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Forest Gardens

Forest Gardens

I stumbled on this fine example of what a forest type garden can look like.  With a little planning and properly timed disturbance this style of garden can be incredibly productive and requires little inputs.  This example is from across the “pond” in England… From the outset a forest garden is designed as a natural system. We provide the physical structure – various edible trees, climbers, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and some annuals – to make the best use of the…

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Sheet Mulching Our Front Yard!

Sheet Mulching Our Front Yard!

I wrote a while back about our battle with thistles on the homestead.  One of my strategies for dealing with them on a small scale had been sheet mulch.  We started the first section of the transformation of the front “lawn” last fall, so I thought I would share with you guys what we’ve learned and what we were able to accomplish….   We made some adjustments for phase two based on some observations and we’re hoping to optimize the…

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Homestead Happenings: December 2015

Homestead Happenings: December 2015

Homestead Update Dec 2015 Well here we go… knee deep in the hustle and bustle of the Season! Not much time for games, unless you make the time….   We’ve been plugging along on a project to renovate the front yard thistle patch into a usable growing area.  We’re doing a sheet mulch rahab on the area.  First we set down a nice thick layer of cardboard, then put down a 2 inch layer of compost, then about an inch…

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Garden Update Video July 2015

Garden Update Video July 2015

I’m going to try something new today, a bit of en experiment.  I shot about six minutes of video in the garden with my phone yesterday and uploaded it to Youtube.  So here is my first attempt at using my own video on the site.  The phone got hot and stopped recording so the end kind of trails off as I go into the greenhouse.  If this isn’t too much of a hassle I’ll try to go out and get you guys…

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Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Rhubarb

Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Rhubarb

Rhubarb Aside from asparagus, rhubarb is probably one of the most easily recognizable perennials on the homestead.  This hardy garden standout is easily propagated, and has many uses for us on the Traditional Catholic Homestead. Propagating rhubarb is most commonly done through root division or crown cuttings.  Less frequent is propagation through seed.  I’ve planted both purchased crowns and splits from a friend.  This method is easy and reliable… you know exactly what you are getting, a clone of the…

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Creating Ruth Stout style garden bed

Creating Ruth Stout style garden bed

Fast, Easy, Low Labor Garden Bed, Inspired by Ruth Stout I wrote previously in my post on deep mulch about Ruth Stout, and her gardening methods.  This time I’ll give a step by step how-to on creating a Ruth Stout style bed.  In her  “No-Work Garden Book” she makes mention several times of establishing new beds with potatoes.  Well it just so happens that today I received my order of spuds, sourced locally, well somewhat locally.  Who knew that importing…

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Sheet Mulch: Garden Fertility by the Numbers

Sheet Mulch: Garden Fertility by the Numbers

Sheet mulch is a great way to get a new garden bed started or to rehab an old weedy bed.  I created this simple infographic as a visual how-to so you can easily explain what you are doing to someone who is new to the idea of sheet mulch. The best time to start a new bed is in the fall so it can mature over the winter, but as with most things there is no time like the present….

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Morel propagation experiment:

Morel propagation experiment:

We went out mushroom hunting yesterday with the two youngest boys!  Sun drying morels is one way to preserve the harvest, but this time the weather didn’t want to cooperate….. In total we harvested about eleven and a half pounds of morels.  Now one of the facts of life when you take a four year old out picking morels is that he will pick anything he can identify as a morel.  So the first order of business is making sure…

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Deep thoughts on deep mulch?

Deep thoughts on deep mulch?

Ok so nothing too deep here thought wise, but I was slinging some hay and straw today… mulching big time!  We’re still about a month and a half out from being able to plant annuals in the garden, but grass is starting to come up in the garden paths and that just won’t do.  I’ve committed myself to never mowing down there again.  I enjoy hard work, but I despise creating extra work for myself.  It just seems like there…

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