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Join Harold Thornbro and Rachel Jamison as they talk about all things homesteading! They discuss things like gardening, livestock, permaculture, food preservation, foraging, hunting, fishing, and the know-how and skills that will help you in your homesteading journey, and occasionally they have guests and we get to hear about what others are doing on their homesteads.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast Harold Thornbro and Rachel Jamison

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 94 Ratings

Join Harold Thornbro and Rachel Jamison as they talk about all things homesteading! They discuss things like gardening, livestock, permaculture, food preservation, foraging, hunting, fishing, and the know-how and skills that will help you in your homesteading journey, and occasionally they have guests and we get to hear about what others are doing on their homesteads.

    Why and How To Save and Store Seeds From Your Garden

    Why and How To Save and Store Seeds From Your Garden

    On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Harold and Rachel Have A Conversation All About Why and How To Save and Store Seeds From Your Garden.

    The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 157 – September 28, 2022

    Topics Discussed In This Podcast Episode:
    Reasons For Saving SeedsSelf Sufficiency
        Save Money
        Preparedness
        Preserve Genetic Diversity
        To Pass on Skills To Future Generations


    Challenges of Seed SavingCross Pollination
        Hybrid Plants vs Heirloom
        Annual, Biennial, Perennial
        Difficulty Level of Certain Plants


    How To Save SeedsTomatoes and Cucumbers – Should be fermented
        Melons, Squash, Peppers
        Onions
        Lettuce, Arugula, Spinach, Turnips, Radish, Beets
        Beans and Peas


    How To Store The Seeds You Save or PurchasedPackets, Jars
        Properly Labeled
        Room Temperature Storage – Dry and Dark
        Refrigerator – Make Sure They Are Dry
        Freezer – carrots, parsnip, onions, and leeks


    How Long Do Seeds Stay Good?
        Depends on the Seed Type

         (example) Tomato and Beans – Years
        (example) Onion and Carrots – Months
        Depends on Storage Method

         Colder = Longer


    Links: (some links may be affiliate links)
    Rachel’s Homemade Ketchup Recipe – https://www.rewilderlife.com/2022/09/13/roasted-tomato-and-wild-sorrel-ketchup/

    Seed Savers Exchange – https://www.seedsavers.org/how-to-save-seeds

    Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners – https://amzn.to/3RumrvK

    Seed Envelopes – https://amzn.to/3xbeV0T

    How Long Can Seeds Be Stored and How Should You Store Them? – https://redemptionpermaculture.com/how-long-can-seeds-be-stored-and-how-should-you-store-them/

    The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving – https://amzn.to/3LN1KsU

    Food Safe Silica Packets – https://amzn.to/3fnCtJU

    Starting Seeds Indoors: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-104 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin) – https://amzn.to/3reVnoV

    Questions from The Homestead Front Porch:
    Peach trees – https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomesteadFrontPorch/posts/5315898295130618/

    Fencing —this one got a lot of responses already… – https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomesteadFrontPorch/posts/5313353635385084/

    Documenting the journey – https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomesteadFrontPorch/posts/5316161861770928

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Off Grid Homesteading With Guests Dave and Sonya

    Off Grid Homesteading With Guests Dave and Sonya

    Shownotes can be found at https://redemptionpermaculture.com/off-grid-homesteading-with-guests-dave-and-sonya/

    On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Rachel Has A Conversation With Guests Dave and Sonya About Homesteading Off-Grid.

    The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 156 – September 21, 2022

    Topics of Discussion

    Dave and Sonya share their journey into homesteading.
    Their cargo trailer to tiny house conversion, off-grid homestead.
    How they set up and use generators, solar, and batteries for all their power needs.
    Cooking off-grid using electricity efficiently, a solar oven, and a rocket stove.
    Heating and air conditioning off the grid.
    Off-grid water and sewage.
    Basic Preparedness.
    Their future endeavors.

    Want More From Dave and Sonya? Follow Them In All The Places.

    Website – https://offgridwithdaveandsonya.com
    Join Them Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/offgridwithdaveandsonya
    Follow Them on Instagram – www.instagram.com/off_grid_with_dave_and_sonya
    Watch Them on YouTube – https://youtube.com/channel/UCkMKn7h5yr3F0XtwAccpAeg

    Book Mentioned: (affiliate link)

    Polyface Designs: A Comprehensive Construction Guide for Scalable Farming Infrastructure - https://amzn.to/3xG3kqO

    • 58 min
    A Beginners Guide To Growing Garlic On The Homestead

    A Beginners Guide To Growing Garlic On The Homestead

    Find the Shownotes at https://redemptionpermaculture.com/a-beginners-guide-to-growing-garlic-aka-stinking-rose-on-the-homestead/ 

    On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Harold and Rachel Have A Conversation All About Growing Garlic. The Reasons You Should Grow It, How and When To Plant It, Companion Planting, and Harvesting Garlic.

