Homestead Farm Tips and Advice

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ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors give out some helpful advice for homestead farmers.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS shares some helpful homestead farm tips for their readers:

  • Fasten an old implement wheel to the swinging end of your
    heaviest gate and even junior or sis will be able to open
    and close the blamed thing easily.
  • Nests for poultry can be removed for cleaning in a jiffy if
    they’re fastened to the henhouse wall with storm window
    sash hangers (spaced the same distance apart so the nests
    will be interchangeable).
  • To remove old wallpaper quickly, soak it thoroughly with a
    solution of warm water and sal soda (which can be applied
    easily with a fly sprayer). After the fluid has soaked in,
    the paper will pool off readily. Extra sticky spots can be
    taken off with a broad putty knife.
  • If you accidentally crack one end of an egg that you intend
    to boil, crack the other end too. Then you’ll be able to
    cook the egg as planned without having the contents run out
    of the shell.
  • Add a little bluing to the soapy water the next time you
    wash your cut glass … and the cleaned pieces will “knock
    granddad’s eye out” at Sunday dinner.