Thank you, the pictures are especially helpful. I have small areas on 3 sides of the house, and have created small habitat, I have snakes, lizards and toads. I had bees plenty this spring,, but since, gone..
plus, we have chickens in the back, so probably cannot use the larger ones, besides not having space.. But I was just reading about getting lady bird beetles, and green lacewings for my daughter's food forest, and a bit for me. But the lady birds seem to have their own issues, so, does anyone have experience about this, please? It was too late to get any preying mantis, but again, they can eat some of the other beneficials that I have been encouraging.
Appreciate the article, thank you.
As it has gotten chillier here in Florida, I was wondering how your rmh was doing...glad to hear you are warm and that tea is brewing....I am headed out to reheat my tea, it cooled before I could drink it (not complaining, I have only covered tender plants one time so far : )
Praise God, you have done a great work for your family, your home, I hope you enjoy the winter, all cozy : ) thank you for sharing the trials and successes of your work.
I am so thankful to see the work that you, Staci, have done on this, and by yourself (well, I did see kidlets helping once, I think : )
But moreso, the consistent and timely advice, how sweet! In our supposedly busy world, I am heartened to see the level of commitment to helping you in this project, the kind way advice was given, and the sweet reception of said advice : )
I sure hope it works! May God heap blessings on your head, Thomas : ) And may God bless you also, Staci
Hi, so glad to see this question...but some say that if you have a question, chances are others do too...when I saw this suggestion the other day, I wondered, and then hoped it would be this easy : )
I need to do this, thank you! Also, can I use the wood ash from last winter's fires? Or are you speaking of a special preparation that I have read about elsewhere?
Planting for the fall, it still seems so hot, but I need to do what I can for my garden, many eyes are judging the issue of gardens by my small plot : ) I have successfully made compost, and have a good mulch, aged bunny and clean cow pooh, saved and bought seeds...now, the energy to plant : )
Thanks to all who post, I read about so many good farming practices here, and practical help, I am grateful : )
So glad to see a recent post, it looks like you are starting off well, learning, planting, doing workshops, talking to folks, watching videos...all the beginning stuff that we might want to skip over, or hurry through, but that are so important. I am glad your first apple and pear seeds are doing well, and even a few planted! Yeah!
I have some peach pits in the freezer now, I guess for Florida, I will have to wait for spring, we are so hot...July is too hot a month for any planting, but I took out my plan, and am thinking of the how and where of my fall adventure, with only 2 small raised beds, and a bit of ground, many pots...I have lemons and limes, avocados, moringa, malabar spinach, a few onions left, some herbs, some I have been able to dry and save : ) But also, many failures, more learning opportunities, yes?
I am glad to see how much you have learned and done, and look forward to more of your adventure, thank you for sharing : )
So, if I am not mistaken, my takeaway is that mulches, grass clippings, and wood chips from commercial companies (including local utilities) would be suspect. Choosing to ask for drop off from local tree trimmers (non commercial/home?) and private lawn maintenance would be okay? What about glyphosate/round up?
For my compost bin and plants, I just got cow manure from the organic farm that grows my grass fed beef, should i ask about their hay? Or their grass? It seems it could get complicated...
I have used the bunny poo from my granddaughter's bunny, but I know Mr Fluffykins only gets organic 'special' hay (straw?) for eating and his cage, so I have not worried...and the grass from the home I live in has been free of any sprays for at least 2 years, not sure before that, and the tree shavings from a daughter's home were spray free at least 2 years, if not more...some of the studies I read said that 'persistent' could mean as much as 12 years, probably more like 4 to 5 years of residue...makes my little adventure even more precarious, it seems.
Anyone have any ideas, oh, I also get worm castings from nearby, I think clean...now I will have to research again... This has been a less than successful year for me, trying not to be discouraged...so, I am thankful for any help, I did read the referred sites by Tyler, thank you : )
Thank you for addressing this, and thank you for any additional thinking : )
I know nothing about building, but I have dealt with mold a lot...I do not think it is possible to truly remediate mold with bleach. You can lighten the look of the mold, maybe slow or stop the top layer, but the unseen mold inside/underneath continues to grow, and can cause considerable health issues. Most companies that remodel or renew homes will not bleach and cover, and insurance companies (I know not an issue here) are very amenable to complete replacement of any water damaged materials, especially in Florida. I have had 2 homes with water damage that had to be properly addressed, and am thankful that insurance covered the repair.
I am so glad to see all the folks willing to learn to do their own repairs, and even help on habitat projects and friend builds to learn, so much can be done with a bit of mentoring, reading, watching. But mold can be pretty sneaky and pretty virulent, causing a wide array of health problems, hard to detect, doctors never look at your environment, they just push symptom pills, which just adds to your body's toxic load. So just my grammotherly, old nurse advice, please take time to learn the correct way to get rid of mold!
