Garden 102 Alternative Planting
35:15Welcome to the sequel to our garden 101 basics series! in this follow up guide, we will cover some of the slightly more involved garden tools, like building of hedges, using livestock in the garden, or employing alternative planting methods. In this first of our Garden 102 series, we will cover some of the more common alterntive planting styles, instead of just plantinf directly into the soil. We cover lots of styles both ancient and modern, fom terracing and mound gardens, to raised beds, hugelkulture, and Ruth Stout muclh gardening. We talk about the basics of each method, as well as go over some of their pros and cons!
32:23With Spring in full swing, we will finally be covering one of our all time favorite foragable plants, the dandelion! We cover the rich history of this plant as both food, medicine, and even a source of rubber. And of course we have to throw our two cents in on the debate between dandelions status as an invasive vs nonnative vs naturlized plant. We go over where to find this entirely edible memebr of the aster family, as well as how to haevest and eat everythting from the root, to the leaves, to the flowrs to the seeds!
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27:53To wrap up this seasons series on food preservation, we are going to finish with the gateway drug to canning. Jam! From jam, to jelly, to fruit butter, even to fruit leather, we cover this simple and tasty food preservation spread and all the ways you can make it. While we do use a simple blueberry jam recipe as an example, we also cover lots of variations, and how to alter it for diferrent fruits. Enjoy!
36:15As we transition from winter to spring, we're shifting gears from talking about winter storage crops to fast growing spring crops. And Turnips, miraculously enough, are both! We talk about this Revolutionary's wonder crop, which is fast growing, easy to store, nutritious, and delicious. We cover not only turnips role as a food crop for humans, but also its use as a cover crop and as a livestock feed.
42:05We've gotten a ton of requests in the past few months to do an episode on chickens, especially for eggs. We actually plan on doing an special series on livestock in the coming year, including one episode for chickens for eggs and one episode for chickens for meat. But until then, we figured we could put together an episode on eggs, and not just from chickens, but from ducks and quail as well. We go over the basics for raising any sort of poultry, from their coop, to food to water. We also talk a but about pasturing basics, and whether or not to give poultry an outdoor run, a pasture, a tractor, or just let them free range. We briefly dive into some of the specifics on raising chickens, ducks, and quail, as well as the pros and cons for each. and finally, we wrap up with a but of discussion about eggs, their nutrition, how to use them, and how to preserve them! We hope this episode will help get you by until our deeper dive into livestock, and helps get you started on the journey to egg laying poultry.
46:54Today we will be tackling our first ever fruit tree on the show, and what better fruit tree to start with than the ubiquitous apple tree. We've expressed our doubts about the utility of apples in the Revolutionary's Garden, but their presence across every american town and prolific nature make them worthwhile to talk about! We talk about the colonial myths of johnny appleseed, various apple varieites, and some of the diferrences between root stocks, real roots, and dwarf and full sized trees. While we can only briefly cover topics like pruning, we spend plenty of time on mulching, interplanting, and pest control for your apple trees. And of course, if you like this epsiode, be sure to check out our other episode on apple cider, so you have plenty to do with all your fresh fruit!
Food Preservation (Pickling)
36:57A long overdue update to our food preservation series, for todays episode we will be covering pickling. And not just pickling cucumbers, but all manner of fruits and veggies from carrots, to onions, to cabbage. On top of covering the primary forms of pickling, vinegar pickling and lacto fermenting pickles, we also cover other lacto fermented dishes like Sauerkraut and Kimchi! If you like the show, please tell your comrades about us, leave a like and review on itunes, and follow us on facebook. If you can afford it, please consider supporting us on patreon. Our patrons get early access to episodes, bonus content, and a direct line to the REv Garden team. Currently we are doing a special bonus series on socialist agriculture, from the coffee coops of Chiappas, to the citrus plantations of the Soviet Union. As Always our show is produced on Occupied Abankai land, specifically the land of the Kennebec people. We pay a portion of the show's proceeds to the Wabanaki Alliance in the form of rent. Remember, Land Acknowledgements are a good first step, and rents are better, but nothing is a substitute for land back and indigenous sovereignty. Today we would like to recommend The collective organizations food not bombs. While individual organs within the food not bombs network can be hit or miss sometimes, their overall message of bringing the community together to feed people is a good one. I have disagreed with many folks on food not bombs before, but we’ve always been able to come together and do the important work. IF you;re struggling to find a way to start organizing, reach out to your nearest food not bombs for help, as they can be a good start.
Alliance of Native Seedkeepers - Interview with Fix Cain
1:23:39Our first interview of the year, we talk to Fix Cain, co-founder of the Alliance of Native Seedkeepers. Alliance of Native Seedkeepers is an incredible project to reinvigeroate indigneous culture and food ways, primarily by the preservation and revitalization of seedsaving and foodways. This is just a great interview as Fix is a genuinely funny guy, with soem terrific insights. To learn more, or to purchase some of their terrific seeds, make sure to visit the Alliance of Native Seedkeepers at their website and seed store. https://www.allianceofnativeseedkeepers.com
30:20Continuing with our usual winter themes, we are going to cover one of the best winter storage vegetables! With a vibrant taste, and the ability to store for months, onions are a great addiiton to any garden. We cover the history, variety selection, and how to grow and store this perfect root cellar crop.
January Farm Update
15:06Thank you for tuning into this January farm update! While winter is a sleepy time on the farm, we still have to deal with horny goats, crazy storms ripping roofs away, and more! We also update you on the some of the upcoming interview episodes, a bonus series, and much much more.