Stories by Ivory Harlow

Homestead heroes: best fruits and vegetables for self-sufficiency

Friday, March 27, 2015

These homestead crops are nutritious, dependable, high-yielding and hearty.

Spring egg surplus: Why chickens lay more eggs in spring

Friday, March 20, 2015

A number of factors influence the increase in egg production when the weather turns warm.

How to grow, harvest and preserve herbs for tea

Friday, March 13, 2015

Grow herbs for tea in a small section of your garden, in containers on a sunny window sill or in a companion planting arrangement with fruits and vegetables.

Prepare garden soil for spring planting

Friday, March 6, 2015

Prep your garden for spring planting as soon as the snow has melted and the ground surface is exposed.

How to manage a profitable market garden

Friday, February 27, 2015

There isn’t a formula for market garden profitability, but attention to what is most profitable, least labor intensive and most cost effective to produce will help you determine what to grow.

DIY seed starting projects

Friday, February 20, 2015

Seed starting containers and homemade potting medium can be made with just a few supplies.

Goats for land management

Friday, February 13, 2015

Goats are superior land managers; they will clear overgrown areas of crop and pasture of unwanted vegetation, overbearing brush and invasive plants.

How to render lard, the easy way

Friday, February 6, 2015

Like many homespun skills, DIY lard is making a comeback.

Get crafty with mason jars

Friday, January 30, 2015

Put leftover canning jars to use with these simple and fun crafts.

Good recordkeeping benefits small farms

Friday, January 23, 2015

Clear, consistent record keeping is much easier and more efficient than rustling through a box of receipts at tax time.

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About Ivory

Ivory Harlow lives and farms in Southern Ohio with her husband, pet turkey “Big Mama”, and other livestock. Be her farm friend at www.facebook.com/dickiebirdfarm or email farmer@dickiebirdfarm.com .