Thank you for taking the time to be here, and shed light on your restaurant, and philosophy of olde world real food. Your website is a blessing; food, from close by, in season, fresh, humanely raised and killed, an old fashioned kitchen, be still my heart : ) I only wish for more publicity and then, replication of what you are doing, I just finished Joel Salatin's book, Folks, This Ain't Normal, talking about the very issues you seem to be overcoming, and quite well. Well, except for your profit, it does seem quite low.
Congratulations on making it work : ) Thank you for being available for questions. My only question would be to implore you to open here in my small Florida town : )
Mama used to say, "If wishes were horses, all beggars would ride"
May God continue to bless your effort, your honesty.
As I read this, I could just imagine solution number 2 happening. A family, hiring the mudgirls to build, and learning so much more than building along the way. Every part of their home will have a sweet memory, a fun story, and remind them of new friends.
They know they built using what the earth provides, and harmed as little as possible, teaching themselves and their young ones to cherish our resources. Wow!
The front cover seems a precious catching of the possibilities, thank you so much for sharing your ideas! Look forward to reading about your revolution : )
Evening, a favorite idea, plants from our food...especially avocados, pineapples, I am eating from scrapped onions from last year still, just trimming the tops, free food is good : )
I have maybe 3 avocado plants that are about 3 years old now, but just this spring put into the ground, so, I can be hopeful...
But, Q if I may, when my compost bin is in progress, that I don't want to interrupt, I just lay my kitchen scraps onto my 2 small raised beds, and when they dry out, I turn them under the mulch...now I have 5 avocado plants coming up in my one bed, and one coming up in my potted lemon tree (also from a farm bought organic lemon seed)...So 1. can I move them, and 2 will they ever fruit? If they will fruit, I can gift them, but I don't want to give away duds! Ah, the experiments continue : )
Hi! Glad to see you here, I have been watching you beginning your garden, it will surely be an amazing feat if it grows much this first year...it looks like a terribly dry bit of earth! But if anyone can, my vote is for you! Thanks for bringing humor into my garden : )
Rami Nagel wrote a book about oral health, and of course, the Weston A. Price book would be best looked at, along with Doug Simon's videos.
But for little bits of practical help, I go back to Katie, at WellnessMama, I use her toothpaste and tooth powder, and have done the oil pulling, changed my diet... I think the bone broth and the oil pulling can be good for gums especially...she has a remedy section on her site, and has articles in there about oral health. I had already had much loss, but have been able to postpone (weasel out of) more dentistry since beginning her general protocol for healthy teeth, gums, and and mouth.
After reading here, will be looking into the horsetail idea...thanks for sharing : )
What most are advocating is functional medicine, and Gail, well done! simple, and clearly written; the basics, I might add clean air, but hopefully that goes along with your farm experience, x/ chem trails...
Several docs (the Institute of Functional Medicine has a list of practitioners by zip code if need) each advocate their own pure forms of nutrients, and only a few have started to say that all medicines and nutraceuticals act on a bell curve; so you should make sure you need them, then, as you take them, note daily how you feel, and as soon as you feel you have maximum improvement (yes, subjective), you should stop taking it. Monitor the symptoms or the signs that made you believe you needed the nutrient, and as they appear again, again begin taking the supplement, but stop when you feel better. Every body is different, and so, journaling your symptoms and reactions to treatments is imperative. That said, I would take nothing until you are eating and drinking the cleanest that you can, for a good period of time, everyone detoxes at different rates.
Most of the docs and practitioners on these different series' have come to their practice or specialty because of their own illness, or that of a close family member. I truly hope that you have time to check out a few of them, it is so encouraging to hear their stories and their advice about how to proceed in your own healing journey. May God bless you, wisdom, endurance, grace.
New email I had tonight, Ocean Robbins (and his dad, John Robbins) did a series, Food Revolution Network, and tomorrow, (great timing, if you see this!) have a series part featuring Chris Wark. Hope you can catch it : )
So sorry to hear of your troubles, Travis, and my prayers are for your health. But I have been healed from so much, & with God, it is possible. Even though you are probably hearing way too much advice, I have to add my 2 cents, as I have been there.
First, I will be praying for you and your family. Along with the suggestions from Michelle and Heather, I would also recommend 'The Sacred Plant' series too.
