Category: Homesteading

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3 Ways Telehandlers Can Help Out on a Farm

Farms have come a long way from the hand-tilled stretches of land from past decades. Today, farmers use a number of modern technologies on their farm properties. One of these advances is telescopic handlers, also called telehandlers. This multipurpose machine has both the properties of a forklift and a skid-steer loader, making it an ultimate piece of equipment to use on a farm. Explore three ways telehandlers can help out farmers.

Move and Stack Hay Bales

Bales of hay are deceptively heavy. While they look like a small bundle that you could easily lift over your shoulder, the typical hay bale weighs between 40 and 140 pounds. If you used manual labor for this task, you’d need to employ an army of strong arms and backs for the day. Round bales of hay start at about 1,000 pounds and go up in weight.

Having a telehandler solves this problem. All you have to do is use this machine to get underneath the bales. The telehandler can lift up the bales and move them anywhere you’d like, such as your barn or a truck. In fact, many farmers rent telehandlers during the late spring and summer months to help move around their hay bales.

Tow Trailers

Farms have much heavy equipment. Often, this equipment comes in the form of trailers loaded with produce, manure, and other farm products. Sometimes, trucks can handle moving these items around, but trucks don’t have a tight turn radius and may get stuck in fields. Telehandlers, however, can fit into tight spaces without an issue. They’ll be able to grab a trailer and take it wherever you need to go.

If you’re in a pinch, you could also probably tow an ATV or small tractor with your telehandler. However, be sure you don’t go above the maximum payload or towing capacity.

Pack Down Silage

If you live on a farm, you already know what silage is. For those who don’t, it’s a mound of pasture grass that has been preserved to feed to animals during times of drought or cold. Silage is made by cutting grass, collecting the wilted pieces, and fermenting the pieces by throwing them into a pit and pressing them down into the earth.

Telehandlers perform this function magnificently, as they have a crab-steering function that allows them to pack down the grass while getting as close to the edges as possible. Then, the smashed pile will be covered with plastic to keep out oxygen, quicken the fermentation process, and produce a product that livestock will love to eat.

As you can see, telehandlers are an invaluable tool for ranchers and farmers. Not only will this piece of heavy equipment help increase productivity around an acreage, but it will also reduce the risk of injury and save you money on labor and supplies. Renting a telehandler can also help you save on the space you would need to store this piece of equipment on your farm property.

Tips for Transitioning from the City to the Country

Country living offers many things: fresher air to breathe, being able to see the stars at night, escape from the sirens and hustle and bustle of a large city, and so much more. While many people decide that buying a farm or even just moving to the country is the best thing for them and their families, transitioning from the city life to the country can be a huge adjustment for everyone involved.

If you are used to city life, then the wide-open spaces of the country as opposed to close quarters can get to you, as well as the quiet of the country when you are used to constant noise. With that in mind, read on below for a few tips to help you and your family transition from city life to life in the country.

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How Much Does it Cost to Homeschool?

This is a question I get asked fairly often, so I thought I’d address it on the site. We’ve been homeschooling our kids for twelve years now, since the beginning of our oldest daughter’s education. We currently have an 11th grader, an 8th grader, a 6th grader and a 5th grader. The answer to the question “How much does it cost to homeschool? can have a wide variety of answers. Read more

5 Tips to Help You Dive into Property Investments

When my husband and I decided to invest our savings in property, all we saw were potential dollar signs in our future. We envisioned our money multiplying quickly. While it is possible, there are a few things we learned the hard way about property investments. It’s not just about saving up capital then investing, it takes calculation and thoroughness before, during, and after the process. Read more

How to Choose the Best Garden Fence

Today we have a guest post from fellow blogger, Lucy. Enjoy!

You have managed to build a lovely garden, all bright and colorful, and have also used the best HPS bulbs to ensure proper, healthy growth of your greeneries. You spend enough time learning how to harvest buttercrunch lettuce, and how to grow other vegetables and flowers in a perfect way, so as to make your garden look beautiful. However, chances are bright that your garden is not attractive to you alone but also wild animals that live nearby. This problem is going to be bigger if you grow food in your garden. Read more

Best Items to Have During a Power Outage

Hey friends!!  Today we have a guest post from Angelica, who blogs over at Tactical Guru. Enjoy!

For most individuals, power outages are a given. While many homesteaders and homeowners have the option of relying on alternative power sources, most of us are simply less equipped to deal with downed lines or grid failures. Usually, these events are brief—more of an inconvenience than a danger. However, in extreme situations, power outages last much longer. They can quickly become a crisis if you’re unprepared, especially for the young and the elderly. Read more

7 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Garden This Year

 

 

Gardening is not just a fun hobby – it can be a powerful, money-saving, life-saving skill. Back in the pioneer days, if you wanted to eat, you grew a garden. There weren’t mega stores in every town, filled with lush, 3-week-old fresh greens to fill your tummy. No, if you wanted food, you had to grow it yourself or work for someone who did. The thing about gardening though, is that learning to do it well doesn’t happen overnight. The blessed skill of gardening, once a must-have skill for every person, is now mostly a lost art. Most people don’t know how to garden – or to preserve the food that grows in the garden. Never fear, though, because today we’re going to share with you how you can get the most out of your garden, even if you’re a beginner gardener. Read more

Building Your Dream Home? You Might Need Insurance

Building a new home can be an exciting time in your life, especially if it is your dream home. When you have worked, scrimped and saved to build a new home, the last thing you want is for some horrible unforeseen event to happen that could potentially ruin it for you. That is where insurance comes in. If you are considering building your dream home, you might need insurance to protect you.

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Save Money and Live a Greener, More Sustainable Life

It is more important than ever to focus your attention towards a more sustainable way of living. Not only will this be great for the environment, it is also great for your finances. The carbon footprint of heating homes in many develop countries can be as much as 20% of a nation’s total carbon footprint. This is a significant figure, which needs to be addressed.

Burning wood is a great way a household can take action and lead a more sustainable life. Many people still do not realize the benefits, both environmentally and financially that come with burning wood.

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5 Effective Ways to Improve Garden Cultivation

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Today’s post is a guest post from fellow blogger Ann, who owns the Sumo Gardener blog. Enjoy!

 How to Improve Garden Cultivation

We always want to maximize the crops we harvest after a season of hard work. Our goal as gardeners is to produce sustainable food for our own consumption while maximizing our use of land and minimizing waste and losses. However, gardening should not only be focused on taking care of the crops that we will harvest at the end of the planting season.

One of the most important steps in determining your planting season’s success is usually the first step that you have to do: land cultivation. Today we’ll talk about five different ways that you can improve land cultivation in your garden, no matter how big or small it is. Read more