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Community Garden. CFSA Conference. Seed information. Chickens. Organic vs Not. Solar power. Fantastic Farm Garden Calculator. Search results | Farm Hack. DIY Build or Hack. When is the best time to plug logs, and other nitty-gritty on mushroom log cultivation - Everything Mushrooms. Posted by Cathy S. on November 18, 2015 The best time of the year to plug logs, at least here in East Tennessee, is February and March because of the weather and the sap run. Logs we have plugged this time of year have produced mushrooms in 4-5 months. However we have had success plugging logs all year just as long as logs are recently cut (within the month) from a disease free tree. With careful management, each log should produce around 2 pounds of mushrooms over its lifetime, but uncontrollable factors such as wind, temperature and humidity will effect yields.

Expect mushrooms within one year, total productive life of log can be 4-6 years. Weather: February and March typical average temperatures of 50°F will support mycelium growth while keeping in check the growth of other organisms. Sap: In the fall, life essential juices are sucked from the leaves and shipped to the roots for winter storage. A few mushrooms, including Phoenix oyster, will grow on evergreen logs.

Reference Oei, P. Build Your Own Walk In Cooler with a CoolBot Controller and A/C Unit. Root Cellars 101- Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid. Eartheasy Blog » How to Establish a Clover Lawn. Ah, the backyard lawn, that controversial patch of greenery adored by some and shunned by others. Restricted to the aristocracy before mechanical mowers made them possible for humbler folk, lawns have become the norm of boulevards and subdivisions alike. But how ‘green’ are they? On the one hand, lawns require large amounts of water to survive. They are monoculture crops that provide minimal benefits to nature.

On the other hand, lawns are ground covers that can prevent the encroachment of unwanted or invasive weeds. They also generate oxygen, provide a lush carpet for children’s barefoot play, and offer a pleasant setting for active summer living—badminton anyone? However you feel about lawns, one thing is certain: you can make yours more sustainable by considering clover. Not only is clover a leguminous plant, meaning that it can fix nitrogen from the air and release it slowly to the other plants in your lawn, it also stays green longer and needs less water than conventional grasses. The Farmer's Dog: Homemade dog food, DIY or delivered. Successful cold storage | Backwoods Home Magazine. Crisp carrot sticks, fresh cabbage, and fried potatoes from my Montana garden in June?

Yes, but only if I’ve kept them in cold storage from last summer’s garden. A garden is a wise investment and provides the freshest, most nutritious vegetables available during the summer. But I need it to supply vegetables year-round, and that can be a challenge here in northwest Montana. I lean toward self-sufficiency and eating a local, seasonal, sustainable diet; we try to grow what we eat and eat what we grow. We preserve, dehydrate, and freeze both fruits and vegetables, making a trip to the fruit room or freezer a real delight throughout the winter. But I also like to eat some fresh veggies and have succeeded in storing carrots, potatoes, cabbage, and onions until just about the time the next crop is ready.

I manage to keep beets, pumpkins, squash, and apples into late winter. Ideally, I would have a root cellar which maintained the correct temperature for the produce I would like to keep. Onions. The Pallet House by I-Beam Design Costs Only $75 and Uses Spare Wooden Pallets. The designers at I-Beam Design created the Pallet House Project because they were inspired by one simple, but unbelievable, fact: 84% of the world's refugees could be housed with a year's supply of recycled American pallets. Just based off of a year and a half year of pallet production in the US alone, 33 million refugees could live in a Pallet House. That's a lot of housing for a LOT of people in need. What makes their design so brilliant is that virtually anyone can build it very cheaply and in less than one day. The Pallet House, by I-Beam Design, was conceived as a transitional shelter for refugees returning to Kosovo. The pallet house is simply and provides great flexibility in terms of configuration.

Since the house is made from spare wooden pallets, it is easy to acquire the materials to build the shelter. Not only that, but the house is very simple. You could add on to the house with found materials, such as plastic sheeting or tarps. 101+ Meals in a Jar Recipes. Meals in Jar are a great way to put aside whole meals for your food storage.

Through the canning or dry vacuuming process, you can put a meal up to help create long-term food storage. While there are all sorts of fun things you can store in a jar in the fridge or keep on a shelf for a short period of time (like salads in a jar, etc.), I’m going to concentrate mostly on those food storage meals that you can put by for long-term. I have all these #10 Cans? Can I use them? If you’re sitting on a ton of #10 cans full of freeze dried foods, what do you do with it? This method allows you to create meals from that food storage so that you can rotate this into your daily meals. While using your #10 cans to break up to create stored food for basic meals, you long-term shelf life will be reduced.

