Homestead Tour

Today we had a small warm-up (20 deg.) so I thought I would take a walk around the homestead and update you with some of the things going on.

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Early produce is ready!

Over the last couple of days we received 2.25 inches of rain which was a blessing because I have been too busy to glance at the garden let alone water it.  With the warmer temps and the extra moisture the produce is ready to harvest!  I just picked the makings of a salad – lettuce, […]

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Swale Video

The other day when my brother-in-law was over we had an impromptu video shoot about the swales. Warning – the sound gets soft as I turn away from the camera.

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Homestead Update

Things have been going crazy around here starting with the weather.  We had unseasonably warm weather here the end of March (80’s) then we had a week of freezing temps and now we are back to “normal” weather.  With the warm weather I started some lettuce, cabbage, radishes, spinach, and peas because I didn’t want […]

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TLUD Rocket Stove Construction

Rocket stoves are simple stove designs that use a small amount of combustion material (wood) and create a hot burn.  The ultimate would be a rocket mass heater.  We are building several rocket stoves with the hopes of building a rocket mass heater for ether the house or the greenhouse. We built a one gallon […]

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Exploring Sustainable Agriculture

This is the first in a series of posts on Sustainable Agriculture. The purpose is to explore the two viewpoints of sustainable ag which are conventional farming and nonconventional farming. The hope is that when done we can try to merge the two or at the minimum understand each side without the abrasive and divisive […]

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What You Need to Know About Osage-Orange – The Hedge Apple

The Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera) or the hedge apple or horse apple as it is also known is a medium sized deciduous tree that grows to the height of 40 to 60 feet tall. The younger twigs have ½ inch thorns growing along its length.  The hedge apple is dioecious with male and female flowers on […]

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Book Review – Renewable Energy for Your Home

  Today we are reviewing Renewable Energy for Your Home by Alan and Gill Bridgewater.  This book is written for the basic beginner who just woke up and realized that they want to do something “green” but have no idea where to go beyond that. This book covers all the forms of renewable energy. Solar, […]

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Book Review – Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture

Today I want to review a book I received for Christmas. Sepp’s Holzer’s Permaculture printed in the United States of America by Chelsea Green Publishing. I was really excited to receive this book because of some videos I had viewed about Sepp’s farming on YouTube.  My first impressions of this book after flipping through it […]

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Money Saving Idea – Reuse, Recycle Wood

Today’s tip is reusing wood for your homestead projects.  Not to many years ago when a barn was outgrown it was disassembled and the material was reused in the new building.  Now days an excavator is brought in and the scrap goes into a dumpster.  Its time to start thinking like our grandparents did and […]

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