backtoedengarden Photos & Videos

12 hours ago

A whole gallon of homemade fermented hot sauce 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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19 hours ago

I went to the #pikeplacemarket in Seattle yesterday and I had a lot of fun! I've actually got to main things I want to say on this post... So the first is pretty cool! I walked up to a seafood market and I happened to stand next to this random lady. Then I over heard her say to the vender guy "oh yeah I'm from Maryland..." so that's when I jumped in and said "no way, I just moved out here from Maryland!" then I said I lived in Ocean city. She bursted out laughing and said she's from Salisbury Maryland (a town like 20 or so minutes away as the crow flies). Anyways we were talking and she was telling me about how she was reliving her parents honeymoon which was like 50 or so years ago, if I remember correctly, and that she took the train across country like they did and was hitting all the same spots they stopped at on their trip! I thought that was awesome, but then we got to talking about local stuff back home and it turns out she knows my old boss and about my year long fight for the chickens in the old town I lived in and all sorts of stuff! I thought the world was small when I met the folks from Japan that knew me from ig at Paul's tour but running into practically an old neighbor all the way on the opposite side of the country that I didn't know beforehand was pretty crazy!!! So... I pretty much used up a lot of the space for that little story and you all know I write a lot (too much sometimes, I know lol) so I'm going to post the second half of this post tomorrow... I will tell you that it is about this picture that I captured in the market and the significance behind what is going on in it. It reminded me of the only piece of artwork that I own that I didn't create myself... I'll post a picture of that tomorrow with the story, so stay tuned! . . . #producemarket #freshproduce #worldmarket #Seattle #pikeplace #farmersmarket #localmarket #growingbacktoeden #backtoeden #gardening #backtoedengarden #homestead #homesteader #sustainability #sustainable #selfsufficiency #permaculture #groworganic #organic #eatrealfood #gyo #organicgardening #garden #farmfresh #farmtofork #freshlypicked #produce #farm

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21 hours ago

Had to share this moment. We 3 ladies were so excited to finally meet that we didn’t even notice our “photo bomber”! It was a pleasure meeting you Roma & Teresa! Thanks to Doug we not only had a great laugh but a wonderful life long memory that will always put a smile on our faces. Thanks to you and Stacy for sharing your lives, time and humor with all of us at the Homesteaders of America conference and on You Tube. 💖 . . . . . #offgridwithdougandstacy #dougandstacy #homesteadersofamerica #homesteadersofamericaconference #homesteadhomies #homesteadguru #youcandoit #makemyday #whataguy #photobomb #myinspiration #homesteadersofinstagram #backtoedengarden #permaculture #backtotheland #homesteadhustle #abundance #homestead #homesteading #hobbyfarm #farmstead #authenticlife #selfsufficientliving #modernhomesteader #growwhatyoueat #middletennessee #5DogFarm #gobigorgohomestead #ruralbliss #rusticrevival

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1 day ago

Garden harvest: cos, beetroot leaves, podding peas, borage, calendula, parsley, thyme and wild onion grass. . Herbs and onion grass went into an eggy, cheesy mixture for mini tarts, and the rest went into an Interesting Salad. Served with a delicious onion & redcurrant relish we picked up at a market a while back. #homegrown #growyourown #gardenharvest #homeharvest #permaculture #nodig #nodiggarden #lasagnagardening #backtoedengarden #organic #salad #homesteading #urbannanna #theurbannanna #traditionalmethodsmademodern

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1 day ago

I pulled most of my #sweetpotato plants today. Although there were quite a few this big, I wish they were all this size. Next year, I’m going to stake and prune the vines to only allow one lead. I think that’s the key to huge tubers. #PlantSomethingEveryDay #growyourownfood #urbangarden #backyardgarden #frontyardgarden #backtoedengarden #woodchips #backtoedenfilm #organic #organicgardening #notill #backyardchickens #chickens #blackfarmers #virginia #foodforest #goodsoil #foodnotlawns #blackmenwithgardens

