Forest Permaculture

Forest Permaculture is an integrated three dimensional design of permanent agricultural layers combining tall trees, small trees and shrubs, vines, perennial and self-seeding ground covers, and livestock to sustainability and permanently provide nutrients. Okay, that sounds so serious and professional.  Permaculture is a method of farming management where the environment provides food for your livestock.  …

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How BIG a Backyard Do You Need?

Interesting... When Summer turns to Fall and the air is crisp, my mind drifts to the planning stage.  For those at the exciting beginning stage of homesteading, this is for you! Here is a fun graphic to illustrate how much land you need to live off and be self sufficient.

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Growing Peas

Peas are one of the tastiest vegetables to plant in a garden.  They are easy to grow, sweet when picked at the right time, chocked full of protein, easy to harvest and store.  This is definitely one of my go-to veggies. Sow At the end of January; directly sow seeds in succession (enough for one …

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12 Herbs That Your Poultry Love, That Love Them Right Back!!!

[reposted from my blog at Capper Farmer: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/poultry/12-herbs-that-your-poultry-love-that-love-them-right-back.aspx ] Borage Borage is an herb which contains phyto-nutrients such as flavonoids, resveratrol, carotenoids and glucosinolates, minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron and is high in vitamin C and A. It also contains a special Omega-6 fatty acid called GLA which plays a vital …

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How to Sprout or Grow Fodder

What is Sprouting & Fodder? Sprouting is the process of taking seeds through the germination process by first soaking the seed in water for about 2-12 hours, then draining water from the seed into trays, the grain/seeds are then rinsed morning and evening for 5 days. Fodder continues to grow for 4 more days, a …

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Sprouting to 5 Days

Why Sprout or Grow Fodder?

What is Sprouting & Fodder? Sprouting is the process of taking seeds through the germination process by first soaking the seed in water for about 8-12 hours, then draining water from the seed into trays, the seeds are then rinsed morning and evening for 5 days.  Fodder continues to grow for 4 more days, a …

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Home Winter Emergency Kit

10 To-Do Fall Homestead Maintenance Chores

Winter is coming and on the first day of fall it is important to start checking off these to-dos before the snow begins to swirl. 1.  Prepare your garden, shrubs and trees for winter weather.  Prune, insulate, plant cover crops and check for fungus or insect damage. 2.  Rake leaves.  Use dead leaves as mulch …

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