Milkweed Assassin Bug – 4K

April 12, 2016

Milkweed Assassin Bug

I was in my garden Saturday and saw this milkweed assassin bug chilling on a blackberry bush. There was a honeybee buzzing around as well. I decided to try the 4K video on my new iPhone SE. This may be the first time a milkweed assassin bug has been shot in 4K. I like to think so anyway.

Most Commonly Known As:

Milkweed Assassin Bug

Species Name:

Zelus Longipes Linnaeus

Beneficial To:

Gardeners, Citrus Growers, Homesteaders, etc.

Thinning a Harvester Peach Tree

April 12, 2016

How to thin a peach tree

How many peaches can I grow on a 3-year-old Harvester Peach tree? I asked this question on the Homegrown Liberty Facebook Group a couple days ago. While I didn’t get an answer in the form of a number, I was given some direction and this video is the result of said direction, most of which revolved around aggressively thinning the peaches.

Some Background:

Last year the peach tree gave me one peach. This year, I dumped some leftover comfrey fertilizer on it I made last year. That’s some good stuff because I have over 37 peaches on the first branch I counted. I gave up counting at 120 peaches and was about half way through the tree.

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Micro Swale | End of Summer Video Review

October 15, 2015

Hey y’all. I wanted to give you a look at how the micro swale made it through the summer. It wasn’t until the end of summer that we got the water well up and running. The plants and trees did really good considering how little rain we received. The video’s a little longer than most so feel free to use the fast forward feature to get through it a little quicker.

Learn how to use a hi-lift-hack for winching on your homestead

If you’re a homesteader, you will want to know how to use a Hi-Lift Jack for winching.

A man demonstrating How To Use A Hi-Lift Jack For Winching a vehicle out of the mud

Man using a hi-lift jack to winch an SUV out of the mud. Photo from product page.

One thing that homesteaders are pretty good at is getting the most out of their tools by maximizing the ways they can be used. The Hi-Lift Jack is one of those tools that has a primary feature (lifting objects, usually vehicles), but can be used for many other applications.

One of my favorite secondary uses of the Hi-Lift Jack, and one that doesn’t get a lot of attention, is to use it for winching. Learning how to use a Hi-Lift jack for winching is a must know skill for any homesteader. Not only will it help you recover a stuck vehicle, as I did last week, but the skill can translate to many other homestead activities.

Hi-Lift Jack can be used for:

  • Lifting a vehicle while changing a tire
  • Supporting a load bearing beam while replacing the support
  • Building a treehouse (demonstrated by Cody at
  • Winching a stuck vehicle or other stuck object
  • Tightening a fence
  • Clamp or crush an object
  • Lift a shed to drive a trailer under it
  • Hundreds of other applications.

Do you have a Hi-LIft Jack on your homestead?

If for some reason you find yourself homesteading without a Hi-Lift Jack, I strongly recommend you get one. You should be able to find them at any good hardware store. If that doesn’t work, the next best place would be No matter where you find one, you will be glad you did.

Watch this video on how to use a Hi-Lift Jack for winching

Hi-Lift Jack and Accessories from