Advice Articles

How to keep more money in your pocket? Here are ten money-saving ideas from The Old Farmer's... read more
Don't throw that away! Here are many ways to take something old and give it a second life. Give... read more
Aggressively marketed as important for health and hydration, a mind-boggling array of packaged... read more
Maybe you took to heart my recent post about the health dangers of sitting too much. Now it’s time... read more
This is the last installment of our Beekeeping 101 series. Your hives should be humming along now... 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
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
When it comes to housecleaning, I count myself among the minimum-but-good-enough class of rural ... 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
Do you sit for long stretches of the day and/or evening for work, crafting, entertainment, or... read more
You’ll know if you accidentally run into a patch of stinging nettles. When you brush against them... read more
April is the beginning of the busy season for me. The snow is gone and the garden beckons but the... read more
In late March, three weeks after knee-replacement surgery (which explains my lengthy absence from... read more
If you use thickening and styling products for your hair, but prefer all-natural ingredients and... read more
As a pet store owner, I deal with a lot of questions about people’s pets. Every week, I take at... 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
Among the easiest-to-grow houseplants, Aloe vera will decorate a kitchen shelf with quiet grace,... read more
Learn how to build your own chicken coop for your backyard. Here's beginner's guide to building a... read more
We subscribe to our local daily newspaper and a couple of Sunday papers, devouring all the sections... read more
Choosing a chicken breed is important. Here's the second post in a beginner's guide series to... read more
After water, tea (Camellia sinesis) is the world’s most popular beverage.  You’ve no doubt seen... read more
I’ve listed vinegar as one of my baker’s dozen of household essentials; I’ve extolled its virtues... read more
You’ve seen herbal vinegars in upscale food boutiques and catalogues, usually stoppered or corked... read more
For millennia, our ancestors experimented with the leaves, roots, seeds, fungi, lichens, barks and... read more
I’ve baked my own whole-grain bread for more than 40 years (the kind food writers call “rustic”). I... read more
Light deprivation, snow and ice storms, dangerous driving conditions, power outages, frozen pipes,... read more
Motivation flagging? Live too far from a gym? No room in the house for exercise equipment? Not... read more
If you live in one of the nation’s cold regions and burn wood for some or all of your winter heat,... read more
Coming indoors and going out, the dry winter air causes static hair, parched skin, and—especially—... read more
I’d read about using a slice of raw garlic to remove a splinter when working on a previous post... read more
Feeling tired and achy? Scratchy throat? Queasy stomach? Suspect you may be coming down with that... read more
If you burn candles in your home, especially around the holidays, keep in mind these household ... read more
Here in the northern latitudes, the incidence of colds, flu, pneumonia, strep, chicken pox, and... read more
So, you'd like to get started raising chickens? Be sure you're ready to commit! Here's the first... read more
Family gatherings, office potlucks, holiday buffets, neighborhood cookie exchanges, church... read more
Our modern potato came from southern Peru, domesticated there 7,000 to 10,000 years ago. Humble,... read more