Organic Farming/Gardening

Tapping a birch tree for sap. Makes wine, syrup, ice cubes for malt whiskey, etc

Amazing video, he has lots of older style tools that need no power other then what you produce from your body. Very enjoyable to watch.


New Invention – Flow: Honey on Tap Directly From your Beehive

It’s the beekeepers dream, turn a tap right on your beehive and watch pure fresh honey flow right out of your FLOWhive and into your Jar! No mess no fuss and the bees are hardly disturbed.


How to Grow Mushrooms

Mushrooms grow from spores, not seeds. You can grow this curious food indoors or out with a little preparation and the right supplies.

Step 1: Pick the right culture
Pick the right culture spores for your skill level — oyster and button mushrooms are the easiest to grow, while shiitake and morel mushrooms can be difficult.

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Search online for the different types of spores and their difficulties.

Step 2: Choose a growing area
Choose a growing area that is cool, dark, and free from pests that may eat or contaminate your mushroom farm.

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The best growing areas are basements or crawl spaces.

Step 3: Apply soil
Spread a dark, nutrient-rich soil evenly over a level growing bed to a thickness of about 2 inches.

Step 4: Sterilize substrate
Sterilize your substrate by soaking it in hot water or putting it in a pressure cooker to kill undesirable fungi and bacteria that can ruin your mushroom batch.

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Different species of mushrooms thrive on different substrates, like straw, compost, wood chips, sawdust, newspaper, or cardboard.

Step 5: Apply substrate
Apply the appropriate substrate or growing medium over your soil to feed your hungry mushroom spores.

Step 6: Implant spores
Implant or inoculate the substrate with your mushroom spores and fine tune the temperature and humidity levels based on the species.

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Some varieties require higher humidity than others. You may need a humidity tent to increase humidity levels.

Step 7: Look for sprouts
Look for sprouting, or “pinning,” after about three weeks. The mushrooms will be ready for harvesting in as little as one month.

Did You Know?
A fungus colony discovered in Northern Oregon may be the largest single organism in the world, covering over 2,300 square acres — that’s about 1,665 football fields.


660 Gallon Rain Barrel & Compost Tea System

This is the last video in my rain barrel system series. The entire system has now been constructed and consists of 12-55 gallon drums to hold 660 gallons of rain water. Four additional containers are below the barrels which will brew compost tea – and then it is pumped back into the rain water barrels to make a 1 part compost tea – to 3 parts water mixture to be delivered to the garden.


Collecting Lettuce Seed

This video goes through the process of collecting lettuce seeds. Towards the end of the growing season, when the flowering process starts you can prepare to collect the seeds. The are some easy quick methods to do this. If you cut of the stem near the bottom you can let the stems and flowers dry, place them all in a pillow case, then beat it around. The seeds will come loose and once you remove the stems and leaves the seeds will be at the bottom. Be sure to label the zip-lock bag so you know what seeds you are planting come spring.