Category Archives: Gardening

Permaculture Design- Zones

permaculture design zonesIn permaculture design you have the idea and concept of zones.  Zones are a way to organize your property to make sure that the correct plants get the appropriate attention based on the fact that you are going to visit certain areas more often than others.  In other words, we are going to take our excuses and our laziness and design an area that keeps me from working harder than I need to.  When you take into consideration that you can sit down with a bit of information (learned from me and others) and completely transform your property from a money sink into a place where you can grow food and feed your family, it is a topic that gentlemen SHOULD take seriously.  I little bit of work mixed with a lot of information and you can feed your family with nutritious food.



What are permaculture zones?

  • A quick review on permaculture design- sectors
  • What are the permaculture zones
  • How important this is in planning
  • This goes beyond hippy, feel good, hug the trees, positive vibes kind of stuff
  • Why we should consider adding zones to our property
  • Zone 0 through Zone 5
  • How they apply on my property
  • The application on a small suburban lot
  • What it looks like on a huge property
  • How to work your excuses into this design

Where can I learn more about permaculture?

Check out my video series that I started on permaculture.  It is a really great way to see permaculture in practice around my property.  Instead of hearing about it, you can see how it works.

Resources:

The only resources used in the show were notes taken from a class I took.  This is a FREE class through the university of Oregon.  Click here for details.

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Permaculture Principals- Accept Feedback

permaculture principals accept feedbackThere is a new video on YouTube that you must watch on how I am using Permaculture Principals in my own yard to accept feedback.  I have made some mistakes in this process and need to address this.  I am not going to pretend that I know everything which is why permaculture does such a good job teaching us.  My front yard is a complete mess and it is my job to fix that.  I have planted things in the wrong places and now have to make sure that I fix those issues.

The steps that you should follow to accept feedback:

  1. Understand that you are not infallible and can make mistakes

You can do this by taking a step back and looking at what is going on.  In my case when I stood back I realized that my vision for the land was not what was reality.  After I finished being mad about the whole thing, I was able to accept that there were mistakes.  This is where you have to be ready to accept feedback and ready to listen to the land.

2.   Understand why this was a mistake

In my particular situation I knew that my mistake started with the fact that my plants were dehydrated.  When the sun gets over the house it really starts to bake this part of the land.  I needed irrigation a long time ago, just failed to do anything about it.  I added irrigation and my peppers, tomatoes, and lettuces started looking so much healthier after that.

3.  Be prepared to do something about it

How are you going to do something about the feedback that you have gotten?  I mention how I am going to work over the next year to move plants around and what my plans are to not make these mistakes again.

4.  Plan for the future

In permaculture you have to be prepared to plan for the future.  The future holds a lot for Big Oak Homestead.  I am personally prepared to take my mistakes with pride and learn from those.

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Is it too late to start a garden?

is it too late to start a gardenWhen you ask a man why they do not quit the job they have, the two answers that are given are that there has to be a roof over the families head and food on the table.  It is not a big secret that I love to talk about gardening and homesteading.  When I posted a few podcasts that were from last year I had a person that contacted me with a comment. The comment is below.  I did not want to start a conversation about how to start a late garden via twitter, so I did a podcast on it!  Gardens are not hard, just require a little bit of work to get started.  It is not just putting seeds in the ground at this point.  There are some extra steps that you need to take.

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Is it too late to start a garden?

  • Why this is a manly topic
  • When is the best time to start one
  • How to have the best luck with starting in summer
  • How to have the best luck with starting in winter
  • How can permaculture help with these seasons

Resources used in the show today came from multiple sources throughout my life.  Some of the ideas came from the permaculture course that I took a few months ago, my grandfather, and a few other people that I have looked up to.  It is important to have these kinds of people in your lives that really help to make you a better person.

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Preparing For A Fall Garden- Throwback Episode

preparing for a fall gardenNo matter how early it is in the summer, it is never too early to start preparing for a fall garden.  Fall is in our soon future and we should think about preparing for a fall garden.Fall gardening is a wonderful way to up your gardening game.  You can plant the things that just dont make it during the summer months.  This also gives you a last ditch chance to get some money out of the ground before everything goes to sleep for the winter.   There are many things that we can plant and many ways to keep our pants safe when old man frost hits our gardens from erecting a greenhouse to cutting apart milk jugs and placing them over the plants plus many more ways to “hack” your garden (lol).  So break out your garden trough and get ready to dig up a garden and plant some awesome tasting vegetables.

Over the next week I will be posting throwback episodes.  The reasoning behind this is two fold.  First is that I am out of the office, however I will still be answering emails, messages, and tweets just at a slower pace.  The second reason is because the new listeners that come to the show each week have not had a chance to see older episodes.  This leaves me in a great position to let older episodes run the podcast for the next few days.  Thank you for understanding.



SO WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT HAVING A FALL GARDEN?

  • how do we figure out when to plant what
  • does it really matter if we stay 100% in line with that date
  • what should be planted in gardens now
  • what are some recipes that will blow minds
  • ideas to expand our grow season beyond first frost
  • When should we plant trees
  • How do we plant trees
  • why do gentlemen care about this stuff

References used in todays show:

Building A Pharmacy Garden

building a pharmacy gardenThe last podcast that I gave you was pretty harsh with how blunt everything was.  A gentleman should know the way things actually work around here.  One big thing that you should know how to do is take care of yourself.  This is what I had in mind when talking about a pharmacy garden.  It does not seem like there is much on the interwebs that has to do with a pharmacy garden.  This is not like the podcast I did a few months back which dealt with 11 herbs that you should add to your yard this year.  That podcast spoke about a bunch of plants to add to your meals and how they are good for you.  This pharmacy garden podcast is more about an immediate effect.  So you just got a minor cut while chopping onions.  Instead of getting the chemicals out heal you faster, just go to your pharmacy garden to heal the cut.  Understand that I am not a doctor so do not take this as, “I have a tree impaling my stomach, Clay said to get this plant to help” but go to a doctor to fix that.  But small cuts and burns, you do not need a doctor… just saying.

how do we build a pharmacy garden?

