Using Duckweed on the Homestead If you search for information about duckweed on the internet, the vast majority of the information you’ll find will be about how to get rid of it. Common duckweed (Lemna minor) grows in still water in temperate climates around the globe. And this tiny plant grows pretty fast, once it […]Read More
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Growing Up in the American Desert My father was career military man which meant that growing up, I got to travel all over the U.S. and the world. That was awesome except that I never really got to call any place home for very long. I do not have a childhood home that my parents […]Read More
Don’t Kill Yourself Making Compost! Long ago, I used to spend a lot of time making big piles of greens and browns – carefully mixed, watered, turned, and sifted… And yet I never had enough compost to go around. I’m sure you know the feeling! I still make piles, since I like to have fine […]Read More
Get Better Compost in Less Time Did you ever notice that some things compost beautifully, while other things bog down your bins? I try to keep an eye out for the exceptionally good compost boosters that I come across. These can be very handy if you keep big compost piles, because they help your compost […]Read More
Learning from Nature I admit it: I get a kick out of shaking things up. For years I listened to the rules on composting… then I shrugged, threw away the rule book, and decided to watch what happened in nature and copy the design I found there. Basically everything organic can be returned to the […]Read More
The Buffet is Closed! Five years ago, when we decided we needed to get really serious about gardening and raising more of our own food, we didn’t realize how much of a hurdle we were facing. Both our lack of knowledge and skills, plus where we planned on doing this, have turned out to make […]Read More
Homegrown Food on Every Table Working towards my vision of “homegrown food on every table,” I am always setting up different experiments to try out different growing methods like hydroponics and aeroponics. Some of these are viable for homestead-scale growing, and some are better suited for urban and suburban needs. Of course, I’ll be writing […]Read More