Videos uploaded by user “Ivan Kinsman”
Homesteading (5): How to bottle courgettes (zucchini)
Magda shows you how to use your excess of courgettes for preserving so that they can be eaten through the long winter months!
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Homesteading (23) Homegrown porcini
Magda bought a tube of mushroom roots in gel from a Polish firm in Spring 2009. She squeezed about a teaspoon into each individual hole and then covered the holes with soil and watered them as per the instructions. These wild mushrooms have now appeared in our meadow two years later and we are amazed it has worked! If you want to try this out for yourself, you need to remember that porcini like to grow near hardwood trees, particularly oaks, beech etc. We bought our mushroom kit from this website: http://www.gadar.pl/grzybnie/ (is in different languages).
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Homesteading (46): Cooking with a Tajine - how to
Recipe: * 2 chicken legs/3 chicken thighs roughly chopped vegetables (you can use what you want e.g. fennel, potatoes, tomotos etc.): * aubergine * onions * garlic Spice/nuts/mixed herbs: * zatar (Moroccan) * almonds * lemon balm, loveage, sage, rosemary (available in our herb pot) Mix with sunflower oil/olive oil or a combination. As I said, some recipes add 1/2 cup of water but we don't). Also, marinating the meat/veg. is an option - some recipes just put the fresh meat and veg. straight into the tajine).
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Homesteading (1): How to start homesteading for a semi-self sufficient lifestyle
Ivan and Magda built their house on Magda's Polish grand-parents old farm. The land had been abandoned for 15 years and they have steadily been re-claiming it in order to lead a life of partial self-sufficiency with their two young children during the spring/summer months in Poland. In this introductory video Ivan talks through their vegetable garden. Advice will follow in subsequent videos about following the path to a self-sufficient lifestyle!
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Homesteading (33):Making elderflower cordial
It's that time of year (at least here in Poland) to make our 100% organic elderflower cordial. Recipe: * Boil 1 litre of water/1 kg of sugar to make a syrop. * Allow to cool then add 20 elderflowers, 2 sliced lemons and leave to soak for 24 hours. * Remove the flowers and lemons using a sieve, bring the juice to a boil, put the boiling juice into bottles and close tightly. * You can pasteurise the filled bottles if you want to (stand them on a cloth in a large pan of half-filled boiling water for c. 10 mins)
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House Martin colony
The day our four young house martins flew with their parents; we think they may have double-brooded this year. A description from the RSPB: House martins traditionally built their mud nests on cliff faces. By the 19th century they started making use of buildings, allowing them to expand their range. The traditional nest sites had been all but abandoned by early 1900s in favour of close association with people, which allowed the birds to exploit even urban areas. House martins build nests on outer walls of buildings under the eaves. Exceptionally they can be found inside roofs or in sheds. They are colonial nesters, with an average group size of four to five nests, although large colonies with groups of tens or even hundreds of nests are sometimes reported. Town colonies tend to be smaller than countryside ones. The breeding season runs from May to August when insects are abundant, but some chicks are still in the nest in September. The nest is made of pellets of mud mixed with grass, lined with feathers and vegetable fibre. A new nest is completed in one to two weeks, while repairs to an existing one normally take only a few days. Four or five white eggs are laid at daily intervals, sometimes delayed by bad weather. Both sexes incubate for 14-16 days, and the chicks hatch together. The female broods them for a week, while they are naked and unable to maintain their own body temperature. Both parents feed them. Being totally dependent on flying insects, extended periods of bad weather seriously affect nestling growth and survival. In years of cold wet weather food shortage is a major cause of mortality. However, nestlings can survive for a few days without food by drawing on their large fat reserves and by going into torpor, a kind of hibernation, which reduces their energy requirement to a minimum. The chicks leave the nest at 22-23 days, depending on the brood size and weather. Once fledged, the young return to the nest to roost and to be fed for several days and can remain in the colony for several more weeks before they disperse to join pre-migratory flocks. House martins are frequently double brooded and three broods are not uncommon. Fledged young from first broods often help their parents feed a second brood. Colonies are traditional and nests are usually occupied from one year to the next, although rarely by the same two birds. House martins breed when one year old. Males often return to the colony they fledged from or close by, while females tend to settle several kilometres away. They are short-lived, and most birds only breed for one year, though a few can have five or six breeding seasons. The oldest known wild bird was 14 years 6 months old.
