How To Grow And Care For Iris - Experimental Homesteader Exotic Gardening Thoughts

How To Grow And Care For Iris – Experimental Homesteader Exotic Gardening Thoughts

I don’t know about you, but I love growing Irises in my garden. I’ve had the regular ones and the re-blooming ones which are really cool because here in Indiana they bloom in late September or early October when not much else is in bloom. This year has been an exceptional year for growing Iris – the blooms are larger, the stems the blooms are on are taller and even the leaves look better. Iris is a fairly easy plant to grow once you know a few things about it. Click Here To Read More -

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Perfect Portions Diet Results - Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

Perfect Portions Diet Results – Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

I never thought I would go on a diet. I never planned to go on a diet. Yes, I knew I was slightly overweight but still – I was ok with that. Then I saw a specialist who mentioned that I might need to go on diabetic pills to help me loose weight. Now I had just been told a few weeks prior that I might need to loose some weight so I did not become diabetic. Then I saw the OB-GYN who said if I did not lose weight I was going to be diabetic because my pancreas made too much insulin. She suggested 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day. She said I would lose weight. Now I had been on an 1800 calorie limit before when I was first told I was borderline diabetic and boy did I feel like I was starving. That did not last more than a week or two so I never thought I would make it 21 days – but I did. Of course, losing weight – even with the Perfection Portions diet – is not just about diet changes – exercise, drinking plenty of water and sore muscles are also part of the deal. Click Here To Read More -

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Leader Accessories 40lb. Compound Recurve Youth Bow Review - YouTube - The Experimental Homesteader

Leader Accessories 40lb. Compound Recurve Youth Bow Review – YouTube – The Experimental Homesteader

Sheri Ann Richerson from ExperimentalHomesteader.com talks about and shows how to use the Leader Accessories 40lb. Compound Recurve Youth Bow that she received for review. I have several different types of bows from Leader Accessories but wanted a smaller one that was easier for me to use. This one has a draw weight of 40 pounds and a draw length of 28 inches. My husband wanted this one because he has done historical re-enactments and this was the type of bow he was used to. It does come unassembled – but it was easy to assemble. The hardest part was putting the string on – and that does take some strength. I tried to help him with that and I just didn’t have the strength but he did get it done by himself however this was not the first bow like this he had put a string on. You do have to remove the string when you are not using it on this type of bow otherwise it will stretch the string and you will loose the tension. Disclaimer: I did receive this item for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own. Click Here To Read More -

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6 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Backyard Chickens - Experimental Homesteader Animal Husbandry

6 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Backyard Chickens – Experimental Homesteader Animal Husbandry

This post has been sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, as such I received free product from Purina to share my opinion with my readers. However, my opinions are based on my individual and unique experience. Based on my experience in 2016 I believe this line of feed has been amazing for my flock and I encourage you to try it too! I absolutely love raising poultry and even though I live on a 2 1/2 acre farm, I consider my poultry to be pets instead of just livestock. Chickens make great pets – plus you get the added bonus of eggs, meat – if you choose to butcher your chickens and natural pest control. Of course, like any pet, chickens do require care – regular feeding, plenty of fresh water, room to roam, a safe, clean place to roost at night and they absolutely love attention. I choose to feed my flock Purina® Organic Poultry Feed because over the course of the last month I have seen the results this feed brings. Buying baby chicks – or even adult chickens that are already laying – is often tempting but before you do, you need to have a plan in place. Here are 6 things you need to know before getting backyard chickens. Click Here To Read More -

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Raise Happy, Healthy Backyard Chickens With Purina® Organic Poultry Feed - Experimental Homesteader Animal Husbandry

Raise Happy, Healthy Backyard Chickens With Purina® Organic Poultry Feed – Experimental Homesteader Animal Husbandry

 

This post has been sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, as such I received free product from Purina to share my opinion with my readers. However, my opinions are based on my individual and unique experience. Based on my experience in 2016 I believe this line of feed has been amazing for my flock and I encourage you to try it too!

