15 Helpful Homestead Tips and Tricks to Make the Most of Your Yard

Getting back to nature and living off the land is a dream many people have and it's easier than you might think. We’ve picked out 15 projects that have helped our Hometalkers do just that, whether it's about growing your own greenery, keeping livestock or making nifty products for cleaning up. Covering the basics of homesteading to making use of waste in all its forms, our top homestead projects will set you off on the road to self-sustainability.

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What is a Homestead?

Homesteading essentially means finding ways to live off the land and is great for those that love being creative and taking control. If you can get outside and survive,

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homestead garden tips

Homestead Gardens: How Not to Fail

On their way to making a garden that entirely almost covers the family’s food needs, this Hometalker made mistakes. The biggest hurdle to overcome was planning the layout

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Homestead Garden

Perfect Homesteading Pantry

To turn your produce into a hearty meal, you need a pantry. For this project, Teri and her husband built a simple wooden frame. Using that as a base, they cut lengths of

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Homesteading Pantry

Creative Colors for Homestead Gardens

To maintain the eco-friendly vibe of your homestead, milk paint is perfect. Coming in powder form, this paint is best on porous surfaces such as bare wood and non-painted

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homestead milk paint

Fantastic Homestead Facelift

Not all homesteads need to look rough and rural. After years of development, Holly transformed her homestead. Working from the portico, she added new window boxes, a

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homestead home exterior makeover

Homestead Compost Heap

For a homestead without running water, a composting toilet is a must. For this makeshift lavatory, Teri used three buckets inside a covered frame. Whenever she uses the

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Homestead Composting toilet

Quails: A Homesteader's Best Friend

Quails are fantastic homesteading birds. As well as laying around 200 eggs per year, these birds hunt insects. This Hometalker’s top tip is to rear Coturnix quails as

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A Great Greenhouse for Your Homestead

Without a greenhouse, homesteading is almost impossible. For this project, Mary and her husband attached 12 uprights to a rectangular base using 3” deck screws. They

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DIY homestead greenhouse building

The Raised Bed Homestead

Every homestead needs some color, so why not recreate these raised beds? Dismantling some chemically treated pallets, this Hometalker cutdown the slats to build side

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pallet raised garden beds homestead

A Gorgeous Garden Shed for Any Homestead

A shed is the heart of any homestead. For this project, Rex disassembled fence panels. Using the uprights as supports and trusses, he then used the slats as cladding for

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homestead garden shed

Winter Warmers for Your Homestead

Your homestead needs protection to survive the winter. Colleen’s tip is to use a combination of hoops, fabric and cold frames. After making hoops from plastic rods, she

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homestead plant protection

Wonderful Wash Station

After disassembling a camper basin, this Hometalker built a table using 2x4 and 1x10 screws. The trick here is to ensure there is plenty of counter space. After threading

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Sparkling Clean Homesteading Scrub

To keep your homestead clean, try this homemade scrub. After filling half a glass jar with sugar, Laura added mild liquid soap until she had a viscous consistency. To

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homemade gardener hand scrub

Creative Chicken Condo

All chickens need comfort if they’re going to lay. Building a frame using timber and mesh, this Hometalker focused on the smaller details, including a sandbox that

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homestead DIY chicken coop

Humble Homesteading Gifts

Why not use it to help others? For these simple gift boxes, Jamie took old Amazon boxes and cut some rustic fabric to three times the size of the box. From there, she

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