Outdoor Building
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DIY Outdoor Kitchen

I chose the outdoor kitchen to be the first project on the new blog because this kitchen is my baby.  My outdoor kitchen is far nicer than my indoor kitchen will ever be.  It has it’s own garden, rain collector,  rocket stove, and other good stuff.  Lots of projects for …

Land

Project Brief

The final project is due in my permaculture design class.  I know this is a long post, but I wanted to share my final project and what I would be doing for the next 5+ years.  Here is my project and future homestead:   The homestead section of the lot …

Gardening

Choosing Squash to Save Seed

Squash is my favorite vegetable to grow.  I love the taste, the varieties, watching them grow through the summer and the fact that the winter varieties store so well.  There are tons of recipes of all kinds for squash from stuffed squash, to squash bread to squash pie. You can …

Gardening

Arrival of the Seeds

It’s almost spring and the seeds are here!  Just enough for a small vegetable garden to put away some stash for the winter.  I am keeping it simple this year because we are going to be so busy doing other things. Generally, permaculture doesn’t do a lot with annuals.  Perennials …

Gardening

Seed Shopping

The first seed catalogue of the year showed up today.  Always an exciting time for me.  I spend way too much time reading through the books trying to decide what I want to plant and which variety of everything.  A little of everything is pretty much what I decide on. …

Gardening

Kitchen Scrap Composter

This is a picture of my kitchen scrap composter.  They do make expensive, fancy versions that are probably nicer to look at, but mine only cost about ten dollars.  I chose a garbage can with wheels so that I could move it and a locking lid to keep critters out …

Gardening

Harvesting Zuchetta

Zuchetta rampicante is a unique type of squash.  It can be harvested and used as a summer squash or as a winter squash.  I picked this squash in the picture when I took the picture.  I used it as a summer squash and sauteed most of it for my lunches. …

Food Preservation

Drying: Hot Peppers

Dehydrating hot peppers was a very simple process minus one small factor.  Hot peppers contain capsaicin.  This is what is in the peppers that makes them hot.  When you are cutting the peppers, DO NOT touch your eyes without scrubbing your hands first.  You may know this already, but do …

Gardening

Seed Saving: Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are highly beneficial to your garden.  I plant them year after year and they always have grown well for me.  However, I have also had to buy seeds every year.  This is a shame because nasturtiums seeds are very easy to collect.  I hope to never need to buy …

Gardening

Seed Saving: Sunflowers

You could call it harvesting and eat all your sunflower seeds or you could call it saving seed and plant the seeds next year.  Either way it’s a pretty easy job to do.  Once the sunflowers are past their prime the back of the head will turn yellow and that …