Permaculture Velocity | Homesteading Skills You Can Use

By Soirée-Leone: Gardening & Composting, Canning & Fermenting, Chickens & Duc

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Edible gardens. Chickens, geese, and ducks. Goats. Fruit trees. Fermented food. Pantry, root cellar, and freezer not grocery store. Slow food. Build it and fix it yourself. Connected communities. Permaculture by design transforms what was barren to productive.

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The Best Breeds for the Backyard Flock - PVP44

Of all the chicken breeds, which are good choices for a backyard flock?

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Feb 05, 2016
Understanding Seeds: Heirloom, Open Pollinated, & F1 - PVP43

So many seeds, so many misunderstandings!

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Feb 03, 2016
Making Salves, Creams, & Lip Balms - PVP42

Some products require special equipment, fancy ingredients, and so forth. These simple products are easy and economical. Each can easily be made as fancy as you like!

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Jan 29, 2016
The Best Pressure Canner for the Homestead - PVP41

Getting ready to preserve the summer's bountiful harvest means having the equipment on hand.

What's the best pressure canner to get the job done?

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Jan 27, 2016
The Best Grain Mill for the Homestead - PVP40

Unlike a food processor or a blender, a grain mill is essential if you are going to grind grains.

But, with so many choices, how to select the right one for the homestead?

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Jan 22, 2016
The Best Fruit Trees for the Backyard Garden - PVP39

What's not to love? Perennial. Easy. Relatively low cost. Beautiful. Fresh fruit.

Adding fruit trees to the backyard garden can quickly had a bounty of terrific food.

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Jan 20, 2016
Making 2016 the Best Year Ever! - PVP38

New Years greetings come and go, resolutions are made, but another year seems to slip by! It's so easy to be distracted from our path. One day slips by, then another, then another. 

How can you alter this course?

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Jan 15, 2016
Important Lessons from the Flock - PVP37

Right up there with "so what do you do when the chickens stop laying?" is "what to do when a chicken dies?" No one is really signing up to get the gory details yet at some level we all know that chickens die...even our most favorite pet chicken.

But what can we learn?

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Jan 13, 2016
Making Our Homesteads Less Toxic - PVP36

Toxins suck! They make us, the soil, the air, the water, and the animals sick.

So many of them are simply not needed for the job we are buying them for, yet, there they are! How can we step-by-step make our homesteads less toxic and maybe the world too?

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Dec 16, 2015
All About Canning Jars, Lids, & Rings - PVP35
Dec 11, 2015
Is the Zero Waste Homestead Possible? - PVP34

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Dec 09, 2015
The Gift Economy: Absolutely Free - PVP33

What is the gift economy and how can it impact the homestead?

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Nov 20, 2015
Stress-Free Holiday Meals - PVP32

Don't freak out! Here are some tips for stress-free holiday meals!

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Nov 18, 2015
Toxic Free & Effective Cleaning - PVP31

It's easy to get sucked into the fancy packaging, promises of cleanliness not possible any other way, and germs killed on contact.

But, how much do we really know and understand about the products that we are bringing into our homes? How can we make changes to kick toxic products to the curb? Plus, how to stick to your guns with homemade cleaners.

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Nov 13, 2015
Maintaining a Healthy Chicken Flock - PVP30

Prevention, prevention, prevention. Let's get into some details to avoid problems with illness and disorder down the road.

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Nov 11, 2015
Botulism & Unsafe Canning Methods - PVP29

Botulism is not something to take lightly and if you are new to home canning it can be a scary thing. 

Learn about what went wrong in home canning that made people sick.

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Nov 06, 2015
7 Best Cool Season Vegetables - PVP28

Of all the cool season vegetables, which are the best to get started in the garden for the cool season?

Selected for ease and productivity plus some surprises.

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Nov 05, 2015
Chicken Manure Management Using Deep Litter - PVP27

How can you manage a chicken run without nuisance smells, flies, and tons of work?

This simple and easy approach to managing the litter in a chicken run is healthier for the flock while being less work for the chicken keeper.

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Oct 29, 2015
Beyond Doomsday: Preparedness on the Urban Homestead - PVP26

Many people who live in the city are not prepared for brief interruptions in services such as water, gas, and electricity.

