Tag Archives: Gardening

Building a Profitable Homestead

how to build a profitable homesteadEvery man should have some form of homestead.  I have mentioned this in past podcasts ad nauseum.  However, if you were to take a few extra steps you could make the homestead or farm profitable.  This could afford to pay off some of your extra expenses or even so far as to be your full time income.  Even if you do not have land to farm on, there are ways that you can develop and profit from other’s land.  This is not rocket surgery, just laborious and backbreaking work.  However, think about the possibilities it could afford you if you could quit your full time job.

Today I am going to give you the resources to build a homestead that is profitable.  You can take this information and run with it to build the best business you can or just build a really nice landscape.


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How do you build a homestead that is profitable?

  • What you should be learning now in the winter
  • Finding some land to grow on
  • Learning your market
  • Getting creative with your products
  • Looking into longer term projects
  • Building this business even if you work a 9-5
  • Im going to give you a way to learn how I am building my business

I mentioned at the end of the podcast about my open source homestead.  You can use all of the information that I provide to build your own profitable homesteading business by checking out the Big Oak Homestead website.  You can also check out the social media accounts.

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Homemade Herbal Teas- Interview with Red Dragon Herbs

homemade herbal teaWe all know that herbal tea is healthy for us.  It is not any secret because there is so much data that we are exposed to on a regular basis.  However, some of the teas are not that great tasting and some have names that have to be explained.  Growing your own herbal tea is not that difficult.  As a matter of fact, once you get the peppermint established, it is one of the hardiest plants that you will ever come across.

I brought on Ryan from Red Dragon Herbs and Tea to help us understand how easy it is to grow our own tea.  Not only is he going to give us instructions on how to grow it but he is going to give us 4 different recipes on how to use it.


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Homemade Herbal Tea

  • What are the benefits of herbal tea
  • How do you grow mint
  • What are the benefits of mint on the property
  • Peppermint tea recipe
  • How do you harvest and dry
  • Best practices for brewing

Recipes for herbal tea as mentioned in the episode:

Rest and Relax

  • 2 parts peppermint
  • 2 parts camomile
  • 1 part lemon balm
  • 1 part catnip

Sore Throat

  • 2 part mint
  • 1 part camomile
  • 1 part eckanatia
  • Rosehip

Simple Tea

  • 1 part peppermint
  • 1 part raspberry leaf

Balm Tea

  • 1 part bee balm
  • 1 part lemon balm
  • 1 part peppermint

Mentioned in the show today were a few products that you can find on amazon.  Please consider using our amazon store portal.

Red Dragon Herbs can be found:

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Building a Farm on the Cheap

building a farm for cheapBuilding a full sized farm is not an endeavor that most people will take on.  The biggest reason is because it is so expensive to start up.  What if I could convince you that ,regardless of what you call your farm, that you can build one that wont break your budget.  I go through all of the different tactics that I have used throughout the past few years to design my homestead.  Down to the questions that you need to ask yourself.  Then I talk about the projects that you will be doing and how to prioritize them based on your own parameters.  Lastly we discuss how to make these projects cost as little as possible.

In the show, I mentioned that you should listen to the podcast about permaculture zones and watch the YouTube video on the subject, here are those links.


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How can you build a farm for cheap?

    • First steps to designing your farm
    • How to keep it cheap but not crappy
    • The advantages of having a small plot of land versus large
    • Why the experts are looking at the small plot designs

Do not forget that around Christmas 2016 I will be putting a book on the market.  The topic will be covering being an Executive Agent for the Family.  This is a step by step guide to taking your families safety into your own hands.  Making sure that you have done everything possible to keep them safe while you are on trips and out of town.  A lot of the topics covered will be 100% new to you and not mentioned on this podcast!  More details to come later.

Resources used in the making of this podcast episode:

  • All resources used were from the experiences and setbacks from creating my own homestead

 

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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

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Permaculture Design Principals – Sectors

Permaculture design principals sectorsMy new fascination with gardening is permaculture.  This set of principals and ideas are ones that make life easier.  I will encourage you and anyone that would listen to me to take permaculture teaching to heart and develop your yard and life around this concept.  Today we are going to talk about sectors.  Sectors in permaculture can be seen as how energy moves.  How does energy move through your property and how can you harness this for your own personal gain.  We are going to go through all of the sectors that I can think of so that we can get a good picture of how not only do these sectors effect your property but how they work together and in harmony.  If you have to ask the question of “why is this a Gentleman concerning topic” you really do not get it.  If you have to ask this question, you need to listen to the end of the podcast!



What are permaculture sectors and why should I care!?

  • What are sectors
  • What do sectors in my property do
  • Discussed sectors:
    • Wind
    • Sunshine
    • Water
    • Storms
    • Wildfire
    • Frost
    • Noise
    • Pollution
  • How is this a topic for gentlemen
    • a rant that most have already heard

Resources used in the show:

All information was learned through a few different resources.  The first one was a introduction to permaculture which was FREE through http://open.oregonstate.edu/courses/permaculture/.  Thank you to Jon Butcher for bringing this class to my attention!

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What I learned from Intro to Permaculture

What i learned in permaculture classPermaculture can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.  I have spent the past few weeks working on a class that was sent to me from a listener, offered through Oregon State University.  This course was an absolutely amazing course that showed me a completely different way of doing things around my property.  Throughout the month of May I have been learning all about the permaculture principals, ethics, design principals, and basically how to save the world!  Permaculture does not have to completely be the just about plants.  That is the beauty of a design process.  It can also be seen as how to run a business effectively and sustainability.


Keep in mind that four year old Katarina needs our help to purchase a diabetic alert dog.  Her story and how you can help can be found in the podcast where I interviewed her and her parents.  Man Up and donate to her go fund me page.

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What is Permaculture and what can we learn from it?

  • What is it
  • What are the Design Principals
  • What are the Ethics
  • How does permaculture work in both business and in gardens
  • What are the general principals
  • How are trees more useful to us than an annual garden

Resources used in todays show were from what i learned from the course that I took free of charge from the University of Oregon

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Tree Planting 101

Tree planting 101In no way shape or form is there a stock that is 100% able to increase your profits 10 fold, and if there is you need to punch that guy in the face for lying to you.  I can guarantee you that a tree can though.  Ignoring the fact that a tree will help you be more self reliant and give you free calories from delicious non chemically drowned fruit, there are so many benefits to planting a tree.  I am going to spend the podcast today teaching you all about the benefits of tree planting and busting those myths that people have come up with about it.  It could not be simpler and it could not be more benificial for the environment.  Not to mention how much value that could bring to your life and the life of your family.  Use this summer to find a great place to plant and get started.


Keep in mind that four year old Katarina needs our help to purchase a diabetic alert dog.  Her story and how you can help can be found in the podcast where I interviewed her and her parents.  Man Up and donate to her go fund me page.

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How do we plant a tree?

    • When to do it
    • How to do it
    • What trees go where
    • What trees can be put near what
    • How to root cuttings

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