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Blue Ribbon Articles and Podcast Episodes
Intro to Rain Gutter Grow Systems
This is one of our most popular posts on Small Scale Life. In my experience, I have found that gardeners struggle to water plants routinely, especially if that person works a job away from home for extended periods of time (i.e., sales, transportation, medical positions or public service positions). I have found a method of gardening that meets all of these needs. This method is a type of Wicking Beds called Rain Gutter Grow Systems, and in this post, I am going to introduce you to these systems.
Vertical Garden 101: Introduction to Vertical Gardening
Space is always a premium in gardens, especially when you are a renter. I had to get creative using space to grow food, and one creative way to expand is to capitalize the unused airspace. This post is an introduction to vertical gardening, and additional articles will cover how I built and maintain the vertical gardens I am used in 2016.
How to Prune Tomatoes to Improve Production
In our small gardens, I am here to grow produce, not leaves and branches. I can’t eat those! One way to increase your tomato production is by pruning tomatoes. In this episode, I am going to discuss how to prune tomatoes to improve the health of your plants and to grow more tomatoes. Buckle up, buttercup, because we are going to talk about aggressively pruning those plants!
Urban Farming Advice
Michael Bell and Scott Hebert return to discuss urban farming advice and best practices. Topics discussed during this podcast includes their farms, their markets, typical yields, watering crops, harvesting product, successfully marketing products and potentially expanding their operations.
Urban Farming with Michael Bell
Inspired by some of my heroes including Gary Vee, Curtis Stone and JM Fortier, Michael is carving out his organic footprint in a quiet spot six miles from down Downtown Dallas. It is pretty cool talking with Michael, and I learned a lot from him. Whether it is starting your own small business (not necessarily urban farming) or getting fit, I think there is something for everyone in these next two podcasts!
Latest Harvest from the Garden
In this 217th Episode of the Small Scale L:ife Podcast, I talk about Tipping Points and Getting Back to Basics. We have seen bank collapses before, and it didn’t go well for us in 2008. It is a reminder to get back to Small Scale Living. A big component of that is growing and preserving our own food in vibrant and productive gardens.
In this 215th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I continue the conversation with my friend Adam Rapier about homesteading, gardening and beekeeping.
In Small Scale Life Podcast Episode 214, I talk with my friend Adam Rapier about his family’s journey to starting High Desert Hives and Homestead in Colorado.
In this 210th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, Host Tommy Cakes provide a garden and homestead update here at Driftless Oaks Farm.
In this 206th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I am introducing two efforts here at Driftless Oaks Farm: the My Farm Journal Series and Operation WW
Mr. Tactical Jay is back on the show to talk about the Modern Day Back to the Land Movement including gardening and homesteading.