Big City, Little Homestead

Living rural in the city is hip and urban – and you can, too.

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  1. Rachel Jennifer Paul

    June 13, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Hello Jane,
    I want to be a part of your mission! (address redacted)

  2. Thank you for what you do♡

  3. Hi Jane,

    I’d like to know how to keep neighborhood cats out of my yard. They hop the 8-foot fence and make a mess.

    Any suggestions?


    • I’m sorry, other than invoking fear into them – vigilante scary behaviour from you! it’s hard to manage cats. I’d get a good squirt gun and every time they come around, holler and use it. I’ve had a cat or two walk the fences for years; after a while I noticed the squirrels weren’t afraid of them so they weren’t much for hunting. So I let told their welcome was provisional to good behaviour.

  4. I stumbled on your page by accident. I forgot how I got here, but, thank God I did.
    I love the way you have set up your backyard.
    I’m trying to make a couple of spots on mine bird friendly and another section for insects.
    My “other section” are now 3 areas.
    I wish more people did the same.

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