I have (had?) many autoimmune problems, disc problems and depression, a toxic work environ, and that series (AutoImmune Secrets) helped me a lot. But it was having teeth pulled, getting the mercury out of my teeth (not on purpose, but through losses) and beginning the tooth protocols from WellnessMama (from several experts in bio dentistry) that began my healing. It was like waking up, I started clearing my body of the toxins of the 12 or so drugs that I had taken for years, of sugar, so many food and environmental toxins, and I began eating mostly plants and only organic, having small bits of grass fed beef, and free range chix, etc, that helped me to freedom. Sunshine and prayer... It was a long journey of trial and error, but I later found functional medicine doctors online to help refine and clarify. Recent series 'Dirty Genes' helped too...
Surely, a lot to do and think on when already overwhelmed and depressed, so many issues. It is hard. I spent almost 10 years in bed before I began finding my way. But I have had maybe 5 years of cautious optimism (being Irish : ) and know that there are those that have healed themselves that are willing to help. Maybe begin with the story of Chris Wark, and how he healed himself. Ask 'mr googlepants' as he is easy to find. May God bless you in your journey, and may it be to the glory of God. On that thought, maybe begin with John Bunyan, A Pilgrim's Progress, if you are not familiar with this story. I reread it regularly, to keep fresh my thoughts of the gracious provisions of our Heavenly Father in the midst of the trials of this world. Please, always, keep faithing.
Thanks for all this information, I found it as I began to add to my garden. The lemon balm is growing tall, as are a few other herbs, I am hiding them from our Florida heat, and thankful for the rain. But I ordered a few medicinal seeds; I am awfully late to begin from seeds, but I want to try, I have a cool corner. Haha, in Florida? Anyway, thank you for this forum.
I just watched Dr. Patrick Jones on Marjory Wildcraft's Medicine Summit, he spoke about his 10 favorite herbs for powerful medicinals. It was very encouraging, and he simplified what can be overwhelming at times. A simple way to begin, maybe. Comfrey, calendula, echinacea, mallow, and one I just saw at my sister's, a snowball plant! So pretty this spring, my first visit to her place in Tennessee, and found out it is called cramp bark, and wonderful for all kinds of muscle relaxing, an antispamodic. As soon as I got home, I researched when and how to harvest and use the bark, so cool, had to be God's timing! We sat rocking, enjoying the beauty, not knowing the stacked value, and I see Dr. Jones talking about it just days later.
And of course, cayenne, dandelion, plantain (the weed, he said, not the banana type we see in stores!) and yarrow, some that have been mentioned. Dr Jones started and finished saying there are probably about 80 of his favorite, and it was a struggle to choose : ) So much abundance, I am so thankful for my daily tea, elderberry, mostly, but holy basil, licorice root, and a blend of other goodness. Some hibiscus added too. All good for building your immune system.
Thanks for letting me chatter, I rarely have caffeine, and seem to be winding up for a long night. Wishes for all to be enjoying the bounty of creation, 'night.
Hi! Are you looking for 'grand praise' for these videos still??
I watched the middle video, where Zach Weiss tells of great things to be accomplished with water works and flow. What has been produced seems a miracle! Don't you just love nature? Here I am in my little borrowed corner, trying to green it up a bit, and grow just a bite of my own food, and am amazed at what beauty others have created!
Thank you so much for this glimpse into real life size permaculture! His presentation was interesting, lots of information, a beautiful visual of great properties, some flourishing, some beginning, and also, added drawings to clarify...what a great teacher, Zach! I hope he has heard a lot of good things from this time of sharing.
May God bless you all, the great things you are doing to sweetly steward our earth. Thank you.
Thank you for another great series. It helps the thinking about providing healthier soils, separate from those that sell the parts and the process : )
Maybe off topic, and as such, I hope not to distract, but if I may ask, do you believe we need to be drinking vortexed (sp?) water? Are you familiar with, and accepting of, what Dr Gerald Pollack has studied about H3O2, called EZ water? His studies have shown that the water we drink has to be transformed to this more gel like water, but that plants naturally have this form already.
Maybe another forum, or topic, but your comment about water and a vortex effect made me wonder. Thank you. Betty
So glad to see someone who sews similarly to me! She was a joy to watch, thank you.
I usually measure each layer, though, doubling strip length from my top layer (which I almost double my waist) for a gathered waistband. But next time, I will try her starting point, probably her waist size and maybe about 12 extra inches. (So, for me, my first layer would be about 42 inches, my second layer, 84 inches, my third, 128 inches, my fourth, 256 inches, or close to that)
I sew the waistband casing before adding the layers, it is easier to manage. I also make 2 buttonholes to pass the drawstring, on the top half of the casing if desired on the inside, or on the bottom half of the casing, to have the drawstring on the outside. I sew the top edge first, 1/2 inch, iron, sew the buttonholes, horizontal to the seam (about an inch or two apart, from the halfway mark, if you fold the piece) then sew the casing down, folding a bit wider than whatever I will use for the tie.
