Jill Winger

Old Fashioned On Purpose

Have you ever felt uninspired by modern life? Does the idea of living a simple, wholesome lifestyle speak to you and your family? Join best-selling author and homesteading mentor Jill Winger every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for practical tips, inspi...
Old Fashioned On Purpose

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Have you ever felt uninspired by modern life? Does the idea of living a simple, wholesome lifestyle speak to you and your family? Join best-selling author and homesteading mentor Jill Winger every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for practical tips, inspiration, and stories from a decade of modern homesteading. If from-scratch cooking, organic gardening, backyard chickens, or rows of mason jars light you up, this is the podcast for you!

Link: www.theprairiehomestead.com

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Education

Episodes

16. Dairy Goats vs. Milk Cows: Which is Best?

Sep 11, 2019 1472

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Today I’m going to be taking a deep dive into one of the more controversial topics on the homesteading front.  Although both dairy goats and milk cows are viable options, find out why Christian and I eventually moved to milk cows and sold our goats.  Learn the main differences when it comes to cost, pasture space, transportation, and overall taste of milk.  If you are considering entering the world of home dairy or contemplating making a switch, this episode will provide everything you need to make an informed decision.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

The pro’s of owning dairy goats Why zoning is important to consider Why goats are a challenge to keep fenced in 

For everything you need to about getting into the dairy game, head to  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/homedairyrecipes to download your complimentary guide. 


15. How We Built Our Raised Garden Beds

Sep 9, 2019 1332

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Greetings friends and family!  Back in episode 3 I explained the benefits of raised garden beds and why we chose to use them on our homestead.  Today I’m going to talk about several different options on how you can create raised beds on your own.  You’ll also get a detailed explanation on how we built own very own, incredibly unique raised beds made out of steel.  I’m hoping this episode will make it clear that there’s no right or wrong way to build a raised bed, it simply comes down to finding something that fits your specific needs.


Some highlights from the episode: 

How to build a raised bed garden on any budget Learn why it’s always better to invest more for durability and longevity Tips for minimizing weeds in your raised beds 

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

For complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow


14. Is Home-Canned Food Less Nutritious?

Sep 6, 2019 695

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Eating fruits and vegetables fresh off the vine is always the preferred method for optimum nutritional value.  Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to consume our fresh foods before they go bad.  So what’s the best way to preserve the harvest?  Research shows that proper canning is the best way to ensure nutrients remain locked in your foods as long as possible.  Listen today to discover everything you need to know about the shelf-life of nutrients when it comes to preserved foods.


Some highlights from the episode: 

Tips on the best recipes for preserving nutrients Canning, freezing, or dehydrating? How not to preserve your food 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 


13. Our Biggest Homesteading Mistakes

Sep 4, 2019 1295

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We all make mistakes.  Let me tell you, Christian and I have made quite a few on our homesteading journey.  In today’s episode, I’m going to dive into the top 5 mistakes we’ve made over the last few years.  These learning experiences are sure to save you time, money, and headaches in the process.  No matter if you own a homestead, are interested in becoming a homesteader, or simply enjoy learning about the lifestyle, there are valuable lessons to learn throughout.

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why doing it right the first time is always the best way to do it Why thinking bigger is better You can’t do it all at once, so don’t try 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


12. 5 Canning Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Sep 2, 2019 1297

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As we’re approaching harvesting season on the homestead, it’s crucial to be prepared for the bounty of food that’s about to roll in.  Whether it’s coming from your own garden, a farmers market, or other local producers, understanding how to properly preserve the harvest will provide wonderful meals for months to come.  Today we’re going to focus on my favorite method of food preparation:  canning.  In particular, I’m presenting the 5 most common mistakes people make when it comes to canning.  Listen to find out why the “old fashioned” canning techniques can be harmful, which modern methods aren’t always safe, why acid is essential to safe canning, and so much more.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

Different methods of preservation:  freezing, fermentation, dehydration, canning and more Bacteria and food safety Why you should always follow canning recipes as they’re written 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 


11. Weed Control Tips for the Organic Garden

Aug 30, 2019 1454

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Have you ever struggled to keep your weeds at bay?  It’s one of the most common problems for any homesteader.  I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to be spending three hours a day in my garden just to keep my weeds under control.  Over the years I’ve tried dealing with this issue in many different ways.  Today I’m here to share my most effective tips in weed control.  These will not only save you time, but they will also give you peace of mind.  Make sure to stay tuned for my favorite home made weed spray! 

