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Real Self-Sufficiency’s Complete Walking Boot Buying Guide

Now originally, I had planned on writing some scrumptious recipes and some seasonal organic growing advice this week, but then something happened: Mother-in-law, a sprightly 70-year-old, broke her leg whilst out with the dog when she lost her footing in the woods. This was largely due to inappropriate footwear. Yes, she was wearing walking shoes, […]

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How to Control Slugs Naturally

Slugs are an absolute nightmare in the vegetable garden. They’re bad enough in your ornamental garden, but among your fruit and vegetable plants, these little mollusks are the gardener’s nemeses. The rasp away at your plants and can devour entire crops in short order. Young, tender seedlings are often the victims of the insatiable appetite of an […]

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Fall Gardening Tasks to Make Life Easier Next Spring

The autumn garden is bitter-sweet. You’re drowning in gluts of beautiful fruit and veg like apples, pears, and squashes, which is, of course, wonderful. And, if you preserve them properly – whether you’re a master canner or you’re the queen of dehydrating, your bountiful harvest will see you right through the winter and into spring – […]

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Fall/Winter Dessert Recipes: Happlebacks

With an abundance of apples coming off the trees, you’ve probably got all the apple sauce you can handle and likely think you never want to see another apple pie ever again. But apples are a fabulous seasonal fruit and, if you store them properly, they’ll carry you right through the winter, too. Combine them […]

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Ants Farming Aphids & What to do About It

Ants farm aphids. They care for them, offer protection, and literally “farm” them – much like humans farm their livestock. Picture ants wearing the frayed straw hat, dirty blue dungarees or coveralls, and the good ol’ fashioned wellies. This prime example of mutualism is fascinating, annoying, and often brutal. And it can be exceptionally troublesome […]

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How to Control Aphids Naturally

They’re a menace. A total nightmare in ornamental and edible gardens alike. The bane of many gardener’s lives, these tiny pests wreak havoc, and can weaken or destroy huge numbers of crops. But don’t despair and reach for the expensive, harmful, and pretty useless chemical pesticides just yet – we’ve got quite a few different […]

12 Best Herbs and Flowers for Companion Planting With Vegetables

Two of the main challenges we face when we grow our own food organically are controlling pests and maximizing our crop yield. Knowing the best companion planting combinations helps you solve both problems without resorting to nasty chemical solutions. You can of course further optimize your crop yield by using any of our homemade organic […]

Companion Planting – The Three Sisters

Whether you’ve got a sprawling rural ranch or a tiny urban yard, growing your own organic food is definitely worth the work you put in. But, if you can grow your own organic food, and get a higher, healthier yield per foot, that makes the whole process even better. As long as you’ve got 4 […]

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Dehydrator Review: Excalibur 3926TB

If you’ve been toying with the idea of dehydrating, or you’ve been doing your dehydrator research, or, in fact, if you already dehydrate food stuffs, you’ve most likely heard of Excalibur, and probably heard that it’s the bee’s knees of the home dehydrator brands. Excalibur is known for its quality and durability, but its models […]

Find Out Why You Should Use a Home Food Dehydrator

Recently we’ve repeatedly heard “Why should I bother with a dehydrator?”, so we thought we’d lay out the best reasons to use one. A home food dehydrator is a great investment for your kitchen, but they’re not for everyone. Read on to decide whether a dehydrator would work for you. They’re relatively simple to use, […]

8 Foods to Regrow From Kitchen Scraps

Every day we throw away or compost piles of fruit and vegetable peelings. But did you know you’re actually wasting an awesome source of free food? No, we’re not suggesting you suck on potato peelings! Regrowing food from your kitchen scraps – and knowing which foods you can buy once and grow forever – is […]

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6 Genius Ways to Grow Strawberries

Strawberries are delicious when they’re fresh off the plant and yes, you can grow them directly in the ground if you have enough space. But planting strawberries at ground level is like ringing the dinner bell for every pest in a 5-mile radius. Aside from destruction from rats, mice, squirrels, slugs, birds, and just about […]