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More Food from the Wild and Your Yard – Graft Fruit Trees!

December 12, 2016

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I once did a horticultural analysis of a property way out in the scrublands. The owner had good clean water, no real neighbors, a great location… and hot, fast-drying, mineral-poor sand that was really, really bad for gardening. There was no couching it. I had to tell him: this area just won’t cut it for most of your planned annual […]

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Using Plastic in the Garden

June 3, 2015

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You know, I’ve never liked plastic. It has some excellent uses, sure – but still, I like to avoid most stuff that takes roughly a bazillion years to break down. When I started my home nursery business a year and a half ago, I did a lot of research into methods of controlling weeds. I […]

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How I Potty Trained My 5 Ducks

April 21, 2015

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AnconaDucks

The first comment I always hear out of people’s mouths when I tell them that I have ducks is, “Oh man, I’ve heard they’re messy”. “Not if you know how to potty train them” I like to always say. This ALWAYS get’s their attention. And here’s what I mean. If you’re not familiar with my […]

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How To Build A Self Reliant Homestead

February 5, 2015

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In this post I wanted to share with you my plans for turning some VERY unproductive areas of my property into valuable assets. While I certainly hadn’t been wasting all of my property, as you can see in this video of the first food forest I built, I had been squandering some serious opportunities for […]

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Patience: The Key To Homesteading and Gardening Success

November 14, 2014

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OldManPrev

Many preppers join the survivalist ranks in a mad rush. Most of us have been there. We remember the one event, news article, lost job or crisis that pushed us firmly into the “I’ll be ready no matter what” mindset. Oft-times our conversion leads to a mad rush. We buy buckets of beans, generators, guns, […]

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Trees: Natural Frost Protection

November 6, 2014

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Forbidden fruit has its allure. As the Scripture says, “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” (Proverbs 9:17) No matter where we are in life or what we’ve been given… we always seem to want something we don’t have… or can’t have. The same is true with gardeners – particularly ones […]

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