When you can’t grow all the time…

Know when you can, grow when you can.

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Depending on how busy your lifestyle is becoming, you DO indeed have options.

Even the wp-1488479329443.jpggets caught up in life every one in a while, and I become the busy person that I never cared to be.

People get sick, bills stack up for a lil while till you can pay them down or off. Work hours increase with responsibility sometimes being more laid on you.

Last year I started doing my own little experiment of getting a head start on my growing season by starting those little buggers inside the house! Making the good home purchase that I did (no gloat but gloat) I ended up with exactly what I wanted- plenty of room!

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Rooms to be exact and a basement to match. Within that basement came the perfect space and outlets needed to do something I had thought about for years. Growing plants indoors.

For me, this didn’t work out exactly the way I wanted. If I could have controlled the humidity a bit more (increased constantly) then I might have had a chance to do more with it. However, in the end, it became an awesome starter room for all my plants.

Here’s the problem… If I was starving, a few seeds aint gonna put dinner on the table. And no big offense to Wal-Mart, but while I am there it becomes increasingly harder to check out what companies are carrying what. Local groceries fall under the same heading as a problem for me.

Not to be captain activist or anything, but I like to know where my products come from. If I am in a bigger store, I have to jump on my phone, google the brand, see what they are about and if that’s something I would enjoy.

I’m picky and hypocritical about my foods at times, but I am who I am. I like choices and I like information. I like options!

Most importantly, I like the time to be able to investigate the company I purchase from. I have two temporary solutions to my problems at this time. I have a local grocer and 3 stands that I pass (depending on season) that receive verifiable and awesome tasting foods: meats, veggies, and fruits.

Other than going to every single one of their farms, I am able to get some fine report on these individuals.

When it comes to a bigger choice, and something that can actually be brought to you in the situations I mentioned above about being busy… There are Wal-Marts that allow you the choice to look online and build your cart (as well as check the brands), and one that I’ve been interested in lately, AmazonFresh.

After going through the reviews, I’m not dissatisfied with the service. But before I push anything your way, let’s consider what will make it worth it to YOU (the awesome reader).

  1. Do you already use Amazon services?

2.  Do you order enough to make it worth your while for the free delivery?

3. Not every brand you want will be there, is that okay?

4. Food will be showing up at your doorstep, will it be safe?

5. Are you ready to get rid of the garbage that comes with every order (cardboard, bags, etc)?

For me, #1 is fine. Prime is right up my alley. #2 I feed me, my wife, and family members and cook in large amounts to store at a time. Plus, it isn’t just food they deliver. #3 I can settle, for the most part. #4 Camera system, dogs, guns, and living in the country, should be fine. #5 I like near 3 county dumps/landfills on my way to and from work, so this isn’t a problem.

Well, sounds like I have myself sold at least. There are conveniences and inconveniences with every product you buy in life. It is best to weigh your options with any purchase.

If you are picky, BE PICKY! If you aren’t, then you have just that many more options. Take advantage of what benefits you and your limited time.

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Lentils sprouts – super treats for chickens

Sprouting lentils for your chickens! Too easy to fail.

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Lentils: something I really don’t eat. However, my chickens can’t get enough of them!

Vitamin packed and so easy to grow, that if you fail at this… nope, na! You can’t, just trust me.

Scroll down to the bottom to watch a quick video on how to get these going.

Lentil sprouts are nutritious and worth while to grow for your animals. As I never eat the things, I will not just randomly recommend them for humans, but I hear good things other than the nutrition side.

You see, like a basic straight-up pinto bean, we can’t just throw one in our mouth, chew without expecting some problems, and then reap a ton of nutritional benefits. We have to cook or sprout these veggies to even enjoy them.

Just like drinking egg yolks provides you with so much less protein than cooked eggs: same goes for lentils.

Your body spends so much time and calories working on digesting this food, that in the end, you will end up passing the foods through your digestive track and they’ll be mostly undigested.

If anything, you’ll hurt and be gassy.

To counter that, we cook, or in this case, we sprout!

