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Pioneering Today with Melissa K. Norris

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Pioneering Today is all about getting back to basics, simple living, and self-sufficiency with old-fashioned skills and wisdom in a modern world. With heirloom gardening, canning, preserving the harvest, from scratch cooking, raising your own food, including livestock (backyard chickens, pigs, and cattle), natural medicine, herbs, DIY like soap making along with living a simple self-sufficient life, no matter where you live. Hosted by 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life. This podcast brings you the conversation from MelissaKNorris.com and The Pioneering Today Academy, with Q&A's, teaching, tutorials, and always giving you practical ways and tips to live the simple and self-sufficient life.

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Pioneering Today is all about getting back to basics, simple living, and self-sufficiency with old-fashioned skills and wisdom in a modern world. With heirloom gardening, canning, preserving the harvest, from scratch cooking, raising your own food, including livestock (backyard chickens, pigs, and cattle), natural medicine, herbs, DIY like soap making along with living a simple self-sufficient life, no matter where you live. Hosted by 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life. This podcast brings you the conversation from MelissaKNorris.com and The Pioneering Today Academy, with Q&A's, teaching, tutorials, and always giving you practical ways and tips to live the simple and self-sufficient life.

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Love your awesome knowledge!

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Her realness is a breath of fresh air! I appreciate you putting this content out

Love hearing the voices

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Love hearing the voices of those the left considers “atypical conservative”

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202 Ratings
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176
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7
6
2

Love your awesome knowledge!

By @buell08 - Sep 12 2019
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Her realness is a breath of fresh air! I appreciate you putting this content out

Love hearing the voices

By jambarie - Aug 21 2019
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Love hearing the voices of those the left considers “atypical conservative”

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Pioneering Today with Melissa K. Norris

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Pioneering Today is all about getting back to basics, simple living, and self-sufficiency with old-fashioned skills and wisdom in a modern world. With heirloom gardening, canning, preserving the harvest, from scratch cooking, raising your own food, including livestock (backyard chickens, pigs, and cattle), natural medicine, herbs, DIY like soap making along with living a simple self-sufficient life, no matter where you live. Hosted by 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life. This podcast brings you the conversation from MelissaKNorris.com and The Pioneering Today Academy, with Q&A's, teaching, tutorials, and always giving you practical ways and tips to live the simple and self-sufficient life.

Self Sufficient Homesteading Tips for the Long Haul

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Self sufficient homesteading tips for the long haul from beginning your homestead journey to more experienced. Melissa talks with Anna who started her homesteading journey in a city apartment and in just four years has moved out of the city to their homestead. She shares tips on homesteading while renting, what to look for when purchasing a homestead property and how they're earning an income from their homestead and implementing that. Get the show notes and Anna's free monthly homestead magazine at https://melissaknorris.com/206 

Oct 11 2019

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How to Make Money Homesteading

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Learn how to make money homesteading with 12 ways to earn a homestead income and real cash from your farm, even if you only own a small amount of land. Melissa share's real ways they've used to earn income from their homestead as well as how family and friends take their skills and land to earn them money and how you can too. For resources and links go to https://melissaknorris.com/151

Aug 03 2018

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Raised Bed Gardening Tips - 9 Things You Need to Know

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Raised bed gardening tips, we'll discuss the pros and cons of raised beds, which type of soil and crops are best for raised beds, what you need to consider before constructing, weed management and pest/animal solutions with raised beds with Melissa and Jill from the Beginner Gardeners Podcast. Catch Jill's presentation on Raised Bed Gardening inside the free online Organic Gardening Workshop here https://melissaknorris.com/gardenworkshop Full blog post and resources at https://melissaknorris.com/204

Oct 04 2019

45mins

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Lessons from the Amish and Mennonites

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Learn the plain living tips and lessons from the Amish and Mennonites, what makes them different, and clear up some common misconceptions about the groups. 

