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How to Prevent Cutworms in the Garden

Cutworms can wreck havoc on your garden in just one evening. Learn what a cutworm looks like and how to prevent cutworms from destroying your garden. What is a Cutworm? First, let’s look at what a cutworm is. A cutworm…
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homemade lip balm

How to Make Homemade Lip Balm

Homemade lip balm is such a fun do-it-yourself project that is surprisingly easy. With only 4 ingredients, you can whip up some soothing lip balm in no time. This is lip balm is a great gift idea that is suitable…
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How to Create A Garden Plan

If you are starting a garden, you need a garden plan. A garden plan will help make sure you have room for everything you want to plant. There is no need to purchase plants you don’t have room to grow.…
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What Is Grit for Chickens?

Many new chicken keepers often forget to think about grit for their chickens. But is grit necessary for a healthy flock? How do you provide grit for chickens? Do you know what type of grit to provide? Let’s explore these…
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Zone 7 Vegetable Planting Chart

This post is mostly for those of you who garden in Zone 7. I created a Zone 7 Vegetable Planting Chart since I wasn’t able to find what I wanted online. I wanted to give you specific guidelines of what…
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Homemade Insect Repellent Spray

This easy homemade insect repellent spray uses essential oils to help repel bugs. When the warm weather arrives, so do the bugs. And while my family loves spending lots of time outdoors gardening, farming, or just camping, we don’t enjoy…
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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.