What Should I Do? http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/newest?title=&uid=&created= en Multi-Functional Plants for the Permaculture Garden http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87772/multi-functional-plants-permaculture-garden ]]><p>If you have a choice of planting a tree, shrub, vine, herbaceous plant, or groundcover that only has one function or another species that fills that desired function and also provides three other benefits, why wouldn&#39;t you plant the more functional species. In permaculture, elements of our designs should serve at least 3 functions. Many species can do much better than that. Below is a list of some of my favorite multi-functional plants that I am currently using on my permaculture site.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87772/multi-functional-plants-permaculture-garden" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87772/multi-functional-plants-permaculture-garden#comments What Should I Do? Garden Permaculture Plants http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/87772 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:26:39 +0000 Phil Williams 87772 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Why Bother Composting? http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87599/why-bother-composting ]]><p>Composting can seem pretty complicated. Depending on who you talk to, or what you read, you will find tons of different advice on how to get just the right &ldquo;brew&rdquo;. You&rsquo;ll hear about having the perfect ratio of greens and browns, and putting them together in thin shredded layers. Then you hear about occasionally turning the pile to let the right amount of oxygen in, but not too often, as you are losing nitrogen. Then you have to have the right cooking temperature. You have to have it hot, but not too hot. Hot enough to cook, but not so hot that you burn up your nutrients. </p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87599/why-bother-composting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87599/why-bother-composting#comments What Should I Do? Compost Garden Organic soil http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/87599 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:01:33 +0000 Phil Williams 87599 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Testing Your Soil for a Pond Site http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87489/testing-your-soil-pond-site ]]><p>If you are planning to build a compacted pond without a liner, it is a good idea to test the soil to determine the clay content. The clay content will tell you whether or not the existing soil can be compacted. If you have clay content of 30% or higher, you can be pretty confident that with proper compaction, your pond will seal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87489/testing-your-soil-pond-site" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87489/testing-your-soil-pond-site#comments What Should I Do? Construction pond soil testing http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/87489 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:57:44 +0000 Phil Williams 87489 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Hydroponic Gardening http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87362/hydroponic-gardening ]]><p>Can you grow a garden in the winter without soil?</p> <p>Yes, it is entirely possible to grow a garden in the winter without soil. In fact, you&nbsp;<em>can</em>&nbsp;grow a garden in the winter without these things, using an increasingly popular technique called &ldquo;hydroponics.&rdquo; Hydroponics is an indoor soil-free gardening technique that has been used for thousands of years and allows the gardener to have complete and total control of their garden&rsquo;s environment. With the hydroponics gardening alternative, you can grow just about any type of bountiful garden during those cold winter months right within your own home &ndash; even in your home&rsquo;s kitchen.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever put a plant clipping into a glass of water, in hopes it will develop roots, you have practiced a form of hydroponics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87362/hydroponic-gardening" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87362/hydroponic-gardening#comments What Should I Do? Garden hydroponic soilless http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/87362 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:22:32 +0000 claytonk 87362 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Grow Garlic http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87278/how-grow-garlic ]]><p>Garlic is an extremely versatile cooking and medicinal herb. It is a great herb to grow in the backyard, because it is relatively easy to propagate at home, and it is expensive to buy at the store.</p> <p class="rtecenter"><a href="http://www.foodproduction101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC02113.jpg"><img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-2274" height="480" src="http://www.foodproduction101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC02113.jpg" title="Garlic" width="640" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87278/how-grow-garlic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87278/how-grow-garlic#comments What Should I Do? Garden garlic grow planting http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/87278 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:24:49 +0000 Phil Williams 87278 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Preserve Tomatoes with Dehydration http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87132/how-preserve-tomatoes-dehydration ]]><p>The end of the summer is the time for tons of tomato production, and preservation becomes necessary. There are many ways to preserve tomatoes, but dehydrating is definitely my favorite because it is simple and dried tomatoes taste great in soups, on top of winter salads, or even plain as chips.</p> <p class="rtecenter"><a href="http://www.foodproduction101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/DSC01922.jpg"><img alt="" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1897" height="225" src="http://www.foodproduction101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/DSC01922-300x225.jpg" title="DSC01922" width="300" /></a><a href="http://www.foodproduction101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/DSC01923.jpg">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1898" height="225" src="http://www.foodproduction101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/DSC01923-300x225.jpg" title="DSC01923" width="300" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87132/how-preserve-tomatoes-dehydration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87132/how-preserve-tomatoes-dehydration#comments What Should I Do? dehydrator Harvest Tomatoes http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/87132 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:14:02 +0000 Phil Williams 87132 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Harvest and Store Potatoes http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87016/how-harvest-and-store-potatoes ]]><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p class="rtecenter"><a href="http://www.foodproduction101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC02129.jpg">&nbsp; <img alt="" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2302" height="225" src="http://www.foodproduction101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC02129-300x225.jpg" title="DSC02129" width="300" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </a><a href="http://www.foodproduction101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC02130.jpg"><img alt="" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-2303" height="225" src="http://www.foodproduction101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC02130-300x225.jpg" title="Potatoes" width="300" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87016/how-harvest-and-store-potatoes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/87016/how-harvest-and-store-potatoes#comments What Should I Do? Garden Harvest potatoes Root Cellar storage WSID http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/87016 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:19:15 +0000 Phil Williams 87016 at http://www.peakprosperity.com The 10 Mistakes of Raising Chickens http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/86892/10-mistakes-raising-chickens ]]><div id="nrelate_flyout_placeholder"> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </div> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/86892/10-mistakes-raising-chickens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/86892/10-mistakes-raising-chickens#comments What Should I Do? Chickens http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/86892 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:07:03 +0000 bgarrett 86892 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Preserve Sweet Corn http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/86792/how-preserve-sweet-corn ]]><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/86792/how-preserve-sweet-corn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/86792/how-preserve-sweet-corn#comments What Should I Do? corn Garden Harvest preservation http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/86792 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:32:39 +0000 Phil Williams 86792 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Preserve Basil Efficiently http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/86713/how-preserve-basil-efficiently ]]><p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/86713/how-preserve-basil-efficiently" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/86713/how-preserve-basil-efficiently#comments What Should I Do? basil crop Garden Preserve storage http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/86713 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:25:33 +0000 Phil Williams 86713 at http://www.peakprosperity.com