• 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…

  • Spider Lily
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    Native Wildflowers

      Native Plants & Wildflowers Due to the poor soil and spring fed areas on Future Farm, it is home to a number of carnivorous plants including Sundews and Butterworts. Thriving in the poor soil of the wet pine savannah, pitcher plants capture nutrients by luring prey into their cup shaped “pitcher” pitfall trap. The Red Wood Lily is native to Alabama and grows in abundance on Future Farm in the low lying areas amongst the crawfish mounds. The Red Spider-Lily, commonly called a Naked Lady since it has no leaves, is not native to Mississippi, it comes from Japan, and grows in abundance on Future Farm. The Marsh Gayfeather…

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    Gardening,  Sustainable Community

    Seeds for Change

    Every year I purchase seed and perennial plants, and I generally bite off more than I can chew. So some people might say I am wasting some money on seeds that I don’t get a chance to plant. I don’t see it that way. The next year I plant some more of last years seeds, and when I start to question their viability, I set them free to fend for themselves in the wild. This leads to pleasant surprises when they sprout and grow with practically no help from me. We start nearly all our plants from seed, but there are a few places out there that offer some rare…

  • 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…

  • DIY,  Gardening

    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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    Spring is coming!

    So I have been MIA online, but busy as a bee on Future Farm where we have been preparing for spring. My husband built us two top bar bee hives using free plans we found online at BuzzAboutBees. We have beeswax and lemon grass essential oils at the ready for baiting and we plan to try to catch some “free bees” this spring. It gives a whole new meaning to the term freebies! I also purchased quite a lot of bee friendly plants and vegetables from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Sustainable Seed Company, Bountiful Gardens and Outside Pride (on Amazon). Lots of perennials as well as rare annuals. There are…

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    Springing Up on Future Farm

       It’s been a little over a month since we bought our Future Farm and we are loving it! The blueberry bushes are loaded with pink tinged fruits that are plumping up in the continuing May showers. Another exciting resident on future farm are the pitcher plants! According to Wickipedia “Sarracenia are threatened in the wild by development and the drainage of their habitat.” Well we have wet soil here and the pitcher plants are more than welcome to munch on the local fly population! We planted a bunch of perennials to start out the year: 2 persimmon, 2 olive, 3 fig, 2 paw-paw, 2 mayhaw, 1 goji berry, 1 filbert,…

  • 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,…

  • DIY,  Gardening,  Thrift

    Free Range Potatoes

    The potato scraps we planted a couple months ago starting wilting and dying down, so it was time to check out what was hanging out below the surface. We were not surprised to find, potatoes! Steve holding up a successful potato harvest! See how the potatoes grow further up the plant as it is buried? Using a pitchfork for harvest might work better, but all we had was a shovel. We also raised some in bags, which are easy to harvest. Just dump them out. We decided to eat the ones we had accidentally cut into with the shovel this morning for breakfast, paired with some local farm fresh eggs. Cutting…

  • DIY,  Gardening,  Thrift

    Seasonal Smoothies

    We live in New England where air conditioning is becoming more common, but we don’t have any. Luckily we do have a blender and plenty of ice cube trays. Combine that with fresh fruit, organic yogurt, honey and ice tea and relief is a button away from giving you a brain freeze. We stopped to pick up our cheese CSA this morning (best money I have EVER spent) and while we were at the farm we picked a couple pints of blueberries. We had smoothies on the brain, and nothing is quite as good as fresh berries in a smoothie. Easy Pleasey Berry Smoothie1 pint blueberries1 cup organic yogurt1 tray…