How to prevent apple scabs

Plant a fruit tree guild: a ring of plants under the fruit tree drip-line and rain will drop onto these plants preventing a splash back onto the apples which in turn would create scabbing on the apples.  See: (photo courtesy of tenth acre farm)

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Books we love on wilderness life!

We have read both of these and couldn’t put them down!  We Took To The Woods : “In her early thirties, Louise Dickinson Rich took to the woods of Maine with her husband. They found their livelihood and raised a family in the remote backcountry settlement of Middle Dam, in the Rangeley area” of Maine.

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The other book, is My Life in the Maine Woods: A Game Warden’s Wife in the Allagash.  It tells about Annette Jackson’s North Woods experiences during the 1930s when she, her husband, and their children lived in a small cabin on the shore of Umsaskis Lake.

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Digging a Well

We located a good source of water and dug our well 12-14 feet with the backhoe. We lined it with black plastic pipe, surrounded it with stone and dug a trench to the house to lay the piping.  We sent our water sample out for testing before drinking it.  One of the best kits to get is the Watersafe kit.  It tests for contaminants, bacteria, lead, toxins from pesticides or fertilizer, and more. If the test shows the water is not good for drinking, it could still be used for other purposes such as gardens, livestock and washing, depending on the results of the test.

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Unsalted tuna?

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I don’t remember tuna being so salty as it is now.  I recently bought the albacore tuna and made a salad with it for lunch, noticed the saltiness immediately and was drinking water for the rest of the day!  Yes, you can get unsalted tuna (no salt added), non GMO and line and pole caught.


The Benefits of Corn Silk Tea!


How to make Corn Silk Tea:

  1. Boil 1 tablespoon of corn silk (chopped) in 1 cup of water.
  2. Once it is done, cover the pan and allow it to steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. When it is cold enough to drink, you can add 1 teaspoon of raw honey if you desire. This sweetens the tea for those who prefer it that way.
  4. You can store the remaining tea in your refrigerator for 2 to 3 days

Full of Vitamin C and great for Kidneys, Urine flow, Gout, Blood Sugar, Digestion and more!  See:

Don’t over till your Garden!

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One of my 3 gardens last year… 2nd garden was just for squash and vine plants, the 3rd was for corn and tomatoes and shell beans to climb the corn.  We even grew popcorn!

Here are a few tips for a healthy soil:

How to Promote the Plant-Mycorrhizae Partnership

• Minimize soil tilling (kills earthworms and beneficial fungi)
• Always keep live plants in your beds, even in winter
• Rotate crops within your beds
• Avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers
• Avoid applying too much phosphorus; a soil test every few years is a good idea

Weather Radio is a must for off grid living!

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When you need to know the forecast for your crops, animals or shelter, this weather radio is a must have!  Charges from solar or battery.

March is the time to prune your fruit trees!

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March is the time to trim your fruit trees and nut bearing trees! The pole saw is a necessity.  Trim your apple trees in a Y shape or see instructions on  Trimming will increase your fruit or nut yield!

Quick heat for a barn or shop!

If you have the steel barrel, this kit converts it to a woodstove!  You can also get a grate to put inside the barrel.

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My corned venison recipe for St. Patrick’s Day!

Every year, I make our own corned beef by marinading the venison in a brine for 6-10 days, turning the pieces over every so often.  Our guests swear it’s corned beef not corned venison.  For the recipe, go to:


Came out great!