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Episode-1547- Of Blackberries, Muscadines, Cider Apples and Bush Cherries

Fence Grown Muscadines, A Southern Tradition Goes Permaculture

Fence Grown Muscadines, A Southern Tradition Goes Permaculture

Today I am going to discuss some of our upcoming installations and plans for the homestead.  Mostly at this point we have planted a huge diversity of plants, species, cultivars, etc.  We are still doing that in a way with these plans but we are now moving to a planned production of volume, utilizing mostly edges.

Our plan includes the use of several hundred feet of fencing to act as muscadine, table and wine grapes.  On that same fence row we are planting bush cherries about 5 feet away from the fence, mostly Nanking Bush Cherry.  Along the fence we are also planting triple crown blackberry.

Then in the next two weeks we are also planting over 30 varieties of cider apples into a fenced area where we just installed zoned irrigation.

Today I will discuss how these design choices fit into our long term plans for food and beverage production, along with how some it may be monetized in time.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What is a muscadine
  • Self fertile and female, pollination requirements
  • Why muscadines over conventional grapes
  • My Choices in Muscadines
    • Magnolia (self fertile – bronze)
    • Hunt (female – black)
    • Tara (self fertile – bronze)
    • Late Fry (self fertile – bronze)
    • Cowart  (self fertile – black)
    • Supreme (female – black)
    • Noble (self fertile – black)
    • Carlos (self fertile – bronze)
  • Wine and Table Grapes
    • Cynthia – Wine Grape, Considered the Cabernet of the South
    • Red Flame – red table grape
    • Thompson – the green grape in every market
    • Black Spanish
  • The other stuff
    • Triple Crown Blackberry
    • Nanking Bush Cherry
    • Butternut Squash (until grapes are established)
    • Hyssop (just heard about this)
    • Some other low bush fruit, TBD
    • Across southern run, full on trees on the north side
  • The apple orchard
    • 35 varieties going into the fenced orchard
    • A total of 80 varieties to be planted in the next 2 years
    • What we are looking for in cider apples
  • Long term plans and possible monetization

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-731- Preserving the Harvest

Well the time is approaching rapidly that we will be in the full swing of fall harvesting and even planting the fall gardens.  With temps are or near 100 in many parts of the nation today it may seem a long way off, yet it isn’t, cooler weather and the bounty of the garden and the field are just around the corner.

As we turn our focus to harvest both of garden and game it is a good time to discuss what to do with it all.  You can only eat so much fresh, your neighbors will only smile about so many free zucchinis.  You worked hard for it, when it comes to game it is also hard work, time and money, today we talk about making it last.

Join Me Today as we Discuss…

  • What is blanching
  • The easiest method – dehydration
  • The closest to fresh method – flash freezing
  • Canning – pressure and steam
  • Pickling
  • Fermentation
  • Brewing and vinting
  • Making liquor
  • Smoking vs. curing

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-284- 20 Simple Steps to More Independence

I am broadcasting from home today (very early by the way) because I have to go out on a location to do some film work and won’t have the option to upload the show from my office.  I didn’t want to leave you with out a Friday show so I knocked one out at the house before I left.

Today’s show is all about ways you can start to become more independent.  My challenge to you is to pick one or a few of them to do right away.

Tune in today as I discuss…

  • Buying an ounce of silver a month
  • Build a compost bin or a worm farm
  • Plant a few permanent producers
  • Put together a 7 gallon tub of storable foods
  • Find out what committees your congressmen is on and call them about something not in the news
  • Learn to identify 6 edible wild plants in your area, try cultivating 1 or 2 of them
  • Learn to make wine or mead
  • Learn to make bread
  • Learn to make biltong
  • Learn to make one new meal a month from storable and/or fresh items
  • Learn to grind and use ground wheat
  • Take a good quality firearms training class
  • Learn to reload ammunition and cast bullets from lead stock up some components
  • Build a simple green house
  • Build or buy a solar oven
  • Gain basic construction skills (volunteer if you have to)
  • Start a blog or write a book
  • Take a 15 minute or longer walk alone daily
  • Create your vision

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-131- Making Beer and Mead at Home

Today’s initial show notes will be very brief and I will back fill them with resources and bullet points mentioned in the show this evening.  Due to the reminants of yesterday’s ice storm my morning drive took almost three hours.  So I will just put up the audio and back fill later on.

Tune in today to learn the basics and some of my personal tricks for makeing beer and meads at home.