Preventing Soil Diseases

Preventing Soil Diseases :: Five Little Homesteaders

If you aren’t familiar with soil-borne diseases, then you can count yourself as lucky.

Many (most?) microorganisms that live in our soil are harmless and quite possibly beneficial.  However, there are also some that can cause significant damage to our plants and can even hang around in our soil for many, many years.  These include fungi and bacteria that cause root rot and wilt diseases.

The best way to deal with soilborne diseases is through preventing them on the front end, rather than trying to combat them in the middle of your growing season.  Here are the top four ways, that I know of, to prevent soil diseases.

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A week of firsts…..

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Back to School - A Week of Firsts:Five Little Homesteaders

And just like that…. summer break is over.

This past week was a big one on our little homestead.  Two of my three kiddos headed to school and it was a serious week of firsts for all of us.

My oldest turned 5 and then became an official kindergarten all in the same week.  Then my middle daughter packed up her little backpack and headed off to preschool.  That left me and the littlest home alone for a good portion of the day.  Going from a loud and crazy house of 3 kids 4 and under to a quiet house of just me and my little 2 year old buddy…. well…. let me tell you.  It’s been a transition.

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Are you on Hometalk?

Happy Sunday!

Thought I’d pop in real quick to tell you about my love for the social media/sharing site Hometalk - http://www.hometalk.com/fivelittlehomesteaders .  (Picture Pinterest…. but better for us homestead-y types because it only includes projects/information about home and garden topics!)  I did a post once before about the site.  You can check it out —–> here.

Anyhow, I “curated” a board on homemade soaps and detergents - http://www.hometalk.com/b/2173613/homemade-soaps-and-detergents recently and I thought all of you might be interested in checking out the 18 different DIY projects that I clipped. Click —> here - http://www.hometalk.com/b/2173613/homemade-soaps-and-detergents to check out my board.

If you’re on Hometalk, let me know!  I’d love to follow along with your projects and boards!

18 Homemade Soap and Detergent Projects :: Five Little Homesteaders

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What does “Certified Organic” mean?

What does the Certified Organic label really mean? :: Five Little Homesteaders

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Have you ever wondered what it really means when something is “certified organic”?  Yeah.  Me too.

I mean, it is one of those things that we all think we are pretty sure about, but have you ever researched it?  Yeah.  Me neither.

So, I took on the task of researching and here’s what I found out.

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WaterBrick Giveaway

WaterBrick Giveaway

I’m really excited to bring this one to all of you lovely readers.

Have you heard of a WaterBrick.  Yeah, me neither until I was given the opportunity to bring you this giveaway.  However, though you may never have heard of it, rest assured, this thing is pretty amazing.

You know I’ve talked before (several times, in fact) about my desire to “prep” more for emergencies and natural disasters.  Well, in that same vein, this product, the WaterBrick, has just gone on my shopping list.

Read on to learn more about the WaterBrick and enter for a chance to win EIGHT of them for yourself!

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Five Ways for Urban Homesteaders to Work Together

I am so honored to have my dear friend Erin, of the blog Blue Yurt Farms - http://blueyurtfarms.com/ and her new project Homesteader Hub, here to share today.

Erin is an amazing person with a huge heart and a lot of information to share.  She’s great at building community and getting the people around her excited about change.  She’s sharing about her huge, awesome, new project today on Five Little Homesteaders.  I can’t wait to be a part of it and I know you’ll be excited once you read about it too.

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Most people associate homesteading with acreage, rural areas and plenty of space. And let’s not forget the dairy cow! But nowadays, there are homesteaders all over, from rural Texans to urban Manhattanites. Urban homesteaders have to be a bit more aware of rules than their rural counterparts, but other than that, there are so many possibilities!
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A HERCulean Giveaway!

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I’ve talked about it before, but I’m always looking for better ways to prepare my family in case of emergency situations.  One thing I’ve done recently is join up with a group of bloggers as part of The Prepard Bloggers network.  Today I’m excited to say that this group, myself included, has an amazing giveaway to tell you about.

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Compost Temperature: Is your compost hot enough?

Compost Temperature: Does it really matter? :: Five Little Homesteaders

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Compost.  We really should all be composting.  It’s great for the environment.  It’s great for your garden and there are so many different ways to go about it.

If you’re lucky enough to have a yard, then a compost pile is a pretty simple and easy way to go.  My husband wrote a post over a year ago about our simple 3-bin composting system.  He talks, in his post, about the importance of heat in a healthy composting system, but never get into the importance of actual, specific temperature.

Is your compost pile hot enough?  What is your compost temperature?  Do you know?  Do you care?  Should you care?

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