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Homesteading (4): Raising chickens guinea fowl and geese
Ivan and Magda offer practical advice on a chicken hut design, feeding poultry, and what can go wrong with young goslings!
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Homesteading (14): Spring planting and fruit trees (April 2010)
The first video of 2010 showing the vegetable spring planting and some info. about our new fruit trees (apologies for quality of video from 4.34 - 5.14).
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Homesteading (51): Grape and port jam - how to
Recipe: 2kgs homegrown black grapes 500 g. sugar 300 g. port wine 2 tbls. pectin Directions: 1. Remove stalks from the grapes, wash and put them in a pan and add the port. Boil until the grapes are soft and then sieve to remove the seeds/skin. Boil gently then add the sugar and pectin, stirring frequently. 2. After five minutes of gentle boiling, pour into hot sterilized jars and cover with a lid or air tight seal, then turn the jars upside down.
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Tournament for King Casimir the Great's sword, Szydlow, Poalnd
We attended this tournament on a weekend in Szydlow - an area well known for it's plum orchards (in fact, Magda went to a plum festival here in August where they had around 20 different varieties on show, as well as some very potent slivovitz). The town boasts a castle and this medieval tournament was held inside its grounds. The knights battling at the end are amusing ...
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Homesteading (2): Vegetables in July (Poland)
Planting seeds in July, cutting back wild hazel and the neighbour's cow
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Homesteading (44): Siberian blueberries, June berries, Quince et al. (May 2014)
Following a mild winter for Poland, it has also been a mild, although overly wet, Spring with almost no frost. As a result, the fruit trees and bushes are looking very good so it should be a productive year for the garden. The vegetable garden was rotovated and all vegetables have been planted from seed apart from the onions. Vegetables include: carrots, parsnips, beetroot, parsley, onions, radishes, lettuce, rucola, alpine strawberries (yellow and red), yellow and green dwarf beans, Brittany beans (used in a Polish dish 'fasolka po Bretansku, a white bean/meat stew), and peas. Seeds planted in seed trays for May-June outdoor planting include: - red chillis (Macska Piros) - water melon seeds (from Saudi Arabia) - cucumbers - yellow zuchcinni - red tomatoes (Eskort) - red peppers (Topgirl)
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Homesteading (8a): Building a poultry enclosure - part 1
Ivan explains how to build an enclosure for your poultry using materials and tools that are ready at hand (the polish method!). It is ideal for keeping younger chicks seperated from adults.
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Homesteading (19) Bottling cucumbers and winter salad
It has taken a lot of trial and error but we think we have perfected the procedure at last.
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Homesteading (52): Laying a cobblestone floor - how to
We had a wooden garage built but left the floor as sand, that was not ideal, so this is a video showing the laying of a very attractive cobblestone floor.
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Amelia's Slubowania ceremony
Slubowania is literally translated as 'vows'. Kids starting their first year in Primary School do this rather charming ceremony. Don't think there is anything like it in UK or US schools.
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Homesteading (21) Wild mushroom picking
Some insights into the delights of picking your own wild mushrooms! Some guidelines include: * Dress appropriately. Here in Poland one can get deer ticks which can be lethal if not discovered in time. * Adders can sometimes be found in the forest, particularly on hot days near rocks. * Check your mushrooms very carefully. If spongey (pory), they are generally edible (but not always so check your mushroom guide!). Any that have gills (blaszki) are normally inedible. * Best to start picking very early in the day. The season in Poland really starts end of September/October. * Take a sharp knife. Some people also like to use a stick for checking for mushrooms hidden under foliage. * Mushrooms can be eaten fresh or dried for the winter. Good mushroom guides: * Atlas grzybow by Marek Snowarski (Publisher: Elipsa Sp. z o.o.) * Grzyby lesne by Andrzej Grzywacz (Pub. Panstwowe Wydawnictwo Rolnicze i Lesne, Warszawa 1990)
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Homesteading (49): Round wood piles - part 2
3rd and final round wood pile - work in progress
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Homesteading (63): We love September!!!
Fruit picking time! Veg picking time! Great weather - sunny and mild. Life couldn't be better... Fruit trees: Kosztela apple: https://translate.google.pl/translate?hl=en&sl=pl&u=http://beszamel.se.pl/jablka/jabka-kosztele-jak-smakuja-i-do-czego-sie-nadaja,3261/&prev=search Hungarian plum: https://pl.madlovefarms.com/3963-popular-varieties-of-hungarian-plum
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Homesteading (8b): Building a goose enclosure - part 2
Finally, the geese are in their new enclosure and out of the garden!
