Homestead Blog Hop #41

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

We’re finally getting rain! It’s been pretty much a drought here on the Homestead. Our little valley has been sheltered from any decent rain all summer. It almost looks like fall; so many of the leaves are turning yellow already from the lack of rain. But it’s rained for the past several nights HARD! Such a beautiful sound to wake up to!

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

Amanda – Idlewild Alaska (Facebook/Pinterest) That’s me!

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature.Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Oak Hill Homestead Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

1. Making The Perfect Green Smoothie From Oak Hill Homestead

Homesteading Hippy Featured on Homestead Blog Hop

2. Canning Dried Beans from The Homesteading Hippy

The Old Trodden Land Featured on Homestead Blog Hop

3. Bunny Brew: Managing Rabbit Manure on the Homestead by The Old Trodden Lane

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on all of our social media.

Let the Party Begin!

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Dreaming of a Permaculture Orchard

I discovered another gardening video the other day, The Permaculture Orchard : Beyond Organic. I bought the downloadable version of the almost 2-hour film and LOVED it. I am now dreaming of not only a Back to Eden garden and a farm stand, but a permaculture orchard as well!

Dreaming of a Permaculture Orchard - IdlewildAlaska

Permaculture is one of those words that has become quite popular in the gardening and homesteading world lately. I had heard it a lot, read a little on it, and thought it sounded interesting. But it seemed like it was something you did when you had raw land where you were starting fresh, or could hire a professional permaculture designer to come and tell you how to lay out your land, or could only do on multiple acres. After watching The Permaculture Orchard, I realized how very wrong I was. I now can’t wait to start applying so many of the permaculture ideas to not only our little orchard, but to the whole homestead!

Little did I know that many of the little projects I’ve been wanting to do went right along with many things in this video. Problems with flies and mosquitoes on the homestead? Put up lots of nest boxes to encourage birds to eat them up! (I also want to add a bat house or two for this reason!) I’ve been wanting to plant some Siberian pea shrubs around the property to not only give the chickens more snacks (they love the pods), but it’s also a wonderful nitrogen fixer! (And it grows almost wild here in south central Alaska!)

I am now looking at all my little projects and all the problems on the homestead in a new light. How can the problem become the fix? How can I encourage nature to fix the problems I find so common in my garden?

There’s a lot to permaculture, but it isn’t impossible or scary. Read more about permacuture from my friend over at Tenth Acre Farm HERE.

I loved the whole The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic film. Stefan of Miracle Farms (the guy in the film) lays it all out, easily enough for anyone to understand. He walks through each step of an orchard, whether you’re starting from scratch or transitioning an established orchard to a permaculture orchard.

“Miracle Farms is a 12-acre property located in Quebec’s western Monteregie region, in USDA hardiness zone 5. The farm was originally developed as a commercial monoculture apple orchard, transitioned to organic upon purchase in 1993, and certified organic in 1996. Starting in 2007, five acres have been converted to a permaculture-inspired “u-pick” orchard. Plants, fruits and vegetables grown here include over 100 cultivars of apples, 18 cultivars of pears, asian pears, plums, cherries, peaches, paw-paws, hardy kiwi, grapes, mulberries, gooseberries, redcurrant, blackcurrant, saskatoon berries, raspberries, strawberries, and a whole range of herbs and perennial vegetables.”

This video has completely changed the way I look at our little orchard here on the homestead and a lot of how we want the homestead to work as a whole, just as Back to Eden changed my view on gardening. I can’t wait to put these principles to work!

Check out The Permaculture Orchard’s website HERE for more information and a copy of the film for yourself! It is well worth watching over and over!

Find more information on Back to Eden gardening HERE.

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Homestead Blog Hop #40

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Summer is in full swing here in Alaska. The fireweed is blooming, the weeds are winning in the garden, the chicks are growing fast, and two turkeys have been added to the homestead! We are now ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas! :D

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

Amanda – Idlewild Alaska (Facebook/Pinterest/ Instagram/ Twitter)

Lindsey – Chickadee Homestead (Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram)

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature.Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

This Fox Kitchen Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop 1. Cauliflower Carrot and Apple Salad From This Fox Kitchen

Purposefully Simple Featured on Homestead Blog Hop 2. Homemade Garlic Pepper Spray from Purposefully Simple

Homesteading on 4D Acres Featured on Homestead Blog Hop 3. 5 Steps to Growing Pumpkins by Homesteading on 4D Acres

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

Just right click and ‘save image as…’

Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on all our social media.

Let the Party begin!

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