Giant pumpkins are just a thing from fairy tale books, right? Wrong, it’s actually an annual worldwide competition to find out who has grown the biggest pumpkin. The current world record is held by a German gardener since 2014, with a weight of 2323 pounds. I’m here to tell you if you start preparations now, you could have your very own giant pumpkin. All you need are seeds with giant pumpkin genetics, time and a few other resources to make it happen. I first got interested in these when I started dating who became my life partner, and he told
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Biointensive gardening is an organic method designed to creative highly productive gardens with long term sustainability at its core. What is so great about this type of gardening, is that you can simply do more with the space you have. By taking the time to set your garden bed up correctly, loaded with nutrients and loose soil, you can set yourself up for long term success. This type of gardening has am emphasis on biodiversity, it is NOT mono-cropping. It allows your garden to function as a living ecosystem. Its good for the soil, the plants and you. Double Dig
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Recently I wrote about the wildfires in Brazil and how they could have been prevented by perma-culture techniques. I mentioned about the loss of animal life and habitat and now we are seeing examples of the damage, as well as examples of how people are using new technology to solve these problems. A tortoise, named after Freddy Kruger because of the fact that she lost 85% of her shell to wildfire in Brazil, has received the first ever 3D printed tortoise shell, being a model for the future of prosthetics for animals and humans alike. More from the Homestead Guru:
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There’s been a lot of drama recently as far as Brazil is concerned with the deforestation and subsequent wildfires which have been largely started as a result of slash and burn agriculture. Recently elected President Bolsonaro has been taking measures to help bolster Brazil’s economy with agriculture, which many have been critical of. Brazil has even gone as far as to refuse 20 million dollars in financial aid from the G-7 countries on grounds of pride. Bolsonaro is demanding that the president of France apologize for calling him a liar over his pledge to fight global warming. He also accused
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Acorns are a staple of foraging. All oaks produce acorns, and all acorns are edible. But when it comes to learning how to eat acorns — especially processing them to remove the bitter tannins — there’s a bit of a trick to it. Processing acorns can be a bit of a chore, and beginners can sometimes meet with discouraging results. But never fear, wildcrafting enthusiasts. I’ve got a method for processing acorns that’s easy, simple, and fast. It’s time for the easiest . . . acorns . . . ever! How to Eat Acorns: Basic Prep Work The first thing
I started my adventures homesteading nearly 8 years ago but in the city. We chose to do it in the city (despite the fact that living off grid was in fact illegal there) because we were close to things like Walmart and Home Depot, making the whole transition and learning process less stressful. I actually started my homesteading adventures in the middle of winter in the hood in a nearly abandoned (owned by a friend) house. I had a wood stove but the house was so leaky it would snow indoors. It just happened to be one of the coldest
Florida has finally passed a bill that trumps all the bans on front yard gardens. Inspired by a couple in Miami Shores who were forced to tear out their “unsightly” 17 year old vegetable garden, change has finally happened within Florida towards a little more freedom. Most people are extremely supportive of the initiative as the story about this couple went viral originally, making Florida look like one of the worst states to be in the country. Why live in tropical climates if you’re not allowed to use your yard to grow food? The new bill prohibits “local governments from
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There are four articles in this series on different strategies for cold-weather chicken care. This article explores how to prevent and treat frostbite in chickens. To read the others, click on the links below: “Cold-Weather Chicken Care: 11 Quick Ideas to Improve Chicken Comfort” “The 13 Best Chicken Breeds for Cold Climates” “How to Keep Chicken Water From Freezing” ___________________________ Frostbite isn’t normally something I worry about in my holler here in Surry County, North Carolina. However, this past winter, with record-breaking cold temperatures lasting for weeks at a time, I learned a few lessons about how to prevent and
If there’s one thing I know about the Mexican people it’s that they’re great of making something out of nothing. I’ve personally seen some really cool ways for people here to recycle to plastics they use so while a lot of trash is produced here, a lot of it is repurposed. Mexican Engineer Designs Earthquake Resistant Houses A Mexican engineer has taken this to a whole new even luxury level by building plastic homes made from recycled plastic. A incredible bonus of this building technique is that it’s resistant to seismic movement something extremely important here in Mexico where earthquakes
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As a kid with Irish ancestry, I grew up eating store bought sauerkraut which was most often pasteurized vinegar with cabbage. It wasn’t until I was an adult and started fermentation adventures that I realized that it was originally a live food, similar to yogurt. The difference is, if you ask me, that it’s a lot more intense than yogurt. I’ve made sauerkraut once, 2 years ago when I still lived in Acapulco. I only made it once because, well, I overdid it and literally hurt myself in the process. Today I’ll share a recipe along with tips on how