The best time to get your beds ready for next year, or prepare beds for the first time, is in the fall. The reason is because MiniFarming relies on organic methods, and organic methods though superior in the long run, are slow. The additions made to beds — alfalfa meal for slow nitrogen, compost, dolomitic […]
I haven’t kept this blog updated much because I have been working on a massive book. It is finally done and in to the publisher, so it will be out in the spring! The new book is on the increasingly popular subject of ancestral diet and exercise, along with other lifestyle issues. It required crazy […]
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Folks who read my blog know that just before last Christmas, I scattered parsnip and carrot seeds on some of my beds to see if they would take. The theory behind this is straightforward: if you duplicate what nature does, nature will lead the seed to sprout at exactly the right time for your area […]
There are two economies in the United States. No, I’m not about the get political and talk about rich and poor, nor am I going to discuss the underground economy or black market. That is because all of the foregoing are part of the exchange economy where the only thing that is measured or assigned […]
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As a source of protein, objectively speaking, there’s nothing wrong with eating horse in preference to cow or pig. Horse meat contains twice as much iron as cow meat, a whopping THIRTY TIMES more healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and twice as much vitamin B12. Plus, it carries no risk of mad cow disease. (1) So […]
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I save a lot of seeds, sometimes factors more seeds than I will ever need simply because it is easy to save them. This means I can afford to experiment with planting methods without it costing me an arm and a leg. When we are mini-farming, we are in many respects simply adapting natural processes […]
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I live in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, which is not exactly the warmest spot on earth. It’s not as bad as Minnesota, thank goodness, but it is far cooler than where I grew up in Virginia. Yet, with no greenhouse, snow forecast for today, and well past the first frost of the year, […]
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Official inflation numbers don’t take the costs of food and energy into account. But the cost of food is rising fast as the following table demonstrates: Just LOOK at that! The price of potatoes has quadrupled and the prices of many other things have doubled or tripled. Crazy! No wonder people are feeling broke on […]
Residential property is treated like a hotel. That is, it is primarily used as a place to sleep, eat and watch TV in the time spans between working. And if you look at the pricing and what the mortgage and property tax payments add up to, you’ll discover that the daily price of residential property […]
A lot of my raised beds are getting long in the tooth so to speak, and I’ll be replacing rotted timbers and so forth this weekend. Kids come in handy! My daughter Hannah and her friend Caitlin have agreed to assist. Being that they are teens, there is naturally one string attached: they have to […]
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