How to Grow Apples Without Pesticides

Grow your own organic apples! Plant trees in either spring or fall. Explains how to: choose disease resistant varieties, use permaculture techniques like guilding, prune branches and thin flowers, bag young fruit to protect from pests, and identify nutrient deficiencies.

Enjoy organic apples from your own backyard by choosing the right varieties, smart group plantings, and proper pruning and thinning. That alone will reduce blemishes sufficient for home consumption. To produce perfect apples, you can go the extra mile by bagging young fruit. Learn all about these practices here.

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Bread and Butter Pickles

What makes these bread and butter pickles so special? Mostly it's the combination of spices, but using all brown sugar and apple cider vinegar also add to the deliciousness. My favorite way of preserving cucumbers.

What makes these bread and butter pickles so special? Mostly it’s the combination of spices, but using all brown sugar and apple cider vinegar also add to the deliciousness. My favorite way of preserving cucumbers.

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Limited Free Range Chickens: 12 Tips to Balance Freedom & Safety

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The idea of true free range chickens is great, but in reality it’s dangerous. To balance freedom and safety, we use a modified free range system which we describe in detail, along with tips on fencing, layout and location of chicken yard, providing cover, choosing appropriate chicken breeds, etc., so that you can develop your own limited free range system.

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8 Reasons to Grow Daylilies

Beauty, vigor, edibility, medicinal uses, permaculture possibilities, butterfly appeal, breeding opportunities, and use in selling/trading are all great reasons to grow daylilies, the perfect perennial. Read the details on this interesting and often misunderstood plant.

Beauty, vigor, edibility, medicinal uses, permaculture possibilities, butterfly appeal, breeding opportunities, and use in selling/trading are all great reasons to grow daylilies.

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Raspberry Basil Yogurt Pops

Easy, 4-ingredient Raspberry Basil Yogurt Pops are perfect for a hot summer day, when both the berries and basil are in season. Not too sweet, not too tart. The anise like flavor of the basil compliments the raspberries beautifully, and the green flecks are so pretty in the pink pops.

Easy, 4-ingredient Raspberry Basil Yogurt Pops are perfect for a hot summer day, when both the berries and basil are in season. Not too sweet, not too tart. The anise like flavor of the basil compliments the raspberries beautifully, and the green flecks are so pretty in the pink pops.

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What To Raise On Your Homestead or Backyard Farm

Deciding what to raise on your homestead or backyard farm involves taking inventory of your resources and yourself. This guides you through 15 critical considerations,

Deciding what to raise on your homestead or backyard farm involves taking inventory of your resources and yourself. This guides you through 15 critical considerations, such as climate, soil, existing ecosystems, lay of the land, storage space, market research, what you like to eat, and your own ability to deal with livestock illness, injury, and death.

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Raising Baby Chicks Without A Hen: The First 6 Weeks

A thorough guide to raising baby chicks without a hen. Where to buy chicks, setting up a brooder box, feeding, watering, spatial needs, stimulation, and problems to look out for. Everything you need to know for the first 6 weeks.

A concise but thorough guide to raising baby chicks without a hen. Covers where to buy chicks, setting up a brooder box, feeding, watering, spatial needs, stimulation, and problems to look out for.

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How to Preserve Strawberries

My favorite old fashioned recipes for strawberry jam, strawberry rhubarb preserves, strawberry chips, and frozen sugar packed strawberries, along with other methods, are featured in How to Preserve Strawberries.

Learn how to preserve strawberries by drying, freezing, and canning, including my favorite recipes for jam, preserves, and dry sugar packing.

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Homemade Raw Milk Ice Cream Bases

Quick, easy, and exceptionally creamy recipes for vanilla and chocolate homemade raw milk ice cream bases. Giving recipes for both vanilla and chocolate makes it possible for you to adapt them to many, many different flavors. Customize them with your own delicious add-ins, if you like!

Quick, easy, creamy, and delicious recipes for vanilla and chocolate homemade raw milk ice cream bases. Customize them with your own delicious add-ins.

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Growing and Using Greens for Salads and Cooking

Growing and Using Greens covers lettuce family, mustard family (mustard greens, kale, collards, turnip, arugula, etc.), and beet family (beets, chard, spinach), for mesclun salad mixes and cooked greens. Permaculture principles like species diversity, inter-planting, and succession planting maximize yield and nutrition, and prevent pest problems. Transplanting, direct seeding, harvesting, and using.

How to grow lettuces, mustard greens, spinach, kale, chard, arugula, and more, for home grown mesclun and cooked greens. Species diversity, inter-planting, and succession planting make your salad garden a permaculture garden.

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