    The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 155 – September 14, 2022

    Topics of Discussion
    About Garlic

    Reasons To Grow Garlic


    Easy To Grow
    Easy To Store
    Has Garden Benefits
    Culinary Benefits
    Health Benefits


    Which Garlic Should You Grow


    Softneck
    Hardneck
    Elephant Garlic


    Growing Garlic


    Growing Zones
    Soil and Sun Requirements
    Good and Bad Companions For Garlic
    Pest and disease


    Planting Garlic


    Preparing The Soil
    Planting The Cloves
    Growing Garlic From Seed
    Caring For Garlic


    When To Plant Garlic

    When and How To Harvest Garlic


    Scapes
    Bulbs


    Curing Garlic

    Links:
    (some links may be affiliate links)

    Oxford Academic Journal of Nutrition – Historical Perspective on the Use of Garlic – https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/131/3/951S/4687053

    USDA Hardiness Zones – https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/Native_Plant_Materials/Native_Gardening/hardinesszones.shtml

    LEARN TO PROPERLY COLLECT AND GROW TRUE GARLIC SEED – http://garlicseed.blogspot.com/p/growing-garlic-from-true-seed.html

    4-Tine Spading Digging Fork – https://amzn.to/3cDsdvU

    Growing Garlic In Your Homestead Garden – https://redemptionpermaculture.com/growing-garlic-in-a-permaculture-garden/

    Fermented Garlic Recipe – https://www.thespruceeats.com/lacto-fermented-garlic-recipe-1327724

    Garlic Confit – https://cravingcalifornia.com/oven-roasted-garlic-confit/#recipe

    Roasted Garlic infused oil – https://www.saveur.com/roasted-garlic-and-roasted-garlic-oil-recipes/

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Fishing To Provide Food For The Homestead With Guest Cannon Kirby

    Fishing To Provide Food For The Homestead With Guest Cannon Kirby

    Find The Shownotes at https://redemptionpermaculture.com/fishing-to-provide-food-for-the-homestead-with-guest-cannon-kirby/

    On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast Harold has a conversation with Cannon Kirby about his homestead in central Florida and Fishing as a way to provide food for the homestead.

    The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 154 – September 7, 2022

    Topics of Discussion
    (some links below may be affiliate links)


    Homesteading In Central Florida
    Fishing Equipment For Beginners - Inexpensive Beginner Fishing Set - https://amzn.to/3Rr7dak
    The Best Fish For Eating
    Finding Places To Fish
    Lake and River Pollution
    Tips For Cleaning Fish
    Preserving - FishVacuum Sealer - https://amzn.to/3cKOSGQ
    Cooking Fish

    • 49 min
    Preparing Trees, Vines, Canes, and Bushes For Winter

    Preparing Trees, Vines, Canes, and Bushes For Winter

    Shownotes at https://redemptionpermaculture.com/preparing-trees-vines-canes-and-bushes-for-winter/ 

    Topic: 

    Preparing Trees, Vines, Canes, and Bushes For Winter



    Trees

         Mulch The Base

         Keep Away From Trunk

         Mulch Options

         Living Mulch

    Wrap Trees In Extreme Climates

         Commercial Options and DIY Options

         Prevents Frost Damage On Bark

         Protection Against Pests

    Don’t Prune Until Dormant

    Don’t Fertilize In Fall

    Continue To Water When Needed



    Vines

         Clean Vineyard Floor To Reduce Disease and Pest Pressure

         Fertilize With Compost or Organic Fertilizer

         Protect Trunk and Graft Union By Hilling Up

         Mulch

         Prune When Dormant



    Canes

         Prune Out Brown Dead Canes

         If You Want To Expand Bury Young Canes In Soil Or Mulch

         Cut Ends Of Canes To Encourage Side Shoot Growth



    Bushes

         pH Adjustment

         Mulch Heavily

         Prune When Dormant

         Wait Until Spring To Fertilize



    Links:

    (Some Links Below May Be Affiliate Links)



