Kai: The baby quail are 2 weeks old now. Out of the 8 that hatched, 7 have survived to this point and are looking good. One that still remains has a bit of a longer story though, as when he or she hatched, they were born with splay-leg. This condition can be fixed if caught immediately, and so luckily l recognized it shortly after hatch day – but at the same time, I had absolutely no experience with it.Continue reading Baby Quail Hatch Update
Soil development is all about composting.Continue reading Earthworms and Soil Health
This is our end of Summer Garden Tour of our Food Forest in North-West Florida. These are just some of our favorites in the garden, but trust us when we say that so much more is growing in there! Hope you enjoy, and please check out David the Good’s new book: Create Your Own Florida Food Forest.
Kai: We recently acquired an incubator, and began the fascinating process of hatching quail!Continue reading Baby Quail Hatched!
The last past two years we’ve been rather successful with growing water melon. We have yet to perfect our propagation, but our plants have at least produced well in number. The varieties we’ve tried are the Black Diamond, Red Crimson, and Lelanau, a type of water melon that is actually orange colored on the inside.Continue reading Crazy Water Melon Abundance!
We’ve just learned about this new online platform called the “Freesteading Community” It’s a social network focused on homesteading, self-sufficiency and off grid living. This platform looks to be a great way to learn, engage, build community, and find resources for all your homesteading needs. Several well known content creators like Deep South homestead, green dreams TV and Perma Pastures have already joined. Check it out and we hope to see you there!
Kai: On our homesteading journey, we’ve acquired many animals. I love our chickens, pigeons, rabbits, and fish. Everything has its chore load, but they all get taken care of, and have their own values and place in the permaculture ecosystem. Aside that, many are beloved pets. However, there will always be that one thing that makes you crazy.Continue reading This Animal is a Headache!
We’re three months into 2022 now, but for many of us gardeners, the year has just begun, with warm weather and Springtime in the air it’s time to get busy and get planting.Continue reading Springtime Gardening!
On January 28-29th at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement in Blountstown FL, we had the great fun of going to the Keepers of the Old Ways Expo, there we got to learn about the old ways of life, how people cooked, hunted, foraged, clothed, built and so much more.
In the process we got to interview Willard Smith, founder of the Pioneer Settlement. Willard spoke to us about the importance of the old ways of life, and why we must cherish the things that got us to where we are today.Continue reading Keepers of the Old Ways – Survival & Homestead Expo
Kai: Here is a tour of our aviary/coop! It’s home to our chickens, quail, and pigeons. I am excited to have added all these wonderful birds to our mini homestead, as I feel my personal connection and place in the permaculture world is really through the animals. I have watched birds and nature far longer than I have propagated plants, so working with animals feels a lot more natural to me. I should also mention that our Pensacola permaculture endeavors are in a city-chicken approved area, so our miniature homestead is not rural, believe it or not. It really doesn’t take much space to get started with chickens/permaculture gardening if you get creative! .
I hope to capture our progress as we move further into spring, as I am hoping to hatch some chicks this year. But for now, enjoy the tour!