Gardening
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Announcing the 2017 Seed Swap

Seed saving is a very sustainable way to grow a garden every year.  You could spends hundreds on seeds if you have a decent sized garden.  Or you could learn to save your own. I try to encourage seed saving by having seed swaps so we can all share our …

Cooking

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 …

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 Forest

Yard Waste Upcycle

This is the fantastic pile of rich yard waste we have to work with: The purpose of this post is to demonstrate how a pile of twisted up “waste” can be useful for so many different things.  The pile is tree tops left by the logger and pushed aside, twisting …

Gardening

Chop and Drop: Weeds for Mulching

I have many areas around the house that are suppossed to be the yard.  However, being fresh cut forest, the wild field plants have taken over.  I plan to turn these wild plants and excess of trees into mulch.  The majority of our lot is wooded, so I don’t feel …

House

Practice Dome Building

An important part of taking on a project as big as a house, is to practice the building techniques you may want to use.  Our plan is to build our home out of cordwood and domes, so when we had the opportunity for the man to go help Freedom’s Phoenix …

Gardening
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Hot Compost (Faster Compost)

I have terrible soil.  I am hoping to make enough compost to be able to support all the garden beds I set up in the fall.  I set up raised garden beds and hugelkultur beds in hopes that they would begin to compost before I needed to plant.  However, I …

Gardening
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Compost in Beds

I left off, quite a long time ago, talking about how the soil at my place was close to worthless. Clay and rocks and very acidic. Far from what I will need to be able to grow a years worth of food for a family of four. It is getting …

Materials

From Woods to Homestead

When we first bought our little piece of land, it was nothing but trees and rocks. So many trees that we couldn’t even set up a tent. After a huge amount of hemming and hawing we finally decided to have a logger come in and clear some of the land. …

Food Forest

Permaculture Principles Deck

Just a short little post to share this with you.  Here is a link to get a permaculture principles deck.  Aren’t they nice?  It is 101 cards plus another 36 of an add on deck full of information for you to remember when you are designing.  You can buy the …