Here’s what you’ll need

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Besides the jars, you’ll need some kind of mesh-like material. I have used old potato sacks, holes made in plastic lids, and lately marble nets? Yep, I keep it cheap.

Warning: Do Not Over Fill These Jars!

Start the first time with three table spoons full of lentils.

1: Put lentils in jar

2: Fill with water, about half of jar.

3: Let them sit for about 24 hours

4: Cover with mesh material

5: Use the ring and lock down the mesh material (store lid wherever you want)

6: Pour out old water

7: Rinse once more and place on a strainer. No sun required

8: Wait 12 hours and then rinse, repeat step 7

Do this for about 4-5 days. Every single day, you’ll see the tails get longer and longer. I don’t recommend going much further than that, because the tails start wrapping around each other and by this time, you’ve gotten the nutrients unlocked and multiplied for your needs.

Now, it is up to you. Feed these directly to your chickens or store them. Either way, you now have an awesome way to sprout lentils. After that? Start ding multiples. That way you’ll end up with plenty of jars in different stages of growth to feed to your animals and will never run out of supply.

This isn’t a main source of food, but it is a much more natural way to feed the chickens between whatever you buy them, scraps, and grazing.

Nutritional benefits: Contain vitamins A, B, C, and E. Zero fat, protein, folate and potassium, some healthy carbs.

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Introducing chicks to the mix

Alright so I haven’t been able to post for a little while because I’ve been busy with super fun work and real life. However, the best part about it is in between I am growing a ton of plants indoors getting them ready for outside and we have baby chickens!

There’s a link to let you take a good look at what we have been so busy with. Besides the grow room and the chickens we are busy building the chicken pen and Coop.

It takes a lot to be somewhat self-sufficient but the rewards are awesome. The calories lost are great. And the positive mood that you get from working on something that will help your entire family well that has an unknown price tag.

Killing boredom with productivity 

Growing indoors is so easy – even I have done it!

Not to gloat, but I have done the best with what little time I have in between work.

If you feel like winter is the destroyer of all hope for gardening and doing something positive with your time, then I am here to tell you that there are a few things that you can do to stop that feeling

Forgive the voice to text but I needed to get this out there. I have 27 plants growing in downstairs office room. It took two extra tables that cost 30 bucks and to grow lights that are just CFLs which cost $15 a piece plus shipping.

 a lot of these plants are now six inches tall, two of them are trying to flower, one of the plants is three foot tall and is a Survivor from last year’s  pepper crops.

I will be doing a lot more of exploring the indoor growing with some of them staying here around inside the room and not being transferred out into the garden. Of course for longer-term growth some plants need to be indeterminate and this also gives you an opportunity to stagger your plant growth for the determinant such as most large tomatoes.

 is a picture from 3 weeks ago that can give a little bit of explanation on how easy it is to grow starting out. To be continued. YouTube video coming out soon 30 videos one full month on grow

We want to know….

Homesteading covers a broad range of subjects that we want to discuss with you.

  • Family
  • History
  • DIY
  • Gardening
  • Water Storage
  • General Psychology
  • Awareness
  • Finances and saving money

You control what comes in and out of your home.

You are responsible for protecting your land, rights, and that home you call yours.

You can change how you spend money and time in a more effective way.

We can help!

We can also grow together. Nobody is the queen or king of knowledge in these subjects – if they were, they’d probably be teaching it somewhere for way too much money! Hah.

So, let’s share ideas that’ll help save money and time. Let’s find more ways to keep positive in an at times, dreary landscape. Let’s be the best we can with what little time we have here.

What we are asking YOU is what do YOU want to hear a podcast or video over?

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Thank you very much.

Cody Homesteader

Winter Garden Box

No idea what a Gardener can do during Winter? Click and listen, watch, and read!

Today on the Cody Homesteader show, we wanted to talk to you about Garden Boxes!

We’ve compiled at least four Podcast/videos to help with your Winter Boredom. Think that there’s absolutely nothing you can do to improve your gardening experience? We have some super projects that may change your mind.

Garden Boxes have plenty of benefits.

