decorative balls and a flower

How to Make Homemade Candles

Homemade candles are fun to make and give as gifts. This tutorial will show you how easy it is to make homemade candles using essential oils. I love giving homemade gifts. I tend to make homemade gifts for the majority of …
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singular raspberry on a primocane

How to Grow Raspberries

Raspberries are a great fruit to grow in your backyard garden. If taken care of, your raspberry plants will produce fruit for years to come. These tips and tricks will teach you how to grow raspberries in your home garden. When …
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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.