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The Self-Sufficient Gardener Podcast is about helping people develop their gardening skills in ways that reduce their dependence upon outside systems. Our aim is to be able to grow a garden in good times and in bad times in the most inexpensive and efficient manner possible.

No Title Jason Akers

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The Self-Sufficient Gardener Podcast is about helping people develop their gardening skills in ways that reduce their dependence upon outside systems. Our aim is to be able to grow a garden in good times and in bad times in the most inexpensive and efficient manner possible.

    Episode 199 Five Myths About Soil and Fertility

    Episode 199 Five Myths About Soil and Fertility

    Today I tackle five myths (or at the least misconceptions) about soil and fertility.

    • 29 min
    Episode 198 Ten Homestead Tools Made of Barrels

    Episode 198 Ten Homestead Tools Made of Barrels

    In today's episode I talk about 10 things you can make from barrels that will benefit you on the homestead.  I cover much more in my book The Scrounged Homestead.  I cover more projects.  How to find barrels and where.  How to secure a source.  The differences in type.  I cover about 70% more in my book plus things to do with pallets, how to find plants for free, etc.

    The Scrounged Homestead (Amazon Link). (http://www.amazon.com/The-Scrounged-Homestead-Jason-Akers/dp/1480142239)

    • 26 min
    Episode 197 No and Low Till Planting Methods

    Episode 197 No and Low Till Planting Methods

    It is my opinion that if you really want a "beyond organic" garden then it behooves you to avoid tilling your soil.  Besides lasagna bed gardening I don't think we've given gardeners too many options on how to plant their crops without tilling the soil to death.  So today I explain the drawbacks as well as some benefits (short term) of tilling the soil.  I also share 5 methods (excluding lasagna beds) that I have used in the past or am using right now to avoid tilling the soil.

    • 27 min
    Episode 196 Cooking With Trash

    Episode 196 Cooking With Trash

    Ok so now that the title has your attention...Today we are going to talk about cooking with things that you might normally throw away in your kitchen.  These are things that are perfectly edible but most people seem to compost them because they require extra processing or they might not even realize they are edible.

    Here is the website I referenced (http://www.purplekale.com/category/otherwise/)in regard to the creamed leeks (I think there are a few more "trash" recipes there.

    • 19 min
    Episode 195 Five Unlikely Edibles in Your Garden

    Episode 195 Five Unlikely Edibles in Your Garden

    On today's show I talk about five things in your garden that you can eat but likely aren't.  I didn't mention some things that are so commonly unlikely edible (like squash blossoms) because these have become mainstream.  I discuss things that up to a few years ago I was surprised you could eat. 

    Disclaimer:  I talk about carrot greens in this episode. I've had listeners actually tell me that they eat them.  There are various opinions on these.  I basically added them as a sidenote.  I do not recommend you eat them unless you do your own research and come to your own conclusions.  Again I will say that you are responsible for what you put in your mouth.  But I can't recommend that you eat carrot greens because they are easily confused with Queen Anne's Lace greens. Here are some interesting reads on the subject:

    Green Goddess  (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&ved=0CGUQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fgreengoddessgourmet.blogspot.com%2F2010%2F06%2Fcarrot-green-controversy.html&ei=YiF5Uf3pL8Wa0QGo8ICAAg&usg=AFQjCNE90ycuJpnKQMB9FdBigHcbPrnm7g&sig2=anZYDd525UrRypvhd2dvBw&bvm=bv.45645796,d.dmQ)

    NY Times Article reference (http://topics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/13/the-toxic-salad/)

     

    Carrot Museum (yes there is such a thing) (http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/carrotops.html)

    Well Preserved (http://wellpreserved.ca/are-carrott-greens-toxic-deadly-edible/)

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

aeddings ,

super podcast

Jason creates a very fine podcast- I really like the topics! As long as he will podcast I will be a subscriber. Keep up the good work Jason.

diamondfission ,

Enjoyable

Doesn't podcast as much which is a downer but nice when there is a new one. Hard to find any lasting podcasts.

kdleal ,

Keep 'em Coming

I always look forward to the next show. Keep them coming.

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