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Backyard Pics April 2016

Posted: 17th April 2016 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead, Orchard, Permaculture
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I took a few pics around the place today.  Every time I take a walk around the property I see new and exciting things. Here are a few of the things going on around here. The first thing I noticed was my Raja Puri Banana had bloomed and was forming clusters of fruit! I hope […]

Spring is here and not a moment too soon. Even with the mild winter we had, the longer days and green trees are a welcomed sight. We had a really good peach set this year, so my fingers are crossed for a good harvest.The Rabbiteye blueberry is covered in berries. I need to thin the […]

Seed Starting : Winter 2016

Posted: 28th February 2016 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead, Permaculture
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         Pepper and Tomato Seedlings           We started the tomato seedlings in soil plugs this time. I was sceptical at first, but they worked fine. I plan on setting up an actual seed starting area at some point this year, but for now I’ve got some 4 foot shop lights sitting on bricks.You […]

Purple sugar cane stalks cut fresh in the summertime can create sweet memories, literally. I remember the first time a neighbor cut a piece of cane stalk off and using a pocket knife cut off the purplish striped bark to reveal a juicy white piece of goodness. “Just gnaw on that a minute” was the […]

I ordered some Jerusalem Artichoke root from ebay. I was intrigued by the so called sunchoke. Its native to North America. Grows a cool sunflower looking stalk and flower. The tuber it produces looks a little like ginger root and can be used like potatoes. Its weird that they don’t contain much starch and so […]

I ordered some Egyptian Walking onions (above) from a recommended seller. They came already sprouting, just in time for winter planting. These things produce edible bulbs under the ground but also produce several bulblets on top of the stem. You can plant these to get more onions or wait and they will fall over and […]

Winter finally ended and not a moment too soon for us thin blooded southerner. I posted a few pictures of the garden in April, so I will show you the difference after few months of growth. I also took a few of the Zone 1 food forest aorund the house. A new group of chicks […]

http://media.blubrry.com/survivalrevolution/p/thesurvivalrevolution.com/wp-content/tsrpodcast/Episode10.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSEpisode 10 is an update of what we have going on here at the homestead during early spring. Chickens hatching, rabbits kitting and rain. I talk about the kudzu beetle invasion and my thoughts on our responsibility as we introducing species and design new […]

We had a week of heavy storms and rain. After a longer and colder than normal winter and the spring extreme weather…..we were wondering if our garden plans would work out…..Looks like we need to thin a few out. After some weeding and a little mulch, these little squash plants might decide to go vertical […]

Fruit Trees need thinning during years where the is an overabundance of fruit sets.  With peaches, the general rule of thumb is thin to at least 4-5 inches between each fruit for optimal growth. More thinning may should be done on young trees with delicate branches. Here is a before and after pic of the […]