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All Around the Homestead: A page written by our readers
Even a small change can lead to a big amount of satisfaction if it saves time or trouble. Here are four inexpensive and simple ideas, straight from experienced country dwellers. With enhancements as...
A potting shed is an ideal place to store garden tools and get your hands dirty
When gardening season rolls around you need everything organized, and space to work.  It can be just a simple garden shed or built specifically to blend in with the garden.It takes a lot of...
Before you construct an outbuilding on your property, take time to do some prep work. Find out about permits and local ordinances, evaluate the proximity to utilities, and assess your needs. Radio...
If you need to dry wood for projects, there are options. You can let it sit outside in the sun or dry it in a kiln.Get the best of both worlds by building a solar kiln.
Radio interview source: Lucas Peters, How-to-Editor, WOOD Magazine Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below For the do-it-yourself woodworker, a homemade solar kiln can dry lumber in as...
Here's how to achieve the attractive look and perfect function you want for outbuildings on your country property.
Building a shed A shed should be a thing of beauty to behold, says David Stiles, author of Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Backyard Builders. "People often make the mistake of thinking of...
A root cellar can be a concrete-lined hole in the ground, a converted garage, or even an old ice house. To have a good root cellar, you need the proper ventilation, temperature, and humidity.
Radio interview source: Jennifer Megyesi, Author, The Joy of Keeping a Root Cellar, and Owner, Fat Rooster Farm Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below It's not too early to plan...
Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese
Self-taught talent Listen to this radio show (MP3 download) or read below. Radio interview source: Dick Schwab, Solon, IA I wouldn't say he was "born in a barn," but Dick Schwab...
Make a detailed plan before you start building.
Thinking of building a barn or renovating an old one? Whether you want a few stalls, a traditional structure, or a party barn, make a detailed plan before you start building. Radio interview source...
Here are a few practical design tips that will save you time and money.
Getting started Weekend to-do list: Fix holes in stall floors Scrub water buckets Replace boards in stalls Clean nests out of rafters Paint barn...
A barn has multiple uses on an acreage. Make sure your land can handle the building requirements of a barn.
Having a place in the country means you can build a barn for animals, machinery, or whatever else you need to shelter. But, make sure the land is well-suited for a barn. Radio interview source:...