Episode #013: The Battle of the Weeds

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This week Erin talks about ways to minimize weeding and prevent your garden from becoming too much for you to handle.  A listener wants some ideas for planning the layout of his small home farm.  And your old Christmas tree can make some of the best kindling for starting a good fire quickly.  Join us as we talk about these topics and more!

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3 Responses to Episode #013: The Battle of the Weeds

  1. Erin, Just finished listening to the episode and was quite excited to hear your response to my question about the layout for the small home farm. Very, very helpful info and tips. I feel even better right now about the direction to go with this. Thanks so much. We live in Bakersfield, CA (I realized I never mentioned that in the original email). We get a very hot summer here in the central valley, but the land is quite rich and fertile where we are. The potential is great. And your guess was right about not looking at breeding the pigs, or the goats. Our focus is being more self sufficient, and being able to provide food and resources to our neighbors and those who need a lot more help. But, again, thanks for the tips and guidance, including the books. Will certainly be taking a look at those. We have a good idea of where we’re putting the garden (including the individual garden plots our kids our going to have…they’re excited), the nut trees, and the orchard and vineyard. And I now have a very good idea of where to position the barn and what to utilize it for. And we will take it slow.

  2. Angie says:

    Hi Erin, what herbs are your growing this year? We haven’t done much preserving yet although the books are on the coffee table. We have a jar of dry beans from last year that was pretty easy to preserve. But we haven’t done the more in-depth preserving of canning and drying produce.

    • Erin Lahey says:

      Hi Angie! In addition to a whole bunch of different flowers , we have several kinds of berries: blueberries, strawberries, elderberries, & raspberries. We have apples, pears and cherries in the orchard, though only the apples are old enough to produce yet. In the veggie patch we have potatoes, garlic, snap peas, mixed salad greens, spinach. We haven’t yet put in our onions, tomatoes, green and red peppers, banana peppers, cabbage, bush beans, pole beans (if there’s room!), summer squash, acorn squash, carrots, cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelons (icebox kind). Can’t remember if I’m forgetting something! Herbs we are growing are parsley, cilantro, basil, and oregano. Love those dry beans! I think I forgot to order mine this year! LOL! There are definitely a few things I haven’t yet mastered … carrots is one of them! I don’t actually preserve a ton of food. I preserve a little bit of our excess, and purposely grow lots of tomatoes (canning/freezing) and potatoes. We dry herbs, too, because they’re so easy. But we mostly eat our produce fresh when we can! We do grow and wildcraft a few medicinal herbs and wintergreen (for flavoring), but I’m still pretty new at that!

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