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1 day ago

Felt a calling to leave one of my books on a park bench somewhere around 33rd and Ninth Avenue in NYC. Love planting random seeds since you never know where one might germinate and grow into something amazing.Click my bio link so you can find The Garden of Your Heart by Jennifer Garces on Amazon in english and spanish 🙏💚🙏💚🙏 . . #jesusinthegarden #itsnevertoolatetostart #imabeliever #plantaseedwatchitgrow #yourenotalone #gardenbook #bloomsandbounty #findingjesus #plantaseed #growagardeninyourheart #gardenofyourheart #itsnevertoolatetochangeyourlife #gardenbooks #itsnevertoolatetochange #heartgarden #itsnevertoolate #itsnevertoolatetolearn #backtoedengardening #mygardenlife #backtoedengarden #growspiritually #gardenofeden #plantaseedandwatchitgrow #backtoedenfilm #believer #gratitude #mygarden #believers #attitudeofgratitude #backtoeden

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1 day ago

Two large piles of chips have been spread! Garlic will be planted tomorrow in the area we prepared first, the ground is soft with lots of worms and then we wait and let the wood chips do their thing. This coming spring we will build the fence around our 3,000 sq ft garden. Lots of garden planning going on, exciting times! 😂 #garden #gardening #woodchips #garlic #organicgardening #woodchipgardening #mulch #permaculture #thankfulfortractors #gardenplans #backyardgarden #backtoeden #backtoedengarden #backtoedengrdening #growyourownfood #homestead #homeschool #pnw #cancerthriver #documentinglife #countingmyblessings #pnw

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1 day ago

Here is another mushroom pic from yesterdays forage on tiger mountain with @organicthug. If I'm not mistaken he said they were a type of honey mushrooms. Like I said yesterday, I hope to see more of you at a future foraging class! It really was a lot of fun hanging out with everyone in the woods lol. As weird as that sounds I think I can still safely say we all had a blast out there! . . . #foraging #wildedibles #mushrooms #wildmushrooms #growingbacktoeden #backtoeden #gardening #backtoedengarden #homestead #homesteader #sustainability #sustainable #selfsufficiency #permaculture #groworganic #organic #eatrealfood #gyo #organicgardening #garden #farmfresh #farmtofork #freshlypicked #produce #farm

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2 days ago

Slowly, surely applying woodchips upon a layer of cardboard/newspaper to say goodbye to weeds, retain moisture, and protect the soil for the upcoming Spring. Plan is to never till again. 🌱 “undisturbed soil does not need to recover: just as disturbed people need to recover, so does disturbed soil, and it achieves that through what we call weeds..” 💚 #organicgardening #backtoedengarden #backtoedengardening #organic #garden #woodchips #blackmenwithgardens #blackgardeners #groworganic #sustainable #permaculture #plantsomething #notill #nodig #gardening #foodforest #allotment

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2 days ago

Things with wheels at #gettoknowahomesteader This is our wagon train that transports wood chips into the garden! Our bigger kids use wheelbarrows, but these wagons mean all the littles can get in on the action as well! Have I mentioned that we love working together?!?! Some of us more than others, lol .. .. .. .. #backtoedengarden #backtotheland #organicgarden #familychores #homesteading #familytime #hiredhelp #slavelabor @moderndaysoldways @growingjubilance @atablefullinthewoods @mitzacreekfarm @lostandfarmed

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2 days ago

I had an great time foraging for chanterelles with @organicthug and a few other awesome IG folks! It's pretty neat that my first chanterelle mushroom was this huge! Everyone was picking up smaller ones left and right and I was steady walking past em all lol. Then I wondered up to this monster and said "hmm... that looks like it could be somethin'" , so then I asked David and sure enough it definitely was! Now I'm not sure if he is going to plan another class for this season, but if he does I definitely think more of you should try to make it out there! It's definitely worth it!!! Oh! And the huge random garlic bouquet I'm holding is actually from a freind I met at Paul's last tour! She grew those 5 massive heads and I think she said around 200 more all around that same size in her garden this year! So of course I'm going to use it as "seed" to grow a nice crop for next season! I'll post more about how to plant it when I get to actually planting it lol. . . . #foraging #wildedibles #chantrelles #mushrooms #wildmushrooms #growingbacktoeden #backtoeden #gardening #backtoedengarden #homestead #homesteader #sustainability #sustainable #selfsufficiency #permaculture #groworganic #organic #eatrealfood #gyo #organicgardening #garden #farmfresh #farmtofork #freshlypicked #produce #farm

