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The Practical Costs & Profit of Keeping Chickens

| December 30, 2011 | Resources
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While it is hard to put a price on the food security and safety of owning your owning laying chickens, you can calculate the raw financial aspects of it. At the Poultry Guide web site, they’ve provided a very detailed calculator, the Poultry ROI Calculator, that will allow you to do just that.  While all the values are in UK pounds by default, you can also select US dollars, and Euros.

The Poultry Guide - A to Z and FAQ

View and use the Poultry ROI Calculator.

Cucumber Gardening Made Easy

| August 29, 2009 | Featured, Food, Resources
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One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to grow cucumbers is in a raised bed system. Not just any old system but a cinder block garden. This garden system requires no hammer, nails or wood. It uses cinder blocks for the walls. Inside the blocks you can tailor your soil mix to suit your personal needs and worry less about the limitations of your local soil conditions. It’s even attractive enough to replace those sterile plots of plant life we call “lawns” and sidewalk green space. Raised bed containers can use as little as ¼ the space of a conventional row garden and need up to 1/4 the time and water to grow the same amount of food.
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Roses can do more than grace our landscapes and floral designs. Like its cousins the apple, pear, peach and cherry, roses produce a fruit. Rose Hips are a valuable source of vitamin C, containing as much as 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. They are also an excellent antioxidant. Rose Hips can be found in dried form in most health food stores, but why not gather your own? You’ll save money and you’ll know where they came from and the conditions in which they grew. Furthermore, you’ll be adding to your own self-sufficiency by locating and gathering a nutrient-dense food source to nourish yourself and your family. In many parts of the country, large hedges grow in great abundance producing attractive and fragrant pink and red flowers.

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Curing was a widely used method of preserving meat before the days of refrigeration. Both Salt and Sugar (as well as combinations of both) have been used to cure meat by means of the process of osmosis. The higher concentration of salt in external water (Brine), actually causes moisture to evacuate the tissue. In addition to drawing the water from the food itself, salt curing also dehydrates and kills the bacterial organisms in food that are the primary agents of spoil. Although normal table salt can be used with some success, the most common types used are partly or wholly either sodium nitrite or sodium nitrate.

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The Amazing Steel-Belted Potato Factory

| August 3, 2009 | Featured, Resources
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Much has been made of the fact that the potato plant can be encouraged to continuing growing longer and more productive root structure by gradually raising the soil level around the developing plant. Here at Extopian, we are going to share one more method to do so while, at the same time, finding new life for one of the biggest waste eyesores out there… the automobile tire. So gather your potato sprouts, recipes along; with those previously unsalvageable white walls and get ready to build your own high yield potato factory.

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Whether you have a homestead, farm or simply some spare yard space at your residential home, there is certainly no other
species of animal more suited nor more than the chicken. Meat, eggs, fertilizer, waste disposal, and pest control are among the qualities of the home flock. Because of their comparatively minor outlay, ease of care and short turn around on your effort and money, they are an excellent “starter crop” for individuals looking to dabble in self-sufficiency. With many urban areas loosening or completely repealing their restrictions on suburban and urban farming, there has rarely been better time to give it a go.

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