In that episode I mentioned my fear of bees, and how I would never do bees.
That is still true. I will never do bees myself.
We now have bees on our homestead. They were Free! And SOMEONE ELSE IS DOING ALL THE WORK!
A local beekeeper is using our farm to house some bees. He gets the land to use, his bees get access to our awesome pastures, and in turn we get sooo much!
Bees don’t just produce Honey. Bees are a major pollinator on your property. Everyone knows your gardens and fruit plants need pollination to thrive. But did you know that bees can improve your pastures?
Our pasture is clover heavy. Many species of clover require the help of pollinators, and I recently read an article from LSU Ag Center all about how cattle farmers are partnering with bee keepers, planting clover plots for the bees. It said “When pollinated by honeybees, clover will set seed more rapidly and effectively, benefiting the cattle producer who wants to provide nutrient-dense forage for winter livestock grazing.”
The point is bees can help your garden grow, your pastures grow, AND YOUR CATTLE GROW!
And if you can sponsor a BEEK you will in return get the benefits of having a thriving homestead. PLUS, usually you can get some delicious honey out of the deal. (we do!)
All the benefits of having bees with none of the work (or stings) for free!
If that sounds good, watch the interview I did with Kaylee of the Honeystead. We talked all about bees, and also hosting bees!
And if you are one of the brave ones who want to do bees yourself (I am a wuss with bees, but there really isn’t much to be worried about if your not allergic) Kaylee shares info on everything you need to get started, and how to find good bee mentors.
Sales Season is coming. Retail businesses count on the sales of the 4th quarter to make their year! And so you will see lots of products discounted to drive more business to these companies in the 4th quarter.
I need stuff, so I keep my eyes out of the things I need on the homestead this time of year to go on sale.
I thought this year I would share some of that gear with you to help those of you on the prowl for a deal.
Every year I do a Gear of the Year video, but this year I am thinking of posting an Item of the Week to checkout here in my emails.
If you need a good gift idea, or just wanna give yourself something, I will feature a little something each week that I like and that you probably will either find on my Gear of the Year video this year, or it might have been already on a gear of the year video in the past.
This week I want to share a new tool I treated myself to and LOVE!
After spending way too much time mixing fuel, messing with the choke, and restringing the noisy heavy gas powered week wacker the last few years trying to fight the weeds here at the homestead, I treated myself to the Dewalt Battery Powered Brushless Weed Eater. (affiliate link)
No mixing gas. Quiet enough to be able to listen to a podcast through my ear buds wile weed waking. SO MUCH LIGHTER on the back. AND…
My favorite part…
Dewalt has revolutionized the re stringing process of the weed wacker. Instead of the mess that the old kind of weed wackers use to thread, this works with a simple ratchet head system. You pull the string through a hole, twist the ratchet head a few times, and you are ready to go. SO FAST.
No pull strings. No mixing gas. Just click in the battery, pull the trigger and you are trimming the weeds.
AND… the battery this comes with works with all your other Dewalt power tools, so now you got a kick butt drill battery!
If you decide to treat your self or someone you love to this tool, if you use our amazon link, we make a small commission for sending you there, while not costing you a penny extra. So thanks for considering!
That said, ANYTHING you buy, if you just type http://www.amsteady.com first and use our forwarding link, earns us a commission. Thanks for using that when doing your online shopping. Those commissions pay for our camera gear, web hosting fees, and chicken feed 😉
There is a myth in the Homesteading world.
SELF SUFFICIENCY… and in particular, the idea of someone becoming 100% Self Sufficient.
Look back at history. Even the homesteaders from the late 1800’s (when the term “Homesteader” was coined) were not living off the land 100% by themselves. Wile working hard and growing lots of their own food, those homesteaders (and most today) relied on other hardworking homesteaders in their community to get some of their food, materials, fuel. They helped each other out, bartered and traded. Some taught the children, others came together to raise barns, many times they traded days of labor between farms.
The point is successful homesteaders have always had a community supporting them.