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Strawberry Tops- 5 Amazing uses + bonus video. Can you eat them? Read more to find out!

Strawberry Tops- 5 Amazing Uses + Bonus Video

By The Coastal Homestead |

Strawberry Tops- 5 Amazing uses and a bonus video! Are strawberry tops safe to eat? Not only are they safe to eat but they are full of vitamins and here are 5 ways to use them! Have you been throwing the best part of the strawberry away all these years? Well maybe not the best…

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The Lost Art of Waving- It's a Southern Thing

The Lost Art of Waving- It’s a Southern Thing

By The Coastal Homestead |

The Lost Art of Waving- It’s a Southern Thing Almost thirty years ago when visiting my husbands hometown in the South, I noticed many differences between the common folk (locals) and the tourist (Yankees- AKA me). One of the main things that stood out was their friendliness and Southern Hospitality. I was convinced everyone was…

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How to bee a frugal beekeeper and on a budget

Beekeeping on a Budget

By The Coastal Homestead |

  If you have read my post about Getting Started with Bees ( click here if you haven’t read it yet) then you already know that getting started with beekeeping can be a pretty expensive initial investment, just two hives and safety equipment for two people can cost around $1,000-yikes! You’re going to get stung enough…

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Mistakes to avoid when buying goats

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Goats

By The Coastal Homestead |

This is a guest post I wrote for Common Sense Homesteading, sharing my story and mistakes I made when buying goats. Goats for Sale – 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Goats “Mistakes are a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable…

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Did you get a rooster when you wanted hens? Find out what to do

What to do with a Rooster

By Amber Bradshaw |

    What to do with a Rooster? You were so excited to become a growing number of proud back yard chicken owners. You built  a cute little coop, maybe even hung a curtain or two, told all of your friends you would soon be in supply of Fresh Eggs. Placed your order for Pullets…

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Homesteading? There's an app for that

Homesteading? There’s an App for That!

By The Coastal Homestead |

Homesteading? There’s an app for that! In the long history of electronic revolution; farming, gardening and homesteading is one thing that has seen very little change over time. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it- right? It comes as no surprise that mobile technology has yet to follow suit the same as it has in other areas…

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Supply list for getting started with baby chickens

Supply List for Chicks

By Amber Bradshaw |

Supply List for Getting started with Chickens Ready for some FRESH, Organic, Nutrient-dense, Delicious Eggs ??? Spring has sprung and you’re dying to become a member of the exceedingly growing population of backyard and urban chicken keepers.  You’ve done all your research, you’ve decided what type of chickens you want, you know how many to…

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get the buzz on bees

Getting started with bees

By The Coastal Homestead |

Getting Started with Bees & start-up cost In terms of homesteading trends that have gained popularity in the last decade, beekeeping has to be at the top of the list; from rooftop apiaries to backyard urban beekeeping. With all of the media buzz (pun intended) about CDC (Colony Collapse Disorder) and the increased awareness of…

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How I trained my chickens to come when I call them and go in their coop when I need them too.

How I trained my chickens

By Amber Bradshaw |

  How I Trained My Chickens Would you believe my chickens are potty trained, stay in the yard without a fence, and clean out their own coop? No???? Well good because those type of chicken skills are way beyond my reach and I’m pretty sure next to impossible. However, I have been able to successfully…

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