Homesteading & Livestock
Practical skills for modern homesteading, sustainable agriculture, and self-sufficient urban or country living.

How to Raise Honeybees: A Beginner's Guide

If the draw of fresh honey has given you bees on the brain, you can learn how to raise honeybees that will provide you with excitement and sweetness for years to come.

Dairy Goat A to Z: Breeding, Kidding and Milking

A basic overview of breeding and milking goats.

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A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency
Planning a garden in advance can help you enjoy local, homegrown food year-round! Estimate how much to grow or buy and learn how to achieve food security with these guidelines.

Perform Your Own Home Property Survey
Perform your own home property survey: finding property markers saves you time, expense and trouble, including how to read a property description, preparing for the search, and surveying fieldwork.

Best Guard Dog for Your Homestead
Read guard dog training tips and advice on guard dog breeds best suited for your needs.

Build This Predator-Proof, Portable Chicken Coop
Our newest low-cost portable chicken coop plan makes raising backyard chickens easier for just about anyone.

Deep Litter Chicken Manure Management
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the deep litter system and how you can manage a small flock’s manure easily and efficiently.

Home Cheesemaking: From Hobby to Business
Artisan cheesemakers who aspire to make their passion a profession will face many challenges on the way to establishing a successful business. Find out what to consider before taking the leap.

How to Buy Farmland, Even If You Think You Can't
Dream of starting a farm? Here’s a guide to what questions to ask and where to find reliable answers, plus resources to help you obtain a farm loan.

Live on Less!
Try these 75 inspiring ideas and enjoy life more while spending and consuming less.

Living Well Without a Job and With (Almost) No Money
Get the good things in life without having to go to a boring, meaningless, frustrating job to get the money to buy them.

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead
Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management.

A Better Rainwater-Harvesting System
Think beyond the rain barrel: This simpler, cheaper approach to rainwater harvesting will help you harvest much more water for your garden!

How to Build a Debt-Free Home
Lynn Underwood and his wife set out to build a debt-free home building from from paycheck to paycheck, the finished home resulted in no more worries about mortgages or mortgage companies ever again.

A Beginner's Guide to Raising Rabbits
A beginner's guide to raising rabbits, including a rabbit barn, pens, feeders and waterers, breeding stock, care and feeding, breeding, butchering, and meat sales.

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ROW COVERS AND MULCHES E-HANDBOOK

Many gardeners fashion cold frames from whatever materials they can find. Others rely on old standby covers, such as hot caps. Regardless of the type, row covers help protect plants from frost, wind, pests, rain and snow.

This e-handbook advises you on the different types of row covers, how to make them and how to use them. Chapters include:

  • Extending Your Garden Season
  • The Ins and Outs of Floating Row Covers
  • Plastic Tunnels and Mulches
  • Planning Your Garden Protection
  • Installing Mulches, Tunnels and Row Covers
  • Timing, Pollination and Optimum Temperatures
  • Storing Protective Covers
  • Frost Dates

Proper protection will result in hardy, healthy plants. 36 pages.

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KEY RACK WITH DOORS E-PLAN

  • Size - 9" x 3" x 13 1/2"
  • Key slots for many sets
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Need to keep track of multiple sets of keys? This spacious key rack is just the thing. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions. Finished product size: 9-by-3-by-13.5 inches.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 1.70MB, load times may vary.

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DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$20.00

HANDSOME DECK PLAN WITH BUILT-IN BENCHES E-PLAN

  • Width: 23'-3", depth: 17'-7"
  • Plenty of space is offered for grand outdoor living
  • Built-in benches and a plant ledge provide beauty and function
  • A complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information:543KB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$40.00

ORGANIC GARDENING E-BOOK PROJECTS COLLECTION

Use the innate qualities of nature to enhance every condition of your garden and maintain the standard and quality of a truly organic crop. Containing 704 pages of information, the Organic Gardening E-book Projects collection can teach you to grow the best produce; eliminate harmful pests safely and effectively and more.


For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Organic Gardening E-book Projects collection together in one convenient collection. This comprehensive set includes 21 useful e-handbooks with titles ranging from "Growing the Best Strawberries" to "Gardening with Earthworms". The Organic Gardening E-book Projects collection is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to encourage natural, nutritious growing.


E-book Projects Included in the Collection:


  • Gardening in Clay Soil
  • Growing the Best Corn
  • Growing the Best Root Crops
  • Growing the Best Asparagus
  • Growing Super Salad Greens
  • Growing the Best Peppers
  • Growing the Best Onions
  • Fertilizers for Free
  • Seed Starting Indoors
  • Row Covers and Mulches
  • Tips for Dirt Cheap Gardening
  • Pest Proofing Your Garden
  • Wide Row Planting
  • Gardening with Earthworms
  • Container Gardening
  • Growing and Using Garlic
  • Growing the Best Grapes
  • Growing the Best Strawberries
  • Growing the Best Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Dirt Cheap Gardening
  • Planning the Perfect Garden


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