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Episode-1764- Small Scale Food Forestry

A Forest Garden Makes for a Better Back Yard

A Forest Garden Makes for a Better Back Yard

Today is the first ever show chosen by official poll of the audience.  The choices were and the order they came in were…

  • One – Small Scale Food Forestry (26%)
  • Two – Making and Using Herbal Medicines (20%)
  • Three – Outdoor Cooking – Grilling, Smoking and More (16%)
  • Four – Setting Up a Remote Property (BOL) (14%)
  • Five – How to Talk to Friends and Family about Prepping (12%)
  • Six – Investing in Gold and Silver (9%)

You can see that poll and the final results here.

Also the poll to select shows for May has been posted and you can vote on that here.

So today we move into the topic of small scale food forestry.  This is a topic many are interested in, with a food forest, even a small one we can produce

  • Food
  • Fuel
  • Medicines
  • Fibers
  • Wild Life Habitat
  • Beauty
  • And Increased Property Values

The entire concept is largely misunderstood though, as forest invokes visions of huge systems and yes they can be large systems, they can also be quite small.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What is a food forest or a forest garden
  • A quick review of the seven layers of a forest
    • Canopy
    • Sub Canopy
    • Shrub
    • Herbacious
    • Vine
    • Ground Cover
    • Rhizome – Roots
  • Why it is all about the edge
  • Small Land Holding Advantages
    • Can be irrigated easily
    • You can and should sheet much everything
    • Easy to intensively manage
    • Contain their own micro climates (easy to create more)
    • Most work can be done by hand (build and manage)
    • Are the most productive per square foot on the planet
    • Do not attract attention and easy to secure
    • Nitrogen fixers are not as critical (still a good idea)
  • Things that are different from typical food forestry
    • The layers are scaled down
    • The number of support species are reduced
    • There are few “sacrificial plantings”
    • They don’t require swales or chickens but both are welcome
    • Small ponds and barrels are easily fed with roof catchment
  • Special Considerations that Open Your Options Up
    • Shape isn’t critical, do what works
    • Put in more irrigation then you think you will ever need
    • Consider ponds, please consider ponds
    • Think about power (solar first but grid is better then nothing)
    • You can plant a LOT closer and a LOT more dense then you think
    • If you have animals design in their nutrient flow
    • In a larger space build “glades” and maximize the edges
    • Build structures for your vines they can otherwise dominate a small system
    • Fertilize (organically) a lot early on
    • Mulch and chop and drop like crazy

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olivearbequinaqfruitBob Wells Plant of the WeekArbequina Olive – The most cold hardy variety of olives know that also has one of the highest olive production and oil yields.

The soil should be well drained. Tree has an upright habit. We recommend covering the tree the first winter if the temperature drops below freezing.

Once the tree has been in the ground for a year and is well rooted, it then will begin to withstand the colder temperatures.

The older the tree gets the more, cold hardy it becomes. Oil is sweet, delicate and fragrant with intense fruitiness but low levels of bitterness and spiciness.

If you live above zone 7, you can grow it in a container and bring it inside during the winter months.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.Com

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Episode-1744- 10 Perennial Edibles You Should Consider Growing

bushcherry

Sand Cherry, A Beautiful, Hardy, Long Lived, Productive Plant

It is March and that means planting or planning planting depending on where you live.  In any event if you plan on annual gardening by now you are, you have plants started or you will be likely buying starts.

Today though we focus on what I call the “long term investment strategy of growing food”, of course that means perennials.  I tried to pick a good mix of over looked and misunderstood plants today.  Different plants the fill different needs, if times get tough or even if they don’t.

When I wrote this title I originally called it 10 perennial edibles you should grow, then I realized that was sort of arrogant and not practical.  Not every plant grows well everywhere and not everyone likes the same thing.  So today we don’t just look at these 10 plants, but where they grow well, what they provide, what they require and how to acquire them.

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jujubeBob Wells Plant of the WeekLi Jujube Tree
Adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

Also called the Chinese date. It is a round shaped fruit, reddish brown, dry and wrinkled, sweet and chewy (like dates) when fully ripe in early fall.

Attractive, easy to grow tree: hardy, drought resistant, virtually pest and disease free.

It is self-fruitful, but if you want to boost production, plant a Lang Jujube along with it.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.Com

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Episode-1449- Seed Saving and Land Races with Justin Huhn

Learn more About Justin's Work at TheSeedKeepers.com

Learn more About Justin’s Work at TheSeedKeepers.com

Justin is an organic farmer & seed grower, and an impassioned gardening and seed-saving educator. He co-founded All Good Things Organic Seeds, a farm-based seed company in Ojai, CA.

Through the process of establishing an organic seed company, Justin became an expert in growing, harvesting, cleaning, and storing seeds of hundreds of different species. Now with his current project, The Seedkeepers, he is focused entirely on supporting and educating gardeners to grow more food and successfully save quality seed.

