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Setting the Rows – Hügelkultur

Hügelkultur duck inspection

We turned to the ancient German tradition of Hügelkultur to convert heavy clay soil into topsoil.  Our homestead farm is nestled in the hills of Kentucky.  Here we seem to have to types of land.  One is an inch of top soil and then rocks.  The other is an inch of top soil and then clay.   We had hoped for rock as a building material, but when you purchase property the owners dont want you tearing it up before you purchase.  So we had a fifty fifty chance of having what we prefered.  We managed to find ourselves on an inch of top soil and then clay. Our building plans changed to revolve more around clay, but more on that later.  Lets talk farming.

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Pot Maker – Time to start planting

You might have noticed we Peppers by Mail folk are a wee bit hippie.  If there is an opportunity to keep garbage out of a landfill, we are right there.  If we can save a little bit of money doing something green, that is even better.  We have been using a product for years that I’d like to share with you.  It is called the Pot Maker.

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Jim Duffy, Isolation, and the Kitchen table

In another post, I recommended the book Seed to Seed and explained that we use some of the techniques in that book to isolate plants for seed production.  I explained why I feel this is necessary.  A reader replied via email and recommended that I watch the attached video which details some of Jim Duffy’s operation.

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