Making biochar can either be easy or over complicated. The easy way is to simply burn wood in a pit and then pour either sand or water over it before it turns into ashes. Once it is ashes it is no longer biochar. The complicated way is to burn woodchips in a specialized (expensive kiln).
Our dog, Yaku, was unwanted. She was an Askal, a Filipino term used for dirty stray dogs that don’t have any foreign breed in them. She’s also a female dog, which made her previous caretaker dump her in our land out of fear that she will make babies. She was thin, dirty, and small. Nobody
“A tree can not grow up in isolation” – Masanobu Fukuoka These are simple guidelines for polyculture planting to increase biodiversity. Mixing these 3 “types” ensures the most amount of benefit in time and space. It all starts with the 3 No’s: No plowing, tilling, cultivation, nor herbicides. No chemical nor organic fertilizers. No chemical
Plants are the primary producers Plants among all beings of the Earth have the unique position that they can receive their energy externally from the planet Earth. Namely the Sun, the center of our solar system. All the other non-photosynthetic beings must take their energy from other beings. This is why plants are considered primary
Some people believe that farming is for families. When you think about homesteaders or farmers, they almost always are a family. This is really troubling me. Why? Because I believe Farming is for everyone. Let me tell you something I saw on Facebook that made me sad. There’s a Facebook farming (permaculture) group that I
No natural farming blog is complete without the famous seed balls. I have experimented for quite some time with many different seed ball methods. I even tried to make a seed ball machine similar to a concrete mixer to make seed balls, but the seed ball machine sadly did not work as expected. So far
Sadly our dog Yaku died recently at only 1 year old. I want to write her story here so she will not be forgotten, because in just 1 year she lived a remarkable life. Once upon a time, just after we got our Doberman named Seidr, and just after our 10-year-old Golden Retriever died from
Natural farming and farming, in general is all about the management of organic matter. For those who do not know what organic matter is, it is basically any decomposed and decaying organic matter coming from any biological lifeforms such as dead plants, dead animals, dead insects, but also feces, urine, and so on. The more