How Much Rain Would A Rain Catcher Catch If A Rain Catcher Could Catch Rain?

The girls were practicing their gift wrapping skills.

The girls were practicing their gift wrapping skills.

Sorry I am late yet again but it has been one heck of a busy last couple of weeks around the OKA.  The good news is I have a huge update for you this evening and there are more in the pipe mostly in the way of bee related videos and pics but more on that later.   Continue reading

Other Peoples Trash

Conetainers Planted full of tree seeds.

Conetainers Planted full of tree seeds.

I made friends with a guy from down under, a fellow permie and an aficionado of all things nitrogen-fixer.  We’ve made a couple trades and this go round I ended up with some varieties that are going to be questionable at best for the climate here on the farm.   Continue reading

Sprung!

100 toilet paper tubes planted with tomatoes for our first Farmers Market event of the year.

110 toilet paper tubes planted with tomatoes for our first Farmers Market event of the year.

The last few days I have been getting my chop and drop on. Continue reading

Turns Out The World Is Round

That’s right it’s round and we didn’t fall off of it or anything we’ve just had a really weird and exciting winter.  Never fear though, we are back and in top form.  We will be ramping up the posts because we are going to be ramping up the projects here on Off Kilter Acres.

Late last fall our internet started acting wonky for lack of a better word.  One minute it would run fine the next it was Continue reading

The Rooter Pot Experiment Pt. 01

I saw these Rooter Pots a while back and thought I might like to give them a shot. I made the purchase and then researched them. I didn’t find much on them so I hope that’s not a terrible thing. They are basically a special built tool for air layering. I have tried with a plastic bottle and I have tried with plastic Continue reading

Things Goin On.

Our temporary makeshift rain catchment.

Our temporary makeshift rain catchment.

Ma and I have been hard at work around the farm getting things ready for the upcoming growing season.  I found an ad from a friend on facebook that had these lick tubs for sale for $5 each.  They will serve as a good part of our water catchment until we get something a little more permanent and then we can use them for tree planters and who knows what else.  Maybe a water feature in the food forest.  Hey, that’s an idea!

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Hugel Wha?

Image Credit goes to Richsoil.com

Image Credit goes to Richsoil.com

Hugelkultur is an old German concept/word meaning “hill-culture”. Wood is buried under topsoil (either in a hole or right on the ground) and as it breaks down, it holds lots of moisture and provides sustained nutrients for plant growth.

We’ve been wanting to try some Hugelkultur mounds at some point but I have had a bit of an eyesore that has needed dealt with for a while see in May of 2011 we decided that we wanted to get a few paw paw trees. Continue reading

It’s Gonna Be A Busy Spring Ma!

Image Credit goes to John Kitsteiner of Temperate Climate Permaculture.

Image Credit goes to John Kitsteiner of Temperate Climate Permaculture.

Welcome!  For the last few years Ma and I have really been working towards becoming more food secure and at the same time trying to build our little farm up to a place where we will be able to take it easy once we get older.  Part of that strategy is planting perennials  and lots of them.  We already have a nice lot of fruits and vegetables going but this year is definitely going to be a big Continue reading