Matthew Davies Blog

An Easy Guide to Start Composting at Your Homestead

When you are not living off-grid, you take for granted certain conveniences. One such convenience is potting soil for your garden. Fortunately, you can make your own compost for your garden and it’s often better for your garden and for the environment. It is for this reason that I, Matthew Davies, am going to help…
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How to Stay Cool Outside in Extreme Heat

Depending on where you live, summer can be a great time of year. On the other hand, some people live in places that experience extreme heat. If you are lucky enough to have air conditioning, it will provide you with a respite from high summer temperatures and humidity when you need to spend extensive time…
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Off-Grid Basics

Lately, an increasing number of people are becoming fed up with the rising prices of living on the grid. Their responses range from cutting the cord on cable and satellite companies to full-blown zero investment in any paid services or utilities. Where you fall within that scope is entirely up to you. If you have…
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Fall, The Season for Fishing

When summer winds down and the trees begin to don their colorful fall foliage, many anglers, in turn, -hang their fishing gear up to dry. What a lot of them don’t realize is that fall is a fantastic season for fishing. Matthew Davies loves to go fishing in autumn. Why? The fish are on a…
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What to Bring on Your Very First Fishing Trip

If you are packing for your first fishing trip, Matthew Davies has a little bit of advice for you. In our last blog, we went over the basic tips for selecting a line and lures. Here, we’ll take a look at a few other things you might want to bring with you on your very…
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Fishing Tips and Tricks for Beginners

There are multiple ways to pass the time, but Matthew Davies feels there are few as wholesome and complete as fishing. Not only do you get to spend time outdoors, soaking up the sun, but with some luck, you will also catch dinner! How do we get started? The first thing you need is access…
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Myths About Mason Bees

Before I, Matthew Davies, started beekeeping, ten years ago, I didn’t realize there were so many different types of bees. Most people call them honeybees. I was familiar with honeybee, of courses. As I started researching my hobby, I quickly learned that much like there are different breeds of horses, dogs, cats and cows, there…
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Save Lives, Monitor Your Hives!

The main goal of beekeepers is to keep their bees healthy and safe. Naturally, beekeepers are concerned with the health of humans who consume the bees’ honey and the environment as well. Consistent monitoring of hives is important for a variety of reasons, including to minimize the risk of spreading to neighboring colonies or even…
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Everything You Need to Know to Start Beekeeping

Perhaps you’ve heard a friend talking about beekeeping, or you’ve read news articles about the demise of bee population and the importance of beekeeping. Or perhaps you simply love honey. Matthew Davies and I happen to love beekeeping (in addition to many other things); given the dramatic drop in bee populations and other challenges in…
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