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Goat Care

By ACS Distance Education on April 20, 2018 in Animals & Self Sufficiency | comments

Goats are one of the easier animals to keep. They can be kept as a farm animal or pet, in large numbers or as a single animal.

They may be used to produce fleece, meat or milk; or to control weeds.

Read on and learn more about goat care.

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Harvesting a Bee Hive

By ACS Distance Education on April 15, 2018 in Animals, Gardening & Self Sufficiency | comments

Read this article to learn more about how to produce honey and beeswax.

Find out more about our Beekeeping and hive production course.



Nitrogen Cycle

By ACS Distance Education on December 21, 2017 in Gardening & Self Sufficiency | comments
The nitrogen cycle illustrates the relationship between different forms of nitrogen in the soil, water, air and living organisms. It is considered to be a cycle since nitrogen moves around from place to place in different forms but is always present. The main phases of the cycle are shown in the following diagram and are discussed here.


By ACS Distance Education on June 9, 2016 in Self Sufficiency | comments

When bees collect pollen and nectar from flowers and bring it back to the hive – some of it is converted into honey but the rest is converted into beeswax. Bees build their combs from beeswax so they need it in order to survive.

Once you see white cappings in the hive covering the hexagonal shaped cells, it means that the honey is ready for extraction. It is the cappings which are situated on both sides of the cells that make up the beeswax.


Vegetable Pest and Disease

By ACS Distance Education on June 9, 2016 in Gardening & Self Sufficiency | comments

The best time to grow vegetables is when it is warm; but the only down side to this is warm weather also favours pests and diseases!

Variable weather (eg. storms, floods, drought, wind), combined with warmth can add even more to the headaches.

Gardeners can take three steps to avoid problems with their spring vegetables -read on and find out.