Jul 09 2016

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Off Grid Living - What You Need to Know Before Starting

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What it's really like to live off grid, tips you can take and use now, even if you're not off grid, and if you're planning to go that way, what you need to know before starting. Melissa interviews Doug & Stacy, a couple of self-proclaimed city slickers, who moved completely off-grid eight years ago. What the transition has been like, what they've learned (and wouldn't do again) and more! Check out the resources for fermenting tutorials/recipe, pressure canning, monthly seasonal garden planting guide and more in the full blog post here https://melissaknorris.com/183 

Jun 13 2019

49mins

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How to Care for Berry Plants in the Fall (to increase next year's harvest)

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Learn what to do with your berry plants in the fall to increase your harvest next year. How to evaluate overall health and location of the plants, when to move the plants if need be, fertilize and mulching, and more so you have the best berry production next year. For the blog post go to https://melissaknorris.com/205 and to check out the pre-order bonuses on Melissa's newest book The Family Garden Plan: Raise a Year's Worth of Healthy and Sustainably Food go to http://familygardenplan.com/

Oct 09 2019

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Homesteading for Beginners

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Why you shouldn't wait for the perfect time to start your homesteading dreams and goals. How to work with what you have right now. Even if you're in the city, how to begin homesteading now and how to transition from the city to your homestead. Learn why having a community is so important and how to move past discouragement. 

Feb 23 2018

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7 Things Our Great-Grandparents Did Better Than Us

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Find out these 7 things our great-grandparents did better than us and what steps we need to take to bring these back. Plus, a free 14 Day Eat from Your Food Storage/Preparedness Challenge!

Oct 03 2015

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5 Homesteading Skills that Will Save You Money

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We share over 5 tips today that will help you save money and cultivate a new mindset on your homesteading journey. I think my favorites are tip #4 and #6, how about you?

Oct 27 2016

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Urban Homesteading - Tips for Small Space Self-Sufficiency

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Learn how to homestead in small spaces for self-sustainability with both a garden and your own meat practicing urban homesteading. How to evaluate your space for maximum crops, what to raise instead of chickens if they're against the law where you live, how you can homestead and produce a good portion of your own food on less than 1/10th of an acre. Harold shares how he recovered from cancer, started urban homesteading, and does all of this on 1/10th of an acre while still working a full time day job. Read the full post here https://melissaknorris.com/176

Apr 19 2019

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17 Self-Sufficiency Tips from the 1940's

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What life was like during the Great Depression and 1940's without electricity or indoor plumbing. 

Mar 19 2016

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How to Make Money Homesteading

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How one makes money homesteading, they went from the suburbs to their homestead and earning their living on their homestead in three years time. Melissa talks to Todd from Sustainable Simple Living Family about their main forms of income from their homestead, mistakes they made, how they made the transition, and what to expect when focusing on earning a living solely from your homestead or small farm. Even if you're not planning on earning a full living from your homestead, you'll get valuable tips on earning some type of money from your homestead skills. Grab all the resources here https:melissaknorris.com/187

Jul 26 2019

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A Pioneer Kitchen

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A pioneer kitchen consisted of basic tools to help them provide food for their family. These tools were found in kitchens a 100 years ago or more, but should still be used in every home and kitchen today. These are my favorites as well as the ones we use the most, on a daily or weekly basis. Grab our FREE guide how to cook outdoors with Cast Iron Dutch Ovens here

May 06 2017

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4 Tips for Success Growing Your Own Food

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Pioneering Today is all about getting back to basics, simple living, and self-sufficiency with old-fashioned skills and wisdom in a modern world. With heirloom gardening, canning, preserving the harvest, from scratch cooking, raising your own food, including livestock (backyard chickens, pigs, and cattle), natural medicine, herbs, DIY like soap making along with living a simple self-sufficient life, no matter where you live. Hosted by 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life. This podcast brings you the conversation from MelissaKNorris.com and The Pioneering Today Academy, with Q&A's, teaching, tutorials, and always giving you practical ways and tips to live the simple and self-sufficient life.

Jan 08 2016

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8 Tips for Cutting Out Sugar

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Get these 8 tips for cutting out sugar for long term success and health. Why cutting out sugar actually has its feet in the days of the pioneers and a look at our current food system. 

Jan 14 2017

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How to Feed a Family of 4 on $82.50 a Week

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Learn how to feed a family of 4 on just $82.50 a week (or $330 a month) with organic meats, fresh produce and real food sides, without coupons! This includes 3 meals a day and snacks.

We share how to do it month in and month out, how to get started with our FREE Cheat Sheet, 8 tips to get your grocery budget back on track NOW.

