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Week by Week Guide to Raising Chickens

You want to get baby chicks this year. A few fresh eggs sure would be nice. But do you know what to expect when you bring chicks home? This week by week guide to raising chickens will show you what…
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How to Understand a Seed Packet

Before you go to the store to buy seeds for your garden, you need to learn to read and understand a seed packet. The terminology on that little packet of seeds can be so confusing. I’ve broken down what’s included…
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How Many Chickens Should I Get?

If you want to get started raising backyard chickens for eggs, one of the questions I get asked the most is how many chickens should I get? While there is no perfect answer, these are some things to consider so…
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Fabric Mason Jar Covers

If you are giving homemade gifts this year, giving them in Mason jars makes for a wonderfully vintage gift. To dress up the jars, you can make fabric mason jar covers for the lids. Don’t know how to make the…
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Amberlink chickens are one of the friendliest chicken breeds

Friendliest Chicken Breeds

Are you planning on getting baby chicks for the first time this year? Or do you want to add a few more chickens to your existing flock? Learn what the friendliest chicken breeds are so you can choose the best…
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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.