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Bale gardening.

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What sort of things do you do to be self sufficient?

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Comment by Freya on November 17, 2013 at 4:19pm

Have you read Mark Boyle's 'Moneyless Manifesto'? Full of ideas and well worth a read. He lived on no money for a couple of years. You cn get it as a free download if you don't want to buy it.

Comment by Ceres Spring aka April on June 4, 2012 at 2:17pm

there is a company that has goats as natural lawnmowers. they eat half an acre a day so you must break the yard into what you wan them to eat for the day. a moving pen works great. we had 3 goats in tryon but gave them away when we moved into stillwater. gonna see if we can get a few back for lawn care since we can take them to empty lots and have it cleared in a day around the trailer park without breaking mower blades on pipes :)

Comment by Rianna Stone on March 5, 2012 at 11:33pm

If anyone wants to see some pics of the Soil Cube and how it works, I finally got the blog post up. You can check it out at

Comment by Rianna Stone on March 3, 2012 at 7:08pm

I just wanted to share with you guys my experience with the Soil Cube. I bought this little device several months ago but now that spring is coming I have finally gotten to use it. It is simple to use and it lets you make your own seed starting cubes. I thought this was a great idea because I don't really like using those Jiffy pods. My biggest problem with those is they don't really break down when you transplant them.

The cubes are about 2 in x 2 in once they are made. A little dimple is made in the top of the cube and this is where you put your seed. It's messy but who said gardening was clean? It's also pretty easy to get the hang of. It took me a couple of tries but overall I think they turned out pretty well. If I remember right it was around $30 for the device and it comes with instructions on how to use it and what you need to make your own soil mixture. When you think about how many you can make I think it's well worth the investment. I will be posting some pics on my blog so I will let you guys know when I get those up. If anyone wants to check it out here's the link to the Soil Cube website.

Comment by Aisha on March 2, 2012 at 1:36pm

April we try and keep it acidic we add ash from the woodburner, we have one out of three in a row that does great but the other two barely do anything and keep trying to die.

  When we first moved here about 24 years ago it was basically an abandoned lot as well.  The weeds were waist high and it took a lot of work I still have about 2 acres that are still 'wild' that I just pastured and the goats keep it somewhat tamed. 

  When you do get goats.. make sure you keep your feed secured and watch where u get it from.  This is the first year that Ive had trouble with weevils.. they took out almost 3 full 50# bags of feed.. most of my winter supply (but I did find out if you mix mint with your feed it can help keep some bugs out)

Comment by Rianna Stone on March 2, 2012 at 7:49am

There is a lot of info out there on no till gardening but I thought you might find these interesting.

Comment by Rianna Stone on March 2, 2012 at 7:43am

A friend that used to live in Portland once told me that her neighbors would come gather up her pine needles to use as mulch on their berry bushes. The needles are very acidic and she said the bushes loved them.

April: Look up hugel kultur (pronounced hoo-gull culture) beds. I plan on putting some of these in our garden this year and I may build some in various areas around our place. I heard about this technique on a podcast and thought it was a great idea.

Basically you put down a bunch of wood and cover it with good compost/soil. The first year the wood will suck a lot of the nitrogen out of the soil because it is starting the decomposition process. So you will have to water and fertilize like normal. After that the wood will begin to slowly release nitrogen back into the soil and the wood will hold water so you don't have to water as often. Every year it is supposed to become less maintenance for you. Raised beds are also a great option. Just thought these ideas might make things a little easier for you!

Comment by April Spencer on March 1, 2012 at 9:31pm

I'm thinking about buying a book about raising goats next time I go to the feed store. Aisha, are your blueberry bushes planted in acidic soil? I'm learning about different ways to get the soil just right for them, and yes, I would truly enjoy your yard. :D Our yard was an abandoned lot for 20 years before we bought it, so we don't have a lot to work with. We're still trying to tame the overgrowth, lol. We've been here for 6-7 years but there have been many surgeries and a mental breakdown between then and now, plus, we're always broke so we have to try to make do with what we have. We have a tiller but it needs repairs that we can't afford, so we're doing it by hand.

Comment by Aisha on March 1, 2012 at 8:38pm

*looks around her yard*  Gee ladies... you would go crazy at my house this summer *grins*   between the chickens, the goats, the ducks... the cat, the dogs  and any other animal that shows up (Ive had to nurse a turkey vulture one year, back to health and Ive had a bob white show up once and stick around most of the summer) BTW the cat is currently 'eatting' an envelope... damn cat! 

  The 200+ feet of herb garden (if any of u were in Ohio u could come get some) the aspargus patch, the horseradish patch, the rhubarb patch, the garlic patch, the red rasberry patch, the black rasberry patch, the nut trees, the 20x60 Veggy garden.. the 4x15 shade herb garden... and about to add another apprx 200 ft herb garden plus my son is due in April.... okay.. I just listed all that and now I need a stiff drink... and to curl up under a table and hide until fall (LOL) Plus next week sometime Im starting seedlings.  My blueberry bushes keep trying to die on me.. Im about to give up on them and I lost my peach tree, both cherry trees this winter, but I still have the apple trees and my pear tree

Comment by Aisha on March 1, 2012 at 8:19pm

April, Im not sure about a website (I did most of mine by trial and error and luckily I got away clean!).  But I do recommend reading up on them.  They tend to be picky eaters, there are a lot of brush/weeds that pygmys will not eat (I have to mow my darn pasture 2x a year!)  But I will look around and see what I can find in websites for u.


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