Back-to-Basics Living Articles

Make your own soap, lotion, and other DYI natural body products! Have you ever wondered what... read more
Preserve your fruits. See how to make jams and preserves. Here are a few canning tips and recipes.... read more
Learn how to store your vegetables, fruits, and herbs—so that they keep longer and stay fresher!... read more
There's a famous New Yorker cartoon from the early 1990’s (click on image to enlarge) about ... read more
Our ancestors knew how to preserve food—they had root cellars, storing large amounts of produce in... read more
With canned tomatoes, enjoy that garden-fresh tomato taste in sauces, soups and stews all year long... read more
The snail’s got it made—for shelter, at least. The house he’s born with, soft as a baby’s skull,... read more
Pickling is a way to preserve the bounty of the season's harvest. See our tips, pickling measures,... read more
If, like me, you grow or receive more zucchini in August than you know what to do with, this post... read more
Drying is one of the oldest forms of preservation in the world. Virtually all indigenous tribes... read more
My yard is abuzz with bees from early Spring until late October.  Sometimes, I have to swat them... read more
It ain’t easy bein’ green ~ Kermit the Frog, 1970 Green living, green goods, green buildings, green... read more
If you got your bees, you’ve now got honey: The last step is learning to harvest it. Read this Old... read more
This is the last installment of our Beekeeping 101 series. Your hives should be humming along now... read more
Thinking of becoming a beekeeper? After you’ve built the hive, read this beginner’s guide on ways... read more
This is the fourth installment of our Beekeeping 101 series. Before you get bees, you should... read more
What supplies will you need to raise bees? Here is a beginner’s guide to the items that will help... read more
When it comes to raising honeybees, there’s plenty of buzz out there. Before you get started, be... read more
Thinking of raising honeybees? Here is a beginner’s guide to beekeeping , starting with the pros... read more
Raising chickens for eggs? Let's talk about how to collect, clean, store, and hatch chicken eggs in... read more
Want to learn how to raise baby chicks? Here's a beginner's guide to bringing up baby! (This is the... read more
Learn how to build your own chicken coop for your backyard. Here's beginner's guide to building a... read more
Choosing a chicken breed is important. Here's the second post in a beginner's guide series to... read more
You’ve seen herbal vinegars in upscale food boutiques and catalogues, usually stoppered or corked... read more
So, you'd like to get started raising chickens? Be sure you're ready to commit! Here's the first... read more
In this blog, we are going to explore many various opportunities to raise and preserve our own or... read more
It’s that time of year: Friends, neighbors, coworkers, even some side-of-the-road vegetable vendors... read more
Millions of Americans—including me—are hard at work canning, freezing, drying, pickling, and... read more
Why throw out what may be the most healthful and flavorful parts of the foods you prepare regularly... read more
The ice cream sold in supermarkets today is not what it once was. It is also ridiculously expensive... read more
Learn how to make sweet pickles the “old-fashioned” way. We guarantee you that the slow way is the... read more
Sauerkraut made at home has no peer in a can at a deli counter. Follow these tips on how to make... read more
Certainly among the oldest ways of reliably preserving meats, salting and brining have given the... read more
Perhaps the prettiest sight in the kitchen is homemade jelly. There is nothing like a row of clear... read more
Down HomeFrugal, natural, at-hand: simple ideas for health & household Welcome! Dictionaries... read more
To put it simply: there is nothing like an egg! Eggs are surrounded by more myths and old wives'... read more
Did you know that agriculture itself could scarcely have evolved eons ago without the recycling... read more
Diminutive breeds are a perfect choice for small, or hobby farms. Miniature farm animals mature at... read more
Don't know what to feed your chickens? Follow our tips and advice! For simplicity, most owners... read more
All hens need a secure shelter for nesting, roosting at night, and escaping predators and bad... read more