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THE DEEP COMPOST MULCH SYSTEM

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Deep Compost Mulch: A No-Till Approach The deep compost mulch system has been most used and promoted by many well-known farmers in the no-till farming space. Jesse Frost of Rough Draft Farmstead and the No-Till Podcast, Richard Perkins of Ridgedale Farm in Sweden (author of Regenerative Agriculture), and Josh Sattin of Sattin Hill Farm have all provided fantastic models of successfully...

Market Gardening Bed Flipping Systems: Full-till, Low-till, and No-till

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In this article, we will go over some different systems for flipping beds in preparation for the Paperpot Transplanter. From full-till to low-till, to no-till, different approaches require different systems and tools. What is Bed Flipping?Bed Prep Depends on What’s Being Planted NextPaperpot Transplanter Needs Prepared SoilFull-TillFull-Till bed Flipping System:Flail MowAdd Soil Amendments...

Keys to Finding Free (or cheap) Resources for the Homestead

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I was in the house the other day when my wife called and said that our neighbors were there and wanted to talk with me. We had gotten to know them a bit over the past few weeks. The husband runs a local company and he breeds horses as a hobby. When I got outside, they told me that their company was getting rid of a bunch of old stuff and that some of it might be useful for our homestead—old...

Fences, Neighbors, and Potential Productivity for the Homestead

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Yesterday I built our first fence. I spent about 90 minutes pounding in 7/8-inch fiberglass posts and stringing it with polywire to create two paddocks along either side of our driveway. In total it’s about 2.5 acres. Over the past year, during my internship at a farm in Alabama, I strung a lot of polywire. If there’s anything I’m good at right now, it’s putting up portable electric fencing. So...

Is the BCS TRactor a Good Homestead tool? – My initial thoughts

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The farm I worked on in Alabama owned a very nice John Deere zero-turn mower. It was incredibly easy to use and could turn on a dime. You could maneuver into whatever space you wanted easily, but it also went about 10 miles per hour. I taught my daughter how to use it and she picked it up quickly. Lawn mowing is one of those things that, on the one hand, I enjoy doing. It’s fun to smell the fresh...

Why I Bought a BCS for the Homestead

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The first time I heard about such a thing as a walking tractor was when Phil Whalen got one.  Phil was in his early sixties and wanted one to make hay on his five-acre homestead just outside of Dayton, Ohio. He and his wife had a huge vegetable garden, raised chickens, and fattened a few head of cattle for themselves and friends. The Whalens were actually the first people I ever knew who...

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