Good Compost Results

Organic Compost - Papaya

This week in the Flog:

  • Great Before/After Pictures From Compost Series Results
  • See the Power of Good Organic Compost

Earlier this year, I went on this crazy mission to start a big ‘ol compost pile outside on my balcony, even though we don’t have much space out thereā€¦

I ended up using many different composting methods, on a variety of input materials, to come up with a mixed compost that looked wonderful. What were the inputs? Check out the list of composting styles and methods that went into this batch of compost:

  • Cockroach Composting
  • Bokashi Composting
  • Basic Composting – layer style
  • Worm Composting
  • Basic Composting – Coconut Composting
  • Basic Composting – Composting Bokashi

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How to Make Bloom Fertilizer [Part 2]

Make Fertilizer - Fermented Fruits

This week in the Flog:

  • Part 2 of my 3-part bloom recipe series
  • Showing what we do with the leftovers
  • Photos to go with the recipe!

This week we’re covering the second part of the bloom fermentation recipe that I started last week. In case you missed it, you can catch up very quickly, it’s called How to Make Bloom Fertilizer. It’s really fun to make your own fertilizer, and even more fun when you understand the principles and can improvise on the classic recipe. That is what this week is about. Once again in case you missed last week’s you can catch up here.

After fermenting last week, we have solid fruit bits that are left over. […]

How to Make Bloom Fertilizer

Bloom Fertilizer - Fermented!

This week in the Flog:

  • Part 1 of my 3-part bloom recipe series
  • My own twist on the Homemade Bloom Fertilizer recipe
  • Photos to go with the recipe!

Many of my recent Flogs have covered how to make the recipes on the site – it’s just totally different to see pictures of the recipes in action. I think those can clear up a lot of confusion and help inspire people to try making these recipes. The articles have been fun to write and people have really loved them. This makes me happy – needless to say. In case you missed them, the last two were on How to Prepare Lacto, and How to Make Fish Fertilizer.

I’ve also […]

Fish Fertilizer Preparation

fish fertilizer - final product

This week in the Flog:

  • Making Fish Fertilizer
  • Photos to go with the recipe!

Some time ago I finally ran out of the fish fertilizer I made last year. Time for a new batch! I documented the process for all those interested in seeing this awesome recipe in action!

Homemade fish fertilizer is an organic fertilizing solution that allows you to move away from petroleum-based commercial fertilizer. It is made from fish which is one of the very best sources of macro- and micro-nutrients for healthy growing plants. You can make it yourself with very limited resources. And it is SCENTLESS. We have an awesome recipe on how to make it here.

In my current living situation, […]

Lacto Preparation

Lacto Serum - curds and whey

This week in the Flog:

  • Making Lactobacillus Serum
  • Photos to go with the recipe!

I finally ran out of lacto serum! It gives me an opportunity to finally publish pictures to go with this recipe. So let’s look at the process from start to finish with pictures.

I didn’t have rice wash handy for the first step. But I did have cheerios. There you go, great carbohydrate source. Not as ideal as a bran cereal or rice wash, but it will do just fine for the purpose of attracting wild microbes. Here is the ‘rice wash vessel’ with at least half air, and open on top. I left the Cheerios in for about 5 minutes, until they started […]

Balcony Garden Update

Balcony Garden Planters

This week in the Flog:

  • A look back
  • The latest garden photos

It’s been a great adventure so far on the balcony garden. There have successes and failures of epic proportions.

I’m kinda amazed at how much I’ve been able to grow in those little planters. I haven’t ever used traditional fertilizer, and I’ve cut back monster plants any number of times. Every time I cut them back, they come back just as big and strong, it’s impressive.

I’m also impressed with how voracious the insects are. There have been whitefly hordes, spider mite invasions, broad mite infestations and even aphid attacks. Whole sections of the garden have succumbed to the onslaught! I’ve managed to keep a […]

Easy Propagation 1

Easy Propagation - the cuttings

This week in the Flog:

  • Easy Propagation!
  • The first in a series on propagation techniques

Just a quick flog this week on easy propagation. Note, there are many ways to propagate a plant, I’m going to cover several of them in this “propagation series”. Here’s an easy way I practice periodically.

So you have a shrub or vegetable or bush or whatever, and you just love it, so much in fact that you want to clone it. Like some kind of mAd sCiEntIsT. Well it’s neat, in our gardens we get to be mad scientists all the time, muahahahaha…

What’s an easy way to clone a plant? Rip off a branch and plant it! This is a very […]

Happy New Year!

This week in the Flog:

  • Happy New Year!
  • This week: Healthy Eating Today

Happy New Year from the Unconventional Farmer! We are determined to make 2014 the best year yet for the ‘Farmer. I have big plans for this site – we’ve barely scratched the surface and I’m incredibly excited for what’s on the books for this year. Stick around and you’ll see! Sign up for the Flog at right to get our weekly updates, and specials reserved for members only, including new Recipes not yet released!

This week’s post is a little farther afield, but still important to us as unconventional farmers. We farm to provide clean healthy food to our families and friends, while protecting and […]

Cockroach Composting

Cockroach Composting - Part 5

This week in the Flog:

  • Article 1 of The Unconventional Composting Series
  • This week: Cockroach Composting!

For most people like you and me, composting serves two main purposes – eliminate food wastes biologically rather than wastefully(landfill), and create nice rich nutrients for plants. You can use all kinds of methods to accomplish those goals, and this article is a great example of that. Cockroaches! Yes, cockroaches are incredible composters. Truly amazing, they will eat anything and everything you put in there, reproduce like crazy, and have virtually NO SMELL. I know it’s shocking to think of cockroaches as being a clean detritivore, but it’s true.

Why are cockroaches great composters:

  • Extremely durable (hard to kill)
  • Eat […]

Back to the Future

Patio Garden - Calamansi

This week in the Flog:

  • First look at the balcony after my 2 month trip
  • Covering the good and the bad of the garden

Hah – what an aptly named post. I was away on a trip to the States for two months visiting family, celebrating my wedding with my wonderful wife, working, and playing in other peoples’ gardens. On our return I got to check out the balcony garden after 2 months of [partial] neglect.

I left simple instructions with a friend to water every other day, spray with Mitey Spray once per week, and that’s about it. Since the garden had some space in it, I planted some seeds the day I left. Peas, beans, watermelon […]