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Self Sufficiency: Making, growing, mending

Growing your own (free!) food; Making and mending; crafts and DIY; Backyard/allotment livestock; creative independence and lifestyle.



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grass carp farming

I’ve always liked pasture, especially with real, native, mixed species hedgerows and the occasional mature native tree in the field. There’s lots of beef and sheep farming hereabouts (North Cornwall), which is fine, but: a. In an overpopulated world, 500 lbs of of meat per acre every other year seems a small crop; b. Small … Continue reading grass carp farming The post grass carp farming appeared first on pjf.

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agriculture, books, carp, Cornwall, fish, food, gardens, grass carp, photos, popular, self-sufficiency,
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Breeding goldfish in your garden pond

There is a huge amount of complicated ‘advice’ about breeding goldfish – especially food for the very young fish (aka fry). The truth is, unless you want to breed as a business, it’s really easy: Your top priority is to keep your main pond (#1) healthy. The commonest problem with newcomers to fish keeping is … Continue reading Breeding goldfish in your garden pond The post Breeding goldfish in your garden pond appeared first on pjf.

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carp, ecology, fish, gardens, hobbies, nature, self-sufficiency,
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Olympics junk food taste test – learn to (enjoy) cooking!

There’s an entertaining article about food corporations attempting to cash in on the 2016 Olympics, maybe because they believe we’re daft enough to think eating advertised, processed, devitalised ‘food’ in front of the TV will turn US into Olympic athletes by some mysterious process of induction. The author is less scathing than me about fast … Continue reading Olympics junk food taste test – learn to (enjoy) cooking! The post Olympics junk food taste test – learn to (enjoy) cooking! appeared first on pjf.

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advertising, cooking, diet, junk food, nutrition, self-sufficiency,
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organic veg with comfrey compost

The compost experiment I described earlier has been successful, apparently. These are the crops , photographed on 26th May, a few weeks after the very cold weather abated. I’ll take more photos today (8th June) to add later. The potatoes are Duke of York. I dug the first root yesterday and the crop is good … Continue reading organic veg with comfrey compost The post organic veg with comfrey compost appeared first on pjf.

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comfrey, compost, gardens, organic, photos, self-sufficiency,
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Unplugged from the Corporate World

Short story – Unplugged from the Corporate World Nearly two years has passed since Paul exited the commercial world, his caravan on Ivor’s farm is homely, his own plot of land providing most of what he eats, with surplus salads to sell, and Ivor, being a wise old bird with no paper qualifications realises it’s … Continue reading Unplugged from the Corporate World The post Unplugged from the Corporate World appeared first on pjf.

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alienation, banking, compost, corporations, debt, fiction, freedom, organic, self-sufficiency,
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plant-based diet, health and climate change

An academic study has analysed the benefits to the environment and the population of the world that are possible through dietary change. food study Their conclusions: The food system is responsible for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions while unhealthy diets and high body weight are among the greatest contributors to premature … Continue reading plant-based diet, health and climate change The post plant-based diet, health and climate change appeared first on pjf.

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climate change, farming, food, health, organic, self-sufficiency,
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eggs for health

For decades, eggs have had a bad press due to insufficient understanding of cholesterol. There has been more research in today’s news praising the merits of hens eggs, and the over zealous fears of cholesterol. The body makes cholesterol, and manages its concentration. Eggs have many health benefit – especially well-fed and free range (weather … Continue reading eggs for health The post eggs for health appeared first on pjf.

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cholesterol, diet, eggs, nutrition, self-sufficiency, vitamins,
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building a robust hen house on a budget

A hen house I made a couple of years ago. The raised floor is damp proof and rat proof, and it has done a good job.  The uprights are 2″ x 2″, 6″ x 1″ boards for the floor and base, 2″ x 1″ for everything else. The timber is tanalised, except the floor which … Continue reading building a robust hen house on a budget The post building a robust hen house on a budget appeared first on pjf.

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chickens, creativity, DIY, photos, poultry, self-sufficiency,
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non-GMO layers pellets and pond supplies, Bude Cornwall

I’ve tried to buy non-GMO1 layers pellets for my poultry in Bude district, North Cornwall and the farm suppliers don’t stock them. Likewise the pet shops say I’ll have to go to Wadebridge for pond supplies – water filters and pumps, anti fungus treatment for pond fish, etc. The good news is, Stable Door in … Continue reading non-GMO layers pellets and pond supplies, Bude Cornwall The post non-GMO layers pellets and pond supplies, Bude Cornwall appeared first on pjf.

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Bude, Cornwall, GMO, miscellany 1, Monsanto, organic, pets, poultry, self-sufficiency,
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Individual freedom versus corporations

I asked my pal in Illinois why the area he lives is so sparsely populated and yet Chicago (the nearest very big city) is bursting at the seams: “They move to the city for jobs, but … Even the city jobs are few. America isn’t what the rest of the world envisions it to be … Continue reading Individual freedom versus corporations The post Individual freedom versus corporations appeared first on pjf.

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advertising, corporations, debt, education, freedom, housing, matrix, mental health, poverty, self-sufficiency,
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