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40 Yards of Wood Chips

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I first learned about using wood chips on the garden by a fella named Paul Gautschi from the Back to Eden movie. When we lived in Tennessee, we could get all the wood chips we wanted to and for the stop-dead-in-your-tracks price of FREE!! Yes, there were trees everywhere and the ones with overhanging bows, blown down bark and...

Do Lice Live In My Christmas Tree?

A study by Bjart Jordal Associate Professor at the University of Bergen , "There are a number of insects hiding in a Christmas tree.” The bugs come into your house like on a Trojan Horse being “welcomed” into you home while hiding in the inner workings of the bark. During the summer months, the bugs are active and...well...doing what bugs do:...

Grow Your Soil

Grow Your Soil First and the Garden Will Grow Itself [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfSDCSFD5ec] How do you grow your soil? What does that mean, “grow your soil?” Plants live only from what they can get from the soil and the water they either get from the sky or the irrigation you provide. A tomato is about 95% water. What is the other 5%?...

No More Scummy Coffee

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If you are anything like me, you love coffee. It was 1998 when I had my first cup of coffee. It was black and in a small white cup that was sorta like milk glass. Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and in basic training, I was dog tired and someone told me to try coffee, “It’ll wake you up.” Did...

8 Organic Methods for Weed Control

What is a weed? Seems like a silly question but take a quick paradigm check with me and ask yourself, “What IS a weed?” I’ve known folks to grow 8 foot thistles because “they are pretty” and others to grow buttonweed “because it keep the ground moist.” Likewise, I’ve seen other folks pull healthy tomato plants out of the...

Mulch Your Garden and It’ll Grow

The word is getting out. Mulching the garden beds is becoming more and more popular. Nonetheless, I still see bare ground on many gardens and that bare ground is bare due to one of three reasons: 1) Freshly tilled and planted. 2) Intensive weeding all the time. 3) Toxic and cancer-causing poison sprayed on the ground around the plants...

Best Wife in the World

My wife is the best wife in the world. I know that’s a shock to many of you ladies out there who’s been told by their husbands that they are the best. Those gentlemen are well-meaning and we have to give them credit for giving you encouragement. Ahhh, all kidding aside, my wife is wonderful and I wouldn’t trade...

Homestead Passion or Prison

We live in a world that functions by many systems and our homesteads are no different. Watering, feeding, cleaning, pruning, weeding and a whole array of other chores keeps bowed-up busy each day. And with all there is to do we sometimes (more often than I care to admit) neglect family, friends and even personal time. The day-to-day time...

How to be Happy

How to be a Happy Homesteader…How to be a Happy Person Over the past few weeks we have been creating yet another homestead. We’ve been striving toward this concept of self-sufficiency for over a decade and still have not found it. What does it mean to “create a homestead?” Once upon a time, I started homesteading (the verb) on our...

Planting Comfrey – 5 Considerations & 5 Nitty Gritties

Comfrey is a soil builder. To make it simple, we could practice planting comfrey root or crown cuttings right in the dirt and, with a bit of water, the comfrey plant will grow. But, we don’t want simple; we want want gargantuan, humongous, prodigious (that’s a fun word) comfrey. We don't want small and simple; we want big and "not-too-complicated." Comfrey...

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