Justin is a long time TSP listener and community member and joins us today to discuss, the role of Hybrid seeds in a survival garden. Developing LandRaces and why every survivalist and homesteader should be doing it.  The importance of seed quality, starting with good seed, and why seeds you save yourself are the best.

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Episode-1429- Steven Scott on Seed Saving

Cindy and Stephen Scott of Terroir Seeds

Cindy and Stephen Scott of Terroir Seeds

Stephen Scott is an Heirloom Seedsman, soil building advocate, locavore, amateur chef, artist and co-owner with his wife Cindy of Terroir Seeds, having been involved with heirloom seeds, environmental education, habitat restoration, soil health and building local food pathways for more than 20 years.

He’s an author, speaker and educator on seed, soil, food and health and how they relate to and strengthen each other. They welcome dialogue and can be reached at Seeds@UnderwoodGardens.com or 888-878-5247.

Steve joins us today to discuss saving seed and a new online course he has released in partnership with Marjory Wildcraft on the same subject.

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Episode-1413- 12 More Herbs Every Survivalist Should Grow

Lemon Balm Growing in My Food Forest Edge

Lemon Balm Growing in My Food Forest Edge

Today we do part two of a series on herbs every survivalist should grow.  Herbs are great because even if have a tiny yard these are 12 plants you can easily find space for even on a postage stamp city lot.

The key is these 12 plants will provide you food, medicine, relaxation and beauty and require very little of you in return. I truly believe that ones quality of life can be improved just by growing and using fresh herbs.

This first show in this series was Episode-1410- 12 Herbs Every Modern Survivalist Should Grow, so if you don’t see your favorite herb here, it may have been covered in that episode.

The truth is I could go on an list 12 more off the top of my head but these 12 will do so much and ask so little of you that is why I chose them for today’s show.  We may in fact do one more show in this series.

Join me Today As I Discuss the Following 18 Herbs You Should be Growing

  1. Lemon Balm
  2. Peppermint
  3. Comfrey
  4. Dill
  5. Sage
  6. Thyme
  7. Calendula
  8. Rosemary
  9. Bee Balm
  10. Roses
  11. Lavender
  12. Marsh Mallow

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Episode-1403- Planning the Fall Garden

New Garden Beds Under Construction at the TSP Homestead

“Fall Garden?  What the heck Jack, do you not see your own weather forecast?  Hellllloooo earth to Jack, it is going to be 103 degrees in your town today, the next 5 days will have highs of 104, 101, 101, 100 and 100.  Are you Daft?  This is the time to be planning a fall garden?”

Well indeed, yes it is.  Consider that your spring garden planning begins when frost and snow are still on the ground does it not.   Yes it is 103 today but our average first frost date is Nov. 17th.

There are two things to consider around this first frost date.  The first is that currently I have about 102 days on the average before our fist frost.  Hence anything that will frost kill and requires more than 102 days to produce is out of the question for a second crop right now.

So I now must choose any frost sensitive crops carefully for my second season.  I also likely need to start most seed in flats or pots in a shaded and climate controlled area right now.  Germination is poor to say the least at 100 plus degree temps.

The second is with frost hardy crops, like carrots, peas, lettuce, etc.  While they are frost hardy, one must get them well established by the frost date if they are to continue to grow in thrive in cold and short days.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Bed maintenance for beds you won’t be planting with “crops”
    • Biochar, manure, green sand, other amendments
    • Mulch
    • Cover Crops
    • Heavy Harvest of the Summer Crops
  • New Bed Establishment
    • My new beds currently being installed
    • Why this is a good time to establish new beds
  • Getting ready for the fall crops
    • Protection or not?
    • Killing Weeds
    • Starting seeds (sometimes indoors)
    • Selecting plants from a nursery
  • 10 Crops for the fall garden
    • Spinach
    • Chard
    • Beets
    • Garlic (planting for next fall)
    • Onions and Leeks
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
    • Kale
    • Carrots – Frankly most root crops
    • Lettuce
  • Getting the Edge on Cool Weather
    • Windbreaks
    • Southern Exposure
    • Row Covers
    • Micro Green Houses

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1317- Building the Backyard Orchard

The Loquat, Citrus Hardy to Zone 7!

The Loquat, A Citrus that is Hardy to Zone-7!

Today is sort of kind of a permaculture episode, but not necessarily one.  I think we have a lot of people in the audience that want more food production but do not necessarily really care about “permaculture” as a concept unto itself.  I think this show will make both camps pretty happy.

The truth is we have lost a lot of knowledge about growing fruits and nuts in our nation.  We have equated trees with large giant things you could never reach the top of. We see trees as things to climb, hand ropes from and build a fort in.

