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diy2thrive Podcast: Homesteading, Organic Gardening, Foraging wild foods and herbs, Self-reliance, and Survival strategies
35 minutes | Dec 21, 2014
Episode 21- Feeding Poultry for less money: How to make your homestead pay
The cost of poultry or chicken feed is an issue for all homesteaders and backyard farmers. For those of us who are attempting to make an income from our homesteads it is even more critical. For most of us, feed costs are the biggest single expense in raising chickens or other poultry. There are numerous strategies that we can employ to lower our feed costs, and many of these strategies can actually provide our flock with much better nutrition at the same time. This podast is an overview of alternative poultry feeds as well as ways that the average backyard farm or homestead can provide these feeds at little or no cost- helping to create a higher level of self-sufficiency in our operations as well as lower costs while providing our flock better nutrition.
20 minutes | Dec 14, 2014
Episode 20- How to use the BRICS method to measure plant health and nutrition
BRICS is a method that organic gardeners and homesteaders can use to measure plant health and nutrition. The food from our organic gardens taste great but are they really more nutritionally dense? How can you tell? One valuable tool is the BRICS method. This method provides you with an inexpensive, simple, and valuable measurement tool which will allow you to determine if your plants are truly healthier and more nutirtious. It will also allow you to compare various methods in your garden and determine which are providing the best results. It can also be used as a diagnostic tool to catch potential problems early enough to correct them. Listen as we evaluate this method, why you would want to use it, and how to use it.
28 minutes | Dec 11, 2014
Episode 19- Organic Gardening Principles Part 3: Companion Planting, Intercropping, Green Manures, and Undersowing
This podcast is part 3 of our Organic Gardening Principles Series. Companion planting, intercropping, undersowing, and green manures are an integral part of organic gardening. Understanding natural systems and allowing them to help you in your garden is in the nature of growing a garden organically but do you understand the relationship of the plants in your garden and all of the ways that they could work together as a complete ecology? Properly designed that is exactly what the plants in your garden should do. In this podcast we will begin our journey toward a more complete understanding of how our plants interact, and toward using those relationships and beneficial effects in a more informed and effective way.
45 minutes | Nov 30, 2014
Episode 18- Organic Gardening Principles Part 2: The Science of Composting
This podcast is Part 2 of our Organic Gardening Principles series and is an overview of the science behind composting as well as basic methodologies and best practices. Composting is a very simple practice but is irreplaceable in any organic gardening effort. There is no better way to create good healthy soil which will provide you productive garden plants and highly nutritious foods. To be an effective gardener you must compost, to compost effectively it is important to understand the science of the organic processes which are involved in composting. We provide you the tools to understand the composting process and to be more effective at it, and we provide practical guidelines for you to use in employing various composting methods. Even if you are an experienced gardener and composter, we believe that you will find this podcast and this entire series of value in your practice.
34 minutes | Nov 23, 2014
Episode 17- Organic Gardening Principles Part 1: Soil
The word "Organic" is widely used to describe many widely varied methods of gardening and agriculture. Many methods which are called organic are not consistent with the principles of organic agriculture as envisioned by the early founders of the organic movement or by modern proponents. When we we were new to organic methods it was terribly confusing to us what methods were really organic and what direction we should be taking in our journey to create healthier foods and a highy productive garden. For that reason we are publishing these podcasts in an effort to clear the air about what we mean when we say "organic", to make clear why and how these methods are superior, and to help make clear the sound science behind these organic methods we bring you this series of podcasts in which we will explore the principles or organic agriculture and the concepts behind them. We hope that this information is helpful to you and leaves you with an understanding of what organinc methods are and the science behind them. We also hope to help you create an understanding of your soil and the natural systems that you interact with when you are growing food, an understanding that will help you to be a more effective gardener and will help you grow healthier food in a more sustainable way. Most importantly we hope that this series of podcasts will motivate you to use organic methods of agriculture to create for yourself a better quality of life!
