• Some natural flea prevention supplies we have on Future Farm. From left to right: Essential oil (commercial) spray and powder, diatomaceous earth, nematodes, and dish detergent.
    DIY,  Gardening

    When Fleas Get the Jump On You

    It’s Time for Sustainable Natural Flea Control While bees and butterflies are struggling to survive the gauntlet of insecticide the human race has set out, it seems that pests and biting insect are thriving in spite of all our efforts to destroy them. It is more than likely these efforts to kill all fleas, ticks, & mosquitoes are creating a race of “super suckers” bent on seeking us out and draining us of our life source. On Future Farm this plague of Superbugs currently includes fleas, fleas, and more fleas. The fleas started EARLY this year and got a jump on us, literally. We’ve been trying to get them out of the…

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    Yes You CAN! Composting Baby Poo

    I have mentioned before that we have a little future farmer on the way and I have been doing a lot of research into what the healthiest options are for our little one and how to make the process of taking care of an infant more sustainable. We have decided to use reusable cloth diapers (Bum Genius and Charlie Bananas) with reusable inserts and a toilet sprayer most of the time, but for those first few weeks when baby is using the restroom 8-12 times a day (more or less) I thought it might be good to try compostable diaper inserts. Charlie Bananas makes a disposable insert made of biodegradable wood pulp fibres…

  • DIY,  Gardening

    Sprouting Lotus Seeds, Beautiful & Functional

    Future Farm has a large fish pond. Our fish pond has zero plants growing in it, though there are plenty growing around it, but nothing that is really helping to improve the water quality. So I have been searching for some aquatic plants to introduce. There is an aquatic plant sale at the local arboretum in July, but until then I thought I would try sprouting some lotus seeds. Lotus are not only edible, one of my main requirements for plants on Future Farm, but grow beautiful flowers, provide shade for the fish, and will gobble up some of the nutrients (fish poo) in the pond. Where to Purchase Lotus…

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    Vermiculture Meets Tiered planter DIY

    I love the idea and the motivation behind the Garden Tower Project, however I do not love the $300 price tag. For those of you out there who are handy, we can make one of these! This is essentially a strawberry planter (stacked co-centric planters) with a worm tube (vermiculture) in the center. I used cedar fence boards, which at the time were very inexpensive and have since gone up a little in price but are still fairly cheap. I made 4 boxes that would stack one on top of the other. We also purchased a nice wide piece of PVC which my husband drilled holes in (to allow worms…

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    Kombucha you can!

    Kombucha. It’s one of those fermented foods I have been dying to try since I first heard about it. Since we are currently stuck in a rental waiting for our house to sell with no gardening to do and no curling to keep us occupied all winter, now seems like the perfect time to explore how to culture this fermented effervescent drink. Two weekends ago at the Peter Anderson festival I picked up this fun, decorated, opaque “water cooler” from Beth Sartin art. The water coolers minus the art are available from a company in Texas called Marshall Pottery. I was under the impression my Kombucha fermentation vessel needed to be…

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    Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts

    Now that we are living in the south again I have access to green peanuts! I also have a crockpot, So the obvious question was, can I make boiled peanuts in a crockpot? Yes I can! Thank you, National Peanut Board! So now instead of staring longingly at the boiled peanut stand on the opposite side of the median on my way home, I can look forward to freshly boiled peanuts just the way I like them when I get home. This is excellent! Don’t judge me on the yellow walls, we’re renting…  So this morning, I dumped my peanuts into the crockpot. I Added as much water as would fit,…

  • DIY,  Thrift

    Lemon, Lime and Onion Scrubbies

    I saw this somewhere on the internet and thought it was a great idea. As far as I know I can’t recycle those mesh bags that lemons, limes and onions come in. So I have been saving them to make dish scrubbies. I use about 4-6 bags to make one scrubby. First I cut off the paper part that holds one end together and then untie or remove the clip from the other end. Now I have a mesh tube. I line all the flattened tubes up so the ends match up (or as close as they can) and then tie the ends together in a knot. I save out…

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    Soap Nuts!

    I purchased some organic Soap Nuts (1lb, bulk) from Mountain Rose Herbs. I love the idea of not being exposed to whatever it is they put in soap. I also tend to be allergic to some fragrances, so this would also remove that threat. While my husband is not on board (carpenter’s get real dirty sometimes) and is still using some kind of semi-natural detergent, I thought I would give this a go.  I’d work out several days this week and curl on the weekends (lots of sweaty clothes) but I don’t generally have any major stains going into the laundry, so I have high hopes for the soap nuts. …

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    Furlough the Busy Bee

    So I have been busy as a bee for months between planning/having a wedding and coaching colorguard. I was MIA from all social media for weeks. Suddenly on October 1, I was furloughed and I had all the time in the world. I’d like to say I made this transition gracefully, but I am always WAY more productive when I have to much to do… First, I got my priorities straight and made my Halloween costume. I picked up some How-To books from the library…so I can plan my future life as an organic farmer should the government never get it’s act together. I cleaned a LOT and made tons…

  • DIY,  Gardening,  Recipes

    Easy Tomatillo Salsa

    In my yard tomatillos literally grow themselves. So instead of leaving zucchinis in people’s cars, I leave tomatillos in their offices with a recipe for salsa verde. There are lots of tomatillo salsa verde recipes, but they are almost all simple and easy to prepare. Salsa Verde (basic ingredients)2 lbs tomatillos (~5.5 cups chopped)jalapenosgarliconionvinegar and/or lime juiceoptional spices: salt, cilantro, cumin, cayenne, pepper, etc. Start with a pound or two of tomatillos, peel the papery husk and rinse. The jalapenos can be cored or used whole. Coarsely chop onion. Garlic cloves should be peeled but can be left whole. I like to saute it all together in a deep pan with some olive oil,…