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How to Breed slow-to-bolt Coriander for your climate

August 26, 2012 | Gardening, Kitchen Garden | 10 comments | Author:

We love growing coriander for its many benefits and its flavor, but in our climate it just bolts so quickly, it’s a blink-and-you’ll miss it affair. Fortunately the fabulous Meg McGowan showed up at last weekend’s Aquaponics Workshop with a … Continued

How to harvest Honey from Natural Comb

January 19, 2012 | Beekeeping, Harvesting, Natural Beekeeping | 46 comments | Author:

Once you’ve harvested your natural honeycomb from your WarrĂ© (or other kind of top bar) beehive, it’s time to make get some of that goodness into jars! Fortunately, like many other aspects of natural beekeeping, getting the honey out of … Continued

How to: create a Planting Calendar, Allsun style

September 24, 2011 | Farming, Gardening, Market Garden, Resources | 17 comments | Author:

I must say that while I’m finding this market garden experiment very exciting, it’s also rather daunting. What are we planting today? What are we planting next week? Where are we going? Who am i and where are my pants? … Continued

Making a shiitake mushroom log

July 20, 2011 | Courses + Workshops, Mushroom Cultivation, Mushrooms, Off-Farm goings on, Resources | 23 comments | Author:

Shiitake mushrooms are the yummiest variety, in my opinion. They’re also the most expensive in the shops, and virtually impossible to find in an organic variety (at least where we live). Solution: grow your own. You’ll be happy to hear … Continued

DIY remote area internet

July 8, 2011 | Appropriate Technology, Permaculture, Small Farm Skills | 86 comments | Author:

They say that one of the many blessings of country life is that you appreciate the little things. Like clean air, water and food. And I do. I also VERY much appreciate our internet connection, now that we’ve finally got … Continued

DIY EarthBag Dome: building the foundations

May 25, 2011 | Building, Natural Building | 3 comments | Author:

This is the first post in a series explaining how we built our very first earthbag dome at Milkwood Farm. Earthbag is a natural building technique that uses bags of earth to build structures that have incredible tensile strength and … Continued

How to make a wicking box (mini wicking bed)

May 9, 2011 | Gardening, Resources, Urban Permaculture | 7 comments | Author:

A wicking box is a contained, portable way to grow vegies (or anything else) with very little water. Essentially, it’s a wicking bed in miniature. Very cool. Wicking boxes can be used either as part of an intensive water-wise growing … Continued

How to make a mini rocket stove

April 11, 2011 | Rocket Stoves, Uncategorized | 21 comments | Author:

Rocket stoves have become a part of our lives at Milkwood Farm. They’re hyper energy efficient, can be built out of rubbish and result in more usable heat that any other wood-burning system we’ve come across. Big love. It doesn’t … Continued

How to make ferrocement garden beds

November 8, 2010 | Gardening, Resources, Vegetable Gardening | 10 comments | Author:

Ferrocement (sometimes called thin-shell cement) is a construction technique where cement is thinly applied to a sturdy steel or wire frame. It is very cheap and relatively quick to do, and produces extremely strong structures. While it does involve cement, … Continued

BioFertilizer Recipe #2: Lime Sulphur (Caldo Sulfocalcico)

November 2, 2010 | Biofertilizer | 17 comments | Author:

**Note: Please wear safety gear when making & using this mix as it is caustic to the skin. Ouch! Good for its intended purposes, though. Okay so this one is not strictly a fertilizer (like our Biofertilizer recipe #1), it’s … Continued

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