This is Episode #11 and it is the fourth in my Plant Features!! Today, we are taking a look at the Burdock plant. This is a plant that grows freely and easily in many regions, it may be best known for its annoying burrs that seem to latch onto horse, dogs, and clothing, but it is an amazing plant, nonetheless! This podcast is a rundown of what the burdock plant is and how its useful to nature and to mankind.
So, you tried out your green thumb and it did alright! Now, how on earth do you use all of these fresh ingredients? Maybe you are a pro in the kitchen, but I do not consider myself quite so adept. I am a newbie, when it comes to food preparation! If I am being honest,… Continue reading 7 Easy Ways to Use Garden-Fresh Ingredients
This episode is an interview with my only, half-brother by blood, full-brother by Spirit, Shane Dailey! Shane has SO MUCH wisdom he could share with us, but today we are focusing on his ability to recycle and repurpose normal everyday items around his property and garden. Consider this a homesteading feature about how an everyday family goes about creating a practical farm. Some might call him a hoarder, including me, but nonetheless his ingenuity for finding purpose in what many would consider garbage, is amazing! Listen in as my very own brother shares some of his tricks and tips for living an intentional permaculture inspired life!
I have met many people who would love to get started in the vast world of gardening, but they fear the unknown or the commitment. And I get it. Somedays, it is hard enough to keep enough water and food in our own bodies, much less, monitor the water, soil and sunlight of varying plants surrounding… Continue reading How to Grow a Green Thumb
I am a lover of apples. A crisp autumn day accompanied by applesauce with breakfast, a crunchy apple alongside my lunch (and maybe one for my horse) and some hot apple cider after dinner, is perfect for my Wisconsin-grown self. It would seem, no matter how many winters I experience, I get anxiety about how… Continue reading Cold Weather Care: Apple Trees
It sounds so heroic to be a part of the seed saving community, and it is!! Not only are you gathering food from your land, but then you are saving the seeds that food produces to continue the process of sowing and reaping. This cycle is immensely practical and forces us to respect and honor… Continue reading Save the Seeds!
Remember in the movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", when the father believed that Windex was the cure-all for everything? Well, for those of us who garden and cultivate the land, mulch is our windex. Let's make this as simple as possible. 🙂 Why Mulch. Mulch is essentially a topping for the soil. It… Continue reading Mulch It
Dictionary.com defines weeds as, 1. a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop. 2. any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted. Our society is taught to pull weeds, stomp out weeds, or spray them with chemicals. According to the definition above, a weed is a "valueless plant" that grows where it is "not wanted". BUT, what if I told you that EVERY plant has value of some sort!! It is… Continue reading 17 Beneficial, Edible, and Beautiful Midwest “Weeds”
These last few weeks have been REALLY busy and filled with camping, traveling, and emotional highs and lows. Even though, I haven't posted a blog in ONE MONTH (never again), I have still been getting my permaculture fix through our own homestead and help from lots of other sustainable-thinking minds!! So, I decided that it… Continue reading My Favorite Permaculture Resources
A beginners guide to getting and maintaining chickens. I love checklists and so here is my princess checklist for your poultry adventure!