Spring Garden

Today I plant my Spring garden. I planted it on the square foot gardening style. I placed 16 radishes per square foot. Four lettuce per square. Two kale per square. I also added some compost to last years Mel’s mix of peat moss, compost, and perlite. Enjoy and subscribe.
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Function Stacking.


Permaculture is for everyone.

In Permaculture Design there is a term called stacking functions.  We stack functions by designing elements to serve many functions.  This can be in either space or time.

In the video below I show you an example of how two elements on my homestead, and how they serve many functions. Enjoy!

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What is your why?


Permaculture is for everyone.

We all know what we do. But what is the why you are doing the things you do? Below is a short film I put together of some of my whats followed by my why. Enjoy! Please comment what is your why.

Sprouts… Winter’s Crop.


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Winter is rolling in. Nights are getting longer. Cold. Still have garden fever. Want fresh vegetables?  Try sprouting your vegetables. It’s easy, can be done indoors, and are very nutrient dense.

Why sprout. Sprouts can be grown anytime of the year, and requires little equipment. Mostly what we as homesteaders already have. Sprouting is also easy and fun. Fresh nutrient dense foods year round.

What is required. Quart mason jars, cheese cloth, rubber bands, and seeds. That’s it. Make sure all jars are clean and cleansed after each use. Molds and bacteria can build up in the jars if they are not properly cleansed. Which can make you sick. Use only growing seeds for sprouting. I use High Mowing Seeds for my seeds. They have a selection just for sprouting. These seeds have been tested to make sure no bacteria or mold are on the seeds. What I plan to try is the broccoli and salad mix. They can be found by clicking here.

The following video is from High Mowing Seeds on how to sprout.

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Listing Of Most-Nutritious Vegetables And Fruits

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Be the best you.


From Mother Earth News.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention did a recent study on nutrient density of 47 vegetables and fruits to determine which ones were the top sources of 17 vitamins and minerals. Below is a table of the ranking.

It was not possible to include phytochemical data in the scores so total health benefits are not inclusive in the ranking scores. It is well known that different colors of vegetables contain different phytonutrients so a variety of colors is important in the diet.

Leafy greens were in the top half with other veggies in the next grouping. For the fruits that qualified as a “powerhouse” source of nutrition, they were in general at the bottom of the ranking.

Like Mom said, “Eat your vegetables.”

Here is the table of the ranking:

Item                  Nutrient Density Score

• Watercress         100.00
• Chinese cabbage 91.99
• Chard                 89.27
• Beet green          87.08
• Spinach              86.43
• Chicory              73.36
• Leaf lettuce        70.73
• Parsley               65.59
• Romaine lettuce  63.48
• Collard green      62.49
• Turnip green       62.12
• Mustard green     61.39
• Endive                60.44
• Chive                  54.80
• Kale                    49.07
• Dandelion green   46.34
• Red pepper          41.26
• Arugula               37.65
• Broccoli               34.89
• Pumpkin              33.82
• Brussels sprout    32.23
• Scallion               27.35
• Kohlrabi              25.92
• Cauliflower          25.13
• Cabbage              24.51
• Carrot                  22.60
• Tomato                20.37
• Lemon                 18.72
• Iceberg lettuce     18.28
• Strawberry           17.59
• Radish                 16.91
• Winter squash      13.89
• Orange                12.91
• Lime                    12.23
• Grapefruit(red/pink)11.64
• Rutabaga              11.58
• Turnip                   11.43
• Blackberry             11.39
• Leek                     10.69
• Sweet potato         10.51
• Grapefruit (white)   10.47

Here is a link to the report.

As you are planning your garden for next year, add some of the top powerhouses!