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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. Here is...

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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. My Experience...

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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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Blue Vervain | Swamp Verbena | Wild Hyssop
Blue Vervain is a beautiful perennial flower that is beneficial to good insects and can also be made into a tea. My Experience I do...

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Epi075 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi075 Great Escape Farms Podcast – Moving to every other week podcast and newsletter, Geoff Lawton PDC, Interview with Michael Judd, and...

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Shiitake Mushroom Growing Kit Product Review
This is a Shiitake Mushroom Growing Kit Product Review.  The kit is intended to be grown in the house to get organic fresh Shiitake mushrooms....

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Mortier Pilon Kombucha Brewing Jar Product Review
This post is a Mortier Pilon Kombucha Brewing Jar Product Review.  This jar is designed to do continuous brew of kombucha. My Jar I received...

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My Favorite Smoothie Recipe
This post gives you My Favorite Smoothie Recipe and shows some neat tricks and tips on quickly making smoothies. A smoothie is very customizable with...

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Epi074 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi074 Great Escape Farms Podcast – The Week in Review, Propagating Rose of Sharon, Eating Canna Lily Rhizome, and How To Make...

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How To Make Elderberry Syrup
This article focuses on How To Make Elderberry Syrup using the water bath canning method.  This is a repost from an article I did last...

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Eating Canna Lily Rhizome Like Potatoes
This post is about Eating Canna Lily Rhizome.  We will talk some basics about Canna, then talk about its edibility and move on to how...

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Propagating Rose of Sharon
This post is about Propagating Rose of Sharon.  Here we go over some basics of Rose of Sharon and how to propagate this edible plant....

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Epi073 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi073 Great Escape Farms Podcast – The Week in Review, How to Make Kombucha Part 1, How to Make Kombucha Part 2,...

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Preparing Elderberries for Recipes
This post is about Preparing Elderberries for Recipes.  I originally harvested them and just tossed them in the freezer for future processing.  That future processing...

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How to Make Kombucha Part 2
In How to Make Kombucha Part 2 we get into flavoring and the second ferment where we will bottle the brew and get some carbonation....

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How to Make Kombucha Part 1
This post is about How to Make Kombucha – Brewing the First Batch.  We cover how to brew it, do the first fermentation and discuss...

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Epi072 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi072 Great Escape Farms Podcast – The Week in Review, Transplanting Plant Suckers, Humanure Composting Toilet, and Flash Freezing Bananas. Great Escape...

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Flash Freezing Bananas for Smoothies
This post is about Flash Freezing Bananas.  This can be done with ripe or over ripe bananas to save them for later use.  I use...

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Humanure Composting Toilet
This post is about how to make a Humanure Composting Toilet.  This post gives a high-level overview of what a composting toilet is and how...

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Transplanting Plant Suckers
This post is about Transplanting Plant Suckers. We describe what a sucker is, the difference between a sucker and rooted cuttings and how to transplant...

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Epi071 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi071 Great Escape Farms Podcast – The Week in Review, Cost Effective DIY Cheap Greenhouse, Propagating Goji Berry Lycium barbarum, and Polyethylene...

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Polyethylene Water Tank Repair – Crack
This post cover Polyethylene Water Tank Repair – Crack.  We show you how to repair a crack in a Polyethylene Water Tank, but the same...

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Propagating Goji Berry Lycium barbarum
Goji berries can be propagated via cuttings and seeds.  This post is specifically about Propagating Goji Berry Lycium barbarum via softwood cuttings. We will cover...

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Cost Effective DIY Cheap Greenhouse
This Cost Effective DIY Cheap Greenhouse post shows you how to build a very cost effective greenhouse that is very sturdy and quick to put...

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Epi070 Great Escape Farms Podcast
This post covers Epi070 Great Escape Farms Podcast – The Week in Review, Canna Winterization or Canna Bulb Storage for Winter, SHURflo 4008 Product Review,...

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Red Wiggler Worm Compost Bin Update
This is a Red Wiggler Worm Compost Bin Update.  I did a post and video in October of 2016 on how to setup a Red...

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