Archive for February, 2013

Spring is in the air……..

Posted: 26th February 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

Breeding on the homestead is all  a part of self sufficiency. Our rooster seems to be willing to do his part. My wife took this picture and later said she felt a little guilty for not only watching, but hoping they would still be there when she got back with the camera. We are planning […]

Even in the Southern United States Old Man Winter can take it’s toll on morale. Usually for me, winter blues are offset by well placed distractions like the thrill of another season of football coming to it’s climactic season finale, or the opening of hunting season with it’s allure of fresh venison. Unfortunately this year […]


Posted: 19th February 2013 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead, Permaculture, Projects

Like all great and wondrous things, composting has its devout advocates. These range from the novice house scrap and leaf pile collector all the way up to the composting elites, tending like shepherds their massive piles of steamy black gold. Within those ranks of followers there are many different ideologies, some complicated enough to fill […]

Self Reliance vs Self Sufficiency

Posted: 17th February 2013 by Joe Prepper in Uncategorized

  There have been many discussions and even debates on this topic, but a conversation this week prompted me to explain, as I see it,  the difference between between self reliant and self sufficient. Today anyone can search online and get more information on the subject than can be read in a day. If you […]

Animals on the Homestead

Posted: 12th February 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

Just a few random pics of the animals we have on the homestead now.  

The Chicken Haus

Posted: 12th February 2013 by Joe Prepper in Buidlings and Storage, Projects

One of the main reasons I am documenting my homesteading adventures is so my kids and hopefully grand kids will be able to see all the things I’ve worked on over my life and hopefully learn from my wisdom, both from success and failures. I hope the Survival Revolution that is taking place across the […]

The Pterodactyl Pen

Posted: 11th February 2013 by Joe Prepper in Buidlings and Storage, On The Homestead, Projects

…at least that is what my wife calls it. She even hand painted me a sign dubbing it such. It could be truthfully said that sometimes I overdo things. I have been accused of worse, but nothing so often as going over board with things I enjoy. In my mind, I originally pictured a quaint […]

This may be a long post, but for the new homesteader I think worth the read. One of the most important things to consider when looking at your homestead is where you will put your buildings. It can really make all the difference in the world on how much extra work can be avoided by […]

Planting Fruit trees

Posted: 10th February 2013 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead, Orchard, Permaculture

I believe fruit trees and edible landscapes are one of the best investments that can be made on the homestead. Having suffered  several mistakes planting my first fruit trees, I am writing this so others might learn from a few of my mistakes. Every Spring Lowe’s ( and other “Big-Box” stores) begin to fill themselves […]