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2 days ago

#silkie feather, much prized by the wild birds for nesting material. The swallows have already been swooping by, scooping up duck down and smaller feathers. The starlings like to gather up a whole bunch of feathers, strutting about with them in their beaks like gigantic Groucho Marx moustaches. Then they spot an interesting grub or bug in the grass and forgetfully drop the feathers. They have also been raiding my #backtoedengarden #ramialchippedwood garden beds and flying off with some of this material. Their nesting material tastes are eclectic to say the least. Yesterday after the gales had deposited masses of #newzealandbeech leaves on the grass I watched a #starling carefully inspecting some of these leaves before selecting first a crimson one and then a yellow one before flying up to deposit them in the ancestral nest in the carport. Unfortunately starlings are energetic but sloppy. Or maybe they do a final selection and discard unsuitable materials. In any event there is a pile of debris accumulating on the ground in the carport: material from my #backtoedengarden beds, and masses of duck feathers, twigs, dried grass, lichen... They are very hard working. Fortunately I am amply compensated for this annoyance when the nestlings start to poke their heads over the edge of the rafter as they begin to sense that urgent impulse to take to the air, and dream of flying. As their feathers start to form they are left with halos of ridiculous down sticking up in all directions at the backs of their heads, rather like avian Albert Einsteins. It always fills me with laughter although I worry about #tigertheferalcat catching them as they make their first bumbling uncertain flights, tail feathers not yet fully formed and navigation skills haphazard.

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2 days ago

My top favorite garden tools (besides the Toro Dingo mini skid steer) are pitchfork & garden rake, because they’re vital in spreading wood chips in our #backtoedengarden. I also use the pitchfork when turning or cleaning out the deep litter in the coops. The garden rake is also used for smoothing out the wood chips or compost on the wide beds. 🌱🌿🍃🌾🍂🍁 Day 11 ... #favoritegardentool for the #gettoknowahomesteader scavenger hunt hosted by @atablefullinthewoods @moderndaysoldways @lostandfarmed @growingjubilance @mitzacreekfarm 🌞 🌹 🌻 #scavenderhuntphotochallenge #photochallengeoctober2018 #scavengerhunt #photochallenge #octoberphotochallenge #instagramhomesteaders #homesteading #homesteadersofamerica #homesteaders #livingthedreamlife #homesteadinglifebestlife #modernhomesteader #homesteadliving #backtoedengardening #backtoedengardenmethod #backtoedengardeners #gardentools #pitchfork #gardenrake #woodchips #woodmulch #woodchipgardening

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2 days ago

Our garlic bulbs arrived yesterday from @territorialseedcompany . This will be a first for us but with as much garlic as we eat it makes sense to try and grow it ourselves. They arrived as bulbs and I pulled them apart left the peel on minus the white peel around the bulb, placed it in a paper bag and it should be good to plant in a couple days. I follow @deannacat3 and that was the way she showed to do it. If you want garden inspiration definitely check out her IG. #organicgarden #garlic #garlicseed #garlicbulbs #italianlategarlic #backtoeden #backtoedengarden #selfsufficient #inmygarden #backyardgarden #backyardgardening #fallplanting #organicgarden #gardening #garden #homestead #homeschool #pnw #cancerthriver #documentinglife #countingmyblessings

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2 days ago

Sometimes mamas need a lil' getaway with other grown up lady friends. It is fun to stay up late, laugh at jokes you can't tell in front of your kids, and eat chocolate without hiding it, lol. Aaaand, I already miss my barefooted, bug-lovin' chicken mamas. They are the best! They are expressive, creative, funny, fearless, observant, and sweet, and I love the little women they are becoming. 💖

