LyfeStyle Farms

Home made nutrients

Small scale Natural Farming and regenerative gardening practices

04/14/2023

What a difference a few weeks can make.
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Beds are full, tomato's are flowering, next round of plants is ready to go in the ground.
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Its not often you get nice weather in texas, you have to enjoy it while you can!

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03/20/2023

Finally decided on a spot for my trellis's.
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What do ya think?!
Are they even?? πŸ˜‚πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 03/01/2023

Ice Queen doing her thing!
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Grape Pie x Animal mints by lurking in the background.
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Carrots in the soil for some added aeration and snacks πŸ€™
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Soil, Biology & Nutrients made by me!

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Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 03/12/2022

First day of spring is right around the corner and my backyard plants are crushing it! Swipe to see the next batch of starters.

What are you growing this spring??

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10/01/2021

Okra harvest of the day!
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I need some ideas on how I should cook it. Thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜Š Send over your favorite recipes!

Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 08/20/2021

Find out what CBD can actually do for you πŸ˜‰
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1000mg CBD coconut oils ( highest dose ive seen in a store) will last me about 2 days, and cost about 150-200$.
This is 100$ for 100,000mg. Its not even close.

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Check out & for the more in-depth facts on why you could be getting ripped off when buying your CBD products from other companies. Just because they have the money to sell it ... doesnt mean they should 🀨
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Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 08/15/2021

Getting my tomatoes ready for fall! Black Prince, Big Rainbow, Green Zebra, and Bradywine Pink comin in hot!
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What’s your favorite type of tomato? πŸ…

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Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 08/03/2021

My tomato plants got a little leggy from all this heat!
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Pictured here: Golden jubilee, green zebra, and beef steak tomato's have been in the ground for a little under 5 months. They Produced way more than i expected - almost too much some weeks!! Good thing i love greek salad 😍
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This is my process on getting the soil ready for next round's tomato plants! -
1: Cut the stalk as close to the surface of the soil as possible.
2: Chop up the plant into smaller pieces
3: Cover the top of the soil with the plant material
4: Cover with a Sprinkle of bokashi
5: Water
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When we grow food in our soil - the plant and fruit is what uptakes and stores nutrients we put into the soil. One of the easiest ways to return those lots of nutrients back into your soil - is using the non-edible parts of the plant you grew in that pot, as a top dressing.
This will allow the microbes from your soil to break the plant you grew down into the exact nutrients your next plant can utilize!
You already grew it....Why throw away money???
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Usually done with cover crops - this is called the "chop and drop" method. Highly recommended and a great way to save money on inputs!
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07/09/2021

Experimental IMO3 piles !!
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4 - separate piles of spent grains, coffee grounds, mushroom blocks and wood chips.
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The goal is just to be able to repurpose someone else's waste into a Indigenous ( local and strong ) biological inoculant that can be beneficial for the garden hive as well as people in the Austin area.
Mushroom blocks from a local grower, coffee grounds from a store down the street, wood chips from a furniture maker, and barley from a brewery.
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There have been a lot of issues with this - but powering through, taking lots of notes to improve apon, and just loving the process have been keeping me going!
A few issues im dealing with:
- The spent grain was picked up late, and sat in the sun for a few days. It smelled horrible, full of maggots, and was soaking wet when we first got it.
- It has rained every single day making it very hard to do this on bare ground.
- The spent mushroom blocks chunks go anaerobic on the inside if you dont break them up fully.
- Spent barley - is spent so it has a lot less carbohydrate than are "required" for a proper cultivation of fungi
- Spent coffee grounds make the piles heat up a lot. While i notice more activity in those piles - its harder to stay on top of.
- The piles are 20min from my house so its hard to check on them constantly
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Under the microscope -
-Tons of nematodes! Anywhere from 15-30 per slide ( too many im thinking )
- 1-10 fungal strands per slide ( not ideal )
- Lots of bacterial diversity ( πŸ’ͺ )
- Some soil aggregation ( would like to see more)
- Not a large amount of ciliates but a few 1-5 per slide ( a sign the pile went anaerobic, seing a few is a good sign too many can be bad)
- There was a large amount of 1 type of bacteria in 1 pile ( diversity is key and the goal - so seeing way more of 1 type is a sign somethings wrong)
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Ill be posting more about what is in each pile and my process soon! πŸ€™πŸ€™

Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 06/26/2021

My basil got to be famous for a day 🀩🀩🀩
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Growing food for yourself is rewarding, but having enough to give away is even better!

Whats one of your favorite things about gardening?

06/23/2021

People keep asking me which gym i go too.. mother nature is my personal trainer πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
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Turnin piles at Austin1farm πŸ€™

06/22/2021

Experimenting....
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Lets see what a lil natural farming tek can do to these spent grains...
2- 55g drums of malted barley.
Ill be mixing wood chips, coffee grounds, and mushroom blocks in different amounts, all sourced locally for free 😍
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Stay tuned for what we have cooking up at Austin 1 Farm. Check us out on Facebook if youd like to join πŸ˜„. @ austin1farm
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Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 06/12/2021

DIY Fly Trap!
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My workspace is covered in flies so I did a test with the same ingredients but measured each input differently for each bottle.

Ingredients: water bottle (or Gatorade bottle), dish soap (preferably a fruity scent - flies love the sweets), and apple cider vinegar. Yep, that’s it! Only 3 ingredients and an empty bottle that you were gonna recycle anyway!
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First, cut the bottle at the top near the label but make sure to keep the top half as you will use it in the end!

Next, fill the bottles with about a quarter high with water, then add a sq**rt of dish soap, and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Once those are all added, I used the top of the bottle that was cut off at the beginning and flipped it upside down inside the bottle to allow the flies to go in without having the ability to escape.
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Test 1: This was the best test out of them all. I believe this run was the best because while I was incorporating the soap, I made sure to swirl/shake it up a bit which made the water full of suds.
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Test 2: This test took a little bit longer to work but eventually a few flies took the bait. I believe it was because I added the soap after the apple cider vinegar and the soap wasn’t able to get as sudsy as the first test run.
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Test 3: I added all the ingredients but didn’t mix or swirl anything around. This test was not as successful. This could be because I used the same amounts of soap and vinegar as the smaller bottles and the Gatorade bottle may have needed more due to the size of the bottle.
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Stay tuned as I will be doing more tests with different products to attempt to rid of all these annoying little pesky flies in my workspace!
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Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 06/08/2021

Soil horizons πŸ™ŒπŸ½
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Taking you step by step on this process! I was able to fill this 200 gallon pot for only 35$!! πŸ˜‰
It’s soon to be the next home for my blueberry bush!
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First, I put rocks and all-purpose stone at bottom for drainage. Then I added a layer of local clay and silt (a few earthworms snuck their way in), broken down wood chips and leaves that contain tons of beautiful mycelium from backyard! The leaves and wood chips bring a ton of beneficial nutrients that help the fungal presence already present on the leaves and in my soil mix establish themselves. This also increases diversity!

Next, I mixed up peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, and Texas Native compost manure top soil. This will be the new base of my soil. Then I added my inputs: langbeinite, alfalfa meal, soy bean meal, kelp meal, gypsum, humic acid, and mosquito bits. I also added a layer of pine mulch specifically for the blueberry bush because blueberry bushes like slightly more acidic soil. Lastly, I added soil I had made 5 months ago, compost leaves, and more wood chips.

After everything was mixed, I fed the soil a LIMO tea (liquid IMO). I will let the soil sit for one month and let it work it’s magic!
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06/03/2021

IMO4 - Indigenous Micro-organisms.
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Cooking along nicely! Happy to finally have a better understanding of how to successfully complete this process.
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IMO4 a inoculant of locally collected indigenous soil microorganisms. Used to increase diversity and help restore the soil in your garden back to its natural potential.
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Ill be sharing the way i did this soon, so stay tuned!

