ReformStead Blog

Apr 11, 2019

Planting a Chicken Garden By Season: Spring

Did you know you can grow food for your chickens in your garden? In this article, I go over what you can plant for you chickens this spring. #chickens #gardening #homesteading

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Apr 10, 2019

The Best Way to Stake a Tree

There are lots of ways to stake a tree, but do you know the best way? Learn how to stake your tree the right way today. #gardening #staketree #orchard #homesteading

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Apr 07, 2019

Homesteader's Elite

Check out our new addition to the website! Get great homestead printables for free when you join the Homesteader's Elite. This is a group for those who want some homestead cheat-sheets and printables. #homesteading

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Mar 21, 2019

13 Unusual Garden Vegetables for the Heirloom Gardener

Unusual garden vegetables are a great way to have produce coming from your garden with character and unique variety. These vegetables are unusual and beautiful. I know you're going to love growing these fun heirloom varieties! #unusualvegetables #togrow #gardening

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Feb 23, 2019

Garden Seeds and Plants: The 7 Best Companies to Get Yours

Garden seeds and plants are the most basic and important part of backyard gardening. There are so many things a gardener can invest in, but finding quality seeds is essential. Check out my seven favorite places to look for seeds, trees, and more. #gardening #seeds

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Jan 31, 2019

How to Use a Vegetable Garden Planner

Are you ready to organize your vegetable garden? Learn how to use your 200+ page vegetable garden planner, and get your garden organized even better this year. #vegetablegardenplanner #gardeningforbeginners #gardeningbinder #gardeningplans #printable #binder #planner

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Jan 31, 2019

The Ultimate Vegetable Garden Planner

Need to organize your gardening and keep better records this year? Here’s a 200+ page vegetable garden planner, with lots of journaling pages, charts & more to help you get organized. #gardeningforbeginners #gardeningbinder #gardeningplans #printable #binder

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Jan 05, 2019

Backyard Homestead: A Beginners Guide on How to Start Today!

Start backyard homesteading with this quick-start guide for beginners & beyond. Turn your homestead dreams into reality! #homesteadingforbeginners #homesteading #permaculture #sustainable #frugal #selfsufficient #ideas #homesteading101 #diy #homesteadingskills #urban

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Jan 04, 2019

Five Gallon Buckets for Free

Five gallon buckets add up fast when you consider how many a homestead will need. However, you can stop spending money on them. They are actually very easy to find for free! Learn how in this first frugal homesteading article. #fivegallonbuckets #frugal #homesteading

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Dec 29, 2018

8 Best Feeders for Feeding Backyard Chickens

Feeding backyard chickens is always nicer with a custom DIY feeder. Check out these 8 best feeder ideas to build your perfect automatic chicken food feeder today! #backyardchickens #feeders #food #raisingchickens #sustainable #frugal #savemoney #chickens #beginners #best

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Dec 19, 2018

Homesteading for Beginners: Start Your Homestead in 5 Steps Today!

Backyard homesteading is a dream for many, but are you ready to start yours now? In this article we will learn the 5 steps you need to start your homestead today. Backyard homesteading for beginners. #homesteadingforbeginners #homesteading #howtostart

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Dec 18, 2018

Backyard Permaculture Zones

Backyard permaculture zones are key to a successful homestead layout. Understanding and using zones is critical for a sustainable lasting design. Learn the principles behind why you need zones and how to set them up on your homestead.

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Dec 14, 2018

20 Best Goat Breeds

Goat breeds directory for beginners! Get the best goat breed for your homestead and you’ll be set for years. Milk goats, meat goats and dual purposed goats are all compared in the following easy-to-use guide.

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Nov 26, 2018

Herbal Infusions for Beginners

Herbal infusions for beginners! Find lots of nourishing recipes you can make to boost your health. Start learning how to make your own today.

