Winter Gardening Results in Florida

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The day was January 2, 2014. I stopped by a friends house after work to visit, and pick up some goodies he had for me. The temperature was 84 degrees. (if it makes you feel any better, as I write this, less than 24 hours later, it is […]


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Current setup:

Five raised beds with automatic waterers set to go off three times a day.
Three self-watering boxes, “Earthbox” style, that I made myself
Worm composter
All compostable scraps put into the current “fallow” bed for the chickens to process.

Raised bed and self-waterer contents:

All have a mixture of composted horse manure and peat moss, along […]

FloridaHillbilly 25 Years Later – Where is He now?

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Ok. I know it has only been a bit over a year…but SO much can happen in the amount of time….it FEELS like its been 25 years. I was told by a good friend that if I didn’t slow down, I would burn out. I […]

Food at Your Feet: Wild Onions

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This is about a little adventure my wife and I had during our recent trip to West Virginia. I need to set the stage for this one. Stick with me long enough, and you’ll understand the where and why of it all.
The more I write, the […]

Rule Of Threes

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In survival training, many instructors refer to the “Rule of Threes”.
Here they are, as taught to me by Hank, of Green Earth Survival School:
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Everglades Tomatoes Seeds Update – March 2014

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UPDATE April 2014: Due to the high demand and ungratefulness of some, I will no longer be offering free seeds. I spent hours of my own time and took food out of my family’s mouth (literally), only to have people bitch and complain about the speed […]

Free books! Quail Q&A, and other tidbits from Floridahillbilly

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Today’s article was brought to you by the generous folks over at Go check out their great line of “Multifunction Eyewear Necessities”, and tell them FloridaHillbilly sent you!
Today I am updating everyone on a few changes here at, as well as answering […]

Community Gardens

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Do how does a guy that has no use for organized sports end up driving 4 hours just to spend three days watching a team he doesn’t like play against another team he doesn’t like?
The same way he ends up staying in a state he didn’t care much for, only to […]

My Bookshelf – The Foxfire Series

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As I’ve mentioned before, there are a lot of self-sufficiency, survival, or homesteading books that I own. I will usually list each book one at a time, and will consist of books I own and consider a resource to rely on. Some are on my Kindle, others […]

Improving Soil

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This is a follow-up from yesterday’s post, DIY Self Watering Containers.
When I first started gardening here in Florida, the sugar sand had me beat. Too loose to hold anything, it would take many tons of organic matter to improve just my back yard. I eventually opted to use raised beds, and […]