Due to this many seem to feel a large variety of productive trees could never exist on a small piece of land, such as the average 1/10th  – 1/5th acre yards most suburban homes have. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Today I will discuss the basics of setting up an intensive perennial system based on mostly trees, bushes, shrubs and vines.  How to get multiple yields across a full season, keep the work load minimal and even tell you about some species you have likely never heard of.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • How fruit was grown at “Manor Houses” in England
  • How trees really “work” and why you can treat a tree like a shrub
  • The importance of balancing top to root structure
  • Why you should “thin” fruit at times
  • The importance of heavy mulch
  • Cultivation of mushrooms
  • The role of shrubs, vines, bushes
  • Why I have changed my view of multi-graft trees to positive
  • Some Unusual Trees/Plants to consider
    • Jujube
    • Sea Berry (awesome medicinal)
    • Paw Paw
    • Cornelian Cherry
      • Cornus Mas (red and yellow)
      • Cornus Kousa (sometimes called big apple kousa)
    • Dwarf Mulberry (Morus Alba Issai)
    • Elderberry (awesome medicinal)
    • Honey Berry
    • Chinquapin (like little chestnuts)
    • Hazelnuts – Filberts
    • Loquats – (citrus in zone 7)
  • Potted trees for citrus and other things
  • Final thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

Sources of Many of the Plants I Mentioned Today and Other Cool Stuff

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Episode-1294- Getting Ready for Spring Planting

Right now it is in the 30s and we will be down in the teens tonight and this is in the middle of the global warming crisis in north Texas so spring seems a long way off but it isn’t.  Frankly here are how the numbers break down for me…

  • Average last frost date is March 15th
  • Today is Feb. 4th
  • Weeks till planting remaining 6
  • Average time seeds need to be ready to plant out 6 weeks

Simply put the time for us to be planing is now, and we have a ton more to do.  Join me today as I go though our current planned activities over then next two months and see how it fits with your plans.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Last frost date, can you trust it, NO!
  • Starting seeds, why indoors is best for fast germination
  • We are doing some trees from seed this year here is how and what
  • Getting beds ready and designing planting layouts
  • Planning and completing construction projects

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1280- Stephen Scott of Terroir Seeds on Seed Saving

Cindy and Stephen Scott of Terroir Seeds

Cindy and Stephen Scott of Terroir Seeds

Stephen Scott is co-owner of Terroir Seeds along with his wife Cindy. Terroir is a family owned and operated heirloom seed company that focuses on the “Cycle of Terroir” defined as “from the soil, to the seed, to the food you eat”. Terroir seeds provides unique varieties of heirloom seeds, education and information for all phases of the “Terroir Cycle”.

Stephen has a business background, from management of a nationally known rental car agency to warranty administrator for a local car dealership. He is an acknowledged chili-head who loves the hotter side of things and loves to cook.

He feels one of the biggest appeals of the garden and growing is to supply the freshest ingredients for the meals! He has a large interest in self sustainability and resiliency- being able to do and produce most of what one needs, and building a strong community of local food producers.

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Episode-1236- Plans for the TSP Homestead and Upcoming Workshops

I am going to continue with some fun stuff that is informative and not so deep into the world of politics, economics, etc.  Today I am going to line out the planned projects for our 3 acre property and what they will be doing for us long term.

The first principle of permaculture in my mind is “observe and interact” and while interact is part of it, to me on a new property about a year of observation is really ideal for the planning process.  At this point I have been on my property for about 10 months.  I now know it intimately.  I know where the winds blow including when they don’t line up with the “official information” from the weather service.

I know where my soils are a foot deep and where they are only a few inches above the limestone reef that is under this part of north Texas.  I know where water flows and where it pools.  I know the species that do well here on their own in all seasons.  I  have seen the results of my work with my animals an I know it works.  Islands of deep green now exist in pastures that are tired and mostly brown.

I have had the great fortune to have my intern Josiah Wallingford of Bring of Freedom on property now for 3 months to aid in my planning.  We now have a much deeper understanding of many of our subtle contours.  Then we did an urban design workshop.  30 students received certification in Urban Design and we got amazing ideas for a small space design on the property.  Josiah and I have expanded these plans and it is all coming together.  Today I will do my best to explain our future plans and how this homestead is going to be transformed over the next year into a holistic system that is self supporting and will generate its own fertility.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The tactical greenhouse with a “climate battery”
  • 6000-7500 gallons of catchment tanks are going in, just for starters
  • Why we will use some pumps in our systems, yet we will not “need” them
  • Taking swales to an extreme level even on land anyone would call flat
  • Road catchment diversion, more water then we could ever need
  • Cell grazing of geese and chickens in our system, perhaps sheep next year
  • Building a 60,000 gallon pond where you can’t go below grade and making it self sustaining
  • Making hugul swales where we can only dig about 2 inches into the soil
  • Building top soil at a massive rate in the interswales
  • Berms, berms and more berms
  • A food forest going in this spring, 40 productive trees, 280 support trees
  • The contour beds are due to become a massive “micro food forest”
  • This is just the beginning!

Resources for today’s show…

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