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2 days ago

I've always got that twinkle in my eye when it comes to turning or even building a new compost pile or system lol. Last night I scraped the top 10 inches of mud and manure out from in front of the barn and piled it up to dry and compost down a bit better before I spread it over the entire garden in a couple weeks. I scraped that section out so I can replace it with 1/4" minus crushed rock which will eventually compact down nicely and create an area where the animals don't have to walk through mud as it will drain a whole lot better and will also be able to be scraped and cleaned. This area was covered with wood chips for a few+ years, and wood chips in a heavy use area decompose rapidly as they are homogenized with all of the manure and even urine from the animals... So in a wet winter, composted chips and crap really become a muddy mess and can be really bad for the animals that live in that area. This new crushed rock addition will be a huge upgrade for the farm and will make life so much easier! . . . #barns #compost #livestock #manure #growingbacktoeden #backtoeden #gardening #backtoedengarden #homestead #homesteader #sustainability #sustainable #selfsufficiency #permaculture #groworganic #organic #eatrealfood #gyo #organicgardening #garden #farmfresh #farmtofork #freshlypicked #produce #farm

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3 days ago

A very busy day outside today, with two delightful helpers, saw us turn a patch of ivy-filled soil into a wonderful veggie patch! The zucchini, cucumber and pumpkin seedlings we’ve been raising in the hothouse have gone in, as well as more sweet peas, climbing beans, Bush beans and nasturtiums in fancy colours. . The funny looking rock water thingy is a ‘bee bath’: bees need to drink water, but they drown easily, so filling a shallow tray with rocks before adding water is a good solution. #permaculture #veggiepatch #veggiegarden #nodig #nodiggarden #lasagnagardening #backtoedengarden #growyourown #homesteading #traditionalskills #nannaskills #urbannanna #theurbannanna #traditionalmethodsmademodern

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3 days ago

This is the old mulching/shredding machine I use to produce #ramialchippedwood #backtoedengarden style mulch. #paulgautschi says "Use whatever you've got." In my case I use wild blackberry vines and apple, alder, birch, douglas fir and eucalyptus prunings. Why bother? This style of growing food plants or fruit trees produces maximum plant health because it promotes the growth of the beneficial fungi in the soil that provide nutrients for the plants. It requires no additional fertiliser and over time, as the soil becomes an enriched habitat for these microscopic lifeforms that are so vital to plant health, plants and trees become highly resistant to disease. They are also much more able to withstand snow or frost if you live in a cold area like I do. On top of this their nutrient levels sky rocket. And, depending on the depth of wood chips that you use, no watering is required. #paulgautschi is able to grow lush vegetables and strawberries under his fruit trees and has not watered his orchard in something like 30 years. (He uses a thinner layer of wood chips in the adjoining vegetable garden and this sometimes requires watering.) Scientists at Laval University in Quebec have tested the #ramialchippedwood method in many different climates and have found that with a 3-4 inch layer of ramial chipped wood mulch watering is only needed in drought, plant health is improved and the productivity gains are enormous. Again, why bother? If you care about your own health, want the most nutritious food, without any chemicals, are concerned about sustainability and would also like a method of gardening that requires minimum time and minimum inputs, that might be a good reason to bother. Watch the #backtoedenfilm or google "ramial chipped wood". They are slightly different methods but the principle is the same.

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3 days ago

So much going on in the garden at the moment!! All the peas along the driveway fence are bursting with pods; there are baby plums and apricots forming of the trees; white currants are growing larger; orphan broccoli & tomato plants are gunning it along the driveway; Jerusalem Artichokes have sprouted; and the rhubarb is flourishing. . Spending a day outside today, so will have more to share later! #lasagnagardening #backtoedengarden #nodig #nodiggarden #nodiggardening #permaculture #homesteading #growyourown #growfromseed #kitchengarden #traditionalskills #nannaskills #urbannanna #theurbannanna #traditionalmethodsmademodern

