Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
Tim and Liz have asked for you to post any ideas you have that you would like them to discuss on this page. They'll address them in a podcast when there is enough content for an episode.
Preparing the farm and farm house for winter.
Favorite recipes from canned garden(jar preserves) ingredients.
I think a lengthy discussion of the business aspect of small-scale and sustainable farms would be quite valuable. Tim is obviously more than qualified.
Great ideas everyone! This is so helpful and we'll be sure to address each one in future podcasts. Please keep the ideas coming!
I really enjoy your "Pasture Walks", hearing what is happening here on Farm Dreams and getting your advice and opinions about the various topics being discussed. I hope this segment continues and even grows!
Interviews generally, including with other folks about how they started their farm. Challenges of farming at the urban edge vs. further in the country.
Tim & Liz,
We love your Farm Dreams podcast! Your topics and discussion are fabulous. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and story's! We enjoyed hearing you're welcoming a little girl to your family! Congratulations!
We'd love to hear more about your little girl! We didn't know y'all were preggers?! What's her name? Has she been born yet? Love to know more. Hope that not too noisy! :)
My husband and I are homesteaders in East Texas and we just had our first little girl last year. You're gonna love being parents. Having children and doing what y'all do on the farm are perfect compliments. It's just like all your new farm enterprises, it's challenging at first, but you'll master it just like you have with everything else on the farm. You're gonna love it! Congratulations!
We want to hear more about the baby!
Rashel from East Texas
First of all, thank you for all that you are doing to share your experiences and thoughts with us. The voice of experience is so helpful. I'd like to hear some discussions on the following topics:
1. Your garden soil preparation, pest treatment and fertilizer choices.
2. A detailed discussion on garden succession planting for regular harvests if you have thoughts or experience on that.
3. Monitoring livestock and poultry health, what to look for and how to treat problems.
4. How to determine how many animals can be raised on a given piece of land in different climates.
5. Animal waste management if necessary on your farm.
6. The best ways to market your product and get your name to be known.
I hope you can use some of these topics. I love to hear the weekly Podcasts and look forward to learning much more from you and your practical experience.
Congratulations on your latest addition to the family, Tim & Liz! Happy for you.
I wonder if you would address how to time-out planting for spring and fall for those dealing with a short growing season. For instance, is it better to just uproot peas and lettuce after awhile to make room for something else that will grow better in the cooler weather? Or is it better to plan separate plots and let the peas and lettuce poop out on their own and let their spot rest, or put in a cover crop? In WA, we have very short seasons, and I've been a bit challenged with when to plant things and how to make the room for them in my garden!
Other things I'd like to hear about in a podcast are: Cover crops for pastures; optimal timing to cut grasses for winter feeding; no-till management; how to store grasses for animals if you don't have a baler; and figuring nutrient values of grasses and figuring nutrient needs for various animals that are grazing. I looked at the posts and saw some books recommended, and have not been able to find them in the local library or purchase them yet.
Thank you so much for all you do with the podcasts and postings! You have a wealth of information and a knack for sharing it in an interesting and entertaining manner!
Thank you Tim and Liz (mostly Liz), for answering my question about fruit leather ~ it gave me some great ideas. I appreciate you both so much. I have another question: Do you know about quark? It is most popular in Europe. It is a soft creamy cheese. I tried to make some and mine came out a little sour and had a LOT of granules on and in it. They looked alot like dried yeast. Do you have ideas for me that would help me to make it much creamier and smooth tasting?
Thank you for all that you talk about, you both are a joy to listen to :)
Yes, Tim and Liz, thanks for answering my question as well. By food forest, I meant something like what they do in permaculture where they plant perennials , stacking the functions in layers, from roots and tubers to annuals, low growing shrubs, taller shrubs and short trees, vines/climbers and then taller trees in the canopy.
Do you have any nitrogen fixers in your plantings?
Would love to hear creative ways to enhance wildlife habitat on the edges, or forest portions, of a farm or homestead. Obviously we have the usual predators, but some feel better habitats feed the predators so they don't prey on our livestock or poultry as much. Thanks!