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Harvesting Honeyberry Haskap Lonicera caerulea
Harvesting Honeyberry Haskap Lonicera caerulea provides you with an overview of honeyberry, followed by how to harvest and when and some of the uses of...

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Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade part 4
This Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade part 4 goes over the upper section of a large rainwater harvesting system.  The video goes over the Rain...

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Bullhead Catfish in the Farm Pond
This post and video show the Bullhead Catfish in the Farm Pond as well as the blue gill. This weekend I went out to the...

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Epi084 – Blackberry Primocane Blackberry Floricane, Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade part 2
This post covers Epi084 – Blackberry Primocane Blackberry Floricane, Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade part 2, Harvesting Jerusalem Artichoke Sunchoke, Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade...

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How to Open a Swimming Pool Diatomaceous Earth (DE) type filter
How to Open a Swimming Pool is about the procedures I use to open the in-ground swimming pool.  I did a post and video on...

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Propagating Raspberries from Primocanes
Propagating Raspberries is a “how to” on propagating raspberries from suckers of the original mother plant, also known as primocanes. Great Escape Farms is now...

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Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade part 3
Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade part 3 is the third in a multipart series on upgrading my rainwater harvesting system from 1200 gallons to 4500...

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Harvesting Jerusalem Artichoke Sunchoke
This Harvesting Jerusalem Artichoke Sunchoke post explains how to harvest this interesting tuberous plant and how to store and prepare the tubers. Great Escape Farms...

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Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade part 2
Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade part 2 is the second in a multipart series on upgrading my rainwater harvesting system from 1200 gallons to 4500...

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Blackberry Primocane Blackberry Floricane
This Blackberry Primocane Blackberry Floricane post explains and shows the difference between the two canes on this perennial plant with biennial canes. Great Escape Farms...

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Epi083 Great Escape Farms Podcast – Unusual Edible Plants to Grow
This post covers Epi083 Great Escape Farms Podcast – Unusual Edible Plants to Grow in Full Bloom, Permaculture and Homesteading Q and A Series No3,...

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Food Forest Weeding or Forest Garden Weeding
Food Forest Weeding or Forest Garden Weeding is about advantaging wanted plants and disadvantaging weeds in the first two years of a food forest. Great...

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Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade
Large Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade is about my 1200 gallon to 4500 Rainwater Harvesting System Upgrade.  I’m in the process of moving from four 300-gallon...

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More Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent
More Groundhog Repellent and Deterrent gives you an update on the groundhog that I have been waging war with for the last two plus years. ...

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Permaculture and Homesteading Q and A Series No3
This post is Permaculture and Homesteading Q and A Series No3.  Topics covered include; Food Forest Garden Update, DIY Cheap Greenhouse, SureCall Fusion4Home Cell Phone...

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Unusual Edible Plants to Grow in Full Bloom at the Homestead
This video shows our Unusual Edible Plants to Grow in Full Bloom.  We take a walk through the urban homestead and look at all of...

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Epi082 Great Escape Farms Podcast – Food Forest Garden Update, Companion Planting and Fruit Tree Fair Workshop Notes
This post covers Epi082 Great Escape Farms Podcast – Food Forest Garden Update, Companion Planting and Fruit Tree Fair Workshop Notes, Sustainable Homesteading in WV,...

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Pruning Muscadine Grape Vines now for More Fruit later
Pruning Muscadine Grape Vines is about trimming two muscadine grape vines in the winter before they bud out.  Grapes and Muscadines only fruit on new...

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Sustainable Homesteading in WV Spring 2017
Sustainable Homesteading in WV Spring 2017 goes over several topics including an update on the groundhog, organizing the shed, Winter Propagation Bed Transplanting, garden cleanup, and...

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Companion Planting and Fruit Tree Fair Workshop Notes
On Saturday April 15th 2017, I attended the Baltimore City Fruit Tree Fair where I presented a Companion Planting Workshop.  In the companion planting workshop,...

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Food Forest Garden Update WV April 2017
This post is a Food Forest Garden Update WV April 2017.  It shows my two-year-old food forest, goes over some of the plants in the...

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Epi081 Great Escape Farms Podcast – Raspberry Pruning Basics
This post covers Epi081 Great Escape Farms Podcast – Raspberry Pruning Basics, Hardy Banana Spring Preparation, Pruning Overgrown Apple Trees, Permaculture and Homesteading Q and...

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Permaculture and Homesteading Q and A Series No2
This post is Permaculture and Homesteading Q and A Series No2.  Topics covered include first flush downspout water diverter, water catchment, rainwater harvesting, hardwood cuttings,...

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Pruning Overgrown Apple Trees
This video is about pruning overgrown apple trees.  This is not the way that you prune an apple orchard yearly.  The tree shown here has...