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Homesteading (67) - An Ode to Aronia!
Everyone should have one or two plants in their garden. Aronia melanocarpa, called the black chokeberry, is a branching shrub with glossy dark green leaves that take on a red color in the autumn; it grows well in the sun and part-shade, forming clumps by means of stems rising from the roots, its flowers are white or pink, they appear at the end of spring and produce black fruits in September. Cultivated as ornamental plants and as food products. The sour berries, or aronia berries, can be eaten raw off the bush, but are more frequently processed. They can be found in wine, jam, syrup, juice, soft spreads, tea, salsa, chili starters, extracts, beer, ice cream, gummies and tinctures. The name "chokeberry" comes from the astringency of the fruits, which create the sensation of making one's mouth pucker.
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Homestead (66): Cox apple variety and tips on how to pick and store your apples
It's apple picking time again! Cox's Orange Pippin - probably my favourite apple: https://www.orangepippin.com/apples/coxs-orange-pippin
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Homesteading (43): Strimming in the orchard, meadow and August garden update
Having been away, a certain amount of work has had to be put into the garden to get it back into shape. If land is left untended, weeds and undergrowth come back in strength, particularly in areas where seeds can collect e.g. around trees, log piles, fallen branches, brambles etc. which is why it is important to keep these clear. I use a Stihl FS-40 strimmer with a 2mm string but will be upgrading next year for something a lot stronger for work in the orchard/meadow. I will keep the smaller one for lighter and more accurate strimming work in the garden. * The plum trees are: - śliwka wegierka (hungarian plum) - stanley prune-plum (oval-shaped fruit with deep purple skin and golden, freestone flesh; tastes great when picked fresh or when dried or canned)
Views: 1131 Ivan Kinsman
Homesteading (13): Goose for the Christmas table
Couldn't resist one more video. Second goose off for dispatch - it had a good life so no regrets. Best method is to catch it, binds its legs, put into a hessian sack for transporting, and then chop its head off. The first goose dispatched weighed in at 6kg and went straight into the deep freezer.
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Homesteading (62): Stihl 200 mm Scratcher Tooth Saw Blade for clearing dense undergrowth (FS 90)
Clearing sloe bushes, hawthorn and blackberry on our border. My son Artur on the camera so apologies for quality of some of the camera work!
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Homesteading (32): Murder in the Cathedral
***Warning! This video's content may deter some viewers!*** Two of our guinea fowl (which we got last year) were murdered by our new, very aggressive guinea fowl cock so he had to be dispatched. The strange thing is all four were living happily with each other until today. Also, he killed both a male and female. Our aim here is to show how to prepare a home-reared bird from dispatching to ready for eating.
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Homesteading (58): Getting the best out of your orchard and what trees to plant
What trees should you plant? How can you best maximise your land area for planting an orchard? See what we have done on our homestead! Additional information: The young tree we were not sure of the name of is called Shipova (Bollwiller Pear)(xSorbopyrus auricularis) and it a very interesting fruit tree. Shipova is an intergeneric hybrid – a rarely seen cross between two different genera. The origin of this fruit is shrouded in mystery. It is known to be an intergeneric cross between Sorbus and Pyrus. It is thought to be a cross between the specific species Pyrus communis, the common European pear, and Sorbus aria, the whitebeam. Shipova is also known by a number of other scientific names. http://uncommonfruit.cias.wisc.edu/shipova-bollwiller-pear/
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Homesteading (64): Update on brush clearing with Stihl 200 mm scratcher tooth saw
Nearly finished clearing the border of our land. In this video tackling some big very thorny sloe bushes and bramble.
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Homesteading (47): Stihl FS 90 (using brush knife)
This is an incredible machine and a big power improvement on my previous FS 40 (that I still use for smaller jobs around the garden). If you need a trimmer/brush cutter for heavier work - requiring a grass cutting blade, brush knife or circular saw blade - then I can definitely recommend it. P.S. Definitely wear safety gear - I should be wearing a shirt and trousers. During this video I also picked up a deer tick.
