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Ideas to make homestead and ranch life easier

Outfitting a modern ranch or homestead is all about a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle. On larger ranch and homestead properties, becoming more self-sufficient means drilling wells and installing backup water pumps. But the ranch and homestead state of mind can also include raising chickens for a steady supply of fresh eggs—no matter how big or small your property is. An every self-respecting…

Greenhouses provide a year-round growing season

Many homesteaders and homeowners have installed a greenhouse as a way to grow their favorite plants—including homegrown fruits and vegetables—all year long. A wide variety of greenhouses are available, ranging from lightweight greenhouses that can be moved to different garden sites to professional-quality greenhouse kits that are constructed onsite. The greenhouses shown below make it possible to…

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Randy Schultz

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Randy Schultz is the Content Editor of He is a Master Gardener and a long-time member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Write to him at


Jessica Ford


Jessica aka Frugal Garden Gal is an avid gardener and garden writer based in Colorado Springs, CO. She has over 10 years in the garden industry, and is a self-described horticulture nerd and plant addict. Jessica shares her eco- and budget-friendly gardening tips at   


Ellen Zachos


Ellen Zachos is the author of seven books including The Wildcrafted Cocktail and Backyard Foraging, and she co-hosts the Plantrama podcast ( Ellen writes about wild foods at and has created an online course for beginning foragers.

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