35 minutes | Nov 19, 2014
Episode 16- Winter Container Gardening: Organic gardening indoors
Winter container gardening is on our minds here as winter has come with a vengence. If we had the illusion that we would be doing any more work outside we those illusions were shattered with the below zero temperatures that we have suddenly been faced with. This time of year can be dreary and depressing for those of us who hope for a long cool season growing season or a chance to do more outside. The best cure for those blues is to get your hands dirty growing green things, and you don't have to stop gardening when the snow starts flying. Grow your vegetable garden year round by growing container vegetables indoors in the winter. Best of all- you can grow them at little or no cost and you can use the natural organic methods that we love to use outdoors in our gardens! Listen and learn how and kick those wintertime blues!
23 minutes | Nov 10, 2014
Episode 15- Certified Organic Food: are you getting what you are paying for?
Organic foods are a fast growing industry and more people every year are electing to pay a premium for certified organic foods at the supermarket, but are we getting what we are paying for? Recent studies suggest that organic foods are no more nutritious thank conventional foods, still contain chemical pesticides, and are more adulterated with pathgenic organisms. We examine the very large and very profitable organic food industry and how the takeover of this industry by giant corporation and factory farms has lead to this sad state of affairs. We offer solutions including the specific actions that you can take personally to help correct this trend on a personal level in your own life.
24 minutes | Nov 3, 2014
Episode 14- How to grow your pepper plants as perennials
Peppers are a garden favorite and are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients including Lycopene and Capsaicin. Recent research suggests that the phytonutrients in some peppers may help to fight or prevent stomach, prostate, and skin cancer. You may not be aware that peppers are not actually an annual plant, but are a perennial in their native habitat- but you can grow peppers as perennials no matter where you live. Listen as we detail how to save your pepper plants and grow them as perennials using organic gardening techniques. Give it a try- you will be amazed how productive your pepper plants will be in the succeeding years. Jeff Webb
23 minutes | Oct 28, 2014
Episode 13- Wheat and Gluten: what is going on with our food?
Harvest 2014 is in full swing here, and we have been burning the candle at both ends trying to get the harvest complete- and as a result this episode of the podcast is being released later than we would have liked- and for that we would like to apologise to all of you. If my voice sounds a bit tired in this episode it is because it is, and I am! I hope that you will forgive us as we work through the season, and we should be back to normal within the next few weeks. In this episode we examine wheat, wheat gluten, Gluten Sensistivites and Celiacs Disease which many have developed due to the gluten content in modern wheat. Modern wheat is a much different food than the wheat of 100 years ago, and the modern food processing industry handles wheat in a way which bears very little resemblance to the way that wheat was prepared for use in the past. These and other changes seem to be contributing to the rise of gluten intolerance and other food related problems. We will detail the history of wheat and wheat processing and how it has changed, as well as what you can do to better nourish yourself and your family while avoiding gluten related disorders. Jeff Webb
25 minutes | Oct 19, 2014
Episode 12- Propagating perennial plants from cuttings for food forests, gardening, and permaculture
Perennials are one of the best ways to create your own healthier, more nutritious food and not only do they require much less effort on your part than growing annual plants, but they will keep producing year after year. The cost of perennial plants, fruit and nut trees, or shrubs often limit the number of perennials that the average homesteader, gardener, or permaculturist is able to plant but propagating from cuttings is a great solution for this problem. Literally hundreds of plants can be grown from cuttings at little or no cost and the process is so easy that anyone can do it with no special equipment. Listen to the podcast and learn how to handle softwood, semi-hardwood, and hardwood cuttings of perennials and start your own food forest! Jeff Webb email- email@example.com our website- www.diy2thrive.com
24 minutes | Oct 12, 2014
Episode 11- Elderberries, High Bush Cranberries, Arrowood and Viburnums
Elderberries and Viburnums like High Bush Cranberry and Arrowood are all members of the Honeysuckle family and all are extremely nutritious berries and are common both domesticated and in the wild. All are high in Vitamin C, Elderberry having more Vitamin C than Oranges or Tomatoes. High Bush Cranberry is high in pectin which can be extracted and used to make jams and jellies. They have a very low glycemic index, and Elderberry has three times the protein of Blueberries. All are packed with beneficial antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Some Viburnums contain salycin, a natural pain reliever, and Elderberries are the go-to remedy for colds and flus being extremely anti-viral. Listen to the podcast as we explore all of the beneficial attributes of these berries, as well as how to grow, harvest, and use them. Jeff Webb Remember to visit our website at www.diy2thrive.com and subscribe to be notified by email of new podcasts and blog posts.