Views: 24318 Ivan Kinsman
Homesteading (54): Stihl FS 90 straight shaft - 4-teeth grass cutting blade
This blade, which I used for the first time, provides a high mowing capacity in difficult conditions, such as matted and dry grass, ferns and reeds. P.S. I also had a lot of trouble compressing this file for uploading. Tried to use Windows Movie Maker but did not work on 2 laptops. I really recommend Prism video file converter - free and very easy to use.
Views: 7219 Ivan Kinsman
Homesteading (50): Wild mushroom picking
We come across a great patch of 'maslaki' - Jersey cow mushrooms, a wild mushroom which tastes mild and is edible. We will probably dry and bottle most of these for winter . Suillus bovinus: a pored mushroom of the genus Suillus in the Suillaceae family that often grows in a symbiosis (Mycorrhiza) with pine. Description: the cap of Suillus bovinus is initially convex, then flat with a wavy margin and a grey-yellow in colour. The flesh is whitish or yellowish and the pores are irregular and grey- to olive-yellow and generally decurrent to the 4–6 cm tall stem, which is a similar colour to the cap and smaller towards the base. The flesh is very spongy and foam rubber like to the extent that it is often possible to bend the cap double without breaking it.
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Homesteading 59(a): Suppressing weeds in your vegetable garden - no dig!
Find out more about easy, cost-effective methods such as nonwoven fabric for gardens (czarna agrowłóknina) and sawdust for keeping down those pesky weeds! Good vid for checking out what nonwoven garden fabric can be used for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz73FD-Fuuk
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Artur's guitar
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Homesteading 59(b): Results of laying sawdust for weed suppression
We bagged 8 large bags of sawdust from our local sawmill - would have preferred wood chips but homesteaders make do with what they've got!
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Homesteading (30): Update on our poultry
An update on our new chickens and guinea fowl.
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Homesteading (34): June update of the garden
Strawberries galore but that's about it...
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Homesteading (31): April 2012 - the joys of manure
A garden update on a beautiful sunny April morning here in Polska...
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Homesteading (16): Poultry
Amelia learning how to feed the chickensl. The two black ones - Nera - are our best layers - an egg from both every day.
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Homesteading (15): The orchard (May 2010)
Working in the orchard plus blueberries, black/red/white currants, gooseberries, strawberries, thornless blackberry, domestic hazlenuts (cobnuts), different plum varieties,and quince tree.
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Homesteading (26):  August 2011
Weeding, digging over and general clean up of the vegetable garden.
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Homesteading (20): Duckgeese
An introduction to our five new duckgeese (duckgoslings).
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Homesteading (11a): Garden update (Sept. '09) and sauerkraut (pt.1)
Some of the difficulties with organic gardening and starting our sauerkraut production. For a good video on sauerkraut, look at: * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeBlvOa62W8
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Homesteading (6): The Garden - Part 1
Ivan takes you on a tour of the garden discussing the plants and trees and offering some practical advice (which he would have liked when he was planting everything!)
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Homesteading (37): Get Smoking!
First, you need to marinate the meat for between 24 - 48 hours using a special salt (500g:25kgs of meat), pepper and some spices. The proportion of water to meat is 6 litres water: 20 kgs meat. Then you smoke the meat for 5 days. Piotr said that wood from fruit trees is the best to use as it gives off more smoke.
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Homesteading (24): Amelia in the vegetable garden
How young children can enjoy the benefits of home grown produce!
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Homesteading (48): Building round wood piles  - part 1
Round wood piles turn a ugly and perhaps rotting wood pile into something that is a pleasure to look at and helps keep your log pile drier.
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Homesteading (9b): Clearing undergrowth - part 2
Ivan shows you the results of his clearing of a densely-overgrown border (apologies for the poor sound quality in some parts of this video!).
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Homesteading (45): Compost bin made of pallets - How to
This is the simplest and easiest design I have come across. Materials: 4 wooden pallets * 48 wood screws 10cm in length (or nails) * crowbar * electric drill * wood saw * screwdriver 1. Strip 2 pallets to get the individual parts of the fence. Tear 3 boards from the base (i.e. the underside of the pallet) together with the blocks. Remove unnecessary old nails. In one of the pallets, cut off 1-2 boards to form the hole for removing the compost. 2. Place the 4 pallets against each other on a flat surface (best to work with another person as they are heavy). If possible, use the holes from the boards that were removed or simply screw/drill new holes. 3. To make the design robust, use 3-4 screws or 2 nails driven into each wood block
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