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This is a digital encyclopedia of sorts. An online collection of How Tos and Guides and Here Ya Gos. The focus is on the homestead - cooking, gardening, DIY-ing, and all that lies between. A great amount of it is self-taught, and the remainder is handed down. Expect there to be gaps in knowledge, as well as probable inconsistencies, blatant falsehoods, and outright lies.

There are some dang tasty recipes though, so that sort of makes up for everything.

๐Ÿ… Gardening

It all begins in the dirt. In the garden we can grow just about anything we want to eat, so it's with the garden that I'll start this digital guide to homesteading. Here I'll feature methods of garden design as well as how to work out your irrigation needs. Once you've worked out the land, it's time to pick out your seeds and seedlings and take a look at which varieties I like to work with. Finally we'll get into the fun of harvesting all those delicious veggies. We'll get into a bit of seasonal maintenance as well, so you can keep your garden healthy and happy all year 'round.

๐Ÿด Cooking

Why grow if not to eat? The biggest section here will be my Recipes, an ever growing and changing volume of foods I've grown up with, as well as dishes I'm developing and enjoying with my own family. There will also be some education involved, both in discussing food and cooking techniques and the sorts of tools and equipment that will get you by in the kitchen. You might also take a peek at some of the food essays I've written over the years.

๐Ÿฑ Storage

You've grown your food, you've eaten your food, and now it's the end of the season and you're entirely sick of basil, zucchini, and tomato. Fortunately, the wide world of preservation and food storage await you. The best part of this is you'll get to enjoy all those goodies from your garden during the cold awful months, tiding you over with thoughts of digging in the dirt while you're digging into a big bowl of pesto tortellini in February. Freezing is the easiest and most accessible method I'll go over, followed by dehydrating (whether powered by the sun or by a commercial dehydrator), and finally the tremendous world of canning.

๐Ÿ‘— Sewing

Sewing your own clothes is an immensely fulfilling hobby - not only can you say that you're wearing something completely unique to you, but if you're an ethically-conscious fashionista, you can often sidestep many of the eco issues and human rights problems that surround much of 21st century fashion. Here we'll discuss designing and drafting your first few patterns. Different types of fabric, along with their pros/cons/uses will be talked about, as well as the many different accouterments you can work into your designs (zippers, buttons, bells and whistles). Finally, there will be a wee bit o' rehabilitation - the amazing act of finding old clothing and turning it into something fun and exciting.

๐Ÿ”ƒ Restoring

The furniture restoration, and therefor this guide, both start in the same place - sourcing materials (that is, finding old stuff to rehabilitate) and designing or redesigning their purpose. Those two pages will go over ways to find materials to work with, as well as how to decide what to do with them once you've found them. I'll also write about the kinds of tools which are particularly useful with furniture restoration, and specific techniques that should be kept in mind when working with older pieces of furniture.