Living the in the city with stores packed with goods for sale gives rise to a false feeling of security that everything will always be available.

Learn about basic preparedness.

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Oct 21, 2015
The 9 Best Ways to Lower the Food Bill - PVP25

There are plenty of lists of money saving tips. But, how do we reshape our thinking about buying, harvesting, preparing, eating, and storing food?

Learn a few ways to rethink buying, harvesting, preparing, and storing food.

Plus, why we all should be sauce bosses!

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Oct 14, 2015
Avoid Common Home Canning Mistakes - PVP24

Whether boiling water bath canning or pressure canning let's be safe. Learn how to avoid common home canning mistakes.

And news flash! The USDA recently (June 2015) approved steam canning! Steam canning is a fast, effective, and safe way to home preserve high acid foods! Yay!

Plus, don't forget to check out the show notes for even more information regarding several types of canning jars and lids. Links to pressure canner manuals, USDA and university extension guidance, and learn more about a recent outbreak of botulism that resulted from improperly home canned food. 

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Oct 07, 2015
11 Tips for a Tiny Garden & Where to Start - PVP23

So many projects and tasks on the homestead and limited resources. Where to start? How to decide to pay for someone else to install a laundry-to-landscape system or DIY? Starting small, simple, and specialized can help. Then considering time, money, and reward can help us select the right project, at the right time, and keep it on budget.

Even tiny gardens can seem overwhelming to a new gardener--learn a few tips that can help you get started.

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Sep 30, 2015
Kombucha: Easy, Tasty, & Wild - PVP22

Kombucha can be expensive at the grocery store, coop, or farmer's market. Save a ton of money and make great kombucha at home. It's super easy and it is best wild!

Learn about the "transformational action of the microorganisms" and getting started with your very own batches of this wonderful naturally effervescent drink. 

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Sep 23, 2015
Pressure Canning: Not Bombs, Food! - PVP21

Corn, beans, okra, meats, fish, poultry, soups, broths, and other low acid foods must be pressure canned. Sadly, pressure canning has a bad rap and many folks shy away from it.

Pressure canning low acid foods means that we have even more foods that we can grab off our pantry shelves.

Imagine being sick and reaching for a jar of chicken soup made just the way you like it. Think about that long day and all you want is a quick meal--you are able to reach for a terrific vegetable soup.

Canned foods don't require refrigeration so you don't have to worry about a power outage. Canned foods like beans (black beans, kidney beans, and so forth) are cooked and ready to add to your favorite recipes--saving time, money, and energy.

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Sep 16, 2015
Winter Egg Laying & Adding Light to the Hen House - PVP20

There are two solidly divided camps regarding light to the hen house as the days shorten.

One: Adding light is inhumane, kinda seems like an industrial operation, so let's leave the natural rhythms alone.

Two: Adding light means that there will be eggs on all of the days including days before the holidays.

Yes, it's true I have friends in the city who do not add light in the winter and after all the love, care, and feed--buy eggs in December. 

Adding a moderate amount to light to maintain a 14-hour day means that our healthy hens get adequate rest and we get eggs on all of the days. Gosh, how would I figure out which eggs are the least evil at the market anyway. We have chickens so that I don't have to figure that out!

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Sep 09, 2015
Homesteading is a Waste of Time - PVP19

Is homesteading just a glorified hobby or can it make an impact on your household and the community?

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Sep 02, 2015
Getting Ready for the Fall Garden - PVP18

School is starting soon, the days are getting shorter and cooler, and it's time to start getting ready for the fall garden.

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Aug 26, 2015
How to Prevent Pantry Pests - PVP17

Panty pests can ruin hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of food. Hours will be spent cleaning out containers and jars. Food will need to be replaced. It is just not fantastic to have a problem with pantry pests.

It is less expensive in the long run to prevent pantry pests!

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Aug 19, 2015
5 Must Have Homesteading Skills - PVP16

So many skills to learn and so little time. Here are a few skills that can make a difference on the homestead.

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Aug 12, 2015
Top 10 Easy to Grow Edible Perennials - PVP15

Edible perennials can be key to balancing things on the homestead. While they can take a bit more time, patience, and care to establish they pay off by needing less care when things get busy or you get sidetracked.