  • Contains only the dirt and nutrients you put in
  • Less erosion
  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to harvest
  • Easy to water
  • Easy to alter
  • Easy to secure

If that sounds like something you could get into, then DON’T wait to Winter to subside. Start kicking butt now. Get out there and make your garden NOW!

Here’s the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/TpA9gZjC_Cs

Here it is on Buzzsprout: Listening to “EPS 9 Winter Garden Box” at  https://www.buzzsprout.com/74692/459159-eps-9-winter-garden-box

 

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Garden Prep p1 composting and your garden box

Winter’s clutch has you – do something about it!

As promised, the first out of at least 4 episodes about Winter Garden Prep is here!

Building your garden boxes or preparing your land is the first step to designing an awesome and winning new year!

If you feel the clutches of Winter destroying your creativity and garden-love, then this is the show for you!

Thanks for following and please stay tuned.

Podcast located at iTunes

and Buzzsprout

Excited – you bet I am!

So, I’ve never been one for waiting for Christmas gifts. 

I know, it’s a bad habit but I just can’t stand to wait on something that I could really use right then. Well, fortunately, my family is very supportive of what I like to do which is podcasting and youtubing, and they have went out of their way to get me a much better microphone. It’s a Samson go. And as far as I have seen it has 4.5 out of 5 Star reviews! 

This will greatly improve the audio quality of our podcasting and will add a touch more quality 2 hour videos! 

So what am I going to do with this great new equipment? I’ll tell you – the next coming up Podcast and videos are going to be over.

 -chickens

– volatile people in your life and what to do about it, 

– and a very touchy subject about soldiers and honor.

 One of my friends has got into the chicken game and is enjoying it so far – he even has a few turkeys! So I’m going to get a look at how he raises them what tips I can give and just take some good quality video of these beautiful animals. While I believe that they are great for food also enjoy such great providers of food and all animals that you raised for Slaughter should be given the best of lives. 

A video over volatile people in your life and identifying those people and what exactly to do about it we’re going to explore the subject deeply over the form of many podcasting videos but we have to have somewhere to start.

 The video of the soldiers and honor is a reply to a statement made by an individual that has gained some public exposure. I wouldn’t say many support his claim,  that soldiers don’t deserve any honor ,simply for being soldiers. I have a rebuttal but I am going to be as Fair as possible – seeing as I am somewhat biased.

 So in conclusion we have a lot going on and cannot wait to get it out there. However, we have our Christmas going on and plenty of work to do in between. 

I can’t wait to get these messages out to everyone of you and I hope that your holiday off is the best one ever!

Garden/life standards

Be a watering can in a desert, not a lit match in a dry forest.

Many are quick to judge when it comes to someone else’s backyard experiment! 

That looks trashy!

She doesn’t have that designed well at all…

It looks okay – for an amateur

These are comments you’ll hear and see from wannabe gurus…

Being hurtful and narrow minded is their specialty! So let’s unfocus on those people.

Here’s the problem: one day you’ll put your self and your products and other things of your creation out there for people to see you might even put it online for people to judge.

It’s right at that moment that you have entered the world of over judgemental, highly critical people. You are in there around now and don’t expect fair treatment.

I don’t think about it too much! You can start to become highly critical of yourself even though you have followed a good game plan and you have awesome results. But they have planted the seed in your garden, and that seed is doubt!

There’s a gigantic difference between asking for criticism constructive if it can be, and then chaining yourself to the whipping post saying Take Your Best Shot.

But let’s go back, you need not to think on that so much. There are a lot of people out there who don’t produce the same results as you who really just want to critique your work. Sometimes they have a good point and you should take that point and run with it even if it has some negative in it. Sometimes people aren’t able to use their criticism without adding in a little stuff here and there on your personality or personal design. Just keep in mind, this is an online world and with an online world comes online trolls you heard the word before. This is an example of what they do.

Best thing to look for is a good teacher and a good host. And to be the same is such a relief to those who are healing from Burns and other battle wounds via the Internet.

In closing I will say that I will do my best to be helpful and to teach as much as I can and I ask you to do the same with me and others. The watering can in a desert, not a match in a dry forest.