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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2018 at 6:53pm

Randy, have you tried no-till gardening. I have been doing it for years and I have virtually no work, except for those danged weeds that find a nude piece of earth and settle in. They are easy to pull up, at least at my Spokane home because I have 42 years of enriching the soils with compost, worm castings, well-composted manure, and cardboard wherever a rogue weed settles in. 

I can't get a vegetable garden growing at my home in the forest. We sit on the top of huge sand dune left over from the ice age, and when I water the garden our well goes dry. So I gave up on my four raised beds. I continue to request help in sequestering rainwater, but L & L don't want rain barrels off the roofs. 

I grow what I can in the greenhouse and carry water from the hose by the gallons or string a hose. When I use a hose, I get worn out and don't have the energy to work on the plants. I bought lighter hoses and that works well, until it is time to wind them up. We need a hose bib at the greenhouse and a power winder. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2018 at 6:44pm

I follow this family since the youngest one was nursing; I've watched these kids grow through the years and am amazed at how self-sufficient these youngsters developed.  This film is after years of daily vlogging, telling their story of beginning a homestead, their challenges, and their solutions. They grow 75% of their food, including chickens, cows, pigs, and a vegetable garden. There always exists a problem to solve and they do every day. Well, now they produce educational videos and cover problems as they emerge on the homestead and with the family. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 


Comment by Randall Smith on May 7, 2018 at 7:41am

I'll finally answer your question, Spud!

I don't bury my rabbit fence, but I do line it with soil. Upon my trip return, I see peas and lettuce popping up, despite a lack of rain.

Hope your avocado tree comes alive. I've lost all my blueberry bushes. I'm giving up on ever having any.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 21, 2018 at 7:07am

Randy, do you need to bury the rabbit fence in the ground to keep them out?

Two days ago, I dug out most of the dandelions in my garden and watered my avocado tree.  It looks totally dead but I'll wait a couple of months to make sure.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 21, 2018 at 6:59am

FINALLY! I was able to work in the garden! 

First, I tilled (about half). Then I put up my chickenwire "rabbit obstacle" fence. That's where I will plant (today) my lettuce, spinach, peas, and other greens that rabbits love to eat. Outside the fence, I planted two rows each of potatoes and onions. Potatoes are leftover "nubbin's" from last year. They may not turn out too great.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2018 at 3:36am
The official trailer of the Great American Farm Tour, the story of a homesteading family converting a school bus into a home that took them to all 48 lower states and launched them to Alaska and Hawaii in a 10-month adventure of discovery of the United States. They visited homesteads and small farms in each state, went to national parks, and discovered different farming techniques. A gentle celebration of the U.S. and a love of their home. 

Randy, I imagine your farm family to be similar to the Rhodes. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 4, 2018 at 7:38am

The Rhodes resembles my farm family! Wonderful, Joan.

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on April 4, 2018 at 7:23am

Yeah. That seems to be an awesome family.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2018 at 10:06pm

One of my favorite homesteading families, The Rhodes, and these amazing kids, learning how to do so many things; they experiment, explore, and experience life as only kids on a farm scene can. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 25, 2018 at 1:13am


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