Get a sample meal plan, how to make it work without feeling like a slave to a specific plan and be flexible. 

Dec 20 2017

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5 Frugal Tips from Ma Ingalls and the Pioneers

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Pioneering Today is all about getting back to basics, simple living, and self-sufficiency with old-fashioned skills and wisdom in a modern world. With heirloom gardening, canning, preserving the harvest, from scratch cooking, raising your own food, including livestock (backyard chickens, pigs, and cattle), natural medicine, herbs, DIY like soap making along with living a simple self-sufficient life, no matter where you live. Hosted by 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life. This podcast brings you the conversation from MelissaKNorris.com and The Pioneering Today Academy, with Q&A's, teaching, tutorials, and always giving you practical ways and tips to live the simple and self-sufficient life.

Nov 19 2015

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How to Use Herbs and Natural Remedies At Home

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Learn how to use herbs and natural remedies, how to build your own natural medicine cabinet using plants that you can either grow at home or get fairly easily, and when to use home remedies and when to turn to modern medicine. All this and more as Melissa chats with Marjory Wildcraft on learning the traditional and age old use of herbs in your natural medicine cabinet. Get the full blog post at https://melissaknorris.com/168 as well as the link to the FREE 4 part herbal video series to take you even deeper.

Jan 26 2019

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How to Design a Cottage Garden

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Learn how to design a cottage garden or pull elements of one into your own yard. Melissa interviews Carolyn Thomas of Homesteading Family for a close up look of creating a cottage garden with plants that have forgotten medicinal and edible properties. Learn how hollyhock can be used medicinally and some older plants that have wonderful properties to them. List of favorite plants, how to use them, as well as elements you should consider. Grab the lists and full blog post at https://melissaknorris.com/186

Jul 11 2019

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7 Herbs for Natural Remedies Your Grandparents Used

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7 herbs to use in your medicine cabinet for common ailments, plus safety tips and precautions. Create a medicine cabinet and preserve the knowledge our great-grandparents had while creating a more natural home.

Sep 25 2015

35mins

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Urban Farming: 80 Fruit Trees on 1/3 Acre with Vegetables

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Think you can't grow much on just 1/3 of an acre in the middle of the city? We talk about how Greg from Urban Farm U is growing 80 fruit trees, vegetables and herbs on 1/3 acre in the middle of Phoenix and how you can use the same 3 easy steps to become an urban farmer and growing food not only for your family but your community as well. And if you have more space or acreage, you're definitely want to listen in on some of the techniques he uses as well. Grab the links & resources at https://melissaknorirs.com/223 Grow a Year's Worth of Food with The Family Garden Plan & bonuses at http://familygardenplan.com 

Dec 13 2019

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My Top 9 Homestead Gifts to Make Life Easier & Fun

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Over the past 20 years of homesteading I've compiled my top favorite homestead related gifts I've received as a gift. Some of these are surprisingly small but will give you ideas for either your own gift giving, sharing with your "santa", or perhaps to save up for or be on the lookout for in the upcoming year. Plus get a behind the scenes look at my newest book and what it involved (and why I never want to be a model) For links and resources go to https://melissaknorris.com/222 

Dec 11 2019

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Living Like it's the 1800's - Wood Stove Cooking & Frugal Living Tips

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Living like it's the 1800's in a modern world, seems like a contradiction doesn't it, but even if you do have electricity and running water, there are some valuable tips to be learned that can help you save money now and if you do decide to go off-grid, help you make the transition. One of my favorite tips in this chat with Jacquie is how to bake pies and bread on top of a wood stove without any special equipment or using coals but she also shares some great ideas and inspiration for your garden. Get resources and links at https://melissaknorris.com/221 Want to raise a year's worth of food for your family without being overwhelmed? Get your copy of The Family Garden Plan and bonuses here http://familygardenplan.com 

Dec 06 2019

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A Week in the Life - Tips for Freezing Temps & Winter Storms on the Homestead

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A week in the life on the homestead, what it looks like on our homestead in a week, especially when freezing temps and storms are rolling in. How we prep the garden, livestock and house when temps are supposed to be in the low teens with high winds, and how you can use the same checklist. Get links and resources at https://melissaknorris.com/220 and grow a  year's worth of your own food with my new book & get FREE charts here http://familygardenplan.com 

