Food Forest

Autumn is for Garden Bed Building

My autumn season has been incredibly busy.  Cut firewood.  Haul materials for new garden beds.  Along with all the regular chores of course.  I am preparing beds now so that the compost can start to rot in its new home and because the leaves are so numerous in the autumn.  …

Decorative Stuff

New Tshirts from the Homestead

A new tshirt creation from the homestead!  Get your Autumn Mandala tshirt here.  There is a hoodie, a sweat shirt, a long sleeve T, and a womans long sleeve T in a variety of fall colors. I decided that I would design tshirts and sell them on the blog to …

Decorative Stuff

Saving Corn for Seed

Corn is a very simple crop to save seed from.  Just be sure you know what makes for good corn seed. Open pollinated variety You need to have your corn 1000 feet away from other varieties if yoy want to produce the same kind of corn next year. Corn is …

Gardening

Saving Squash Seeds

Quick note on seed saving:  The kinds of seeds you plant to save seeds from matters a lot.  Check out this link for information. Saving seeds for squash is basically the same for all different kinds, including pumpkins. All you have to do is pull the seeds out of the …

Family

Bushcraft Hut for Autumn

We decided that the best way to start autumn would be to practice our bushcraft skills.  We would build a little hut near the firepit where we could lay out a blanket for picnics, storytime, singalongs, or whatever else the kids came up with.  I am writing this very post …

Fermentation

Fermented Salsa

Fermented foods are excellent for your gut health.  The probiotics they offer are some of the best you can get, and for much less than buying pills at the store.  Actually, this fermented salsa recipe was nearly free with vegetables from the garden. Fermented salsa is apparently the best recipe …

Cooking
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Cob Rocket Stove DIY

We use our rocket stove outside half the year for all of our cooking.  The other half of the year it’s cold out so we cook on the woodstove inside.  We really llovethe rocket stove, but we could really, really, use another burner.  I decided to try to build more …

Cooking

Canning Whole Tomatoes on the Rocket Stove

We have plenty of tomatoes. I don’t really have time to process and preserve them all, so I will squeeze in a quick round of un peeled canned tomatoes. And I’m using my rocket stove to do it. Get your jars ready, I’m using quart jars, by boiling them in …

Materials
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Collecting Natural Clay For Building

If you live in an area anything like mine, you have plenty of clay “soil” and hate it.  It is terrible for gardening and makes a huge mess when the kids play in it.  However, clay is an ingredient in cob, which is an amazing natural building material used for …

Food Preservation

Harvesting and Infusing St. John’s Wort

Thursday Food (and Herb) Day! Continuing with the wildcrafting herbal remedy theme, today we will collect and infuse some St. John’s Wort.  This pretty herb grows wild all over the place on my homestead and all over the side of the road.  Plenty available for sutainable wild harvesting. St. John’s …