    Ramial wood chips:

    https://www.groworganicapples.com/organic-orcharding-articles/ramial-wood-chip-primer.php



    Seasonal Checklist for orchard:

    https://www.groworganicapples.com/organic-orcharding-articles/holistic-orchard-seasonal-checklist.php



    Tree Protector Wrap - https://amzn.to/3At3ja4 



    How To Prune Raspberries - https://redemptionpermaculture.com/a-quick-guide-to-planting-raspberry-bushes/ 



    Pruning Blackcurrant - https://redemptionpermaculture.com/how-to-prune-blackcurrant-bushes-the-right-way-a-quick-guide/ 



    Pollarding and Coppicing Trees and Shrubs - https://redemptionpermaculture.com/pollarding-and-coppicing-trees-and-shrubs-why-and-how/ 



    What You Need To Know About PH And Organic Soil - https://redemptionpermaculture.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-ph-and-organic-soil/ 



    The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips - https://amzn.to/3Q14L9G 



    Micheal Pillips:

    YouTube - Holistic Orchard Management with Michael Phillips



    Successful Biological Orcharding with Michael Phillips Parts 1-8 - YouTube (these are bite size pieces of above)



    BackYard Berry Book:

    The Backyard Berry Book: A Hands-On Guide to Growing Berries, Brambles, and Vine Fruit in the Home Garden: Otto, Stella

    • 1 hr 3 min
    What To Do With Your Garden Beds After The Harvest

    What To Do With Your Garden Beds After The Harvest

    On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Harold and Rachel Have A Conversation About What To Do With Garden Beds After The Harvest.

    The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 152 – August 24, 2022

    Topics of Discussion
    Garden Cleanup


    What To Do With The Organic Material
    Diseased Plants
    Pest Infestations


    Soil Testing


    Adjusting pH if Necessary
    Soil Amending For Nutrient Deficiency
    Biochar


    Soil Protection and Weed Control


    Mulch
    Ramial Woodchips
    Black Plastic - Occultation
    Clear Plastic - Solarization


    Cover Crops For Weed Control and Soil Health

    Resources Mentioned In The Podcast
    Article: How To Use Cover Crops In Your Homestead Garden - https://redemptionpermaculture.com/how-to-use-cover-crops-in-your-permaculture-garden/

    Article: What You Need To Know About PH And Organic Soil - https://redemptionpermaculture.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-ph-and-organic-soil/

    Article: University of Minnesota Extention - Using the sun to kill weeds and prepare garden plots https://extension.umn.edu/planting-and-growing-guides/solarization-occultation

    Book: The Living Soil Handbook by Jesse Frost - https://amzn.to/3wadHCv

    Book: The Intelligent Gardener by Steve Solomon - https://amzn.to/3A8Ugei

    Book: Winning the War on Weeds by John Moody - https://amzn.to/3AwX32z

    Podcast Episode: Weed Management In Your Garden With Guest John Moody - https://redemptionpermaculture.com/weed-management-in-your-garden-with-guest-john-moody/

    Logan Labs: - https://loganlabs.com/

    Grow Abundant will help read the soil test lab results and give recommendations - https://growabundant.com/order/#analysis

    Garden Tutor Soil pH Test Kit - https://amzn.to/3R6IOqt

    Ramial wood chips - https://www.groworganicapples.com/organic-orcharding-articles/ramial-wood-chip-primer.php

    True Leaf Market for Cover Crop Seeds - https://www.pntra.com/t/TUJGRklGS

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

weakko33 ,

Great info!

Great info and like the guests. Thanks!

(note: audio could be improved to equalize volume for host and guest-it’s often hard to hear one or the other.)

Paula Daniels ,

Helpful info, but…..

I just started listening to this show, and have learned quite a bit of advanced gardening techniques from Harold and Rachel. They have a lot of good advice for organic gardening and basic know how.
However, I’ve been a little frustrated listening as Rachel consistently interrupts Harold as he is speaking. Rachel has great things to add to the conversation, but I find this difficult to follow the conversation especially when she cuts Harold off as he’s trying to explain a technique, state a company name for resources, etc. I had to rewind a few times and listen closely to an episode on putting your garden beds away for the winter as Harold try to name True Seed as a resource for a cover crop seed.
Only a little constructive criticism as I feel this is a valuable podcast.

Norgas ,

Educational and Interesting

I enjoy the way Harold presents the information. It’s not just a bunch of facts, but instead full of personal stories and conversation. Haven’t listened to many episodes, but I’m looking forward to more!

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