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 […]


The Everglades Tomato

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UPDATE April 2014: Due to the high demand and ungratefulness of some, I will no longer be offering free seeds and do not offer them for sale. I spent hours of my own time and took food out of my family’s mouth (literally), only to have people bitch and complain […]

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 […]

DIY Self Watering Container

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Before I finally started using raised beds, I was looking at trying to raise veggies in the ground, or simple pots. The ground around here is terrible for growing anything other than sandspurs, so that was out. To get an idea of what the local soil mostly consists of, […]

Kindle Books – Three For FREE!

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Update 4 Apr 2013 11am : These things move FAST! The first two are already no longer free, unless you are an Amazon Prime member. Bummer.
I’m a HUGE fan of the Kindle, and all eReaders for that matter. I fell in love with the Kindle’s readability, 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, […]

Farm Update Feb 2013

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I called this “Farm update” because “Backyard Update” just doesn’t have a nice ring to it. Plus it doesn’t look like a back yard…it looks like, well, a farm…a tiny, narrow, crowded farm. This has been a fairly busy week for me, and I just wanted to
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Grow your Own Sugarcane

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I’ve read articles about growing beets for sugar, but beets are a cold weather crop, something that, other than the last few days, we just don’t have much of here in Zone 10A. (I actually got the idea for this article when I was eating a can of beets […]

Backyard Aquaponics – The Containers and Their Contents

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Ive introduced my aquaponics project, and talked about the magic of the bell siphon.
Now I want to cover what I used for containers, the construction, and what went into each. Please keep in mind this is simply how I did it. There is no correct […]

Preparing your Rabbits for Lean Times

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I was fortunate to run into Aaron of the InTheRabbitHole Podcast Monday night in a group meeting, and of course the subject of rabbits was talked about for quite a long time. One of the subjects we discussed was what to do in the event that the […]