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farm - Country Living

Grow Vegetables in Your Country Garden

Gardening may seem like a hobby for people who have little else better to do on the surface but, there are many joys to growing a vegetable garden. First of all, you’ll save money on your grocery bill. You’ll also save money driving to the grocery store and back to stock up on fresh vegetables.

Perform An Energy Audit on Your Farmhouse

Why is everyone talking about an energy audit? Well, autumn has arrived, the cold air is sneaking in the cracks and renovations are in full swing. If you’ve moved to an older farmhouse or rural country home this is one of the best times of the year to assess the energy efficiency of your home […]

Consider Heating With Natural Gas

In the United States approximately 23% of all energy consumption is via natural gas. When we rebuilt the farm house (after the fire took everything) we had limited resources so we couldn’t go with solar or wind for energy, however Eric did build in such a way that we could easily convert to green energy […]

Selling A Farm Without An Agent (FSBO)

Country property is in demand and selling a farm online is on the rise. In fact, the rural property with over 100 acres across the road from us is for sale. Again. It’s a gorgeous kit log house in the shape of an octogon. All the bedrooms, bathrooms, home office and stair cases lead off […]

Rustic Decorating Tips and Resources

Let’s talk about rustic decorating and how it might differ from similar styles such as primitive, modern country, farmhouse, French country, and cabin decor. Each are wonderful in their own right, but can’t be mix and matched willy-nilly if you want a room with continuity. Rustic decorating is part flea market finds, part shabby chic, […]

Saving Money Raising Livestock

Raising livestock yourself isn’t always easy, isn’t always lucrative. The potential, however, for a healthier diet and acquiring a new appreciation for all living creatures, is life changing. Raising Dairy or Meat Goats Raising goats is, if nothing else, an exercise in laughter and stories to tell the grandchildren for years to come. Often they’ll […]

Books on Country Living

For years on this website and in my personal life I have been recommending the same books on country living, even though I’ve read many others. Why? Because the books below are timeless, helpful, and cover a wide range of country living topics. Once you’ve made your move to the country you’ll find that you […]

Country Water Usage and Supply

Water usage is something that most of us take for granted. This is especially so if you’re still living in the city where you enjoy a never-ending supply and the water is a consistent quality. Yet another differing factor in country living – water usage and the quality of that water, is something country living […]

Farm Land Soil Quality

The quality of your farm soil, as well as the amount of top soil on the property, is more important to your livelihood than you may have imagined. Let’s chat a bit about farm soil quality and usage before you put submit that offer on the country living property you’ve been desiring. After all, we […]

Country Septic Systems

Keeping your rural septic system in top working order is a consideration that we didn’t have to worry about when we lived in town. Not that it’s an ongoing chore, or requires any specialized knowledge, but your septic tank is something that you should be mindful of at all times. Oddly enough, it’s just one […]