Dec 04 2019

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Does Homesteading Really Save Money? An honest discussion about money

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Does homesteading really save money when you take into account the items you need to buy, livestock, supplies, and the time required? Today we dive into this not often talked about subject with Amy Dingham on when you may or may not actually save money homesteading, what to expect, up front costs, evaluating ways to save money (and if they do) in this honest conversation about still an often taboo subject, money. For resources and links go to https://melissaknorris.com/219

Nov 29 2019

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How to Use Homesteading Skills to Make Money ESPECIALLY during the holidays

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Your homesteading skills will not only save you money but they can help you MAKE money. I share how I'm using our homesteading skills during this holiday season to raise money fast for a fundraiser and how you can do the same thing, for yourself or a fundraiser. Snag my recipes in today's blog post at https://melissaknorris.com/218 get my special Holiday Family Bundle right now at 65% to learn how to bake like Ma Ingalls & make your own homemade products https://melissaknorris.com/familybundle

Nov 22 2019

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Sheet Mulching: the Easy Way to Compost with Layers

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This is my favorite "lazy" way to compost and build up our vegetable garden soil. If you didn't get to cover crops or a traditional compost pile, you're going to love my sheet mulching method. Learn which manures are best and what materials I prefer for the top layer and why it isn't too late to do this. Get links to all the resources at https://melissaknorris.com/217 Increase your harvest and maximize the space you have using organic and natural methods to raise a year's worth of the fruits and vegetables your family enjoys & get all the pre-order bonuses with my new book The Family Garden Plan at http://familygardenplan.com

Nov 20 2019

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When Butchering a Cow the Best Cuts of Meat to Get

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What you need to know to get the best cuts of meat on your cut and wrap order, what to tell the butcher, and the cuts you MUST ask for that the butcher won't offer unless you do. Learn how to make sure you get the most out of your beef and choose the best cuts for you and your family in Part 2 of our Grass Feed Beef Series! For resources, recipes, and links go to https://melissaknorris.com/216

Nov 15 2019

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Baking Hacks & Tips for Busy Nights: How to Freeze Dough

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These baking hacks and tips show you how to freeze dough for delicious and easy homemade baked goods during busy nights and times without sacrificing any time or flavor! It can be a struggle to always get homemade food served, but these tips come in handy year round but especially during the holidays. I share how I prep pie crust, cookies, bread, rolls and cinnamon rolls ahead of time and what you need to know make it easier and successful. Get my recipes in today's blog post https://melissaknorris.com/215 For over 100+ from scratch recipes get my book Hand Made: the Modern Guide to Made-from-Scratch Living  Need simplified steps and you're a visual learner, then check out the Homemade Bread & Baking System here

Nov 13 2019

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Grass Fed Beef - What You Need to Know on Butcher Day

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When raising grass fed beef there are key things you need to know on butcher day to get the most out of your cow. What to do before the butcher arrives and what cuts to ask for, and some are going to surprise you. How to get the best flavor on your meat and our favorite ways to prepare these lesser heard of cuts. Get the show notes and resources at https://melissaknoris.com/214 including our Freezer Space for Meat Guide, so you know exactly how many feet of freezer space you need per animal. Get Melissa's newest book with bonuses at http://Familygardenplan.com

Nov 08 2019

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How to Grow Vegetables All Year: Plant Covers for Cold Weather Gardening

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How to have vegetables growing all year long (or as close as possible), including which plants will still grow during frosts and hard freezes, which ones can be left in the ground, and for those more tender veggies, how to use plant covers to extend the growing season. For links to resources and the plant covers Melissa uses go to https://melissaknorris.com/213 and for the guide to raising your own fruits and vegetables pre-order and get over $96 in bonuses the Family Garden Plan at http://familygardenplan.com

Nov 06 2019

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6 Tips for Hygge Style Living on the Homestead

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Learn what hygge means and 6 tips for implementing it on the homestead (and why you should!). Melissa talks with Kathie from seasonal homespun living on why embracing hygge during the winter months is good for both the body and soul and practical tips for this Danish tradition. Get all the resources, including recipes and links, at https://melissaknorris.com/212 and take Melissa's free sourdough training series here https://melissaknorris.com/ 

Nov 01 2019

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Bread Baking Tips for the Perfect Loaf (including sourdough)