Even though my flock varies in size from the four hens and three turkeys I currently raise up to 150 different types of chickens, turkeys, peacocks and gunieas, I consider myself a backyard chicken owner as this is a hobby instead of business for me. I spend a lot of time with my flock getting to know them and their individual personalities. I even give them names. The health and happiness of my flock matters and this is why I was thrilled to learn about the new line of Purina® Organic Poultry Feed. Raising my flock on organic grains and was my first choice years ago when I started keeping poultry – but let’s face it, organic chicken feed was hard to find back then. Purina is a well-known brand that has been nourishing flocks for more than 80 years. I was super excited to find out that my local Tractor Supply can order it so getting the Purina® Organic Poultry Feed locally is hassle-free. It makes me feel good to know I am feeding my poultry the best product around and that the eggs and meat they produce for my table is organic. This is very important to me and my family. Click Here To Read More -

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Food Preservation Ideas - Fall Through Spring - Experimental Homesteader Food Preservation

Food Preservation Ideas – Fall Through Spring – Experimental Homesteader Food Preservation

 

Just because it’s not the main garden season doesn’t mean you can’t preserve food. In fact the off-season is an ideal time to prepare items such as breads, pastas, desserts and use up those little bits of fruits, meats and vegetables in your freezer by dehydrating them, turning them into soups, stews or adding them to recipes that you can eat right away or preserve for later use. Click Here To Read More -

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Maintaining A Compost Heap - Experimental Homesteader Exotic Gardening Thoughts

Maintaining A Compost Heap – Experimental Homesteader Exotic Gardening Thoughts

 

Isn’t it time to stop wasting precious natural resources and find a better, more environmentally friendly way to garden? For those of you that said yes, that means it is time to begin maintaining a compost heap right in your own backyard. Many people have a large amount of organic waste such as grass clippings, weeds, leaves, dead plants, kitchen scraps and livestock manure. Unfortunately, many waste money and time having these materials transported to a landfill. It isn’t just a waste of good compost; it’s a waste of everything that goes into the process of transporting it  – the garbage man’s time, the money you pay for the removal, etc. – not to mention it adds to the materials in the landfill – and many are already being shut down because they are too full or close to being shut down. Click Here To Read More -

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How To Make A Clawdeen Cake - Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

How To Make A Clawdeen Cake – Experimental Homesteader Elegant Cooking

 

My granddaughter Trinity is really into Monster High. This year that was the theme she wanted for her birthday. I spent some time looking around both online and in local stores for a Clawdeen cake pan but was unable to find one. Wilton did however sell a Classic Wonder Mold Cake Pan which was meant to make Barbie or other doll cakes using a doll pick for the top of the body and shoulders. I looked at the pan and figured I could improvise by making the hole in the center a little larger and inserting a Clawdeen doll. I bought the cake pan and decided to give a go. Here is how I made a Clawdeen Cake – and if you follow these simple instructions you too can make a Clawdeen cake for your Monster High fan! Click Here To Read More -

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How To Make Jungle Theme Decorations - Experimental Homesteader Crafty Creations

How To Make Jungle Theme Decorations – Experimental Homesteader Crafty Creations

 

My granddaughter Alivia’s first birthday is one short month away. Alivia loves monkey’s – and I was all prepared to use my Cricut and my 72-hour free trial of the Cricut Image Library that I received by buying another Cricut cartridge to cut out monkeys for her party when my daughter said she wanted a jungle theme. I did some online research to find out what cartridges had jungle animals since I did not see a cartridge that was exclusively jungle animals. Create-A-Critter and Create-A-Critter 2 were the two that I ended up using. I made lions, elephants, giraffes, vines and of course monkeys! However what’s a party without photo booth props, right? I used the Photo Booths Props Cartridge to create some awesome props that the kids – both young and old – that attend the party can use for some cool photos. Click Here To Read More -

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Behind The Scenes Survival Diary For March 28

Behind The Scenes Survival Diary For March 28

This morning I woke up to the sound of heavy rain on our homestead. The last two days have been really nice and we have got a lot of yard work done so I guess the rain should be a welcome change and will certainly help the new trees we planted to settle into their homes. It is always better as far as I am concerned to have the rain do the work of watering in the plants. I think the plants perform better and certainly the watering is deeper than what I would manage to do with a hose. Click Here To Read More -

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