Let’s say goodbye to 2017. As we roll into 2018, there are many homesteading skills to learn this year. One thing we want to do this year, is build a new chicken coop. We are looking forward to our girls (and guys) having a bigger home. We are also talking about moving into having ducks. I have been reading up on them, and I’m pretty excited to maybe get some ducks this spring!
So what are your goals this year? Check out this great list of homesteading skills to learn, and write down some goals of your own for 2018!
Homesteading Skills to Learn
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2-10. Learn different garden techniques, such as back to Eden gardening, in-ground gardening, raised bed gardening, straw-bale gardening, aquaponics, core gardening, container gardening, hydroponics, or hugelkultur.
11. Learn how to condition your garden soil – composting, using wood ash in the garden, Learn how to use liquid and powder fertilizers.
12. Improving watering systems – upgrading to an irrigation system (this is on my list).
14. Seeds Saving – Learn how to utilize the plants you have to bring a better tomorrow.
15. Worm Composting – worms are a great benefit to your garden.
Learn How To Keep Chickens
16. If you are just starting out, learn How to Care For Chickens.
Make sure to read the 5 Mistakes New Chicken Keepers Make. In this article I tell you everything you need to have before you get chickens, so you can be prepare before getting them. I made some of these mistakes myself, and I want you to learn from them!
Frequently Asked Questions about Chickens -36 Chicken FAQ – Before I got chickens I had a lot of questions as well as after I first got them. I wrote them down, and as I grew my knowledge I answered all of my newbie questions. The article is especially helpful if you are just starting out and have a lot of newbie questions just like I did. Now you don’t have to feel stupid asking what may seem to be a stupid question!
10 Reasons to Have Chickens – Thinking about getting chickens? If you are thinking chickens are only good for eggs or meat, think again. They provide so much more! Check out 10 Reasons to Have Chickens
17. How Do You Take a Vacation When You Have Chickens – After getting chickens there may come a day when you want to go on a trip, but how? How do you leave the chickens. They need food, water, and to be put up at night and let out in the morning. I’m sharing my best tips for taking a vacation when you have chickens! It’s easier than you think!
Getting Chickens on the Homestead – Homesteading Journey – This is an account of what it was like when we first got chickens. It was quite a mess, since they showed up rather unexpectedly. We didn’t have a coop or anything. See what we happened and how we dealt with this situation.
18. Raccoon in The Chicken Coop – Learn how to deal with raccoons trying to kill your chickens. Predators are such
19. Learn how to help sick chickens naturally.
Moonlight Mile Herbs have amazing products that are all natural for virtually every chicken ailment! And read this… All Natural Chicken First Aid Kit | Chicken Emergency Kit | Chicken Wound Care Supplies
20. Learn to Build Your Own Chicken Coop – A great place to start is learning what every good chicken coop needs to be successful! Over the last couple of years I’ve learned what most chickens need as far as housing goes. This article is about choosing the right chicken coop, but if you are building you can take these suggestions for reminders about building your own.
21. Come up with different ways to use up those eggs! There are times during the year when I have several dozen eggs. I know I’m not alone. I end up giving some to neighbors, and friends. I also make some amazing dishes! We love deviled eggs, frittata, egg salad, baking with them and more. Check out some more ideas here on how to use up those eggs!
22. Learn how to hatch eggs. Whether it’s using good ol’ mama chicken or using an incubator.
23. Start Raising Goats
We don’t have goats on this homestead. I’m not sure I would be able to deal with their craziness, but I’ve always kind of wanted to have them. They are crazy cute, fun, and they can provide a homestead with a great many things. Who wouldn’t love to have free goat cheese? I know I would love it! So here’s a couple of articles to get you started raising goats.
24. Gain the Skill of Raising Ducks
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but baby ducks are the cutest little things! I recently read an article on why ducks are easier and better to raise than chickens. The article was pretty compelling. Last spring when we saw the baby ducks at Tractor Supply, we almost fell in love! We didn’t buy them because we simply don’t have enough space for them right now. I’m hoping that when we build our own chicken coop this year, we will be able to welcome some new ducks with open arms!
Here’s some articles to read for raising ducks.
25. Preserving Herbs -Learn how to dry and store your homegrown herbs. Read 6 Ways to Preserve Herbs.
27.Fermentation is getting pretty popular. I have several things to help you get started. First you will need some supplies…
I suggest grabbing the starter kit of Fermentools to start with. I’ve used these tools for years now and they’ve never let me down! I would also grab either a 6 pack or 12 pack kit. Once you start you will want to do more and more. With the starter kit, you can do only one ferment at a time, so getting a pack of them will help you be able to do more than one ferment at a time. The starter kit comes with everything you need to start except for two things. One a wide mouth mason jar, and two the food you will be fermenting!
