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August 2012 Blog Posts (17)

Building the soil...

This week I started classes at Austin Community College - Physical Anthropology, Physical Geology, Spanish I, and Public Speaking.  Between reading for my classes, bein' mom, starting the application process for a study abroad program, and gathering supplies for school (textbook$$$ x_x) and yard (drip line kits, mychorrizae), I've been doing a little side research and garden planning.  My yard is hard pan, dry, weedy in some areas, and the soil really needs help.  At the moment I'm reading…


Added by Laurie Power on August 31, 2012 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Planting a Winter Garden

Swiss chard plants in the garden.

Even though it is still summer, its time to start thinking about the winter garden. Gardening in the winter is a little different from gardening in other seasons. The winter garden is more about harvesting then growing. For a winter garden you need to have all of your crops close to full size by the time the days start getting shorter and the weather starts getting…


Added by Matthew Riland on August 29, 2012 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

Recipe for Chicken Stock Accented with Fresh Rosemary and Thyme

How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock: Recipe for Chicken Stock Accented with Fresh Rosemary and Thyme. In this video, I will show you my hybrid method for making a deep and rich homemade chicken stock.

I love homemade chicken stock. Its rich, flavorful, and so much better than the…


Added by Robert Brennan on August 28, 2012 at 12:37pm — No Comments


   When I was about four or five, my parents and I moved out to the country.  Dad got to know all the old folks at the feed store, questioned my grandfathers (who were both farmers) constantly, and subscribed to periodicals about farming and gardening, ordering farm equipment and seeds and books from the little ads in the back. Somehow we ended up with a book called The Homesteader's Handbook, by Rich Israel and Reny Slay.  It was typewritten, loaded with cute, hippie line drawings…


Added by Laurie Power on August 27, 2012 at 7:56pm — 2 Comments

Gluten Free baking lessons!

I have been selling my preserves, Belle Jar Preserves, at farmer's makrets this summer as well as gluten free baked goodies! I've been SO busy! I'm working on a gf book, so I thought perhaps I'd start my gf baking lessons with blog posts.. let me know what you think! http://subruralalchemy.com/2012/08/22/baking-the-bounty-gluten-free/

Thanks !

Added by Tamika Adjemian on August 22, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

Health benefits of Chamomile

I love tea!  My sisters and I grew up drinking English tea with our Gran so every time I brew a cup I think of Granny.  With the start of several new businesses I have found that it's important to take a few minutes to relax and clear my mind so my "tea time" has become very important.

What new businesses?  Mary's Basics 

vegan and natural lip balms, Doc's Herbal Tea…


Added by Marianne Smith on August 22, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments


Hi, from rural France. I am a Brit mother of 3 living in an old French farmhouse. i have been learning my way through orchard keeping and growing fruit and vegetables over the last 10 years but have just embarked on my first livestock adventure. With 5 supposedly egg-laying chickens purchased and installed 10 days ago in their brand new coop with, supposedly, all the amenities they require i have been looking forward to my first rich yolky rewards....but i am still waiting. Advised by the…


Added by lisa jennings on August 21, 2012 at 2:13pm — 1 Comment

I'm hosting a Homesteading Blog Hop and your Invited & my new mini Alpine doelings

Your Invited!

I'm hosting a homesteading blog hop and I'm cordially inviting you to join in!  

To join, all you need do is follow …


Added by Elizabeth Wilson on August 20, 2012 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Cattle Panel Barns, Greenhouses and Snow Loads

Of all the posts I've done, the one that gets the most hits daily is the cattle panel greenhouse I built.  The next most popular post is about the cattle panel barn.   The other day I was on a forum and there was a discussion in progress about my cattle panel greenhouse and the…

Added by Elizabeth Wilson on August 19, 2012 at 3:09pm — 2 Comments

How to build a desktop aquaponics system for indoor gardening.

Aquaponics system: How to build a desktop aquaponics system for indoor gardening. Aquaponics guide.

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we can no longer deny that fall is on the way and winter is around the corner.  For me this means that hot summer days toiling around the garden will soon end. Last year, I started to experiment with…


Added by Robert Brennan on August 19, 2012 at 1:23am — 2 Comments

Zucchini Confit

Who doesn't feel overwhelmed by zucchini in the summer? In the blink of an eye, you can suddenly find yourself in possession of half a dozen.  People with gardens have been known to "stop by" and leave bagfuls for the unsuspecting.  Luckily for the zucchini, it is both versatile and tasty. It can be quickly sautéed with tarragon as a simple side dish, or grated into…


Added by Domaphile on August 16, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments

Canning Peaches

Rows of canned peaches.

If you've never enjoyed home-canned peaches in the middle of winter, I urge you to try them. Nothing brings back the warm days of summer like the taste of a home-canned peach. Sure you can buy canned peaches in the supermarket, but I have yet to find one that comes close to those canned at home at the peak of ripeness.

I have been canning peaches at home…


Added by Matthew Riland on August 11, 2012 at 7:54am — No Comments

August is here...

This dry weather is making for extra duties!  Beans are abundant and there is no rust problems, (yet).  The guinea chicks are all over the yard with their momand so are the chicken chicks! 

This has been a good year to put a well in because of the dryness.  If you can get water when it is this dry then it should be a good supply for many years.  Our problem now is the well tiles are much heavier than we expected.  One Ton apiece!  So we will not be transporting them ourselves.  We are…


Added by barbara Russell on August 9, 2012 at 7:41am — No Comments

How to guide for pressure canning homemade chicken stock

Canning chicken stock: How to guide for pressure canning homemade chicken stock. Food preservation techniques we should all know, great for preppers. Canning your own homemade food, such as chicken stock, is a great way to ensure that you know what you're eating. Sure, walking down aisle 2 of the grocery store and picking up a tin of chicken stock makes life…


Added by Robert Brennan on August 8, 2012 at 3:11pm — 2 Comments

First Aid Kit Essentials

The events of the week have made me appreciate being prepared.  Maybe not prepared for everything but at least the "regular stuff."

On Tuesday I managed to injure my finger…


Added by Marianne Smith on August 8, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

It takes a garden to feed a village

This is a post that originally appeared on my blog (www.Deborah-Adams.com) last year, just after I'd finished my Month of Local Eating.

A while back, The Outlaw Farmer asked: Is it possible to feed the world on locally, sustainably grown vegetables without the use of insecticides and chemical fertilizers? Could the earth produce enough…


Added by Deborah Adams on August 3, 2012 at 12:17pm — 2 Comments

Garden Salad with Sour Cream

I wash each harvest from my garden and I go about it with meticulous care. Each pea pod is rubbed and scrubbed under lukewarm water (I can't handle cold water running over my hands for long periods of time, because, frankly, I'm a sissy). Each spinach, lettuce and basil leaf is cleaned. Pretty soon, each tomator will be thoroughly washed…


Added by Jenna Beaulieu on August 2, 2012 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

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