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Sep 05, 2018

The Best Poultry Watering Systems for Chickens + Rainwater Harvesting

Find the best DIY poultry watering systems for your chickens. Here is a look at all the different poultry waterers and why some are better in some situations than others. Also, at the end we'll cover rainwater harvesting systems for your flock.

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Aug 28, 2018

DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces

Beautiful DIY mason jar centerpieces for Christmas. They’re easy to adapt & make for weddings, for graduations, or for birthdays! Very rustic & glittery, perfect for country-homestead decorations.

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Aug 18, 2018

Raising Chickens: The Best Beginners Guide

Raising chickens can be a challenge. Not going broke over their feed bill and doing a good job all-around is difficult. Here's your free, online handbook to saving money, growing feed, health, coops, tractors, frugal ideas and more!

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Aug 14, 2018

Arizona Gardening: A Permaculture Garden Design

Arizona gardening calls for a permaculture garden design--even in small backyards. Learn great water saving methods for our Phoenix summers. Vegetable gardening can be hard in our harsh desert climate, but with the right methods, we live in one of the best states!

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Aug 09, 2018

Natural Eye Infection Remedy for Rabbits, Cows, Goats, Sheep

A natural eye infection remedy for your cow, rabbit, goat or sheep. It's a simple, easy and a very effective homestead remedy that I tried on our animals a while back. I've had great results! Plus, it's just one simple kitchen ingredient.

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Aug 08, 2018

Chicken Tractor Designs

Chicken tractor designs for your meat chickens. Free Dimensions (DIY Plans) with wheels for your broilers’ moveable and portable coop. For free-range, pastured chickens on grass. Simple and easy to make.

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May 10, 2018

Squash Recipes

Find 100+ squash recipes to use up an abundant squash harvest from your garden. When squash is in season you can’t have too many recipes. Find the right easy squash recipe for you. Summer & winter squash, zucchini and more!

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Apr 30, 2018

What Do Chickens Eat?

What do chickens eat? Here is your guide to feeding chickens. With 107 kinds of food to feed your backyard hens and roosters. Perfect DIY list of ideas to have for beginners.

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Apr 26, 2018

Best Meat Chickens Chart

Get your best meat chickens chart! 12 meat chicken breeds which are great for raising on your homestead. Heritage and cross-bred broilers are compared. An instant download you can print out now.

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Apr 23, 2018

Meat Chicken Breeds

Here are 12 of the best meat chicken breeds for raising on your homestead. A great list for beginners who are looking to raise broilers. Both cross-bred & heritage breeds are compared here.

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Apr 19, 2018

Vanilla Extract Recipe

This vanilla extract recipe is easy to make yummy and homemade. An great DIY recipe that will give a delicious hint of vanilla to any batch of cookies. Use this extract in your favorite recipe!

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Apr 16, 2018

Raising Geese: 5 Tips for Gosling Health

Here are 5 tips to take raising geese to the next level. These are simple tips you can apply to set your goslings on a path to a long, vigorous healthy life. Homesteading beyond the basics!

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Apr 09, 2018

Raising Geese: Setting Up a Brooder

Raising geese starts with baby goslings. Learn how to set up a brooder and get your geese off to a healthy start—for beginners. Geese are an easy way to add variety to your meat sources along with diversity to your pasture and homestead terrain.

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Apr 03, 2018

25 Ways to Use Goat Milk

Dairy goat milk is a wonderful resource on the homestead. Once you start milking goats you’ll have times when you have way more milk than your family can drink! Here are lots of ways to get your brain thinking and solve that problem of excess milk.

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Mar 27, 2018

The Best Organic Fertilizer: Extra Milk (or Whey)

Extra milk or whey is an amazing organic fertilizer to build natural fertility! In your orchard, pasture and garden it is a completely natural, holistic and Organic option.

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Mar 19, 2018

How to Shade & Protect Young Fruit Trees from the Sun & Sunburn

Learn how to protect your young fruit trees from the sun. This is a natural way without paint that is great for both deciduous and citrus fruit trees. Sunburn can be prevented without the use of the traditionally used chemical paint. Find out how!