Some highlights from the episode: 

Preventing weeds from seeding Why mulch is the best tool for preventing weeds How fire can be your friend 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


10. 5 Tips for Making Crunchier Pickles

Aug 28, 2019 828

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Are you tired of dealing with soft, squishy pickles?   I’m sure I’m not the only one who has dealt with this problem.  After years of experimentation and fighting with different recipes, I’ve collected these 5 simple tips to take your pickles to the next level.  We’ll learn why small cucumbers are the best, why immediate canning leads to crunchy pickles, and why the blossom end might be our biggest enemy.  You’ll also hear about my favorite way to keep pickles fresh for the long-haul.

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why you should always use small cucumbers  What is tannin and why you should use it How Tea can power up your pickles 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 


9. Natural Fly Control Strategies

Aug 26, 2019 980

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Yes, it’s that special time of year that we all love: Fly Season! For all of my fellow homesteaders currently in the throes of fly season and the ones about to experience it, I’m here to deliver my top four strategies on how to mitigate our pesky little friends. I provide in depth details on each strategy and all of the necessary links to access the tools mentioned in the episode.

My Top Four Strategies for Natural Fly Control: 

 Fly predators:  “Good" bugs fighting “Bad” bugs.  Get your fly predators at http://bit.ly/2KUZhinManure Management:  Flies adore poop.  If you don’t keep it under control, you have no chance to control flies.DIY Fly Sprays:  Who knew essential oils were so effective? I rely heavily on my homemade sprays to help me survive the fly onslaught. Trap Them: Simple, yet effective. 

Get your complimentary copy of my Essential Homestead eBook, complete with my favorite DIY fly spray formulas!
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Click here for your free guide on how to create your own fly traps https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/07/homemade-fly-trap.html

8. The Surprising Truth About Canning Tomatoes

Aug 23, 2019 903

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Who knew canning tomatoes was such a controversial subject? When you stumble across canning discussions on Facebook or in other homestead groups, this seems to be one of the most hotly contested topics. Why you might ask? Primarily because many canning organizations challenge certain traditions in terms of how foods should be canned. Fear not my friends. In today’s episode, I share a simple solution that will allow you to utilize any canning method you desire.  I also dig deep into the different factors that can affect the acidity, which ultimately effects the canning method you should use.  If you’ve ever wondered how you can stay true to whatever canning method you desire, then this is the podcast for you!

Some key highlights from today's episode: 
    •  How decay and over-ripening affect the acidity     
    •  When to use water-bath canning vs. pressure canning 
    •  Why lemon juice, vinegar, or citric acid can be your best friend 

Kick your fears to the curb and learn everything you’ll ever need to know about canning at https://www.learnhowtocan.com now! 

7. How to Help Your Garden Recover from Hail

Aug 21, 2019 1268

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Hail is one of the most destructive forces when it comes to the health and well-being of your garden.  If you’re anything like myself, you can relate to the devastation of walking outside and seeing your garden in tatters following a hail storm.   Unfortunately, a recent storm crushed months of hard work, time, and money.  Even though I was bummed and initially wanted to quit gardening, it ultimately wound up creating a positive shift in my attitude.  Today I’m going to outline several strategies on how you can salvage, recover, and rebuild moving forward.  Don’t miss my idea on how to protect your plants from future storms. 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 
    •  What to do with a hailed out garden 
    •  Why you shouldn’t immediately rip out your garden 
    •  If and when you should re-plant 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

As mentioned in this episode, you can find the perfect compost tea recipe to help your garden recover here: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/07/compost-tea-recipe.html