    • Cuts
    • Burns
    • Stomach
    • Bug Bites
    • Nausea
    • How to build a raised bed for your pharmacy garden

References used in todays show:

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Building A Backyard Homestead

3915263597_4ffea1efe9_zWhen someone thinks of a homestead the first picture that comes to mind is a 100 acre area that has livestock, tractors, and gardens everywhere.  To some people, this is what a homestead SHOULD look like.  I am here today to debunk this notion that the homestead has to be big.  As a matter of fact, building a homestead on a postage stamp of a back yard is becoming one of the many ways to increase the value of the home.  If you do not believe me just check with a real estate agent and ask them if a bare yard is more valuable than one with producing trees and plants.  Where there is a will, we will find a way to do it.  One of the biggest argument that I hear against starting your own backyard homestead is that there is not enough room to do so.  What if I could convince you that there is no such thing?  You can always have a homestead in the backyard out of the eyes of the home owners association and get away with it by greasing the neighbors hands with some extra vegetables and maybe even some eggs from the small livestock mentioned in today’s show.

how hard is it to start a backyard homestead?

Join me today as we talk about:

  • How it is possible to do such a thing
  • Why you would want to consider this
  • How to fit all this stuff in a small lot
  • How to get your neighbors on board
  • Fitting live stock in

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Increasing The Value Of Your Home

StateLibQld_1_180419_Vichie_family_outside_their_home_at_the_foot_of_Mount_Marlay,_near_Stanthorpe,_ca._1912For the majority of people in the world our homes are the biggest purchase we will ever make.  When else are you going to invest $180,000 or more on a single item?  It is important to understand what you have and how to grow your investment.  Understanding how the market ebbs and flows is not as important as understanding how to increase your investment because you will eventually be in the market to sell.  But what if I could convince you that the value of your home could be increased to serve you instead of a potential buyer.  For instance, adding an apple tree will produce apples for years.  The cost of the tree will easily be returned in not buying apples during the fall of the year.  Today’s show talks more about being able to increase the value that directly effects you both today and for the rest of your life.

Join me today as I talk about:

  • My goals for my house
  • My retirement plan
  • The 3 attributes that my project have to meet before I do them
  • What the land and house look like
  • The projects that are being planned out
  • Why I am doing all of this and how it works to increase the value today as well as the day when it goes on the market

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Cooking Basics for a Man

2692476103_0a0eb0d3eeCooking is a skill that has been over complicated and under appreciated for the past few years, but yet everyone wants you to start cooking.  When watching infomercials and sales pitches they will proclaim that you can throw out your entire kitchen for their product and then the next person says the same thing.  I submit to you that you can cook pretty much anything with a few products and it wont cost you 7 easy payments of $19.99!  To be a kitchen master you have to start out with the basics which is what today’s show is about.  Understand that if you are already a master in the kitchen, most of the show will be a little bit boring but the middle to ending we start getting into more advanced concepts, so hang in there.  During the show I mentioned how to grow your own food to help lower your cost of cooking, check out the show titled Gardening Like A Gent.

Join me today as we talk about:

  • Why this matters to a gentleman
  • How you will be healthier by doing this
  • How you will save money
  • How this will bring you closer to your spouse
  • A list of basic tools that you need
  • Some advanced/time saving/ easier tools
  • Basic concepts
  • 4 simple recipes you can try yourself for under $16 per plate

I mentioned a website during the show, check out the article about How Much Money Can You Save Without Eating Out from Out Of Your Rut dot com.

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11 Herbs to add to your yard this year

herb gardenAn herb garden is an essential use for cooking and keeping your family healthy without major supplements.  Herbs are able to heal well beyond what a pill can do and the entire time be easy on the person.  Herbs can make or break a meal or turn a sub par meal into a meal to remember.  With so many benefits to herbs, why would you not grow some?  There are many different herbs in existence that you can grow, how do you find some that you can keep alive?  The list that I am presenting to you will help you make that decision.

Join me today as we talk about:

  • Why you should consider eating more herbs
  • How I am not a doctor or an herbalist, take my recommendations with a grain of salt
  • How to add these herbs to your daily lives
  • The herbs that I cover:
    • Aloe Vera
    • Rosemary
    • Peppermint
    • Garlic
    • Chamomile
    • Elderberry
    • Basil
    • Parsley
    • Sage
    • Dill
    • Comfrey

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Gardening like a Gent

Citizen_working_on_Sunday_morning_in_his_victory_garden_8d31671vDepending on who you talk to gardening can be an easy hobby to adopt or a burden that will haunt you.  To be honest, the pessimist that says that you will have to endure weed pulling, bugs, and failed crops probably never put a seed in dirt before.  Starting from and early age I have put germinated seeds and watched energy flow from seedling to vegetable and then back to seed.  My grandfather made it a point to show me how this works and made sure that I had the fire in my heart to be self sustaining in my gardening.  The benefits from gardening is very apparent in people that enjoy this hobby vs people that go to the grocery store, and that’s just my two cents!

Join me today as we talk about:

  • How gardening is a complicated subject, not really
  • My hatred for Food Lion commercials
  • How Grocery stores make you believe how this is hard
  • Unspoken health benefits of gardening
  • The normal health benefits of gardening
  • How to start gardening in January
  • What to plant now
  • How easy it is to start
  • How to deal with no space

Thank you for listening. Please find us on iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Any comments, complaints, conerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentleman@gmail.com