Choosing a Flat Pick for Guitar or Mandolin

Getting into guitar or mandolin picking? One of the first things you will need (besides your instrument) is a good collection of picks. It’s never a bad idea to start out with an assortment—over time some picks will definitely come to the forefront as favorites. Furthermore, until you have a handle on basic flatpicking technique,…

Black Gold Organic Potting Soil

For whatever reason, finding quality potting soil is very difficult anymore. Most brands seem to harbor diseases, weed seeds, and bug eggs. And the nonstandard brands frequently appear to be nothing more than poor-quality topsoil dug up from the “manufacturer’s” backyard! In light of this dilemma, we currently recommend Black Gold organic potting soil. Not…

A Rainbow of Natural Dyes

Craftsy folks frequently share a do-it-yourself ethic. While it’s always easier just to buy cheap, pretty yarn at the craft store, some (particularly homesteaders) prefer to create their own dyes. In fact, if you own sheep or other fiber animals, this may be a logical next step to adding value to your products. You can…

10 Ways to Dress Up Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

Yes, we do our level best to eat right. We avoid highly processed foods, we put fresh fruits and vegetables on the table with every meal, and we even bake our own bread. But when you live on a farm, sometimes the urgent takes top priority. So what do you prepare for dinner when you’ve…

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook

Looking for a great tool for logging the weather? Look no further! The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook is a full-color four-year journal that is sure to please! There is so much to love about the Weather Notebook that it is hard to know where to start. There is one page for every day of…