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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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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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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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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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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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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It has taken a lot of trial and error but we think we have perfected the procedure at last.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nearly finished clearing the border of our land. In this video tackling some big very thorny sloe bushes and bramble.
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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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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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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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Finally, the geese are in their new enclosure and out of the garden!
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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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***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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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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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.
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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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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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A garden update on a beautiful sunny April morning here in Polska...
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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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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)
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Summer haymaking and ideas for orchard layout
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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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It has been a very mild winter in Poland so lucky to get this snow. The children loved it and I think they get a lot more fun (and memories) out of old-fashioned simple pursuits like this than a trip to the local shopping centre/mall.
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Under the Nazi occupation, the village of Michniów was one of centres of the Polish underground partisan movement. On 12 and 13 July 1943, a population of Michniów was massacred by the German Police units (of the 17th and the 22nd Police Regiments), commanded by Hauptmann Geruf Mayer, for helping the partisans. After the first massacre on 12 July, when 98 men were burned alive in barns, the partisans headed by Jan Piwnik "Ponury", made a retaliatory assault on a train from Kraków to Warsaw at night. On the next day, the Germans returned to continue the massacre. During two days, at least 203 inhabitants were killed - 103 males, 53 women and 47 children. A further 11 persons - the only ones suspected by the Germans for underground activities - were sent to Auschwitz concentration camp, where 6 died. The village was completely burned to the ground.
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