I usually gather each layer, which is quite time consuming, so I may try her 'gather as she goes' method. It is a learned skill, for sure, very impressive, fitting in gathers without that pull thread, even though she made it look easy...
But I am glad to see her simplicity. it made a beautiful skirt, thank you for sharing her creativity.
I have used the recipe from Katie at WellnessMama, and love it! Being alone, after roasting a chicken, I bone the whole thing, put the carcass+ in the freezer, to wait on three.. and also buy chicken feet from my nearby (free range, organic) chicken supplier.
When ready, I cook maybe 2-3 chicken carcasses, 4-6 chicken feet, 3 carrots, an onion, 3-4 celery, all rough chopped, and distilled/filtered water, to fill my 5 gallon pot; I sit it with maybe 3 healthy tbsp apple cider vinegar for about 1/2 hour, then bring to low boil, add 3 tbsp salt, maybe a tbsp pepper, turn down, put a lid on, and simmer for 24 hours. I like to add sweet basil, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, too, not a measurer, just like when I coat the turkey for holidays...
& I stir with a wooden spoon. Stir maybe every half hour/hour while you are awake? just to check the simmer, and add water as need. But I go out if need, and sleep well...the house smells lovely!
You have to play with the temp, and add water, occasionally, then, the last half hour, I add garlic cloves, and a large handful of parsley or cilantro, then taste for salt, pepper needs.
Then I strain the broth through a cotton cloth, into a bowl, and fill 1/2 gallon mason jars, leaving lots of head room, probably 2 inches. I then freeze all, except one. (I put waxed paper between the metal lids and the jars, and leave them loose until they freeze. I believe the one will last in the refrigerator for a week (but between drinking and adding to recipes, it usually doesn't!)...I believe it is responsible for a good bit of my healing, my immune strength and repair, just anecdotal, but sure warms the winter days!
Several folks have videos on you tube, nice to see the process, as the straining can be messy, until you get used to it, everyone does it a bit differently. I have a big bowl, with a spout, so I put my cloth in it, ladle broth into it, gather the cloth up, and lift it, slowly (very slowly, like it was gold!) pour the broth into a clean jar, (while holding the cloth 'bag') then, repeat...it goes easier and faster than it tells! I have even started to scoop the bigger bones etc, out before I strain, as the cloth is easier to handle...I have thrown mine away, but just read of others who give it to their chickens, or compost it.
I just heated a cup, mmmmm, hope you try it, so worth the effort!
Always such good advice! Thank you all for the information, help...my plants have struggled this year also, and I did have to import a lot from Lowe's, having just moved. I read the ucdavis pdf, and it suggested leaching the store bought potting mixes...3 to 4 times, before using, then adding other amendments...do they mean to rinse the soil? Leaching to me was always the bad effects of too much water, to nutrients we desire to hold in our soil, is this what they mean? And if so, do you have do do this rinsing in another area, away from your garden area? Right now, much of my stuff is still in pots, bags, and we have had a lot of rain, so I feel any leaching would have already happened! I have added some natural fertilizers, have seen some improvement. Thanks for all the help, and pray Florida makes it through this upcoming storm...I plan to move my plants up close to the house, and have tons of leaves to mulch them in with, so hoping that keeps them safe. Have a few baby fall plants in brick window boxes, so, maybe a lot of leaf and grass mulch for those too... God bless all those in Texas, and now, in Florida.
Hi, great find, they look yummy! Do you think they would do well in north central Florida? We don't really have enough chill hours for apples, I will research more, but I am interested. My moringa are not showing seed yet, but I may have some ginger to trade, in a month or so...I am new at seed saving, so, I have not much else, at this time. Oh, I have winter squashes, acorn and butternut, from organic squashes, but have not tried planting them yet, next spring will be their first proving time.
Sounds like you have ambitious plans, short and long term, so glad to see Stacey Murphy, (firstname.lastname@example.org) is doing a series for beginning planning a garden, and has a set of downloadable templates for every aspect. She has been a great resource, and I am thankful to share her information. On other forums, most advice cautions you to start small, and enjoy the time spent, especially with a toddler, this is good advice! May God bless your efforts.
