Matthew Davies Blog

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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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