A Peak At Our Spring Garden

Here is a peak at our garden from this past spring.  Bill and Aliana LOVED it 😀

Corn, beans and squash around him, okra, pepper, watermelon and basil seedlings behind him to the right. We also have oregano, aloe, agave, cinnamon basil, chives, pumpkins, turnips, lettuce, beets, carrots, rosemary, roses, and kale growing in other garden beds! We may have moved at the drop of a hat, but we didn’t miss a beat on our spring gardens!


Tip of the Week #5 – Composting Basics

There’s nothing like paying NOTHING for some fertile soil. Let’s get you started…check out our Tip of the Week video and get your starter kit together!

And here’s a list of things you can compost:

Introducing an exciting new addition to Sovereign Living: "Sovereign Living's Tip of the Week"!

The show covers the Blush Family’s quest to become self-sufficient, but we want to make sure we are sharing all our tricks of the trade along the way! The blog provides you with great recipes, advice, and stories and insight from other related projects/news, and now every week we will be providing you with a “Tip of the Week” ranging from gardening tips to how to keep your water safe. Celebrate with us by sharing our debut video today!

Here’s some other combinations!

Thanks for watching! We’ll be back next week…

John's Starter Seeds!

We are starting our third fall here on the Blush Family farm. We’ve had two and a half years of learning hard lessons on this property and we are ready to step things up!

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This year our summer garden of tomatoes, okra, watermelon, and herbs is still producing! Half our strawberry bed from spring was able to over-summer and our asparagus is about to hit its two year birthday!  Not to mention our growing chicken flock has reached over 100 happy free-range birds!

Every growing season we have struggled to keep the chickens out of the garden, to harvest fast enough, and to fight off the crab grass. But things are different this fall. Our slow summer is ending with a bang. A real solution to the chicken/garden gate issue was found, holes in the fencing were permanently fixed and John has put nearly a thousand seeds in the ground.

Our goal is abundance for ourselves, our family, our friends and our community. To have a lot you must create a lot, and this year…abundance will be found. I feel the bonds of dedication growing, the passion and drive returning and a common vision rebirthing. The Blush Family Farm is going to do it right this fall! At least, we’ll try!

Joel Salatin: Treating Farm Land with Care

If you’ve had the opportunity to see a sneak peek of Episode One, you’ll know Bardo Farm is a great example of resourcefulness when it comes to their land and entire ecosystem. More specifically they are constantly shuffling pigs from one area to another to keep the ground fertile and organic, and while it looks like a mess, this land yields bountiful amounts of food for the farm.

Joel Salatin, a farm activist and excellent farmer himself, covers the topic of taking care of your land and soil. This not only benefits your output, but it also helps your neighbors and the future of your land.

Survival Gardening In The Heat

By: Marjory Wildcraft of GrowYourOwnGroceries.com
Growing food in your backyard when its over 100 degrees for more than three months? How do you do that? If you are looking for something more than the usual “mulch and drip irrigation” answer (and don’t get me wrong – mulching and drip irrigation is absolutely the first place to start!)… Find out what the old-timers used to do, what plants will work the best, what not to do (if you can avoid it), and some surprise options you probably have never heard of.


Backyard farmers by necessity: self-sufficient & debt-free


Uploaded on Apr 18, 2011

When Myrna and Earl Fincher married 53 years ago they started farming their yard “out of necessity”. Today, the Finchers make a living selling their organic produce to restaurants and at the local farmers’ market twice a week for much of the year. They had no experience as farmers, but learned by trial and error.

6,000 lbs of food on 1/10th acre – Urban Farm – Urban Homestead – Growing Your Own Food



Published on Mar 20, 2012

Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.

From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year!

To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activites, you can find them at http://urbanhomestead.org

Urban and near-urban farming can be highly productive, causing whatever size of land you have to work with to produce with more abundance. It is time to solve hunger worldwide, through creating local food abundance…. Anyone can do it, once you learn how.

Hugulkultur, It's What's for Dinner!!!

This is a short video exploring Hugulkultur, which is the practice of making garden beds with fallen wood which serves the purpose of retaining moisture and providing nutrients to the plants.  We are currently building a 17 bed hugulkultur garden here on Blush Family Farm and think it is an excellent way to grow food.

Check out the video!!!