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  • Avoid Common Home Canning Mistakes - PVP24

    07/10/2015 Duration: 29min

    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.  Show Notes:

  • 11 Tips for a Tiny Garden & Where to Start - PVP23

    30/09/2015 Duration: 10min

    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. Show Notes: 

  • Kombucha: Easy, Tasty, & Wild - PVP22

    23/09/2015 Duration: 20min

    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.  Show Notes: 

  • Pressure Canning: Not Bombs, Food! - PVP21

    16/09/2015 Duration: 10min

    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. Show Notes: 

  • Winter Egg Laying & Adding Light to the Hen House - PVP20

    09/09/2015 Duration: 08min

    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! Show Notes: 

  • Homesteading is a Waste of Time - PVP19

    02/09/2015 Duration: 09min

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

  • Getting Ready for the Fall Garden - PVP18

    26/08/2015 Duration: 10min

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

  • How to Prevent Pantry Pests - PVP17

    19/08/2015 Duration: 11min

    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! Show Notes: 

  • 5 Must Have Homesteading Skills - PVP16

    12/08/2015 Duration: 14min

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

  • Top 10 Easy to Grow Edible Perennials - PVP15

    29/07/2015 Duration: 11min

    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. Show Notes: 

  • Homemade Chicken Feeds & The Chicken Feed Workbook - PVP14

    22/07/2015 Duration: 17min

    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. Show Notes: 

  • Organizers are Hoarders! How to Eliminate Clutter Forever Using KonMari! - PVP13

    08/07/2015 Duration: 20min

    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. Show Notes: 

  • Native Bees & Answers to Your Homesteading Questions - PVP12

    01/07/2015 Duration: 10min

    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. Show Notes: 

  • How to be Ready to Home Can - PVP11

    24/06/2015 Duration: 17min

    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! Show Notes: 

  • No More Plastic Pots! Introducing Soil Blocks - PVP10

    17/06/2015 Duration: 26min

    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. Show Notes:

  • 15 Essential Tools in the Homesteading Kitchen - PVP9

    10/06/2015 Duration: 22min

    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. Show Notes:  

  • What Do You Do When the Chickens Stop Laying Eggs? - PVP8

    07/06/2015 Duration: 10min

    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!  Show Notes:

  • Kick the Big Box Shopping Habit! - PVP7

    06/06/2015 Duration: 13min

    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. Show Notes:

  • Why We Don't Buy Chicken Feed - PVP6

    05/06/2015 Duration: 10min

    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. Show Notes:

  • Avoid Common Gardening Mistakes - PVP5

    04/06/2015 Duration: 10min

    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. Show  

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