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Jul 29, 2015
Homemade Chicken Feeds & The Chicken Feed Workbook - PVP14

Bagged feeds are seemingly inexpensive but what are you really paying for? 

Homemade chicken feeds allow the flockster to control ingredients, protein content, and have the freshest food for the flock.

Learn about how and why we formulate feeds for our chicks, pullets, and laying hens.

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Jul 22, 2015
Organizers are Hoarders! How to Eliminate Clutter Forever Using KonMari! - PVP13

Keeping things orderly and tidy on the homestead can just make life easier.

No lost tools or equipment. No closets overflowing with things you don't and wont ever use. Eliminate the stacks and piles! Have a place for all of your items that bring joy to your life!

Learn about how to be tidy forever.

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Jul 08, 2015
Native Bees & Answers to Your Homesteading Questions - PVP12

Learn what all the fuss is about mason bees and alfalfa bees. Listen in for a coupon code to grab a discount on gear to get all set up for hosting native bees.

Questions--there are always so many questions. Here are a few answers.

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Jul 01, 2015
How to be Ready to Home Can - PVP11

Being ready to can means that you have everything on hand in case of a windfall of produce from a friend or a great deal at the farmer's market.

Having to run around looking for jars or lids or other equipment to can--just isn't fun. 

Being ready to can means that you can when the food is at its peak and not miss out!

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Jun 24, 2015
No More Plastic Pots! Introducing Soil Blocks - PVP10

Plastic pots, plastic trays, plastic pony packs...plastic everywhere. 

How can you start seeds without little plastic pots? How can you avoid peat pots that never break down? 

Using soil blocks means no poop pots, no peat pots, no plastic pots. Yay! Nada plastic. No plastic to wash and store. No plastic to degrade in the sun and finally head to a recycling center or perhaps sadly--a landfill.

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Jun 17, 2015
15 Essential Tools in the Homesteading Kitchen - PVP9

A homesteading kitchen is a bit different from an ordinary kitchen. It can be overwhelming to decided which blender, food processor, canner, roasting pan, and so forth.

There are so many choices but learn about a few things that are workhorses in a homesteading kitchen.

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Jun 10, 2015
What Do You Do When the Chickens Stop Laying Eggs? - PVP8

It's the toughest question! What do you do when the chickens stop laying? We have a flock management plan that includes having eggs on all of the days. See, I didn't say "it."

Whether you consider your chickens pets or dinner--do have a flock management plan before you get chickens. Or ducks. Or geese. Or goats. Or any livestock! 

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Jun 07, 2015
Kick the Big Box Shopping Habit! - PVP7

Routine: jump in car, head to a store that "has it all", buy products, return home, and use or consume products.

There are other ways that include meeting and connecting with people in your community, saving money, saving time, and saving gas.

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Jun 06, 2015
Why We Don't Buy Chicken Feed - PVP6

Bagged feeds are easy and quick. But, do bagged feeds yield the best results?

Once upon a time we didn't rely on bagged feeds. Learn why we don't buy bagged chicken feed.

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Jun 05, 2015
Avoid Common Gardening Mistakes - PVP5

Access to tons of information at our fingertips can be a lovely thing. But, there are some ideas that take off that are best avoided. 

Learn a few tips to set your garden up for success.



Jun 04, 2015
49 Ways to Save Money & Live Better - PVP4

Live better is always a relative thing. What about saving time, money, resources, and having a great homestead along the way?

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Jun 03, 2015
Conserve Water at Home - PVP3

There are big solutions that can cost big bucks. And there are small, simple solutions that can have an impact right now. 

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Jun 02, 2015
Bigger Chicken Coop, Less Space - PVP2

Urban lots can be small and bonus points are always awarded for creativity. 

Learn about why and how we designed a 3-level hen house for our happy, healthy flock.

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Jun 01, 2015
No Water Toilets! - PVP1

Here's the deal--making often potable water dirty with poo and pee makes no sense. Then we spend a ton of money making it clean again. 

A dry toilet doesn't use any water. Dry toilets are bonus during an emergency or when a water main breaks!

Listen to learn how and why we have a dry toilet as well as a flusher.

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Jun 01, 2015
What is Permaculture Velocity? - PVP0

Permaculture Velocity is about sharing skills and experience for the resilient homestead. 

Doing what we can, where we are!

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Jun 01, 2015