Every plant has a place in the economy of nature, some relation to its environment to which it is adapted better than any other. To perform their greatest service, however, plants must be in their proper place. When sufficiently out of place to be of no great value, they become weeds.
On today’s podcast my guest is Heather Eby. Heather and her family have a ten acre homestead in Kansas and they are building their homestead by adding one new thing at a time. Heather is a wonderful story teller and blogger with a real passion for homesteading.
Now is the time to start many of your seeds and can be done right in your home. This is a lot more fun than simply buying plants and throwing them in the garden. Let’s start with the basics. Here is what you need:
The first was the stacked tire method… too heavy for me to move easily. The grow bag method was okay, but it was rather a pain to get the floppy fabric to cooperate with me when I was trying to fill the bag as the plant grew. They also seemed quite expensive to me. Both were a bit of work to harvest, although nothing like digging. I decided to come up with my own method and the GunniGarden was born.
On today’s podcast I’m joined by Jen Sharpin from TheEasyHomestead.com. Jen Shares with us about her Journey from no homesteading experience living in Florida to a 15 acre homestead in South Carolina to a 45 acre homestead in Virginia.
Strawberry plants are inexpensive and hardy, but growing them can be rather frustrating. Their shallow roots make it difficult for them to compete with weeds and their low lying habit makes for much bending and crawling on the ground to care for them. Birds, fungus, and slugs love them and, because the berries touch the ground, these predators have easy access. But there is a better way!
On today’s podcast i’m joined by Mike Hatfield of Flyway Family Farm in southern Illinois. Mike along with his wife and young daughter have a 9 1/2 acre homestead where they do a little bit of everything but their main crop is mushrooms. Mike shares with us a little bit about how he and his wife got into homesteading and how they eventually ended up focusing on mushrooms as their cash crop.