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Potato Harvest: Phil Williams

How to Harvest and Store Potatoes

A simple way to store your spuds
Monday, September 1, 2014, 4:19 PM

Potatoes are an excellent source of calories that can be easily stored up for the winter. All you need is a cool, dark, humid place free from any rodents.

1. Dig up your potatoes after the plant has died back. Pick a dry day, and use a potato fork to carefully uproot your mounds of potatoes.

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The 10 Mistakes of Raising Chickens

Things to avoid when starting out
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:07 PM

Raising chickens can be a very rewarding process. Besides providing you with fresh eggs, it can also be a teaching resource for your children and a way for you to become self-sufficient.

However, there are a few mistakes that people make when they first start raising chickens. Check out this list below and add your mistakes at the bottom to help others learn.

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Vacuum Sealing Corn: Phil William

How to Preserve Sweet Corn

Putting up your harvest
Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:32 PM

I really like sweet corn, but most of my corn comes ripe around the same time, so I can only eat so much fresh. The rest, I think blanching and freezing is the easiest and best way to preserve that sweet corn taste.

1. Pick your sweet corn at the proper time, not too late, and not too early. The best time to pick the corn is when the silk on top of the corn husk is brown and dry. » Read more

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Basil Plant - Phil Williams

How to Preserve Basil Efficiently

Saving your basil crop for more than just pesto
Monday, August 18, 2014, 4:25 PM

We use basil almost every time we cook. It is an extremely versatile herb that can be used in a wide variety of dishes. The problem with basil is that it is a summer annual that we only have fresh for about five months of the year. We always have a lot more fresh basil than we could ever eat. This of course leads us to want to preserve the excess basil. » Read more

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How to Harvest and Store Onions

Methods and tips for saving your crop
Monday, August 11, 2014, 10:30 AM

It’s amazing to me how versatile onions are. They are in so many different recipes. I can’t imagine cooking without good onions from the garden. The challenge is to harvest and store them in a way that preserves them for the longest period of time. » Read more

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How to Harvest and Store Garlic

Methods and tips for saving your crop
Monday, August 4, 2014, 6:12 PM

I actually almost forgot to harvest my garlic this year. Thankfully, I wasn’t too late. I was probably a couple of weeks later than I should have been, but most of the garlic was still good. One could say it is a resilient crop. 

When do you harvest garlic?

It really depends on the garlic. I harvested towards the end of June, but it should have been mid-June. It is best to observe the tops of the garlic. You should harvest when most of the leaves are still green, but two or three of the bottom leaves have gone brown. This will typically give you a mature tight head. The idea is to pick the garlic when it is mature, but you don’t want to pick it so late that the cloves start to separate. If you pick at this ideal time, the garlic will store well. » Read more

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Using Colloidal Silver

Considerations and Uses
Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:00 PM

In an emergency scenario, taking care of our medical needs is critical. A small cut on our hand can be an opening for a lethal infection that could threaten your life. Be sure to stock supplies that will take care of major injuries, but the most likely need for medical supplies are for things like minor cuts and scrapes, burns, sore throats, ear infections, and many other types of infections such as staph, bladder, sinus, skin, etc.

Recently, a lot of people have been look at colloidal silver – or nano-silver. We wanted to delve into some studies and information to help you know if colloidal silver is right for you. » Read more

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Pond: Phil Williams

Permitting for a Pond

Legal considerations before you start building
Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:05 PM

As much as I wish we did not have to deal with Government when installing our projects, it is an unfortunate obstacle that we have to deal with. Fortunately, many of the pond types we install in a permaculture setting do not require complicated permits. That doesn’t mean you can just start digging without thinking about acquiring a permit. » Read more

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Pond Planning

Steps for constructing a pond
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 11:47 AM

There is a lot to consider when planning for your pond installation. It is a good idea to thoroughly plan you pond installation prior to the machines arriving. I personally like to measure, get the levels, and paint the site to see for myself what the pond will look like. Often times a design on paper doesn’t survive this process. You will often find that the pond will be different in real life than you were thinking it would be on paper. » Read more

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Raising Pigs

Should you raise pigs?
Friday, July 18, 2014, 4:04 PM

I’m sure you saw the title of this article and immediately thought, “I already live with a few.”

However, whether you’re a self-reliant homesteader or just want to cut away from your food budget, raising pigs (of the porcine variety) is a great way to become more self-reliant and sufficient. If you raise your own meat in any scenario, you will have more control over how it is raised and fed, and you can make sure that it is essentially raised organically (whether or not you apply for organic certification). Raising your own meat is less expensive than purchasing meat that is not factory-farmed. » Read more