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Phil Wiiliams

How to Stock a Fish Pond

Adding deversity to your pond ecosystem
Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 11:48 AM

I installed my 2000 square foot, 6 foot deep fish pond in the fall of 2013. I waited one year for the pond to grow some vegetation, and to begin to support an ecosystem. In the fall of 2014 I stocked a pound of fathead minnows. These are the feeder fish for the bass and catfish that I planned to stock. I wanted to give the minnows a head start, so there would be plenty of them to go around. » Read more

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Fire the Landscaper - How Landscapers, HOAs, and Cultural Norms Are Poisoning Our Properties

Fire the Landscaper - How Landscapers, HOAs, and Cultural Norms Are Poisoning Our Properties

A new book by Phil Williams
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 11:08 AM

We are please to announce the new book by Peak Prosperity member and permaculture contributing author - Phil Williams.  Below is the book trailer, the Amazon description, and a few words from Phil about his generous offer for a free download of his new book for Peak Prosperity members.  Congratulations on the new book Phil!

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Phil Williams

How to Grow Shitake Mushrooms in Logs

DIY fungi gardens
Thursday, August 13, 2015, 6:29 PM

Over the past six years, I’ve enjoyed growing healthy fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs. One part of my diet that I’ve overlooked is fungi. Until now, I hadn’t thought of the benefits of including mushrooms as a regular part of my diet. Mushrooms are high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. On the negative side, fresh and dried mushrooms, like Shitakes are expensive. We as gardeners can get around that by growing our own. » Read more

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Apple Tree in Bloom

Direct Seeding Trees and Shrubs

Understanding the benefits
Monday, July 27, 2015, 8:52 PM

I have planted well over a thousand trees and shrubs on my permaculture site. I have tried bare root, potted, long tap root pots, and seedlings. The problem with all of these options for plant material is that it is not the same as a tree that is planted from seed and is never moved. A tree that is seeded in place has a huge advantage in that it has its taproot intact, and it never had to go through transplant shock. The negative is that for certain seed like apples and pears, you will not get a true to type plant. If you plant a seed from a Gala Apple, the apple tree will not be a Gala. » Read more

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Clean Drinking Water

Clean Water in an Emergency

3 simple preps for ensuring access to water
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 11:30 AM

Having access to clean water in an emergency is critical and almost always overlooked until it is too late. Here are a few obvious points to understand about water:

• Without water you die very quickly
Depending on your health and age, you will live for 5-7 days without clean water. You can live much longer without food.

• Water is heavy and takes up a lot of space
A gallon of water weighs about 8.3 pounds. Water is not easy to transport because it is so heavy. That means your emergency water plan should account for that. » Read more

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Farmer Phil’s Permaculture: The Original Permaculture Children’s Book

Free book for Peak Prosperity readers!
Monday, July 6, 2015, 6:25 PM

Most of the permaculture books and material you see is geared toward adults with at least a basic knowledge of the design science. My wife Denise and I feel strongly that children are under served in the permaculture world.

This is why we wrote a permaculture children’s picture book. This book is a great way to introduce young children to permaculture concepts. It is the original and the only permaculture children’s storybook in existence. As a thank you to Peak Prosperity readers, I am giving away a free PDF of the book for everyone to try. The download is at the bottom of this article. » Read more

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Rope Making 101

DYI tutorial for creating your own rope.
Monday, June 29, 2015, 10:03 AM

Knowing how to make rope is a great skill to have in an emergency. You might be able to find weaker materials like twine, string, yarn, plant fibers or even plastic bags but they won’t be able to hold anything strong until they are bound together as rope.

Making rope is a great skill to know and very easy to do. Below, we’ve listed some instructions on how you can make a simple rope design. Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to make a rope and many materials you can use.

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Phil Williams

How to Build and Plant Large Hugelkultur Berms

The steps to creating fertile plants spaces
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 12:02 PM

Hugelkultur is basically soil over wood. Hugel beds can be any size, use different sizes of stumps and branches, and different decomposition stages of the wood & different types of wood. There are allelopathic trees that you would not want to dominate your wood. It is OK to have a little black walnut, spruce, or hackberry but these alellopathic trees should not predominate. Also, if you use mostly pine, you will end up with more acidity in the soil. » Read more

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Phil Williams

How to Control the Dreaded Potato Beetle

Tips for managing this terrible pest
Monday, June 15, 2015, 1:46 PM

The Colorado potato beetle is a leaf beetle that is THE major pest of potatoes. They can also be to a lesser extent a pest of eggplant. The adults are 3/8th of an inch long yellowish in color, with black stripes on their back with a dark orange head. The eggs laid by the adults are orange clusters, typically on the undersides of the potato leaves. The larvae do the majority of the damage by eating the leaves of the potato plants. If left unchecked the larvae will completely defoliate a potato patch. » Read more

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Phil Williams

How to Build a Grey Water Wetland

DIY water conservation
Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 6:39 PM

How much almost clean water is wasted down sinks, washing machines, and showers? At my house, my wife and I use thirty to forty gallons a day, but the typical household can use up to 200 gallons. It is poor house design to not take into account reusing grey water in a safe effective way. I decided to rectify this situation at my own home. Please bear in mind that you may have local codes and ordinances against grey water systems. » Read more