Episode from the podcastChicken Thistle Farm CoopCast

034 Greenhouse gardening and soil fertility, growing livestock feed on your farm, preventing Botulism when canning vegetables

Released Monday, 20th August 2012
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A update light week on the farm with:

No poultry pens to move,
Normal weather for a change on the farm,
Turkeys and layers doing well,
Pigs have their first weigh in.

In the Veggie Patch we talk:

Greenhouse soil fertility and design,
Low tunnel greenhouses you can build,
End of garden season discounts.

In the Coopcast Community:

On a listeners suggestion Andy is trying Oral Ivy.
Sheree asked about growing grain for chickens and supplementing them with veggies/greens from the garden.
Brice suggested we invest in some livestock guardian dogs.

In this weeks Farm U we learn about the science behind preventing Botulism when canning vegetables.The bacteria lives in all soils and we talk about terms relating to it and defeating it when canning:

Spores
Anaerobe
Soil
Pressure and temp
pH