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Homestead Hack: Keeping Birds Off Railings

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I love the wild birds, albeit not all the bird poop they leave on the porch. We have a bird feeder out back that we keep filled so we can enjoy all those beautiful, cheery birds. 

(be sure to check out my Bird-Feeding Homestead Hack where I share how we keep ’em fed on the CHEAP!) 

But as you know, recently RancherMan & I had a porch extension built. We spend lots of time out there enjoying the birds and the scenery. 

But ugh, the birds use the railings as their perch. And there was always mounds of poop building up along the railings and on the built-in benches. Until…

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Homestead Hack: Tracking Your Rainfall

by Texas Homesteader ~

We’re (once again) in the grips of a drought. It seems most years in the past 7-8 our little homestead has struggled with terrible drought conditions. 

The weathermen are finally predicting precious rainfall to bless us for the next several days. Oh it won’t break our drought, but at this point we’ll take that tiny 1/8th inch that falls – ANYTHING!

I’ve got an easy way to track our rainfall which I find quite clever. Oh sure I could measure the rain gauge contents and jot them down. Then I could make note in a calendar to track.

I just never find time to enter it all or even remember to enter it. But this Homestead Hack assures I’ll be able to easily document and track our rainfall throughout the year.

I need an easy way of tracking rainfall. Making notes on a calender doesn't work for me, but this easy Homestead Hack does. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Eliminating Ants In Pet Food Bowls

by Texas Homesteader ~

This time of year we’re often dealing with ants coming into the house. And they always seem to find Bailey’s pet food bowl. 

We feed her small amounts twice each day. So there’s typically not food left in her bowl for any length of time. But sometimes she leaves her food in the bowl a little longer. 

It’s then when we’ll notice it’s attracted the attention of ants. Oh how we hate to have ants in the house. And Bailey REALLY hates them to be in her dish!

But we found an easy fix. Check out this Homestead Hack.

Ants were invading Bailey's dog food bowl. So we turned to a poison-Free Homestead Hack to eliminate them. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Propping Tender Seedlings

by Texas Homesteader ~

It seems vegetable-gardening planting is finally going on all over the US now. Aaaaaahhhhh the veggie garden – how I love it.

Here in NE Texas (zone 8) I typically plant heirloom seeds in my ‘Indoor Greenhouse’ in February and transplant those heirloom seedlings into my garden after the danger of frost is done.

But this year I had a naughty bull jump our garden fence & decimate all of the tender seedlings. I had to start over.

I did replant many of my heirloom seeds but I ended up buying a jalapeno plant. It was so small that the winds were pretty rough on it.

So I needed to find a way to protect it from the wind. (and free-range chickens)

Use Whatcha Got, y’all!

I needed a way for propping tender seedlings to protect them from the wind. You know my battle cry: "Use Whatcha Got!" Come see this Homestead Hack #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Cardboard In Compost

by Texas Homesteader ~
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Y’all know I have a compost tumbler and I’m a big advocate for making your own compost. It’s healthy for your plants, cheap to make & a great way to make good use of kitchen scraps and paper trash that would otherwise just be wasted. And it’s super easy too, you just make sure to have a proper mix of browns & greens. Add a little water, do a little compost turning and BOOM! Black gold for your garden. You can see my Post About Composting Here.

For ‘greens’ you can use grass clippings, vegetable peels, etc. And for ‘browns’ you can use dried leaves, paper, twigs, etc. I often use corrugated cardboard boxes to fill my ‘browns’ requirement. But ugh, tearing all that cardboard requires some elbow grease #amiright? Come check out this Homestead Hack to see how I make it easy.

I use cardboard in my compost. But it takes lots of grip to tear up all that cardboard. Come see this Homestead Hack that makes it EASY! #TexasHomesteader

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Keeping Jeans Neatly On The Hanger

by Texas Homesteader ~

Recently while I was hanging up clothes off the line, I pulled out our empty hangers from the closet. Now I don’t use metal hangers anymore & I haven’t even had them in the house for some 20 years or more.

Back in the day I replaced all those flimsy wire hangers with plastic hangers, typically cheap from thrift stores. I liked how they don’t tangle up nearly as badly in my closet.

I even bought the kid-sized hangers for my children’s childhood-sized clothes too. When I no longer needed those hangers for kid-sized clothes I looked at the hangers & thought Hummmmm…

Jeans will just slide around on a regular clothes hanger. Come see how I use a child-sized hanger to keep my closet nice & tidy! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Keep That Broccoli Fresh!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

My baby sis and her hubby came to spend the weekend with us recently. RancherMan & I planned to grill out since the weather was nice.

I’d also planned to roast some fresh veggies that I had in the fridge.

As my sis & I were in the kitchen I opened the refrigerator door to fetch the broccoli that was leftover from our dinner party several days ago.

My sister saw how it was contained and exclaimed “That’s BRILLIANT!”

I guess I just never thought about it before. If you’re wondering how to keep broccoli crisp, check out this Homestead Hack.

Keep broccoli fresh and crisp for several days during its storage in your refrigerator. Check out this simple Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

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Repurposed Container For Safer, Convenient Straight-Pin Storage

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

OK y’all know I’m not a seamstress. As in, not even a little!  I only sew very basic things such as my repurposed denim baskets or repairing a seam on a favored shirt. 

So this may not be a new hint for the more seasoned seamstresses out there, but it sure was a helpful find for me! And maybe you too?

You see, I have a bundle of straight pins that had been stored in a little hinged plastic box they were sold in for years.  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve stuck myself with a straight pin trying to retrieve one! But after years of use, the hinge on the old container broke.

So I went looking for an easier yet still-convenient way to store & use my straight pins. Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all.

I needed a storage solution for my straight-pin supply. It needed to be compact and allow me to safely retrieve my pins. Check out this Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

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