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Starting
Nicky Ellis

How Much Does It Cost To Start A Farm?

How much does it cost to get started in farming these days? There is no simple answer to this question. Your startup costs depend on many variables including the country or state where you live, the amount of land that you want, the crops and livestock you intend to keep and much more. In this

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best wood chipper for small farm
Maintaining
Sam Ellis

How To Choose The Best Wood Chipper For Small Farm?

If you live on a farm, you probably have to deal with a lot of wood. From chopping down trees that are in the wrong place, to dealing with large quantities of wood, to removing fallen limbs, you will probably find that you have to process a lot of different types of wood! If you

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how to make sunflower oil
Sunflower
Nicky Ellis

How To Make Sunflower Oil In Your Homestead?

Sunflower oil is an incredibly useful addition to a store cupboard. You can use it for cooking, for making salad dressings, for preserving foods, as well as a few other purposes such as home made beauty treatments and supplements for pet food. Sunflower oil is healthy, as it contains significant amounts of vitamin E, along

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equipment for making sunflower oil
Sunflower
Nicky Ellis

Why Are My Sunflowers Dying Or Wilting?

As a farmer, your mission is to keep your plants healthy and growing, right? If they suddenly stop growing, or look like they have health issues, you will want to get them sorted as soon as possible, so you still end up with a gorgeous crop of beautiful flowers and useful seeds. If you have

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are sunflowers poisonous to dogs
Sunflower
Nicky Ellis

Are Sunflowers Poisonous To Dogs And Cats?

As a farm owner with your own farm dog, you will be keen to know which plants you can grow in your farm/homestead/garden that will be beautiful and productive, and also ones which will not cause your dogs any problems. There are a great many plants that are harmful to pets, but are sunflowers poisonous

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how to store sunflower oil
Sunflower
Nicky Ellis

Can You Grow Sunflowers In A Pot?

Most plants like to be planted out in the wilds, free to grow as nature intended. We humans, however, like to grow them where we can look at them, admire them and look after them. It is lovely to have plants in pots around the place, brightening up corners and bringing the outside in. This

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cultivator maintenance
Cultivator
Sam Ellis

Cultivator Maintenance: What You Should Know

A cultivator can be one of the best tools on your homestead for prepping new planting areas and keeping existing crop plots free from weeds that steal nutrients and hydration. Cultivator maintenance is typically overlooked by many farming enthusiasts, and the machinery ends up not taken care of and working in a less-than-optimal way. So,

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what do alpacas eat
Alpaca
Nicky Ellis

Tips On Feeding Alpacas: What Do Alpacas Eat

Many people who are considering keeping alpacas wonder what do alpacas eat. The short answer is that they mostly eat grass and hay, and in comparison to their size, they don’t eat much of it. The typical alpaca weighs about 125 pounds and eats about three pounds of grass, hay, vegetation and feed daily. In

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what to feed alpacas in the winter
Alpaca
Nicky Ellis

Alpaca Fun Facts And FAQ: How Smart Are Alpacas

Alpacas are the cute, smaller alternative to llamas. Many small homesteaders and farmers looking for profitable stock to keep on small acreage consider investing in them. What’s it like to keep alpacas? How smart are alpacas? In this article, we present interesting facts and frequently asked questions and answers about these charming creatures. Read on

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how to breed alpacas
Alpaca
Nicky Ellis

How To Breed Alpacas: A Short Guide

Breeding alpacas is somewhat easier than breeding large stock, such as horses, cattle and pigs, but it does take quite a bit of attention and good recordkeeping on your part. In this article, we discuss the many important considerations involved in breeding alpacas. Read on to learn more. Alpaca Breeding Is A Sensitive Matter Unlike

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what do alpacas eat for treats
Alpaca
Nicky Ellis

How To Make Money With Alpacas?

Because they are small, gentle, quiet and clean and because they do not reproduce rapidly, alpacas are actually an ideal choice for small farmers to raise for profit. In this article, we explore several ways how to make money with alpacas. Read on to learn more. Investing In Alpacas? Alpaca Fiber Is In Demand Unlike

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how to use a tractor cultivator
Cultivator
Sam Ellis

How To Use A Tractor Cultivator [A Short Guide]

Sometimes a plot of land needs more cultivation than a walk-behind unit can provide. In these situations, it helps to have a tractor to utilize a cultivator attachment to make short work of the cultivation. While cultivating isn’t an overly-complicated process, the involvement of large machinery, like a tractor, can turn some small-scale homesteaders away

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