Richard Bogdanowicz

Compost or Mulch

Compost bin and wheelbarrow

I was talking to a person about planting this year’s garden and told them to compost the garden, then mulch heavy. He looked at me like I had 3 heads and asked, “isn’t compost and mulching the same thing?” It hit me that the 2 processes may not be understood by all. So, let’s talk about mulch (mulching) and compost (composting). Compost is nutrient rich and full of life that […]

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Ding Dong Monsanto’s Gone

Protest against Monsanto, Zagreb, Croatia

We may finally have a solution to the plant killer Monsanto: MycoPesticide, a super spectacular amazing natural pesticide created, or better said, realized by Paul Stamets. This special man that is king of mushrooms has found a possible way to bring down Monsanto that carelessly tests chemicals on you, me, your children, and the planet! Paul Stamets should be a household name because he just may have saved all of […]

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Homestead Sausage

Sausage Feat

I recently was interrogated by a reader about sausage and mushrooms we grow on our homestead. I thought they were right, and I needed to write about one of our biggest sources of fast food SAUSAGE. So, thank you Twiddlebug. When I say sausage, I don’t generally just mean pork. I just mean anything you want to grind and mix up. I generally use some sort of meat, but you […]

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Repel Pests With Plants

colorado potato beetle in potatoes leaves

The seed magazines have been coming in for the last couple of weeks, signaling me to get ready. This is the most exciting and anxious time of year. I feel like it’s the beginning of the growing season: like I am running out of time already. What a weird time of year, right? If you have the same feeling I do, I feel bad for you. I guess my first […]

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Why I love the Worms in the Garden

Worms Feat

I love my worms very much! Yes, they look creepy and slimy, but these creatures from below help feed my family and keep us all happy and healthy. If it weren’t for worms, I may have never found permaculture. I could be using synthetic fertilizers that most universities testing your soil tell you to use. I could have been growing this way and have cancer or other health issues due […]

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Water Harvesting

Water Harvesting Feat

Precious water is here today and gone tomorrow. As a homesteader I see a fault in my homestead. I need a large source of dependable water for a backup. I have my deep well that can go dry or will start pumping up clay after 300-400 gallons of water in one use. That is fine for daily use, but I don’t feel secure with it. We don’t use our well […]

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Hugel Swales May be a Bad Idea

Hugel Swales May be a Bad Idea feat

Ok, so this conversation has been addressed in the correct way and was explained by Jack Spirko at http://permaculturenews.org/2015/11/06/dont-try-building-hugel-swales-this-is-a-very-and-i-mean-very-bad-idea/. This very bad idea, Hugel-swales on contour, should not be done!!!!! We can however accomplish the morph on small scale as explained by Jack Spirko, but not in the true “this is how to build a swale” and “this is how to build a Hugel.” Again, do not do what I […]

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Permaculture Kitchen Garden

Herb garten

Who doesn’t love cooking with fresh herbs? I love cooking with fresh ingredients. Using fresh cut culinary herbs and edible flowers is a really special thing. All growers know that from the time the plant is harvested you start losing flavor and nutrients. It’s important to get fresh-cut herbs if you want the most amazing flavor for you and your family. Permaculture is such a heartwarming way to grow. You […]

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Berry Island

berry fruit

My property has a right-of-way cutting off a small section of my land for my dear neighbor so she can get to her property. I see this section of land as a small island and found a great opportunity to do something a little different with it. This will be my second year working on ‘Berry Island’. It’s really cold right now about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, so I obviously won’t […]

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Giving Classes on the Homestead

Homesteading Classes feat

Hosting classes on the homestead can make extra income while helping people that are interested in what you have to teach them. I really enjoy talking with people about all the things I do and the things I would like to experiment with. I also love networking and sharing information. Having classes on my homestead gives me a chance to make these connections. It’s also difficult to find homesteading type […]

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Homesteading Can Get You Out of Debt

Compost Pile

Homesteading is a really good tool to dig yourself out of debt. That was one of my big first goals: to become a homesteader. I was disgusted in the way I was living; I was dependent on money for every single aspect of my life. I felt that from the time I woke up in the morning to when my head hit the pillow, the world revolved around money. Honestly, […]

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Aquaponics Green House

Koi swimming in a decorative pond.

My aquaponics system is the heartbeat of my hoop house. I created this system as an experiment which has been going on for over 2 years now with minimal intervention. I built this system to provide water to my soil in the hoop house. It used to get really dry since I rarely ever water it myself. I don’t like watering anything unnaturally (with my water hose). I only do […]

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