Thank you for this information! I am unable to eat fresh pineapple, nor can I eat any of the exotic fruits. The fluid, even just cutting, makes me itch terribly, and my throat itches if I taste even a bite. I do eat 3-5 fruits a day, usually, but I stick to the fruits I grew up on, that seems to keep me free of the reactions. Sometimes boring, especially as our market brings such lovely choices, but safe
This is so helpful, as I have been planning to plant a few fruit trees next spring, thank you all. I have saved apple seeds, peach seeds, and have very small barbados cherry plants, along with lemons and limes. I hope to add a few others from a nearby organic grower. With allergies, eczema, and systemic lupus, I have very specific health needs, and appreciate the thoughts of all these forums, thank you.
I just saw this, and it looks like they would be a great part of a food forest... will you be selling seeds again next year? And, will they grow well in Tennessee? I am in Florida, but would want to send some to my sister in Tennessee. Thank you.
Hi, thanks for answering. I was reading a forum, maybe critters, or homesteading, and Paul Wheaton was listing the reasons 4 type chicken coops don't work, his favorite idea was the 5th, and one person posted pictures of her set up. I can go back and look... but my computer sometimes acts up, so it might have just been my issue. sigh, sometimes I try to do better roaming around the computer world, other days, I don't even turn it on...
But I do thank you for answering.
This is probably not the right place, but the instructions seemed to say to ask questions about the site workings here, so...I was reading a thread about chicken coop choices, and someone had pictures, but my pics could not be shown, it said go xxx, I went, and got a look at one of the pics, I guess; I tried to go to my preferences and find some way to adjust, but no luck...have no idea what I am looking for, or how to fix. I'm sorry, not getting tech of the month, ever, probably! If anyone can tell me, thank you. Thanks for your great site, and great info, and fellowship; folks who don't have the permie bug get tired of listening! One of my daughters is getting the bug, so there is hope! Thanks for all you do:)
Hi. I am not good at getting around the computer, so I hope you don't mind my question here. I slashed my summer garden ,,, mostly pots and 2 small brick areas attached to the house...I used mushroom compost and grass clippings, banana skins, during the season to mulch, etc. So, I had 2 bags of chicken manure, with hay, that has been sitting for 3 months, I have rolled the bag about once a week or so. I just dumped it into my wheel barrow to mix it with some new dirt, and some more mushroom compost, to use for tomato cuttings, new seed starts, and revive my beds, and my moringa, avocado, and ginger plants, a lime, 2 barbados cherries proud, from seeds! and a few lemons... anyway, it has been so rainy, the manure is soaked, looks still gross, not really usable?...but it is already in the mix...can I let it sit out a few days and use it? Or is it putrid, and therefore harmful to my soil and plants? I have carried these plants to my new home, babied them, I hate to hurt them now! Thank you so much for answering me, plus, being only 6 pm, I got out of the heat, wow, I forget that August is not fall in Florida...
Oh, I also have saved seed that I wanted to plant with this dirt, maybe I should just use the coco coir I have left? simpler, maybe. Thank you, betty
I just watched John Kohler, Growing your Greens, do a You Tube video about a new farm in south Florida; Annette, at Planet Claire farmacy, and how she took raw land, and began her food forest and market type garden, with improvements and adjustments in the three years, it was impressive. Happy planting
I am trying to save what teeth I have left, ha! Irish have notorious softer teeth, and mom was a great chef and baker, dessert every night! Hard habits to break, but I cut out most sugar, glutens, yeast, I do have some raw milk yogurt for fermenting foods, I try to eat real foods, have been blessed with suppliers for organic meats. only a small garden, but have found a great farmer. That said, WellnessMama has 2 different recipes on her website, a powder, and a remineralizing toothpaste. She refers to Weston Price, Sally Fallon, and one other...hmmm, memory...ah, well... She also does a coconut oil swish, maybe 20 minutes a night, drinks bone broth daily, she may have more suggestions, but I have enjoyed NOT visiting the dentist.
Thankful for this community, so glad to hear the ways others are surviving! May God bless you. b
I tried buttercup seeds in a new area, a large brick window type box, replaced 6 inches of dirt with good soil, and have nurtured with worm castings, bananas, and lots of water. (Paid the grands a nickel per grasshopper, was great!) Had bees earlier, and other plants were pollinated and fruited, but sadly, no fruit. Now is too hot, really, mid Florida, but still getting flowers. Last year, had a small compost heap that squash volunteered from, and did well. Sad I had to move...not really, as have no more hoa police! So glad for all your input, thank you!
Also in Florida, and it seems the soil can be best helped by Paul Gautschi's method of wood chips, and his video, Back to Eden, is an excellent tutorial. I am still in pots, & raised beds, but hoping to put down chips in summer, for a fall garden. Paul's reliance on the lessons of nature's way seem really grounded, and his results are superb! Glad to see so many interested in sustainable living here in Florida!