Jul 222011
 
FTCLDF:  An interview with Pete Kennedy

Today we are going to be taking with Pete Kennedy. Pete’s the president of the FTCLDF (Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund), an organization I’ve been involved with to one extent or another since it’s inception on July 4, 2007.

And I’ve known Pete, who is also one of the lawyers for the fund, since about a year later, when he helped me with a little problem I was having with the Georgia Department of Agriculture. He’s an all around good guy…even if he IS a lawyer…LOL.

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Jul 162011
 
Breaking the materialism habit...a basic homesteading requirement

Shopping with a list will often curb materialistic, impulse buying. Knowing what you need and planning to buy only those things will go far in helping you fight this battle. For example, I know that in my case my grocery shopping forays tend to be about 25% more expensive when I don’t have a list than when I do.

Caveat: This only works when you actually follow the list. Picking up that extra half-gallon of ice cream that is not on the list, just because it is a yummy looking new flavor that looks SO GOOD, is bad for your budget…and your waistline.

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Jul 012011
 
Gardening in a bucket, growing plants upside-down.  9 plants to plant in it.

My bucket garden exists for two reasons.

First, I wanted my culinary herbs close at hand to the kitchen. I have a raised bed veggie garden about 100 feet from the house, but I started gardening on my porch rails so I could grab some basil or chives without hiking to the garden.

Second, my regular garden spot is partially shaded. Many veggies can deal with 4-6 hours of sunlight daily, but tomatoes aren’t one of them. Tomatoes need FULL sun, 6-8 hours a day, and my garden spot just doesn’t provide that.

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Jun 282011
 
Gardening in a bucket…growing plants upside-down.  Part 1, making the planter

Do you have a hard time finding a good spot to garden? Is your yard too shady? Do you live in a apartment and want to avoid evection for digging up open spaces for your veggies?

Well…you might try gardening in a bucket. Give your vegetables a unique look at the world…let them grow upside down!

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Apr 122011
 
Amending soil:  Paying down principle or just paying interest?

As discussed in a previous post here, the first part of the solution was raised beds, making getting and keeping good soil and allowing for intensive gardening much easier. I strongly recommend it for everyone regardless of what you start with for soil.

Did I say soil? Let me correct a bit. What most of us start with isn’t soil, it is dirt…and there is a big difference.

Some clown once said soil is what is under your feet while dirt is what’s under your fingernails. Funny I suppose, but inaccurate.

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