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Laying siberian peashrub hedge English-style – FOLLOW-UP

February 28, 2016 in Gardening, Homesteading, Permaculture by Claude

It’s all good and well to write a post about hedge-laying siberian pea shrub, but then what? Did it live? Did it shrivel and die? Well, I’m glad to say, it lived, and in fact it thrived. Here are some pictures of the first signs of life in the spring after laying the hedge as a hedgerow: It took a
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Building a subsoil plough 1

May 9, 2014 in DIY, Fabrication, Homesteading, Mini-farming by Claude

Last year I set out to build a small subsoiler for my Kubota tractor. The idea was to build a subsoil plough, aka. a Keyline plough or a Yeomans’ plough to improve the soil on our property. Subsoil ploughs, if used in the right fashion can be used to build soil rapidly. About two thirds of the field we have
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Laying siberian peashrub hedge English-style

April 24, 2014 in Gardening, Homesteading, Permaculture by Claude

Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens) is a very popular plant in permaculture, and for good reason: it’s a nitrogen fixer that is fast-growing and makes many flowers that are very beneficial to honeybees. The pea shrub grows several meters tall and makes a good windbreak. It drops its leaves and peas in the fall and creates the best quality soil underneath
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Building a stainless steel apple crusher

October 19, 2013 in DIY, Fabrication, Homesteading by Claude

We have three big old apple trees in our yard. The first autumn after we moved here, these trees produced heaps of delicious apples, and we had no way to use them other than eat them or give them away. There’s only so many apples you can eat without consequence and almost all neighbours have their own apple trees, so
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Blogging anachronisms

August 18, 2013 in Homesteading by Claude

So, in order to get this blog rolling, I’m going to add quite some material on projects I have worked on so far, as well as ongoing stuff, of course. Since the work started about 18 months before the blog, this will lead to some anachronisms, but I figure that it’s better to just add the stories without worrying about
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Welcome to NordicMiniFarm!

August 13, 2013 in Homesteading, Mini-farming by Claude

Hi there! So, this is the very first post an the NordicMiniFarm blog. This is exactly what the Internet has been waiting for: another blog ; ) Seriously though, there is not much stuff out there on mini-farming and permaculture in cold climates. That’s what this blog is all about. Well, that, and a lot of little projects that go
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