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3 days ago

Just some quick tips on how I use the #backtoedengarden method in my garden. I planted above ground crops yesterday and just water all these freshly sewn seeds!!! DM if you have any questions! 😍

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3 days ago

We got a Chipdrop! We signed up at the end of June and had completely given up on it, but a local arborist came in clutch last week so we’re trying our hand at Back to Eden gardening. After watching the film I was uncertain that it would work in our very different climate, but we have some local friends who have had great success so we thought we would give it a shot. First step was to put down two thick layers of biodegradable paper mulch. Neither newspaper nor cardboard worked for our crazy weedy beds, so we’re hoping the industrial paper mulch does. (I found it online at Gardener’s Supply.) After we staked down the paper, we put several inches of wood chips on top, barely making a dent in our pile, which is great because we have lots of new beds to cover. Next time I go to a garden supply store I’ll pick up some rock dust and some mushroom inoculant to help the chips break down even faster. When it’s time to plant, we’ll push the chips aside, cut holes in the paper, and plant into the soil underneath. Here’s hoping for a much healthier, more productive garden in 2019! #backtoedengarden #gardening #chipdrop #ifatfirstyoudontsucceed

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3 days ago

The only thing homegrown in this delish stew is the beef. Our goal for 2019 is that every single piece be homegrown and raised. We haven’t been in a place in our lives where a large garden was something we could do, but 2019 is the year it begins and I’m so excited!! I’m thinking #raisedgardenbeds and #backtoedengarden is the way we will go. Let the {animal} poop gathering begin!

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3 days ago

#doyouseewhatisee successfully grew ginger this year after many years of trying! #awesome and #looksee a flower bud is starting to spring up. Now they’re cozy in the greenhouse for the next few months. #howexciting #homegrown #ginger can hardly wait to harvest. A little tip for those who want to grow. Buy ginger at your local organic market. This is a way to almost guarantee your success. Updates to follow. #foodforhealth #healthyeating #growginger #backtoedengarden #backtoedengardener

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3 days ago

Who wants some tomatoes? We are going out of town for about a week and Nick couldn't keep up with them, even if they aren't all ripe yet. If anyone wants them, I'll leave them on the porch for you. Let me know. Otherwise they're going to the chickens. 🍅🍅🍅 *also bonus picture of the volunteer spaghetti squash I discovered a few weeks ago. It was growing bigger and bigger but it's supposed to snow. Look at it compared in size to the store bought one even though it's not ripe yet! #urbanhomestead #tomatoes #homegrown #harvest #squash #volunteerplants #backtoedengarden

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3 days ago

I feel bad... I've really put my poor old boots through some gross 💩 over the past few years (literally and figuratively...) I probably (definitely) should have been oiling them quite often, however that clearly didn't happen. Those boots were around a lot of salt water and didn't always get washed off so I blame the salt for it all haha. But anyways now they can finally retire, since I just got an awesome new pair from the @carolinashoe company! Im really loving these insulated, composite toe, water proof boots! . . . #boots #workboots #growingbacktoeden #backtoeden #gardening #backtoedengarden #homestead #homesteader #sustainability #sustainable #selfsufficiency #permaculture #groworganic #organic #eatrealfood #gyo #organicgardening #garden #farmfresh #farmtofork #freshlypicked #produce #farm #farmlife

