2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 07

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Lucky number 7!  Week 7 of 2017 is already upon us and the Suburban Steader Homestead has been a busy one.  Snow really hosed up our lives for a few days and illness ran rampant through the house.  But, in the end, we made progress towards the end goals of growing our garden and getting

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 06

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Week 6 of 2017 was a critical week on the Suburban Steader Homestead. I finally planted my first seeds of the 2017 season and also did some work in the shop.  The blog continues to grow as well with the latest article being a DIYer’s dream post about pallet projects. Let’s get down to brass

Pallet Projects For Suburban Homesteaders

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I recently bought a brand-new house in the suburbs of Boise, Idaho. One of the best things about the suburbs is easy access to places with pallets, which you can get for free or for just a few dollars. Here’s a great guide for how to pick a suitable pallet and to tell whether they are

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 05

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Week 5 of 2017 was an interesting week around the Suburban Steader Homestead.  I did a little bit of “homesteading” work and a lot of planning to move forward in the spring.  Let me jump in and tell you how it all went down. This Week’s Milestones Last week was full of personal milestones that

Suburban Micro-Farm (Book Review)

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What is the first thing that a suburban homesteader does?  I’m sure you guessed correctly – they start a garden.  It’s probably the easiest thing to do to start a self-reliant lifestyle because of many reasons. There’s a low barrier to entry – you just need some dirt and a few seeds – and it’s

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 04

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Week 4 of 2017 was a bit hectic for me but not so much around the Suburban Steader Homestead.  Curious why? Well, it started with a trip to the AFC Championship Game and then a snowboard trip to upper Vermont.  Come find out all about my adventures! This Week’s Milestones Last week was full of

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 03

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Week 3 of 2017 has been a busy one around the Suburban Steader Homestead.  I’ve been gearing up for a trip north next week.  Part of that preparation is getting my vehicle in shape for the trip and also getting the homestead squared away for my ladies in my absence.  Come find out what my

Survival Hax Survival Shovel Review

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I was recently approached by Survival Hax to review a new shovel they had come out with.  The Survival Hax Survival Shovel is filling a void in the marketplace for a budget-friendly, collapsible shovel.  It’s small and lightweight which makes it conceptually ideal for hiking and backpacking.  Likewise, it’s adjustable which promotes ease of use.

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 02

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Two weeks of 2017 are in the books. Have of January is gone. And what have I done around the Suburban Steader homestead? The simple answer is: not much. But that’s about to change… This Week’s Milestones Much like last week, this week was kind of mild around the old home front. It was mostly

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 01

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The first week of 2017 is upon us and it’s time to start updating you on the Suburban Steader Homestead.  I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about what I was going to write about here and I figured I’d break it down into three things: what I did this week, what I aim to do

2016 Suburban Steader Recap

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Suburban Steader had a hell of a 2016.  I want to spend a little time going through what changes the site went through, some of our successes, some of our failures and a bit about what the future holds.  Overall, 2016 was a good year for the site and, more importantly, for the Suburban Steader