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Feb 14, 2018

DIY Garlic Remedy for a Sick Goat: Garlic & Peanut Butter Balls

Garlic remedies are the best for a sick goat, dog, chicken, or yourself. Here's a recipe for garlic peanut butter balls for animals who don't like garlic.

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Jan 01, 2018

How to Preserve Lemons for Year-Round Use

Learn how to preserve a large lemon harvest. You can ferment dehydrate, pack in salt, freeze, and more! Here are the 7 best ways and recipes I’ve found for putting up lemons for great uses later.

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Nov 27, 2017

How to Start a Sustainable, Permaculture, DIY Chickens Garden

Learn how to grow a sustainable garden for your backyard chickens to save money on their feed bill. Plant shrubs, trees & herbs for a permaculture homestead. Great DIY ideas for beginners & beyond.

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Nov 13, 2017

Why You Need to Plant Herbs in a Sustainable, Permaculture, DIY Chicken Garden

Grow herbs in your sustainable garden for your backyard chickens to save money. Natural health for your chickens—permaculture style. Great DIY herbal health ideas for your hens.

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Nov 06, 2017

How to Grow a Sustainable, Permaculture, DIY Chicken Garden: The Layers Needed

Grow a sustainable garden for your backyard chickens to save money on their feed bill. Plant herbs, shrubs and trees for a holistic, permaculture homestead. Great DIY ideas for beginners and beyond.

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Oct 31, 2017

The 500th Year of the Reformation, A Hymn & A Book

500 years ago today Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses for debate to the church door of Wittenberg Germany. My brother and I wrote a hymn & about the new book I'm writing.

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Oct 23, 2017

How to Use Bugs on the Homestead to Save Money on Your Chickens’ Feed Bill

Manage your chickens to eat bugs around your homestead and save money on their feed bill. Small changes are how you get raise sustainable chickens. Your backyard chickens will love the freedom too.

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Oct 17, 2017

2 Ways to Compost With Backyard Chickens That Will Save Money on Your Feed Bill

Beginner & advanced chicken raisers can cut their feed bill drastically when they start composting. Make feeding those chickens more sustainable for your homestead.

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Oct 04, 2017

How to Ferment Chicken Feed in 3 Easy Steps to $ave Money

Fermenting chicken feed for your backyard chickens is a great way to save money on their food. Fermented feed can be fed for your hens, baby chicks, egg layers, broilers or meat chickens.

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Sep 27, 2017

6 Kinds of Bugs You Can Grow For Your Flock to $ave on Feed—An Overview

Cut your chicken feed bill by growing bugs. Here’s an overview to help you decide which bugs are best for your chickens. Be more self-sufficient by raising your own chicken food.

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Sep 22, 2017

Easy Paleo Pumpkin Pie Recipe From Scratch

You'll love this easy to make paleo pumpkin pie recipe. The delicious filling is the best. Love the rich, sweet flavor in this from scratch pie. Best of all it's homemade, gluten free and healthy.

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Sep 21, 2017

4 Ways to Use Kitchen Food Scraps & Save the Most on Your Chicken Feed Bill

Learn how you can save more money on your chickens’ feed bill by feeding them your food scraps. Beyond the basic & holistic ways you can use your kitchen scraps. For those who like sustainable & DIY.

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Sep 13, 2017

11 Things NOT to Feed Chickens & The Best Way to Dispose of Them

Feeding & raising backyard chickens is easy, but you need to know which foods NOT to feed chickens. After you learn what they can’t eat, we’ll learn the best way you can resourcefully dispose of them.

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Sep 09, 2017

Save Money on Chicken Feed with Manure Management

Save money on chicken feed with these easy manure management tips. Free food for the chickens--bugs, compost, worms, etc, ready for you to utilize. Health-promoting & easy DIY ideas for your backyard.

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