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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Coturnix Quail for Homesteaders

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I’ve had a bit of interest over the last few weeks regarding quail as a backyard meat source. I thought I’d dust off the topic and put another article together covering the ins and outs of raising Coturnix quail, particularly in an urban setting. It is a rather long […]

Backyard Farming and The Rogue Chicken

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When my Everglades tomatoes were devastated by a wind storm and then the sprinkler system failing, I had to […]

Back At It

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As much as I needed to step away from FHB, the longer I stayed away, the harder […]

Interview at

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Today I’ll be talking instead of writing. I was recently interviewed by the great folks over at, Aaron and Jason.
Here is their post regarding my interview:

Episode 101: The Season II Finale
by AARON FRANKEL on MAY 12, 2013

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Mailbag May 2, 2013 Quail vs Ducks or Chickens

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Yesterday, I received a comment from a regular reader, Darren from Green Change. com, and  I thought I should expand on my reasoning.

“Just a quick comment to thank you for all your quail articles. I didn’t think quail were worth messing about with (small […]

Quail Week Day 2 – Building and Using an Incubator

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Day two in Quail Week in celebration of finally getting my quail setup mostly organized, and at least moving forward. Today we talk about incubators, hows and whys, commercial and DIY options, how I made mine, and the results I’ve had with it.
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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 […]

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Urbanstead Update March 2013

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It’s been a while so I thought I’d update whats going on in my urban backyard “farm”. I like to write these out from time to time to show you what I’ve accomplished, as well as to track where I’ve been. My memory isn’t what it used to be, […]

Backyard Egg Options

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A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
I have a fairly wide selection of eggs in my refrigerator, considering I raise them myself on little over a quarter acre in town. 

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