Category Archives: Gardening

What I Mean About Worthwhile Grains

For honest reasons, I suspect, many homesteader type folks like to grow grains. This desire dovetails with the “prepper” mindset as well. And I’ve struggled with it. But we must allow our rational side inform us here, at least partly. … Continue reading

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Pear Pickin’

Perhaps the only good idea the previous owners of our farm had was to plant five pear trees, which we think are Bartletts, the kind found at Tractor Supply/Homedepot for $20 each. Pears seem to me to be even hardier … Continue reading

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Orange Watermelon

The Orangeglow watermelon is excellent. It almost lives up to the seed catalog hype. Very good, sort of mango-ish flavor, and sweet, but not just a taste of sugar. Beautiful orange flesh, nice healthy rinds. Vines were very productive (yet … Continue reading

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A beautiful pepper

Really happy with New Ace peppers from Fedco. I mean, just look at this thing. They have superb flavor as well. The rich and somewhat mottled deep red is just gorgeous. I don’t care if they don’t get as large … Continue reading

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Another worthwhile grain

Sunflowers are another worthwhile pseudo-grain to my thinking, though they are harvested on an industrial scale. Still, sunflowers are useful to anyone who keeps poultry, and this is indicated by the fact that you can hardly keep wild birds off … Continue reading

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My Little Manure Spreader

Almost everyone has at least kid’s farm book idea of an agricultural tractor. They will probably also know something of the common domestic animals (from Old MacDonald’s farm, if nothing else) and, of course, the plow—probably a bit of nonsense … Continue reading

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Worthwhile grain plants

I’ve stated before that I think growing small grains is not worthwhile for a small farmer. Self-propelled combine harvesters are so incredibly efficient compared to any other method that unless you have a farm big enough to support their costs … Continue reading

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