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4 days ago

I've got to say the vast range of fungus out here in the PNW it's quite fascinating, even though I think the idea of people actually enjoying mushrooms is disgusting (yeah I hate mushrooms... Sorry but not sorry)! They are great for a garden and in the ecosystem but in my dinner plate is a big old "NO Thank You!" So now that I got that off my chest, I'm like 95.5% sure this is an artist conk! But not because I'm an artist and my IG name is on it, but because of the fact that I could write my name on it with a stick 😜... I don't know enough about wild mushrooms to teach you all anything (yet) so I'm excited to learn a lot about them now that I'm living in place where so many people forage for them (with the necessary knowledge about mushrooms or with the help of someone who does indeed know their stuff). @organicthug who is a pretty "fungi" in my opinion... jk (I had to somehow fit that in this post somehow lol) but in all seriousness, he is a really knowledgeable and experienced mushroom and wild edible forager in the Seattle and surrounding areas! Anyways, he's hosting a little mushroom foraging class this Saturday from 10am-12pm about an hour east of Seattle. If your in the area and would like to come out, send him a message for further details and what not. I'm actually really excited to finally learn a thing or two about the art of hunting mush... As gross as that sounds haha. Hopefully I'll see at least one or two of you out there! . . . #artistconk #fungi #mushrooms #foraging #wildedibles #growingbacktoeden #backtoeden #gardening #backtoedengarden #homestead #homesteader #sustainability #sustainable #selfsufficiency #permaculture #groworganic #organic #eatrealfood #gyo #organicgardening #garden #farmfresh #farmtofork #freshlypicked #produce #farm

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5 days ago

Why is everything in Paul's garden so sweet? Because it's minerals that give flavor to food and his soil is over the top with nutrients from Back to Eden gardening. Most of our soils today are so deficient that most vegetables have only a fraction of the flavor and nutritional value that they should have! Bring back flavor to your families dinner table by building healthy soil at home. Even kid's that thought they hated vegetables love eating anything from Paul's organic garden!⠀ ⠀ Learn how to make everything in your garden taste sweeter watch Back to Eden Film for free > link in bio.⠀ ⠀ #gardener #garden #gardening #sweet #nature #plants #gardens #flower #gardenlife #landscape #instagarden #green #greenthumb #gardendesign #plantsofinstagram #homegrown #home #urbangarden #organicgardening #backtoedengarden #landscaping #gardenlove #gardenmaintenance #mygarden #gardensofinstagram #naturephotography #plant #organic #floral #bhfyp

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5 days ago

Grabbing one more harvest of red Raspberry Leaves for tea before I go. Going to also dry some of the new growth apple leaves too, as I heard they also make a nice tea. Never tried it, but have nothing to lose. ... How is your Wednesday treating you?

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5 days ago

So I'll be back to work on the chicken coop pretty soon. I've tajed a few days off due to lack of motivation to get it done and due to the weather lol. But I'm getting back at it and I'll have it completed within the next ten days... @anneofalltrades 😜 along with a few other big/important projects on the farm. It kinda sucks though that my favorite part about building chicken coops (makeing the fences) is practically finished... Yeah I still need the bottom stretch of wire dug in and nailed up, but it's not the same as making the main sections of fencing... Isn't there a saying like "a farm is as only as good as its fences"? Hahaha I don't really know but it needs to be if it's not! At least in my book it does... What are your thoughts on quality fences? Lol . . . #growingbacktoeden #backtoeden #gardening #backtoedengarden #homestead #homesteader #sustainability #sustainable #selfsufficiency #permaculture #groworganic #organic #eatrealfood #gyo #organicgardening #garden #farmfresh #farmtofork #freshlypicked #produce #farm #outbacktradingcompany #outfittinglifesadventures 📸PC: @anneofalltrades

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6 days ago

This will be my cats last week on clumping cat litter and I will no longer be bagging the giant presents from my doggo 🤪 This one's going to be pretty long. I'm sorry in advance 😊 ... I've always known in the back of my mind that the ecological paw print of my furry babies could be smaller. So today was my day to figure out how to make that happen and I'm starting with how I handle their waste. It's all compostable and I know how to compost 😊, though it does need to be handled a bit differently than your kitchen scraps. ... Cats: First you have to ditch any clay or silica based litter and switch to a natural litter. I'm going for extra bonus points and I'm switching to cross cut paper shreds that I'll cut myself. You do need to introduce new litter slowly to your kitties or you may find them abandoning the boxes and that is no bueno. Also, did you know that most clay litter is betonite clay that is a result of strip mining? Fun fact I learned today. Clay litter can also cause respitory problems for our babies down the line. I may be late to the game on this one, but better late than never right? ... Dogs : If you have a yard your baby uses you can put the waste straight into your chosen compost system. I'm also going to pick up a roll of bio bags for the times we are out. From what I've read, they break down just fine in home composting systems. .... So which system is best for you? There are ones you can dig in the ground like Doggie Dooley which is like a mini septic system that you have to feed enzymes to, kinda like a bokashi system. Seems like it can get costly. You can get a small tumbler, but you have to fiddle with nitrogen/carbon ratios. I've decided for the cheap and quick- Large plastic tote turned into worm bin. You need to start the bin with some regular bedding and just a bit of food scraps. After that you can add your compostable cat litter and dog droppings, even the bagged if you've used the compostable bags. Once the worms have done their job you can use your compost to enhance flowerbeds and fruit trees. You have to be careful, but it is totally doable. Just use it where you aren't growing food that comes in direct contact with the compost.

