Recovering and Passing on Lost Skills

Recovering and Passing on Lost Skills

  As a culture we tend to live in the moment. While in one sense this is not a bad thing, when living in the moment means not thinking about potential outcomes in our future, we are at risk of leaving our children ill-prepared to meet their future. History shows that disasters do happen, and when they do, will future generations have the skills they need to weather those disasters? I have heard so many people say, that will never happen…. Perhaps not in our lifetime, but eventually? ... [ Read More ]

How Long is Long Enough for Emergency Preparedness?

How Long Should You Prepare for an Emergency

  February is emergency preparedness month here at Old Fashioned Families, I will be sharing a post at least once a week about being prepared, and we will be talking about preparedness on the forums which you can visit here. Disasters come in all sizes and shapes and can happen anytime or anywhere. This is a topic that we should all pay attention to no matter where we live, but there is plenty of debate as to how much preparedness we should engage in. At one extreme there are those ... [ Read More ]

5 Tips For Organizing and Keeping Track of your Garden Tools

5 Tips For Organizing and Keeping Track of your Garden Tools

      Late winter and early spring is the perfect time to think about all of the important tasks that need to be done before the gardening season gets started. I usually start thinking about my gardens right around Christmas, and start planning in earnest right after the first of the year. While it is too early to even consider planting anything, it is not too early to get all of your tools organized and do any maintenance on them they might need. There is a post here ... [ Read More ]

Gifts for Your Favorite Furry and Feathered Friends

Gifts for Your Favorite Furry and Feathered Friends

      I don’t know about you but I like to include the feathered and furry friends in my Christmas planning. They may not know it is Christmas but they certainly appreciate the thought you put into the extras you get for them. It is also a great way to teach kids compassion and love for all living beings. In addition to donating to your local animal shelter or charity program that helps keep pets fed and in their homes, don’t forget to add a little something extra to ... [ Read More ]

40 Free or Cheap Kindle Books for Your Home and Homestead

40 Free and Cheap Home and Homesteading Books

  I know not all of you homesteaders will agree with me, but I LOVE kindle. Don't get me wrong…. There is nothing like the feel of a real book in my hands and I am not an advocate of paper books going away. That said, even if you are a firm opponent of kindle books, hear me out. There are a ton of good reasons why you should learn to enjoy kindle books. First of all, kindle books are almost always cheaper than the paper versions. Even better you can get a lot of kindle books for free ... [ Read More ]

Taken a Long Break

View From My Front Yard

  I have taken a long break from the blog, and for good reason. This past spring, after realizing that our small farm homesteading dreams were not working out the way we wanted them to, we made the decision to make a very important move. When we moved to the east coast 9 years ago, it did not take long before we realized that it was not right for us. We have spent much of the last 9 years debating whether to move back or not. We finally made the decision this past spring to do so, and ... [ Read More ]

Plant Something for Your Chickens When Planting Your Garden

Plant Something for Your Chickens When Planting Your Garden

    A question I have pondered a lot is whether or not I can grow my own chicken food. I have heard both those that said I could, and those that said it was not a good idea. I find it hard to believe that feeding your chickens off the land is either not possible or not advisable. But more importantly than that I have come to believe that growing your own chicken food is not only safe but is much better for your chickens. I can draw on a lot of experiences for this thought, ... [ Read More ]

Getting Your Garden Tiller Ready for Spring

Getting Your Garden Tiller Ready for Spring

  Spring is finally upon us and if you are like me, this means it is finally time to put the snow blower away just in time to break out the tiller. This is the perfect time of year to get an early start on preparing all of your gas powered equipment for what is sure to be yet another grueling season. If you were smart and did the right thing at the end of last summer, all of your power equipment should be sitting in the garage or shed with the gas drained out of the tank and ... [ Read More ]

Garden Tool Maintenance – Taking Care of all Of your Gardening Tools Year Around

Garden Tool Maintenance For Dummies

  Note From The Editor: Please welcome my husband, who has agreed to add to our blog with bits of wisdom from around the Homestead. I am creating a special maintenance and DIY category just for him. I look forward to all of his great ideas!  Making Your Garden Tools Last Takes a Proper Maintenance Program Spring is finally creeping up on us and with it comes the time to check over all of your garden tools and make sure they are up to the task. If you had taken the time to prepare them for ... [ Read More ]