Let’s start with something easy and short.
Fermented Bell Peppers is one of the most amazing ferments I’ve ever made and tasted! They are super easy to ferment too. I’ve never had any trouble with my recipe.
Fermented Sauerkraut is something most people start with. If you love sauerkraut you will love the fermented version even more. Sauerkraut is a little fickle. It tends to mold a little more easily. If you end up having issues increase the amount of salt by a teaspoon or two. That should help.
How to Ferment garlic is another one of my most favorite ferments. My family and I eat this when we are not feeling well. It has helped ease a sore throat also.
Here are a couple of other fermenting recipes on the blog.
Other Food Preservatives Methods
28. Canning meats and vegetables is a wonderful skills to have. It means that you can put food up in your pantry that will last quite a long time. Check out Canning 101 to start learning this new skill.
29.Dehydrating – it’s one of my favorite methods of preserving food. I make a lot of snacks, and I preserve several items straight from the garden. I dehydrated bell peppers last year, and I just love using them in my made from scratch dishes! This is a pretty easy skill to learn, with a fairly easy learning curve.
30. Freezing Method – Freezers meals are some of the most popular among busy moms. You can make several dishes in one day, and then freeze them to eat in the future. One thing to think of is having a backup power supply. You don’t want the power going out for days on end and loose all of your hard work!
32. Making Butter – Homemade butter is amazing. There is simply nothing like homemade butter. It takes a bit of work, but the reward is great! Check out How to Make Homemade Butter.
33. Making Cheese – This is a great homesteading skill to learn. Who doesn’t love cheese? I know I do. Read some of the wonderful articles below on making cheese.
34. Making Yogurt – Making yogurt at home is pretty easy. You don’t have to have a machine to help you make it either. It does come in handy though. Check out this article on How to Make Yogurt at Home.
35. Make Homemade Bone Broth – Bone broth is delicious all by itself, but added to soups and stews it will not only enhance flavor but all the the nutrients.
36. Homemade Vegetable Broth – save scraps from using vegetables when you cook. Like celery leaves, the bottoms and tops that you cut off work too. You can even throw in onion and garlic paper. Check out the post to see more examples.
Homemade Vitamin Gummy Bears – Healthy Snack Ideas – Make your own vitamin gummy bears!
38. Homemade Vinegar – Why yes, you can make your own vinegar! Check out How to Make Homemade Vinegar.
39. Candles – Learn how to make candles at home. I love making beeswax candles. They burn cleanly unlike many candles you might buy from the store. They also have a lovely natural scent.
40. DIY Antibiotic – These are fairly simple to make right at home.
50. Make Homemade Remedies
Check out some awesome home remedies at Homesteading.com
Also, check out my post on Cold and Flu Remedies.
51. Homemade Cleaners and Cleaning Techniques
Simple Tips for Natural Cleaning
Line Drying Clothes – If you’re going to hand wash clothes, you will need to know the latest and greatest tips for line drying.
52. First Aid Skills
You can learn these skills online and TOTALLY FREE! I took advantage of these lessons and used them in our homeschooling classes. We took all the classes that were available.
Learning about plants can be a wonderful skill. Here on our homestead we can forage wild huckleberries, beautyberries, blackberries, and Sassafras. What kind of edible or useful plants are growing on your property? Check out my beautyberry jelly recipe. These are known as the backyard bush. You might just have one of them in your yard.
54. Learn How to Deal With Predators
Traps, killing, and more. There are all kinds of ways to get rid of a predator. Just make sure you research your local laws before doing anything.In many states here in the US we are allowed to kill some animals in the defense of our livestock animals. However, here where we live, it is illegal to kill a bear, unless it is actively trying to kill you. We can kill dogs, raccoons, opossums, and other predators. Get some tips on identifying and stopping predators.
55. Hunting and Fishing
The first thing about hunting and fishing is learning all about the laws that will rule them. You will have strict guidelines to follow depending on where you live. Learning to bring in your own meat and fish can be very valuable homesteading skills to learn.
You might just take the deer you got to a butcher, or maybe you can learn how to do it yourself and save some money at the same time! My suggestion is to go ahead and check out some videos on YouTube. After all seeing it is one of the easiest ways to learn about it.
57. Preparing For The Unthinkable – Doomsday – Teotwawki
Many homesteaders are self sustainable, but we also must be prepare for the worst.
Prepare a bug out bag, for just in case something really bad happens and you simply must leave. Here are a couple of articles on BUG OUT BAGS.
Other prepper articles…
So how many of these skills do you have already? What are you planning on learning this year?
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