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6 days ago

In fall the trees drop their leaves to mulch the soil over the winter. Listen to nature. Look what it's doing and copy it. Now is the time to install a Back to Eden Garden! Put the covering down and you will be blessed.⠀ ⠀ #gardener #garden #gardening #backtoedengarden #nature #plants #gardens #flower #gardenlife #landscape #instagarden #green #greenthumb #gardendesign #plantsofinstagram #homegrown #home #urbangarden #organicgardening #mulch #landscaping #gardenlove #gardenmaintenance #mygarden #gardensofinstagram #naturephotography #plant #organic #floral #bhfyp

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6 days ago

Pretty sure a little fox has moved into my wood chip pile. Trying to find another company to bring me more for my trees so I don't have to disturb whoever is hiding here :)

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6 days ago

Story time: A major highlight of my summer - was befriending an aged pastor of a small church down the street from the house I’ve lived most my life. You’d never know by looking from the street, but his church sits upon a tucked away food forest containing four garden plots within. Most are abandoned, but the forest still very plentiful with perennial berries, trees, pastures, and flowers. Rusty sheds sit full of neglected garden equipment and old tractors. The pastor, Mr. Mike, hasn’t had garden help for years and so the plots are needing a lot of love. The church sits lower than road level...down a hill goes it’s driveway into & through a wall of trees to obscure its visibility. I’d always look it’s way as I’d pass by driving. A mysterious plot of land it was; behind trees I’d notice a small greenhouse and old abandoned voltswagons amidst the big plot of land..they kept it cut, so you could tell it was being maintained..but what was being kept? Honestly thought it was a cult of some sort.. The beginning of summer, out of curiosity, I visited the church myself and came across a weed infested garden - with the softest soil to the touch. I was captivated..comparing it to the very small garden in my backyard. A phone number was listed on the churches marquee, & so I gave it a call, left a message. The pastor called back elated with interest, he needed a hand.. Soon after, I was blessed with a tour of the land. We shook on a gentleman’s agreement that whatever is sown shall be reaped. Pictured is the big, main plot of the garden. We were able to grow tomatoes and peppers quite well here late in the summer, but my main focus has shifted to prepping the weed infested area for next Spring. The goal is to cover the space with a layer of newspaper/cardboard + fresh green woodchips to help protect and restore the soil beneath - all while preventing weeds. This serves as a personal journal of updates, as I bounce back & forth between here and the backyard 🌱 #gardening #backtoedengarden #notill #goodsoil #blackmengarden #backtoedengardening #organic #homestead #groworganic #sustainability #organicgardening #bmwg #growyourown #growwhatyoueat #gardenfresh

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6 days ago

Growing up my Greek grandmother would cook everything with her koutala (wooden spoon) in hand. I, for whatever reason, loved the wooden spoons, and for the last 8 or so years I've wanted to carve my own. Now that @anneofalltrades opened her shop up to me I've become addicted to carving them over the past couple of days lol. It so nice and therapeutic to just sit and widdle away at a chunk of wood and turn it into something that will last for years and always come in handy! . If you are interested in buying a hand carved spoon send me a message. . . . #koutala #woodenspoon #handcarved #handcarvedspoon #growingbacktoeden #backtoeden #gardening #backtoedengarden #homestead #homesteader #sustainability #sustainable #selfsufficiency #permaculture #groworganic #organic #eatrealfood #gyo #organicgardening #garden #farmfresh #farmtofork #freshlypicked #produce #farm

