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Bois d’Arc Trees are Beautiful & Functional Trees In Texas

by Texas Homesteader ~

We have many Bois d’Arc trees (aka: Osage Orange trees) on our property. I guess I’ve always just assumed people throughout the U.S. had them on their property too.

They pretty much grow wild here and we have these trees scattered throughout our property.

I love ’em, so I thought I’d write a little about these magnificent trees and how they’re used.

Bois d'Arc tree, also known as Osage Orange, Iron Wood, etc.

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Unlocking The Secret To Long-Term Potato Storage

by Texas Homesteader ~

Several weeks back a friend & I were talking about gardening. Her family had a huge garden when she was growing up and they relied on it to keep them all fed.

She was quizzing me on the different things I like to plant in my garden and I rattled off all the faves: Tomatoes, garlic, onion, bell peppers, jalapenos, cantaloupe, squash, green beans, etc.

She asked if I ever planted potatoes and I told her that in the past I’d planted them, but I could never successfully store them long term whether garden potatoes or store-bought. I know that freshly-harvested potatoes have to be cured but even when properly curing them, they would sprout within a short time.

She was surprised that I had any trouble keeping them long term and told me that they just used to store their potatoes on the ground in the barn and they lasted all season. I was intrigued…

Storing Potatoes Long-Term: I've heard that you can store potatoes for months on end if you do it right. I need some potato-storage advice! #TexasHomesteader

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Rustic Reclaimed Wood Photo Wall Feature

by Texas Homesteader
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I love rustic country-chic decorating style. We still have some old barn wood from when we refurbished our Old 1880’s Barn. So we’ve been using it as we revamp our guest bedroom.

We’d already made a headboard with some of the wood. But I’d like to make a wall feature as well with some of that rustic reclaimed barn wood to display some Homestead photos.

I used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn, vintage clothes pins and my favorite homestead photos to produce a wall feature we love! #TexasHomesteader

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Breaking The Moody Broody Hen

by Texas Homesteader

Have you ever had to deel with a broody hen? That’s when she collects a whole clutch of eggs and sits on them trying to get them to hatch.

During that time she doesn’t eat much, and she doesn’t lay any more eggs. Her main focus is on hatching those eggs into baby chicks. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes not.

A broody hen won't lay the eggs that we count on - See what we did to successfully & quickly break the Moody Broody Hen! #TexasHomesteader

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