Countryside & Small Stock Journal May/June 2018 issue is NOW AVAILABLE! Subscribe today and learn all about raising sheep.
This time of year, my homestead is bursting with wildlife and in my gardens, the early flowers are blooming providing a haven for bees and wasps as they search for food.
While honeybees get top billing in pollinator publicity, most people don’t realize we have thousands of native bee and wasp species. I am passionate about protecting our native species because they make up a network just as valuable as honeybees. This network includes pollination, pest control and providing food for other critters.
All our bees and wasps need our help as they are facing increasing habitat loss and pesticide use. In my gardens, I don’t use chemicals and I leave some extras for the insects. For instance, my fennel plants grow where they seed and stay to provide a valuable food source. Dandelions are welcome, and flowers aren’t cut back until they’re done blooming. I also extend some help year-round by not cleaning up all the leaves, rotten logs, and areas where bees and wasps will spend the cold months.
So, as your gardens begin to grow after winter’s rest, consider making them a welcome place for our pollinators both native and honeybee. In the end, it will benefit everyone.
-Pam Freeman, Editor
In this Issue:
Feature Stories of Raising Sheep:
+ A DIY Mobile Sheep Shelter — Perfect for lambing season. By Carole West
+ A Guide to Forage Production and Quality — Only the best for your animals. By John Hibma
+ Exploring Hair Sheep Breeds — A great choice for homestead meat. By Janet Garman
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More Great Stories in this issue:
+ Easy Composting with Kitchen Scraps — Food scraps can equal productivity. By Marissa Ames
+ 8 Uses for Whey Around the Homestead — Don’t throw out valuable products! There are many uses for whey around the homestead. By Marissa Ames
+ Lemon Water Benefits — Utilize this potent fruit for good health. By Rita Heikenfeld
+ Succession Planting for Bees — Keep flowers in steady supply. By Angi Schneider
+ The Deadly Mating Ritual of Honey Bees — Death and new life go hand in hand. By Angi Schneider
Don’t Miss These Great Features and More:
+ Firearm Responsibility — Ensure safety above all else. By Jeremy Chartier
+ The Best Tractor Tires for Your Farm — Find what works best for you. By Jeremy Chartier
+ Give Me a Break! — Tips to find a farm sitter. By Janet Garman
+ Is Renting Poultry Processing Equipment a Viable Option? — Explore pros and cons. By Doug Ottinger
+ Baby Chick Health Basics — What you need to know. By Pam Freeman
Also In This Issue:
Countryside and Small Stock Journal is more than a homesteading magazine, it’s a network where people who are homesteading today share a variety of experiences and ideas about simple homesteading. In every issue, you’ll learn about practical solutions for growing and preserving your own food, raising chickens and small livestock, and managing a thriving homestead in a rural or urban setting.