Books: The Owner-Built Homestead

Books: The Owner-Built Homestead

“Reduced to its simplest terms, a homestead is an ecosystem in which humans evolve in mutual association and coexistence with plants, animals, and other life forces. In this cohabitation the various components of the homestead germinate, develop, and mature at varying rates for varying purposes, all interdependent and individually supportive of life therein.” – Barbara and Ken Kern, The Owner-Built Homestead.  The Owner-Built Homestead, Barbara and Ken Kern, 1977 (Second Edition). The Owner-Built Homestead is a classic text on neo-homesteading…

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Books: Farmers of Forty Centuries

Books: Farmers of Forty Centuries

“The great movement of cargoes of feeding stuffs and mineral fertilizers to western Europe and to the eastern United States began less than a century ago and has never been possible as a means of maintaining soil fertility in China, Korea, or Japan, nor can it be continued indefinitely in either Europe or America. These importations are for the time making tolerable the waste of plant food materials through our modern system of sewage disposal and other faulty practices; but…

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“Can American Soil be Brought Back to Life?”

“Can American Soil be Brought Back to Life?”

When North America was first settled there was rich, thick, virgin soil all the way from the Eastern seaboard through the Great Plains. This incredible fertility was a major driving factor in the country’s unprecedented economic growth. However, the soil has been taken for granted, plowed, shredded up, worn out, washed away, and covered in chemicals- left as little more than a sterile growth medium. When the famous Dust Bowl took place much of the damage had happened in just…

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Beautiful Finished Compost

Beautiful Finished Compost

I got some good pictures of my lovely finished compost with the wife’s properly working camera. It was a long wait to have this finished compost, but I’m sure it will step up my whole gardening game. My main problem was that I kept needing the organic matter for mulch before it was completed! Few things have the lovely smell and feel of proper compost.

Gardening Page Updated

Gardening Page Updated

The gardening page has been updated and mostly filled out! Check it out here: Gardening Bear in mind it needs some touching up both in terms of editing and appearance. Using wordpress in a browser is one of the worst things ever. I’m pretty sure I’ll kill myself before this blog is successful if I don’t find a way to make it work better!

“Eliminate the Terms ‘Tillage’ and ‘No-Till’”

“Eliminate the Terms ‘Tillage’ and ‘No-Till’”

“Eliminate the Terms ‘Tillage’ and ‘No-Till’” – The No-Till Farmer This is wonderful commentary on the dangers of of rigidly sticking to past ideas and terms about gardening and farming, which are constantly being improved by knowledge and technology. This is a mistake I have made in the past, especially with a determination to use zero tillage in my beds. For my Fall garden I did properly hoe out the soil to a loose consistency. And lo and behold my…

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Hugelkultur page updated

Hugelkultur page updated

I finally managed to fill out my Hugelkultur page. Check it out: Hugelkultur – Ground and Fury Also, some visual changes are being made to this site, so bear with me, this remains incompete!