Matthew Davies Blog

How to Help a Bee in Distress

Have you ever been walking around your property and come across a bee that is in distress? How about finding a bee that seemed grounded and unable to fly? When you happen across this, do you get the urge to do something? I, Matthew Davies, have been in your shoes before. Due to the shrinking…
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Tips to Host a Delicious Off-Grid Thanksgiving Meal

It is that time of year that we gather with family and friends to give thanks for all the wonderful things in our lives. Should this be your first Thanksgiving living off-grid, you may have many questions about how to pull off such a feast. If this is your tenth Thanksgiving, then maybe you will…
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Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait

If you are new to fishing, you may be intimidated by the variety of bait options available. You have no doubt found yourself standing in the middle of the bait and tackle aisle of your favorite sports outlet store or department in complete awe of the sheer number of items there are on the shelves.…
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The Pros and Cons of Queen Excluders

In beekeeping, as in life, opinions are as varied as the people who give them. When it comes to researching beekeeping “best practices,” I, Matthew Davies, have often uncovered more questions than answers. Take, for example, the practice of introducing queen excluders to a hive. Queen excluders enable beekeepers to keep the queen segregated from…
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Canning, Preserving, and Dehydrating Food

When living off-grid, food storage and preservation can present a challenge. Without access to the large appliances used by those living on the grid, I had to find new ways to preserve my food. In this blog, I, Matthew Davies, will be discussing the ways that I have learned to prolong the life of the…
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Ways Fishing Helps Improve Your Mental Health

It is unlikely that you do not need another excuse to take up fishing as a hobby and a way to provide food to your family. However, if you need a few more reasons to take up fishing on a regular basis, I, Matthew Davies, am here to offer you those reasons. As many fishermen…
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Putting Your Bees to Bed for Winter

Depending on where you live, you may have to prepare for your hive the winter. That being said, some of the suggestions below may not apply to all beekeepers. Nevertheless, putting your bees into hibernation mode needs to be discussed. I, Matthew Davies, know that the calendar still shows it is October (which is technically…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Foraging

Starting a homestead from scratch can be a complicated task. Many projects must be undertaken. One of these projects is finding a stable food supply. When you first start your homestead, you should have the understanding that you will need to purchase some of your food. That is fine. In time, you will be able…
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Soft Baits vs. Hard Baits

As the saying goes, you have to have the right tools for the job. When I, Matthew Davies, first started fishing, I would bring along littler more than my pole and a container of worms. Over time, I began to realize that worms were not the best bait to use in every situation. As I…
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Important Things to Consider Before You Get Bees

After reading my, Matthew Davies, first few blogs, you have decided you are very interested in beekeeping. I think that is excellent news. While jumping into something headfirst can be a lot of fun, in this case, you would be better off to have a bit of preparation. Before committing fully to keeping bees, please…
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