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"The best part about a covering ⠀ is that it benefits all soil types!" ⠀ -Paul Gautschi, Founder of Back to Eden Gardening.⠀ ⠀ Watch the free movie to learn how to transform your soil into a beautiful garden!⠀ ⠀ #gardener #backtoedengarden #garden #gardening #flowers #nature #plants #gardens #gardenlife #landscape #instagarden #green #greenthumb #gardendesign #plantsofinstagram #homegrown #home #urbangarden #organicgardening #macro #landscaping #gardenlove #gardenmaintenance #mygarden #gardensofinstagram #naturephotography #plant #organic #bhfyp

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So the loss of my boy #reggiethepeacock has definitely been tough! However it would have been a lot harder to deal with if it wasn't for all of you genuinely kind folks! You all have no idea how much I truly appreciate everything that was said on my previous post! To see just how many of you actually care really makes me feel good! So, thank you!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! It means a lot! Now I know there will never be another peacock like Reggie again but I have a feeling Reggie isn't going to be the last peacock that I take under my wing. Once I get this new chicken coop finished I'm going to be listening out for another peacock that speaks to me like Reggie did lol. So hopefully soon I'll find a new buddy to train again! 🤞🏼🙏 . . . #peacock #peafowl #growingbacktoeden #backtoeden #gardening #backtoedengarden #homestead #homesteader #sustainability #sustainable #selfsufficiency #permaculture #groworganic #organic #eatrealfood #gyo #organicgardening #garden #farmfresh #farmtofork #freshlypicked #produce #farm

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The blacker the better. Pulled back the wood chips in these beds to see just how well developed the soil can be when using the back to Eden method. This picture is a great example of the results possible with this method of gardening. . . . . #backtoeden #soillife #soilscience #soilbiology #soilgrown #gardening #nature #natureisamazing #earth #planetearth #freedom #maga #makeamericagardenagain #backtoedengarden #permaculture #sustainable #sustainablefarming #backyardgarden #realfood #sustainablefarming #farm #backyardgarden #permaculturedesign #garden #farmhouse #farmtotable #gardenofthegods #gardenofeden #gardenlife

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Today I took some much needed time to slow down, soak up the sunshine, & spend time in the garden. 🌱 Happy Sunday friends, hope your day is just as restful & fruitful. 🍅😋

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Ira Judge is one year old this week! We have enjoyed every minute of being this boy’s parents. Learning how to be a mom has been such a roller coaster for me. I had no idea how much pressure I would feel to please my peers. I thought that was a high school thing, apparently I’m still not over that at 25. 🤦🏻‍♀️No matter what, someone is thinking you are doing the right thing, while someone else is smiling and nodding, but thinking, “I would never do that way in a million years.” The guilt of not having the “perfect” birth story (why is that even a thing?! It’s birth, people), and struggling to feed in the beginning led me into lots of guilt and overall ridiculousness. What a waste of time those emotions are that steal joy! This kid is loved and I’m pretty sure he knows it- mission accomplished. So, for all you moms who are acutely aware of how Instagram and Pinterest are not how your life looks, congratulations. You’re a real person. If you have conflict in your home or are trying to leave an unstable situation, your kids are so lucky to have you. If you lose your temper or give your kid your phone so they’ll be quiet for ten minutes, I think that’s pretty normal. Listen to the people who give you freedom, not guilt. Maybe those voices are struggling with their own inner doubts and anxieties. Allow yourself leniency to nudge a little away from that philosophy you knew was the only right way to do things. Consider this a virtual pat on the back and permission to celebrate whatever mess is in front of you, because that’s the evidence of life in your home. Praise God. ✌🏻Here’s some photos in our attempt to get one of those cute pumpkin pictures you see everywhere. I think these are better! 🤗

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