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Hardy Banana Spring Preparation
This video is about Hardy Banana Spring Preparation and what needs to be done to prepare the hardy banana (Must basjoo) for spring. Great Escape...

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Raspberry Pruning Basics | Spring Raspberry Pruning | Rubus idaeus
This post is about Raspberry Pruning Basics | Spring Raspberry Pruning | Rubus idaeus.  We first go over the different type of canes, then we...

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Epi080 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi080 Great Escape Farms Podcast – Making Garden Huckleberry Pie, Nursery Operations Keeping Plants Dormant, Indoor Plantings Update, Hydroplanet Fluorescent Grow Light...

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Permaculture and Homesteading Q and A Series No1
This post is Permaculture and Homesteading Q and A Series No1.  Topics covered include transplanting trees, cell phone relay, winter propagation, planting paw paw seeds,...

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Hydroplanet Fluorescent Grow Light Product Review
This is a Hydroplanet Fluorescent Grow Light Product Review.  We will go over the product datasheet and discuss my experiences with this product.  This review...

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Indoor Plantings Update – Plants Started in the Basement
This post is an Indoor Plantings Update from the backyard nursery at Great Escape Farms.  All of the plants I’m talking about today were planted...

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Nursery Operations Keeping Plants Dormant
This post is titled Nursery Operations Keeping Plants Dormant.  It covers what a nursery needs to do if they ship bare root plants to extend...

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Making Garden Huckleberry Pie | Making Wonder Berry Pie
Today we are Making Garden Huckleberry Pie or as some would call it Wonder Berry Pie.  In this post, we give you an overview of...

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Epi079 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi079 Great Escape Farms Podcast – The Week in Review, Transplanting Trees by Hand, Seed Starting Indoors to Save Money, Fruit Trees...

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Michael Judds Round Straw Bale House
This post is about Michael Judds Round Straw Bale House.  Michael explains the construction and efficiencies of his round straw bale house.  They have been...

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Fruit Trees Flowering Early and May Lose All of the Fruit
This post is about my Fruit Trees Flowering Early.  My nectarine and peach trees each have about a thousand buds each that are starting to...

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Seed Starting Indoors to Save Money
This is a Seed Starting Indoors to Save Money post.  It shows you how I plant and grow my young annual and perennial plants indoors...

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Transplanting Trees by Hand
This post is about Transplanting Trees by Hand.  It is more showing how I did it than an actual how to or how you should...

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Epi078 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi078 Great Escape Farms Podcast – The Week in Review, Sustainable Homesteading in Maryland Part 1, Sustainable Homesteading in Maryland Part 2,...

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SureCall Fusion4Home Cell Phone Signal Booster Product Review
This is a SureCall Fusion4Home Cell Phone Signal Booster Product Review.  We give a brief description of how it works, tell you how it boosted...

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Favorite Plant Nursery Magazines and Seed Catalogs
This video goes over my favorite plant nursery magazines as well as my favorite seed catalogs.  Many of the plants in these magazines are also...

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Sustainable Homesteading in Maryland Part 3 – Inside Projects
This is a Sustainable Homesteading in Maryland Part 3 – Inside Projects.  Part 3 is the last in this series and focuses on the inside...

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Sustainable Homesteading in Maryland Part 2
This is a Sustainable Homesteading in Maryland Part 2.  I took the video and it was quite long so I had to break it up...

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Sustainable Homesteading in Maryland Part 1 – Pasadena Maryland
This is a Sustainable Homesteading in Maryland Part 1.  I took the video and it was quite long so I had to break it up...

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Epi077 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi077 Great Escape Farms Podcast – The Week in Review, Herb Spiral with Michael Judd, Marshmallow Althaea officinalis, Planting Paw Paw Seeds,...

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Hardwood Cutting Propagation | Winter Plant Propagation
Today I’m going to talk about Hardwood Cutting Propagation or Winter Plant Propagation.  This is basically a ‘how to’ of rooting cuttings in the winter...

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Planting Paw Paw Seeds | Asimina triloba
Welcome to another Great Escape Farms blog post.  Today we are talking about planting paw paw seeds.  But first, some basics on the paw paw...

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Marshmallow Althaea officinalis Edible Perennial
Marshmallow Althaea officinalis is an edible perennial plant that may have medicinal properties, can be cultivated, but also grows wild in the US. Great Escape...

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Herb Spiral with Michael Judd | Permaculture
Today I have the pleasure of showing you Herb Spiral with Michael Judd and some of the work he has done with herb spirals and...

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Epi076 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi076 Great Escape Farms Podcast – The Week in Review, My Favorite Smoothie Recipe, Mortier Pilon Kombucha Brewing Jar Product Review, Shiitake...

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Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist by Michael Judd
Last month I had the fortune of interviewing Michael Judd, the author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist.  This video is Michael explaining what...

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