Give the gift of food storage to others Ready to beging? Breakfast Meals in a Jar Almond Pancake Mix Apple Pie Oatmeal (Instant) Blueberry Scones (not shelf stable for long-term) Breakfast Omelet Pancakes Chili. Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, Straw-Bale Gardening. By Craig LeHoullier CONSIDER the humble bale of straw. Think beyond its reputation as a Halloween decoration and picture it as a productive part of your garden. The concept is simple: As the straw begins to break down, it turns into a rich, compostable planter that's ideal for growing vegetables. Although the practice of gardening in straw bales dates back to ancient times, I learned of it only a decade ago during a chance encounter with a local straw-bale guru, Kent Rogers. When my publisher asked me to write about straw-bale gardening, I tested the techniques in my own gardens and was quite impressed with the results. Benefits of bales The ability to place an instant garden wherever the sun shines A way to avoid poorly draining, hard-to-work or diseased soil A far less laborious gardening experience, eliminating digging and weeding Think of the straw bale as a large container with a volume of 40 gallons.

Where to start My advice to beginners: Start small. Where to put the bales What to grow. How to build My 50 Dollar Greenhouse. First off – you really can build this thing very cheaply, but to do so you have to recycle, freecycle, and scrounge. If you just go out and buy new everything it will probably cost over $200 – still not bad all in all.This Article is featured in Jan 2010 issue of Birds and Blooms Magazine! Want to find out if this thing works before you read all this? Read 6 months in the Greenhouse first.Want to see what happens when a few inches of wet snow accumulates on this? Collapse! My $50 Greenhouse Welcome Stumbleupon Gardeners! Materials list Construction Steps Hind Sight – What I would do differently The planning is over and construction on my hoop house greenhouse has begun. After some research I’ve decided to build the structure of the hoop house out of 20 ft. joints of three quarter inch PVC plumbing pipe.

My hoop house green house is going to be 11 feet wide and 15 feet long, and will be about seven and a half feet tall in the center. If your Greenhouse is too Flat it will collapse! Thusly. Straw Bale Gardens. Homestead Notes - Creating a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, sustenance, and survival. Plant Archives - Harvest to Table. Cool days and nights can be a problem for tender warm-season crops such peppers, melons, and eggplants. Temperatures in the 40sF won’t kill these plants but their growth will be stunted. Wait […] Establishing a seed planting calendar is one of the oldest and wisest gardening maxims.

The success of many vegetable and flower sowings is getting the seed started at the right time of […] Many useful culinary herbs grow well in containers. Basil, chives, cilantro, dill, common and Florence fennel, garlic, lemon balm, mint, oregano and marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, French tarragon, and thyme are excellent […] Planning and planting for fall and winter harvest should begin in early- to mid-summer depending on how soon cold weather will arrive in your region. Vertical garden supports and frames can save a tremendous amount of ground space in the vegetable garden. Grow tomatoes on stakes to ripen fruits earlier than unstaked plants. Garden Templates | The Demo Garden Blog. Are you just getting started with vegetable gardening and looking for some ideas on how to plan your garden?

A couple other horticulture agents and I have put together some simple garden plans that will get you started on your garden. These garden plans are all 4 ft x 8 ft gardens, ideally designed to be raised beds. However, raised beds aren’t necessary! If your garden space is bigger, you can simply use several of the garden templates end to end. (If you stack them side by side, you won’t be able to reach the middle!) The gardens are designed so you don’t have to walk in any of the planting areas. These garden plans are guidelines, so make them work for you! Two helpful resources to use with the garden plans: Vegetable Garden Planting Guide Recommended Vegetable Varieties If all these garden plans don’t get you excited to get something planted, then I don’t know what will! Like this: Like Loading... Diy Natural – Do It Yourself… Naturally. Homemade Cleaner and More.

How to make a Worm Tower. Alexe drills holes in a pipe to make a worm tower A worm tower is a simple and effective way to take any garden bed from average yield to gloriously abundant. Simple to build, with materials you probably already have, a worm tower is the perfect addition to any garden bed, in any climate. It will bring increased fertility to your plants, improve your soil, make every living thing very happy and process organic waste to boot.

We’ve been adding worm towers to garden projects for a couple of years. We love them because they are so simple to make, are energy efficient and they are so beneficial. Who came up with the idea originally we do not know, but it’s a darn good one. Adam and students inspecting a worm tower in full flight at White Street Community Garden Essentially a worm tower is an in-garden worm farm that allows the worms and their nutrients to interact directly with the surrounding garden bed. Cutting a worm tower to size. Adam drills holes in a worm tower And here’s how to do it: Planning Succession Crops. Succession planting will allow you to plant several times throughout the growing season for a continuous supply of fresh vegetables. To plan succession crops you must know two things: • The number of weeks of growing season in your garden. The length of the growing season is the number weeks between the last frost in spring and the first frost in autumn.

The local cooperative extension office can tell you the length of the growing season in your location or you can ask an experienced gardener at a nearby garden center. • The number of weeks each crop you wish to grow requires to germinate, grow, and reach harvestable size. So here is your succession cropping planning formula: Number of days to harvest for Crop 1 + Number of days to harvest for Crop 2 = Total number of days in the garden. One more note, growing seasons can be extended on either end by a few weeks with the use of season extenders: cloches, plastic tunnels, and cold frames. . • Cabbage→ Green Onions→ Spinach • Kale → Cucumbers.