6. All You Ever Needed to Know About Compost Tea

Aug 19, 2019 824

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First and foremost, let me ease your concerns.  I’m not here to give you a recipe a special morning beverage made from compost.  Today you’re going to learn about a special fertilizer that is sure to produce miracles in your garden.  You’ll learn the difference between aerated and non-aerated tea, why non-aerated tea is my weapon of choice, and how you can make it for free.  Listen to find out why compost tea is one of the best ways to give your plants a 100% organic boost! 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  The easiest way to produce compost tea 
    •  My own personal compost tea recipe 
    •  The benefits of a soil drench vs. spray
    •  Other ingredients you can add to your tea

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



5. Canning Safety: What You Need to Know about Botulism

Aug 16, 2019 917

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By far the number one fear I hear the most in regards to canning concerns food poisoning.  Better known as botulism, this phenomenon has the potential to cause some very serious health problems.  While botulism has the can be extremely dangerous, I’m here to provide some guidance to help you mitigate any possible risk.  From acidity to temperature to different types of canning, listen to find a comprehensive guide on canning safely.   

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  The importance of acid in home-canned foods 
    •  Why you should use a pressure canner for low acid food

To get my comprehensive canning e-book, visit https://www.learnhowtocan.com

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



4. How to Take a Vacation When You Have a Homestead

Aug 14, 2019 1327

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One of the most common concerns I hear from people looking to get into homesteading is what happens when you need to leave or take a vacation?  While we want all of the joys that a homestead provides, certainly there can be issues when needing to be away for a prolonged period of time.  Fear not my friends, I'm here to explain how you can leave your homestead without a great deal of worry.  Listen today to find out how we prepare for trips away from the homestead.  This episode is sure to inspire some ideas of your own.

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  The best times to leave the homestead  
    •  How to find someone to watch your place 
    •  How to cut down on chores to make things easier 
    •  Why an automatic watering system is great no matter the situation. 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path!



3. Why We Chose to Garden in Raised Beds

Aug 12, 2019 1619

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Have you ever wondered if raised beds were the answer to your garden issues?  When Christian and I started our first garden on our homestead, we began with a traditional in-ground garden.  After a somewhat comical mistake involving manure, we quickly had a yard growing in our garden.  Certainly not an ideal situation.  Though a temporary solution worked for a while, we discovered a deeper issue as a result of previous pesticide use. Enter raised beds.  Listen today to find out if raised beds are the right solution for your homestead. 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 
    •  How I poisoned my first garden
    •  How deep mulch saved my garden 
    •  Why raised beds can heat the soil faster 
    •  The benefits of a timed drip system 

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

For complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow

2. How to Can Jam Without Using Tons of Sugar

Aug 12, 2019 1313

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It’s summertime, and beyond the beautiful weather, it means that all of the amazing fruits are in season.  What does in-season fruit mean?  Jam of course!  While I love to make jam, I’ve always found that most jam and jelly recipes are loaded with added sugar.  If you’re anything like me, you want to use as little added sugar as you can.  Today I’m going to teach you how to easily create incredible tasting jams with having to overload them with white sugar. 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  Ways to make jam without overloading them with sugar
    •  The incredible science of pectin
    •  Why I like to use honey as a sweetener
    •  Click here for my favorite pectin!  https://pomonapectin.com/

Click here to get access to my series of FREE videos demonstrating the process that I detailed in today’s podcast. https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/jam

For complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow

1. How 2 City Kids Became Homesteaders

Aug 7, 2019 1914

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Welcome to the very first episode of Old Fashioned On Purpose!  My name is Jill Winger, and on today's episode I'm thrilled to share with you my very unlikely foray into homesteading.  You'll hear why growing up as city kids didn't prevent my husband and I from achieving our goal of owning milk cows, cultivating our own gardens, building our own farm, and so much more.  If you've ever had any interest in homesteading, don't miss your chance to peek in on my journey.   Before you know it you'll be starting your own!

Some key highlights from today's episode:

  How horses sparked my interest in homesteading  Purchasing our first property  How a compost pile sparked our foray into homesteading  The importance of teaching yourself

Click here to check out photos of our homestead makeover! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/05/wyoming-prairie-house.html

Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow