Monday, June 26, 2017

Homestead Tips: Firewood.



Believe it or not it is never too early to be thinking about how you will be staying warm when winter comes. Most people, depending on where you are, should have a heating source that you have control over. In our case we have wood as a backup heat source. When I was growing up heat was our primary source of heat during the winter. As a result, I have cut my fair share of trees and split a lot of stove wood.

The best way to make sure you have plenty of wood for winter is to take advantage of every opportunity to collect your stove wood. In this episode we talk about procuring , seasoning, and heat ratings of wood for your home.


 
If used correctly and harvested in a managed fashion, firewood is extremely sustainable. I hope you enjoyed the video. 
 
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

American Pokeweed

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This time we are talking about American Pokeweed. At one time this was a heavily eaten plant. So much so that companies actually commercially canned pokeweed. The Allen company canned a lot of poke. I tried to find a photo of the old cans that I could legally share but I didn't find any.
 
Poke can be cooked as a pot herb but the most common way they are eaten is with scrambled eggs. A nutritional powerhouse. This plant must be processed correctly or it can make you quite sick.
 
 
There are also several ways it can be used as an herbal medicine. In fact, I really need to make some extract. I have promised some to friends of mine.
 
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Direct Sow, Seed Starts, or Buying Transplants

 
Today we are going to talk about the pros and cons of direct sow, seed starts, and buying transplants. Each have their own strong points and weeknesses. They vary on cost as well as time to harvest. Which is best for you? You will have to make that decision. I hope you enjoy the video.
 

 
I have used a mix of all three. My goal for next year is to not purchase any plants. We are adding a greenhouse this fall and will be producing not only our own plants, but will have some for sale as well. This is just another step we are taking to become as sustainable as possible and serve our local community with the highest possible quality plants. Wish us luck.
 
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