Matthew Davies Blog

Using Essential Oils to Help Your Hives

During the 17th century, using herbs as medicine was considered witchcraft. They used to hand out information to help others identify witches in their area. Using herbs and oils was thought to be mixing potions, a common stereotype related to witches. I, Matthew Davies, am glad we have moved past these thoughts and ideas. Essential…
Read more

Tips for Planning and Building a Green Home on A Budget

When it comes to building a sustainable green home, proper planning is the key. Just because you are building an energy-efficient ‘eco-home’ does not necessarily mean you need to spend a lot more than building a standard ‘code-built’ home. The amount you pay depends mostly on the design as well as the building materials you…
Read more

Safe Fishing and Boating Tips to Remember This Summer

I, Matthew Davies, am incredibly excited about the start of the boating season. This past week was boating week in most of the United States. While I did not participate, primarily due to the fact I am still trying to get my boat seaworthy again, seeing others participate made me all the more eager to…
Read more

How to Cope with Bee Stings

If fear of a bee sting is holding you back from becoming a beekeeper, then I, Matthew Davies, am here to assure you that knowledge is power. In this blog, I will explain what a bee sting is, why bees sting you in the first place, and how to avoid and treat a sting. Even…
Read more

Late Spring/Early Summer Maintenance Checklist for Off-Gridders

The cold days of winter are now safely behind us, which means we can finally begin tackling some home maintenance projects we may have been putting off due to cooler temperatures. Now, in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, I, Matthew Davies, suggest you get your to-do list finished before you have to return to…
Read more

What to Look for in a Used Fishing Boat

Now that warmer weather is prevailing in many parts of the country, it is time to begin thinking about getting back into the wilderness and enjoying everything Mother Nature has to offer. If you are like me, Matthew Davies, those first warm weather days have you dreaming of  a new – or at least new-to-you…
Read more

Facts About “Murder Hornets”

Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, we now have the introduction of “murder hornets.” While recent North American data has only tracked their presence in Canada and Washington state, it is only a matter of time until they spread to the rest of the country as well. The arrival of the Asian…
Read more

Beginners Guide to Milking Livestock

If you are reading this blog, I, Matthew Davies, would assume you are probably one of the more advanced homesteaders out there. Milking is not something that new homesteaders generally think about, not only because it is a task typically reserved for more experienced homesteaders, but because when you begin your journey to living off the…
Read more

How to Get Your Boat Ready for Spring

Spring is finally here, and for me, Matthew Davies, that means boating season is just around the corner. If your usual plan is to take your boat to a professional to de-winterize it, you need to know that doing so may cost more than it needs to. Getting your boat ready for spring by yourself…
Read more

What Beekeepers Should Know About Queen Bees

Everyone knows that the honeybee queen is the most iconic element of a hive. The queen is the only egg-laying female, and she takes sole liability for the colony’s procreation. She also carries a distinctive smell that maintains a hold on the other members of the hive. Yet, she is not an all-powerful ruler. Considerably,…
Read more