Matthew Davies Blog

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…
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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…
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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,…
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How to Prepare Your Raised Beds for Spring Planting

Depending on where you live, you could be dealing with any number of weather conditions in the early days of spring. I, Matthew Davies, am currently in Stockton, CA and the weather in April is quite mild. However, my neighbors to the north are not so lucky. Some days they enjoy temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit…
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Mental Benefits of Fishing

If you are reading this, I, Matthew Davies, probably don’t have to sell you on fishing. Perhaps you already enjoy the sport and have just taken a break for the season. After reading this blog, however, I’ll wager that within ten minutes, you will be heading out the door with your rod and tackle box…
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Fascinating Fact About Stingless Bees

Depending on where you are living or where you have been, you may or may not have heard of stingless bees. If you have never left North America, you may never have seen or heard of them. The reason is that we don’t have them here. They are only found in a few locations around…
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Ways to Stay Online While Maintaining Your Off-Grid Lifestyle

When it comes to living off-grid, there are many different variations. Some people choose to completely disconnect with any semblance of what most people would call a modern lifestyle. Others pick and choose the services they want to remain connected to. Regardless of your choice, I, Matthew Davies, think you will find this blog beneficial.…
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Tips on What to Use and Where to Fish for Bass in The Spring

March in the southern states is leaps and bounds different from March in the northern states. Of course, this time of year is widely different everywhere in between. It is hard to make a guide to tell people the best time to fish, but I, Matthew Davies, am going to do my best to help…
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How to Avoid Getting a Bee Sting

By the time they are adults, most people will have been stung by a bee at some point in their lives. I, Matthew Davies, don’t think I will ever forget my first bee sting as a child. There was a hot burning sensation that continually grew more intense as the seconds passed. Once the stinger…
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Ways to Survive Off-Grid Without Refrigeration

Prior to 1923, home refrigeration units were science fiction. We did have ways to cool things, but it was a labor-intensive process. Some examples of how we would cool our food down for storage include icehouses and packing the items in snow. With what we know now about food safety and refrigeration, it almost seems…
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