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Category: Farming & Gardening

Read about farming and gardening on LASL. Topics include sustainable agriculture, permaculture, organic gardening and our own stories about tending the soil and producing our own food.

Homesteading Blogs

By: Everett S

These are the homesteading blogs I read. The blog owners may not know who I am, but I read their posts every day from my Bloglines account, and if you’re interested in sustainable living then you should too!

Deer & Varmit Proof Garden Fence… We Hope!

By: Everett S

We’re about finished with the garden fence now and rather than try to explain everything in text I thought it might be easier to film a quick explanation. Being new to the world of iPhones, we filmed in portrait mode. Lesson learned… This time I’ve decided to do the garden fence right so hopefully I […]

They’re Heeeeere… The Seeds Have Arrived

By: Everett S

Last year we didn’t get much of a garden because we had to clear the area, which was lightly forested. We managed to save some bean, tomato and pepper seeds but still had to buy a lot this year. Too much, you might say – but what a lovely sight on this snowy winter day.

Homesteading Classes and Hands-On Homestead Courses

By: Everett S

Homesteading is difficult but don’t be discouraged. With a bit of help from people who know how to live off the land, you can avoid many of the pitfalls and greatly improve your chances of success.

Blighted Tomato Pics – How To Tell the Difference Between Early Blight and Late Blight

By: Everett S

It has been a wet, wet, wet year around here. I am not exaggerating when I say we did not have more than five or six days without any rain all summer. It is finally drying up, but a little too late for the tomatoes, which were blighted before we ever picked our first fruit. […]

A Visit To Our Wood Lot for Locust Posts = $350 in Savings

By: Everett S

The Home Depot sells 4″x4″ x 9′ long fence posts for about $25 each. Since we needed 14 of them for the garden fence it would have cost me about $350 had I purchased them instead of cutting them out of the wood lot. Though it doesn’t account for the price of property, I prefer […]

DIY Portable Greenhouse and Food Dehydrator Combo

By: Everett S

I inherited a food rack from the barn on a previous property several years ago and have always wanted to turn it into an Appalachian-style food dehydrator. I still plan on making the conversion this summer, but spring use as a portable greenhouse or cold-frame is another option for these restaurant food racks… The trays […]

Cardboard Kill Mulch Garden Year 1 Update

By: Everett S

I had the opportunity to cut a new garden out of the forested area surrounding the new house this year, and figured the best way to go from woods to garden in a season would be to lay down a layer of cardboard and bring in some topsoil/compost and mulch to go over top of […]

Another New Garden (and hopefully the last for many years)

By: Everett S

It seems like I am always starting a new garden on a new property. Hopefully this time will be the last for many years unless I start another new garden on this property. The good news is I’ve gotten pretty good at turning virgin ground into a productive garden in the first year without tilling […]

Raising and Slaughtering Pigs on the Homestead, or How to Raise Pigs for Food

By: Everett S

In this post we show images and provide descriptions about how we raise and slaughter pigs / hogs for food on a small homestead.