This week we tackle some things to plant for your fall gardening beds. Many stop gardening in the fall to wait till spring. This is a huge mistake. Many of my favorite crops grow best in the fall and into winter.
Kale, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are all staples of my diet and all grow best in the fall. Many herbs do will in the fall and will winter over with mulch. Cilantro does well in the fall here in the South. In the summer and spring it will bolt quickly.
I have my lettuce boxes loaded up too. Chard and romaine taste much sweeter in the fall. Many of the fall crops tend to be the more expensive ones to buy. Kale goes for almost 4 bucks a bag. Organic salad greens cost a ton too. Fall gardening is both fun, not being in the heat, and saves you money.
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This is the second and last instalment on homebrewing. I thought it would have ended up being a short episode but then I got to rambling.
This week we talk about making easy hard cider and quick mead. I also mention making a hard lemonade. Not sure how the lemonade is going to turn out but will post the results when Mike drinks it.
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This is the first part in our two part series on homebrewing. We cover the James quick, cheap and easy method of homebrewing. The method that will give you the biggest bang for your buck.
In this part we cover how to make an Ale. For Ales you need any Ale yeast. Not talked about are lagers. I am not a big fan of lagers in general. The difference between and ale and a lager is in how the yeast perform their job. Ale yeasts work in best in the 70°F range. Also Ale yeasts are top ferminting. Meaning they float on the top of the wort while digesting the sugars. Ales are faster usually finishing in a week or two.
Lagers are bottom fermenting at a temperature around 40°F and can take months to finish. Lagers end up not being worth it to me to make at home. The store shelves are filled with Lagers. Brew great ales, buy lagers.
We cover the materials and supplies you will need to become a home brewer. Enjoy and let me know how your brew adventures go.
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This week I am joined by Jeff Radtke from the lost skills podcast to talk about tools. We talk about good ones, cheap ones and how to find the best deals. Like usual we get off topic and chase rabbits. It should be an informative and fun show.
- Most used tools
- Power over hand tools
- When cheap is good enough
- Finding good tools
- Tool maintenance
- Homesteading tools
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Bugging Out VS Bugging In
This week we tackle the ages old debate in the Prepper community. Bugging in vs bugging out. Which one is better? Like many things that depends. We try to tackle some of the instances but you will have to think for yourself.
Many are tied to one or the other. They are staying no matter what. Hurricanes, tornados and toxic waste spills wont deter them. The same could be said for those beneath Mt Vesuvius. If they had warning that is.
Others only focus on the bug out. They have built the ultimate Bug out bag and are ready to go in a second. Sure that bag now weighs a ton and you have no walked a mile in over a decade.
Today we try to break these convictions. Do not be tied to either. Be prepared for both. decide what to do based on the situation.
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