• Horticulture
  • Beeeeees and other updates

    Yes indeedy. The hive and various bits of equipment arrived yesterday. I’ll get that set-up and painted in the next week or two. The bees will arrive sometime mid April. Sweet!! I’ve started flats of broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuce, and kale. I’ve ordered four hardy kiwi vines which will arrive sometime in mid March to […]

  • Horticulture
  • Want hands on experience with ecological gardening and permaculture?

    Are you interested in learning the skills needed to live a more self-sufficient and sustainable life? Concerned about climate change and peak energy? Ready to get your hands dirty? Come for a visit to our permaculture homestead amongst the woodlands of mid-Missouri. We’re looking for energetic folks interested in a cooperative, hands-on learning experience. You’ll […]

  • Conservation
  • Homesteading Self-reliance

    Thanks to the folks at Irreguar Times for their mention of our permaculture project. Something I wanted to respond to was this excellent point: Most of us will choose not to move to the woods like Denny (and given the size of our population, most of us can’t), but we can try to apply his […]

  • Conservation
  • Forest Garden Update

    This is the second food forest which is just 60 feet from my front door. Trees and bushes planted thus far: 1 peach, 2 plums, 2 red currants, 2 black currants, and 2 gooseberries. Also planted a few native bee balm. Next spring I’ll be expanding it with an apple and a couple paw paws […]

  • Conservation
  • Garden and Harvest Update

    I’ve been enjoying a continuous stream of tomatoes, yellow squash, lettuce, arugula and cucumbers since early August. I’ve also had a few zucchini but not nearly as many as I would have liked. The same goes for bell peppers… I’ve gotten a few of those, maybe 10 or so but not as many as I […]

  • Conservation
  • Food Forests

    As the summer has begins to move into fall I continue to learn about forest gardening, permaculture, and ecological gardening. Reading a variety of books and websites as well as hands on work in our own gardens, I’m developing a much better understanding of these ideas. I’m no newbie to gardening and have been doing […]