06/01/2021

Rain, rain go away, come again.... in a few days so i dont have to water... πŸ˜„

05/27/2021

SVB - Squash vine borer.
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"The borers overwinter in soil as pupae in cocoons. When the adult moths emerge in early to mid-summer, they lay eggs singly or in small groups at the base of plant stems. The eggs will hatch within 1 to 2 weeks of being laid. The larvae will then bore into stems to feed for about 2 to 4 weeks; sometimes they may also bore into the fruit. In northern areas of North America, there is usually only one generation per year; in southern areas, there may be 2 generations"
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This is my first time coming across these gross little things. They were in 2 of my 5 squash plants. Hopefully i got them early enough and the plants pull through.
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How do you prevent the SVB in your garden?
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Ive finally finished my organic homemade pesticide! So ive been testing the amounts my plants like, while also testing the effectiveness it has on different bugs in this area at each dilution rate. Yesterday was day 2 of testing πŸ‘
I hope to have some pretty good info to share with you all at the end of the summer. Ill be testing local herbs and plants on local pests, As well as non local plants and herbs effectiveness.
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Fire ants... im coming for you 😠
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Svb

05/26/2021

Its so nice going grocery shopping in your backyard 😍
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05/25/2021

When you find out what really what happened...

05/24/2021

7 Pot Super-Hot Pepper πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
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They call it "7pot" because its been known to have the ability to spice up to 7 pots of stew with 1 pod.
Ranging from 923,000 to 1.85 million Scoville heat units. Its one of the hottest peppers in the world.
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It made my face sweat just holding them. πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
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Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 05/24/2021

The garden is loving this rain!

Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 05/15/2021

Garden is looking good!
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Chopped the broccoli, lettuce, bok choy, and a zucchini this week
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Need some ideas for hot weather crops to fill my spaces - any ideas?
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04/17/2021
02/15/2021

You can catch me at the terrain park today. Lift tickets are 50% off today!

Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 01/24/2021

Home-made bokashi bran.
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Attempt #2 πŸ˜…
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First time i let it go for 5 weeks ( which is 2 weeks too long)
- This time i am trying out 2 different substrates.
#1 is a mixture of barley, spelt and corn from a local whiskey distiller
#2 is plain wood chipping from a local contractor
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Im mixing about 30ML of my LAB into 1 gallon of water, Added 2 tablespoons of molasses ( food for the bacteria) and mixed it into the substrates until they were both slightly wet. Just enough to squeeze a drop out in between your finger tips.
They're both wrapped in 2 black plastic bags and i squeezed as much air out as possible.
Both are inside a cooler in my garage. A perfect " dark cool place" for them to grow out onto the substrate.
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Check back in 3 weeks to see how it turned out!! πŸ¦ πŸ’š

01/23/2021

How do you start your seeds?
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Its my first time trying one of these out..
I Usually just use small pots and my own soil mix, but in the effort to save time i am experimenting with different ideas. I sprinkled a little on top before pouring the water in and seeding.
Used a S.E.S. ( a Korean natural farming solution) I learned from before to soak the seeds to prep them for their new homes. Excited to see how fast these pop, and the success rate of the seeds in these starter balls.
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Photos from LyfeStyle Farms's post 01/05/2021

My lil starter closet is starting to take off.
- Cucumber
- Black prince, Tomato
- Rainbow, Tomato
- Cantaloupe
- Strawberry
All broke ground this weekend after being put in the soil, January 1st.

Im excited to see how this little starter closet works for me this season. It needs some improvements... but for it being pieces of (junk) pieced together... it seems to be working pretty well. They're in recycled and remanded soil, with some added perlite for extra aeration in their early growth stage.

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