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How Weed Barriers can Improve the Quality of Your Garden

While permaculturists strive to live sustainably and limit their impact on the environment, it can be a challenge to manage garden pests without the use of harmful chemical sprays. Weeds dig their roots into your soil and steal nutrients, water, and sunlight from other plants – while expanding its own system to disperse offspring throughout your garden. Using a weed barrier can help you fend off these frustrating intruders without […]

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Beautiful and Nutritious Lupinus

Have you heard of this little beauty?  Most likely you have but just didn’t know it. Lupinus, also called Lupine, Lupin, Lupini beans, bluebonnets, and several other names, is both an agriculture crop and a smaller scale garden plant and ornamental. There are many species of Lupinus, but all hail from the legume family (Fabaceae, Leguminosae or Papilionaceae), and like all legumes can fix nitrogen, which benefits the soil and […]

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One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts – An Evolution From Industrial To Regenerative Farming

When White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, made the transition from an industrialized agricultural facility to a regenerative farm, the benefits were felt throughout the town. In his new film, director Peter Byck introduces viewers to Will Harris, the owner of White Oak Pastures, whose journey could inspire a revolution across the global agricultural industry. “I used to consider what I did to be a simple business,” Harris said in […]

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Homestead Sausage

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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Maximizing Yield with Vertical Spaces

According to the United Nations, the amount of arable land per person has decreased from about one acre per person in 1970 to approximately half an acre in 2000; that number is expected to be roughly one-third an acre by 2050. The U.N. also estimates that the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Given that, we need to explore our options with regards to food production, especially in […]

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Small Scale Composting

Organic waste comprises an estimated 20-40% of the solid waste stream that ends up in landfills. Organic matter breaks down slowly in landfills due to limited oxygen, which can contribute to methane gas production. Enter stage left: compost. Compost is the rich, black remnant of organic waste such as kitchen scraps combined with “brown” matter (i.e. soil, leaves); the result is beautiful fertilizer for your garden. Intentionally composting accelerates the […]

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How We Make an Income While Homesteading

One of the reasons we started our homestead was quality of life. My wife and I were both working while trying to raise 3 young children. As our first born hit high school we felt that our family was growing apart faster than we liked. We always dabbled in gardening and such but we decided to make a change. As a family, we thought that the state of our country […]

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Turning Firewood into Mushrooms

A few year ago, I was sucked into edible mushrooms. We went to a mushroom class given by Bill Russell. He was talking about edible mushrooms and how to identify them. He has a fantastic book called Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic. After the class he took us on a walk to identify some mushrooms. He also brought a few helpers with him to work with the […]

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Ways We Harvest Food on a Small Homestead

There are so many avenues of food cultivation on the Earth. Our Earth is constantly creating food for us, but as time goes on, our natural instincts have been deprogrammed. The powers that be have pushed the idea that we have to go to supermarkets or restaurants to eat. Not only is that a ridiculous idea but it’s absolutely insulting! You can find all sorts of food, mostly greens, available […]

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Shou Sugi Ban: How to Preserve Wood Using Fire

Modern building practices often use designs and materials which cause destruction or detriment to the surrounding ecosystem and utilize resources which may be cheap to buy but are expensive to the Earth (see for example 1). Luckily for the Earth, a myriad of projects out there are following the “use and value renewable resources and services” principle with building materials and techniques. One common natural resource to use is wood, […]

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Maximizing Your Urban Space

I’ve been an apartment-dweller most of my life, and I used to think that growing food was always going to be a distant dream. I felt like my lack of ground soil and minimal surface area could never support more than a few herbs in containers, and that city life was holding me back. Many of us lack the luxury of abundant land, but still want to grow and nurture […]

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Dig the Fig – The Essential Guide to All You Need to Know About Figs

Man and fig have come a long way since then but have remained very much good friends, travelling and setting up home together all over the world where summers are warm and dry and winters are cool.

During this article, we’ll be focusing on the common fig – Ficus carica. We’ll look at fig types, hardy figs, fig cultivation, fig reproduction, fig propagation, good companions plants for figs, and growing figs commercially.

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