Archive for the ‘Permaculture’ Category

A few pics of spring time greenery. A much longed for change from the dreary cold winter. I know, I get no simpathy from you northerners but still….. 🙂 This Pineapple Guava had no problem with the Zone 8 winter. I am curious to see what kind of growth this little guy put out. This […]

We started our seeds using Heirloom seeds from Baker Creek and also some from our Emergency Seed Bank.The Seed Bank Seeds we put into cool storage almost three years earlier. We wanted to see what the germination rate would be.I purchased a heat mat and controller to help with germination rates. The grow out area […]

As many know, it was a heavy winter in most of the U.S. The Coastal South was no exception. We had multiple days below 15 degrees and set numerous records. This was one of many loquat seedlings that seemed to flourish in the hard freeze temps. Only one tree that was fully exposed to the […]

Maypop Passionfruit and butterflys

Posted: 28th January 2014 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead, Permaculture

The Passion fruit (passiflora edulis) aka “Maypop” is a pretty cool plant. Besides being one of the most beautiful flowering vines I have ever seen it produces an edible and tasty fruit. I had several volunteers come up in the front yard this year and put on fruit. This summer we noticed what seemed to […]

Edible plant updates

Posted: 21st August 2013 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead, Orchard, Permaculture
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It has been a few weeks since my last post. We have been very busy getting things set up and in place to do quite a bit more on the website and even a podcast if all goes well. The new shop/office is nearly complete so I will have a dedicated space to keep myself […]

Over the past few weeks we have been planting  the permanent food producing plants that will be the backbone of our food forest in Zone 1. It is essential to think years down the road when planning a perennial long term system.  Trying to design a system that will self balance and, without much input, […]

Edible Forest plants I want to try in Zone 8b.

Posted: 1st May 2013 by Joe Prepper in Orchard, Permaculture

Our homestead is considered Coastal (Gulf of Mexico), on the northern edge of zone 8b. Teased with “so close” mild winters, I can’t help but dream of the tropical plants that are available to only those lucky enough to never see a frost. It doesn’t seem fair that it stays too warm to get a […]

Permaculture…one homesteaders view.

Posted: 24th April 2013 by Joe Prepper in Permaculture

For homesteaders looking to increase the sustainable productivity of non-mono cropped land, it is hard to discount the numerous benefits of  permaculture design. Like many things, the core concepts are not new and have been around for ages. The modern resurgence and subsequent title and definition of Permaculture includes what has become known as the […]

  We continue to work on the acre or so surrounding the house. This week, among other things, we added loquat trees and blueberry cuttings. The lady I got them from believes they are Rabbiteye variety, but since they had not bloomed out when I was there I am not sure. I had to leave […]

  Today we worked on the garden beds. We decided to go with raised beds in the fenced garden area. We did this for multiple reasons, not the least of which was the fact that we have heavy clay soil and I wanted to go with a no till method. Dirt was at a premium […]