32 minutes | Oct 5, 2014
Episode 10- Rocket Mass Heaters and Wood Burning Heat Technologies
Energy prices are volatile and promise to be even higher in the future. To mitigate our energy costs and to provide a higher level of self-reliance at our homestead we are using several types of newer wood burning technologies, the most exciting of these being Rocket Mass Heater technologies. Rocket mass heaters are more energy efficient than any other form of wood burning heat (burning as much as 7 times less wood to heat the same space), and output much fewer pollutants. They are much less fussy about the type of fuel that they burn, and can keep heating your home for days from a single fire. Follow our journey through the construction of our first rocket mass heater, and learn along with us as this first of several rocket mass heaters which we are building takes form! Jeff Webb email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
29 minutes | Sep 28, 2014
Episode 9- Raising Guinea Fowl for Homesteads in Northern Climates
Guinea Fowl are a particularly valuable addition to your homestead for a number of reasons. They are particularly adept at controlling ticks, are excellent watchdogs and will protect the rest of your flock from predators, they are excellent layers of high quality eggs, they are valuable in the garden, and are a source of very high quality meat. Successfully raising Guinea fowl in a domesticated setting requires the use of some creative methodology which we have laid out in detail in this podcast. Listen to this episode and learn how to properly incubate, raise, and care for your Guinea Fowl. Jeff Webb
28 minutes | Sep 22, 2014
Episode 8- Black Walnuts a true medicinal powerhouse
Black Walnuts lie unused on streets in every town and city in North America, but these cast-off nuts- often considered to be trash cluttering suburban yards- are actually a powerhouse of nutrition and natural healing. Black Walnuts occur all over North America (although not in Europe or Asia) and are packed with vitamins and minerals but most amazingly they have recently been found to kill cancer cells and may be an effective anti-cancer agent. Black Walnuts have beneficial effects on cardiac health. They are anti-inflammatory and also have a helpful effect on cholesterol levels- lowering overall cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels. They are also an extremely effective vermifuge and anti-fungal, considered traditionally to be the best remedy for internal parasites, ringworn, athlete's foot, and candida yeast infections. Listen to the podcast and learn how to grow, wild harvest, process, and use the Black Walnut including oil extractions, tinctures, and Black Walnut Hull powder. Contact us at email@example.com or visit our website at diy2thrive.com Jeff Webb
37 minutes | Sep 15, 2014
Episode 7- Harvesting and using Acorns: A healthy nutritious way to increase your self-reliance and to add to the food storage options for your homestead
The massive amount of debt which our federal government has amassed, both in reported debt and in unfunded future entitlement liablities is a clear and present danger to the buying power of your dollars. Nearly 50% of the average family budget is spent on food, transportation, and housing and we as responsible people must consider ways to prepare to provide for ourselves and our families should the buying power of our incomes continue to decline and we discuss a number of these strategies in this podcast. Harvesting wild foods is one powerful tactic that you should consider, both for the impact that this could have on your budget as well as the health and nutritional value of wild foods. Acorns are a food which can be used in numerous ways, and they are packed with vitamins and minerals as well as being a very complete protein source. One of the biggest attractions that the acorn holds aside from the excellent flavor that it can give to your dishes is the fact that acorns have a low glycemic index and can be used to replace wheat flour in baked goods. Listen to our podcast and learn how to harvest, process, and use this incredibly adaptable food on your family's table.
