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Episode 53: Developing Your Dream Homestead (Six Months In)

Lots of things happened in the last week, including my first time in a hurricane, more goat hijinks, and success in preserving food. But even more interesting is a new interview with Dori. Remember Dori? She reached out earlier this year because she had purchased a dreamy sounding property in Missouri complete with deteriorating cabins and a home built onto the side of a cliff and into a cave! We had a fun interview right after her first weekend at the property and talked about her plans for the land. Dori will be on after our regular segments to give us an update on how things have developed in the last six months.

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Episode 52: Planting, Curing, and Storing Garlic


As we rutch into fall season, and to prepare you for the coming night where the screen between the world of the dead and the world of the living, I thought we could talk about the most important of homesteading plants to foster on your land: Garlic.

Garlic is one of those cure-all vegetable with its antiseptic properties, bug deterring scent, sauce-flavor-boosting characteristics, and it even keeps vampires at bay!

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Episode 51: Fall Into the Future on the Homestead

Today we will take a look at what fall means on the homestead – or rather falling into winter. The sprint has started. Everything is ripe. Animals must have winter-ready food, water and shelter. Firewood must be cut and stored. Harvest festivals are in full swing. And this year, things are about a month early in Tennessee by my reckoning. Guys, I already have chestnuts. For those of you who do not live on a homestead, fall feels more busy than spring because each week, the weather gets a little colder. And the last two weeks have been zingers at the Holler Homestead, especially with a new coffee business this year, the need to sell more ads for the Center Hill Sun, and my being a bit behind on canning this year.

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Episode 50: Tales From a Week of Hurricane Harvey Aid

Today, I run through stories and do a debrief after having spent a week helping with logistics (from Tennessee) for bringing aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey. This was recorded from my car using the Zello app because with all the time needed to help with on the ground logistics, the only time I could carve out to record was in the car, driving someone to the airport.

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Episode 49: Homesteaders Help Hurricane Victims and 2 Ways to Prepare for Weather Disasters

Today, we will talk about one way you can help people in Houston immediately, as well as 2 things you should be prepared for in your own life in case a weather disaster ever strikes your home.

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Episode 48: Spontaneous Order and the Eclipse on the Farm

Today, we talk through a collection of stories from the Eclipse adventure that illustrate how sometimes spontaneous order is the best way to organize. Or said another way: How no organization at all can be the best organization if the folks involved have the same shared goal.

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Song: 911 by Sauce

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Episode 47: A Colorful Way to Express Your Homestead Journey – Homesteadoji

Today, I am joined by Whitney and John Athayde to tell us about a project they built together: HomesteadOji.com. This colorful set of emojis for iPhone tell the day to day story of a homesteader, from “Fox in my coop” to “goat kicked over the milk bucket.”

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Eating Seasonally and Tales from the Prepper Pantry
This is where we share what we are eating as it comes to us – and talk about ways to use what we store.

  • Corn corn corn corn corn corn
  • Round 2 of green beans is almost here
  • Tomatoes still trickling in
  • SWEET POTATO GREENS
  • Watercress is back in force and other fall wild edibles should be coming on soon
  • Recipe of the week will be Bacon Cinnamon rolls, and here is why

What we are preserving this week
Where we share what we are preserving for winter storage

  • Sauerkraut
  • Elderberries
  • Lemon Balm
  • Might can corn

Garden Economics project

  • Seeds have germinated, so I pulled back the straw to let them get bigger
  • Found two volunteer tomatoes – these are the best kind.

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Friends, next week we are at ground 0 here in the Holler for the Solar Eclipse, so the show will not be recorded until Tuesday. Why? Because I am going to don my eclipse glasses and check out this once in a lifetime experience!

Make it a great week.

Song: Strange Child

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Episode 46: 8 things to plant in August

Today, I will share with you some ideas on what you can put in your fall garden – and share the fall mix of seeds that we are hoping will grow a nice fall garden here at the Holler Homestead. Along with this I will share the garden update – Because it is time to get that planted here in Tennessee. Indeed, I think I am a bit late, but usually these things work themselves out. Also today, we will hear from Samantha the Savings Ninja with a tip for all of us. And I will share with you a few recipes we are working on this week.

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Eating Seasonally and Tales from the Prepper Pantry
This is where we share what we are eating as it comes to us – and talk about ways to use what we store.

  • The great freezer defrost project of ‘17
  • Watercress
  • Cucumbers
  • Mexican sour gherkens
  • Hot peppers: Giardinair
  • Holler Stew relies heavily on leftover thanksgiving turkey, fresh green beans, and fresh corn from the farmers market.

What we are preserving this week
Where we share what we are preserving for winter storage

  • Basil
  • Green Beans
  • Sauerkraut – made the deal
  • Lemon Balm
  • Sage

Eight things to plant in August.

Song: Feed My Hunger by Sauce

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Replay: Episode 8 – Five Uses for Summer Squash

In today’s episode, we replay a timely episode from last year. Because squash happens. And because Nicole Sauce is traveling.

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Episode 45: Be an Ant, Prepare for Winter

The Dog Days of summer are upon us and winter is coming. Are you ready for it? Today, we will talk about what you should can do now to prepare for the winter, whether you are in the city or on a homestead like we are.

Next week’s show will be a replay of a former episode because I will be out of town for my grandmother’s funeral.

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Eating Seasonally and Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • This is where we share what we are eating as it comes to us – and talk about ways to use what we store.
  • It got very very hot her: Tomatoes on hold but they will probably all ripen at once when I am at my grandma’s funeral. Alas.
  • So. Much. Squash.
  • “Where is the fruit?” I think the mild winter paired with a late frost has left us mostly fruitless around here.

What we are preserving this week
Where we share what we are preserving for winter storage

  • Nothing – headed out of town 🙂

 

Handy summer checklist for winter preparation in the summer:
Make a list of what you should be ready for

  • Higher heat bills
  • Snow
  • Higher food bills
  • Christmas
  • Getting stuck in your home with no power
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

Audit your list – and take care of the things now that are better done when it is light out, warm out, and important. Here is my list:

Audit the food stored – pantry and freezers – because I am most likely to get iced in for a week or so
Use up the old and plan to replenish the new
The can of sauerkraut in the back
Animal feed and bedding
Medications

Maintenance on winter technology
Flashlights
Batteries
Backup heaters
Winter equipment like snow shovels, blowers, etc
Anti-freeze set up for animal’s water

Do the chores now that are rough in a snow storm
Get your firewood going and stored
Water filters in the pump house and general pipe maintenance
Gutter check, paint, decks, etc
Clean out the clutter
Make it so you can easily access the important things

I know – winter seems so far away right now, but it is coming faster than you think. A little care now will help your transition into the cold, dark part of the year. And in Winter is when we catch our breath on the Homestead.

Make it a great week!

Song: Grandpa’s Song by Sauce