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Snag these tips for bread baking to help you get the perfect homemade loaf. If you've ever had bread turn out too dense and heavy or your sandwich loaves are crumbly or too dry, these tips will help you turn them into delicious perfectly textured loaves, especially if you're using sourdough and are having trouble getting your bread recipes to rise correctly. Sign up for the FREE sourdough starter training series here https://melissaknorris.com/sourdough and get more bread resources for this episode at https://melissaknorris.com/211

Oct 30 2019

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Cheap Garden Ideas for Your Homestead that Make a Big Impact

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These cheap (or free) garden ideas will save you money and have a big impact on your garden and homestead success. Melissa dives in with Amy from the Sow Edible Podcast on how to improve red clay soil, an easy cheap (and all natural) way to fertilize and feed your plants, along with a few small but very important things to track that will help your garden and food production in a big way. Grab resources and show notes at https://melissaknorris.com/210 and snag your pre-order bonuses for The Family Garden Plan: Grow a Year's Worth of Healthy and Sustainable Food at http://familygardenplan.com

Oct 25 2019

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How to Improve Soil Health- the single BIGGEST factor on garden success

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Almost all of your garden success comes back to the health of your soil and learning how to improve soil health is the answer to virtually every gardening issue you have. Plants not actually producing food, stunted growth, lots of green growth but your carrot or beet is super tiny, blossom end rot, yellowing leaves, all signs of poor or imbalanced soil health. Get blog post/resources at https://melissaknorris.com/209 and access our full detailed soil amendment guide as a pre-order bonus for the Family Garden Plan, get all the details here https://familygardenplan.com 

Oct 23 2019

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7 Health Benefits of Maple Syrup & Ways to Use It

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Learn the surprising health benefits of maple syrup, an old-fashioned sweetener with wonderful properties beyond the flavor, that no other sweetener has, from antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, immune boosting, prebiotic and more. Plus using this old time sweetener at home in your kitchen, as well as tips for making this delight yourself from your own trees, or how to make sure you're getting pure maple syrup if purchasing yourself. Join Melissa and backyard sugar maker Michelle to find out how to harness the power of maple syrup in your kitchen, get links and resources at https://melissaknorris.com/208

Oct 18 2019

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How to Treat Fruit Trees Organically: When to Spray for Disease

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6 tips on how to treat fruit trees organically and when to spray for disease and pests. Learn what steps to take now in the fall for your fruit trees to decrease pest and disease load, what times of year to spray your fruit trees organically, and options for naturally keeping bugs off your fruit trees that damage the tree or fruit. All the resource links found at https://melissaknorris.com/207 and pre-order bonuses for the Family Garden Plan http://familygardenplan.com

Oct 16 2019

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Self Sufficient Homesteading Tips for the Long Haul

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Self sufficient homesteading tips for the long haul from beginning your homestead journey to more experienced. Melissa talks with Anna who started her homesteading journey in a city apartment and in just four years has moved out of the city to their homestead. She shares tips on homesteading while renting, what to look for when purchasing a homestead property and how they're earning an income from their homestead and implementing that. Get the show notes and Anna's free monthly homestead magazine at https://melissaknorris.com/206 

Oct 11 2019

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How to Care for Berry Plants in the Fall (to increase next year's harvest)

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Learn what to do with your berry plants in the fall to increase your harvest next year. How to evaluate overall health and location of the plants, when to move the plants if need be, fertilize and mulching, and more so you have the best berry production next year. For the blog post go to https://melissaknorris.com/205 and to check out the pre-order bonuses on Melissa's newest book The Family Garden Plan: Raise a Year's Worth of Healthy and Sustainably Food go to http://familygardenplan.com/

Oct 09 2019

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Raised Bed Gardening Tips - 9 Things You Need to Know

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Raised bed gardening tips, we'll discuss the pros and cons of raised beds, which type of soil and crops are best for raised beds, what you need to consider before constructing, weed management and pest/animal solutions with raised beds with Melissa and Jill from the Beginner Gardeners Podcast. Catch Jill's presentation on Raised Bed Gardening inside the free online Organic Gardening Workshop here https://melissaknorris.com/gardenworkshop Full blog post and resources at https://melissaknorris.com/204

Oct 04 2019

45mins

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