Tag Archives forHome grown food

Okinawa Spinach

The green and purple leaves of okinawa spinach

​​Okinawa Spinach

About a 4-minute read, tips on ​growing and eating, lots of pics

​Okinawa spinach is not a spinach at all, but a perennial leafy green.

The tops of the leaves are dark green with a striking purple underside. With frequent pruning (harvesting) it forms a handsome, dense, non-vining ground-cover.

You could landscape your front yard or your sidewalk with this plant and no-one need know, unless you tell them, that it’s edible and nutritious​. The best part is that the more you eat it, the better it looks.  

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Stinging Nettle: Nourishment for You and Your Garden

​​​​ ​Stinging Nettle: ​Nourishment for
You and Your Garden  

​Tips for using as food and fertilizer | ​​Lots of pictures | ​ ​About a 5 minute read​

​Stinging nettle ​has a long ​history of use ​for ​food, medicine, cordage, and dye. Here are some ideas ​for ​making use of the ​free food and fertilizer ​that this under-appreciated weed has to offer.

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Homemade Ginger Sauerkraut

​Growing Ginger + Making Sauerkraut
​= Homemade Ginger Sauerkraut

​Recipe + tips | ​​Lots of pictures | ​ ​About a 6 minute read​

This post is about ​how the ginger ​growing in ​our garden has inspired successful homemade sauerkraut in ​our kitchen, and ​how ​that in turn has inspired better maintenance of the ginger plants in ​the garden. 

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How to Harvest and Use Queensland Arrowroot

How to Harvest and Use Queensland Arrowroot

Harvesting & Cooking tips | Lots of pictures | Short Tutorial Video | 4 minute read

Queensland arrowroot ​(Canna edulis) provides food for us, food for chickens, pigs, cattle and goats, mulch and/or compost material, and shelter for other plants. It's super easy to grow and to harvest and it self-propagates to a certain extent but is not weedy or invasive. And I think it looks beautiful. 

What more could a polyculture food grower ask?

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7 Easy Substitutes for When Lettuce Won’t Grow

​7 Easy Substitutes for When Lettuce Won't Grow

​​​5 - 6 minute read | Also published on PermacultureNews.org

​​Here are 6 ​plants that can withstand ​heat and high humidity without collapsing into sad little smears of slime, and that you can put in a salad ​without alienating your salad eaters.

​The 7th plant on the list, while very small in stature and not fitting the tropical perennial profile, none-the-less makes a super-sized contribution to the salad bowl.

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7 Ways to use the Humble Choko Vine

​7 Ways to use the Humble Choko Vine

​Approximately a ​4 minute read
Originally published Nov 6th, 2018, at PermacultureNews.org

Green choko fruit and leaf on vine

Chokos, plentifully displayed in baskets and crates at farmers markets in our area throughout the summer months, are boring, bland, and not very useful. 

That's what I used to think, but I've changed my mind.

This short article shares 7 of the ways I use chokos and choko vines since I gained a better appreciation for them.

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Real Food does not come from Supermarkets: 6 Steps from Bare Ground to Homegrown Veggies

​​6 Steps to Homegrown Veggies 

​Approximately a 6 ​minute read | Originally published July 1st, 2018, at PermacultureNews.Org

I imagine that when our grandchildren and great grandchildren read in history books about the supermarkets we relied ​on for food, they’ll wonder what we were thinking.  

My goal is to get to where our family can live without the supermarket entirely. There are many things we have yet to learn on this path; one of our major areas of focus right now is learning to grow more of our own vegies. ​

Recently, we ate our first ever homegrown cauliflower. This post shares how I got from "I don't think I could grow brassicas," to "Ooh look – a cauliflower!"  By the end of the article you’ll appreciate that if we can do it, anyone can.

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5 Cut and Carry Goat Fodder Plants that Poultry, Pigs, Cattle and People can also eat

​5 Cut & Carry Goat Fodder plants that Chickens, Pigs, Cattle and People can also eat

(Approximately a 6 ​minute read)

Growing our own milk, eggs, and / or meat is a step in the right direction, but relying on the feed ​store to help us do it means we’re still relying on fossil fuel-based agriculture and supply systems.

Since our goal is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, at the time of writing this article I was growing an increasing amount of our own goat feed, for our two milking goats.

To make it onto the list ​that you’re about to read, these plants had to be great for goat fodder, AND serve a variety of other functions as well.

(Please note that some of the plants listed here were also listed in “8 Abundant Fodder Forest Plants, and How to Use Them.”)

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8 Abundant Fodder Forest Plants, & How to Use Them

​8 Abundant "Fodder Forest" Plants & How to Use Them 

​​5 minute read | Also published at PermacultureNews.org

fence and green foliage

​This morning when I went to feed the animals, I thought I’d start with collecting some pigeon pea for ​the horses, and see what I could find for the pigs​ in the fodder forest while I was there.

Our fodder forest is a small beginning in my long-term goal to ​eliminate our dependence on fossil fuel-based agriculture.

This article lists 8 of my favorite multi-purpose fodder-and-food plants, and some of the ways I use them.


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Regenerative Farming and Gardening

Regenerative Farming and Gardening

(2 - 3 minute read)

Regenerative gardening and farming has an intention not just to feed people, but to build soils, care for ecology, and leave the entire web of life stronger, richer, more complex and more resilient after our growing systems are in place, than it was before.

Growing food regeneratively means growing food in ecosystems, not mono-cultures. Biologically diverse, stable ecosystems that can grow more vigorous and more bountiful with each passing season.

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