60 minutes | Sep 5, 2014
Episode 6- Your Food is Killing You! How your food has become deficient in nutrients and loaded with chemical contaminants and what to do about it.
In the past several decades the nutritional quality of our food has declined dramatically, with some nutrients at a level 90% below that which the food that our grandpparents ate. This is in part due to soil depletion, the selection criteria used to breed hybrid crops, the narrow selection of crops used in our food, and other factors. In order to overcome this problem, the best strategy is to create a wider range of dietary choices using a combination of strategies including wild harvested foods and organically produced homegrown foods of a wider variety than we are accustomed to planting in our gardens. In this episode we will explore ways to implement these strategies including proper foraging techniques, container gardening, raised bed gardening, conventional gardening, hugelculture, sheet mulching, sheet composting, and greenhouses. Please use this information to improve your quality of life and that of your family! Jeff Webb
39 minutes | Aug 29, 2014
Episode 5- Goldenrod: The Unassuming Beauty of the Road Ditch
Mankind has often and mistakenly attempted to create social justice through redistributionist and collectivist strategies, always resulting in disaster. Find out why and what can be done about it. The Goldenrod is an often overlooked and maligned herb, but it is highly valuable both as a medicinal herb and as an edible plant. It grows throughout the US and much of other areas in North America. With over 150 species it is a plant that will readily cross-pollenate, constantly creating new varieties- most of whom have diuretic, Anti-oxidant, astringent, anti-fungal, anti-septic, rubefacient, and expectorant qualities. Goldenrod is also a delicious addition to many foods, and some varieties make an excellent tea. We will discuss this herb in detail as well as information relating to growing, harvesting, and using Goldenrod in foods, teas, and medicinal and nutritive preparations. Jeff Webb
56 minutes | Aug 22, 2014
Episode 4- Going Underground: Root Cellars and Home Grown foods
Our leaders are either ignorant of or have rejected the concept of American Exceptionalism. To reject the foundational underpinnings of our nation will lead to dire consequences, and those consequences are already manifesting themselves today. The nutritional quality of mass-produced food has degraded severely in the past several decades. Food prices are skyrocketing. The quality of supermarket vegetables cannot compare to home grown organically grown vegetables. For all of these reasons growing your own food and implementing a root cellar storage system for your food makes good sense. We will explain to you the differing needs of a variety of foods, the varied design options available in root cellar construction, and how to create and use your own root cellar.
31 minutes | Aug 12, 2014
Episode 3- Finding Gold in your Weedpatch: Nettles the Superfood
Is America heading toward a hyperinflationary currency collapse? If so what can you do about it? Nettles are one of the most misunderstood plants in the wild- and highly undervalued in the garden. Nettles are a highly nutritious food, a valuable medicine, and a versatile source of textiles and raw materials. We discuss the ways to use nettles in your cooking, the traditional medicinal uses of nettles, and the many and valuable raw materials to which the nettle lends itself. We share how best to grow and harvest this plant, and it's potential as a cash crop. Nettles deserve a place in your food plan as well as in your self-sufficiency strategy.
42 minutes | Aug 8, 2014
Episode 2- My Truck Runs on Cow Manure.. LPG and CNG Vehicle Conversion diy2thrive
visit our website a diy2thrive.com email firstname.lastname@example.org Is the USA preparing to become another failed civilization like so many others from history? Listen to the podcast and let us know your opinion. It is comparatively inexpensive and relatively uncomplicated to convert your vehicle to run on LPG (propane) or CNG (compressed natral gas)- DO IT YOURSELF! We will explain the relative advantages and disadvantages of each type of fuel as well as the thre main typs of conversion hardware which are direct injection, seqential rail injection, and direct injection. We will also give you a few tips and pointers to avoid some of the most common mistakes when converting a vehicle. We would love to hear from you- contact us! Jeff Webb
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