Grow Your Business

This group is designed for individuals that are interested in building a business around gardening, landscaping, and "growing" something.

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Building your own Cold Frame

For gardeners, having a cold frame can really extend the growing season. Here are some simple directions for creating your own cold frame out of old windows. Hope you enjoy!
KarenBuilding a Cold Frame.pdf

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Permaculture, the new future?

Started by Alek Faber. Last reply by Jeremy Obermeyer yesterday. 6 Replies

Growing Shurbs, Trees, or Flowers for Profit... Anyone?

Started by Jim Tetterton. Last reply by Jim Tetterton Dec 29, 2014. 8 Replies

Out of the box ideas

Started by Karen Wortman. Last reply by Alek Faber Dec 21, 2014. 11 Replies

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Comment by Sam Burton on Wednesday

Got most of the garden in. Wow, is it ever small by comparison.  The upside to my downsize is that I've come full circle and am back to a typical backyard scale garden, which is the niche I have had most success writing about and for.  I'm going to do several small quick start guide books for this niche that I think will sell. Stay tuned.

Comment by Sam Burton on April 15, 2015 at 5:24am

Fishin'. Every Man's Dream Job, Damon! I wish you all the best in it. 

Comment by Damon on April 14, 2015 at 7:00am

Thanks for the update, Sam. That's about where I am. I'm not doing any gardening because I have to spend my time fishing, video and making bobbers and rods and such.

Comment by Sam Burton on April 14, 2015 at 5:39am

Will fill y'all in on details later, but it looks like I've decided to close down the farming side of my business.  It's weird, since I just bought the pigs.  Last week I took a 2.5 day retreat to think, pray, write, plan, assess, etc. One of the things I realized is that I can't run two completely separate businesses (writing/publishing and farming) and do either of them justice. Some might, but I can't.  So...I'm putting some roosters and rabbits in the freezer, and selling some others. I'll keep a few hens for eggs and maybe one pair of rabbits for manure. I haven't decided on the pigs yet.  I'm going to sell most of my plants, and raise just enough garden for Brittan and me.  This is a very HARD decision for me, because I love, love, love my garden and animals, but one must sometimes make tough decisions. I really want to focus on my publishing business and continue to help my wife with marketing her growing soap and body product business.

Comment by Sam Burton on March 25, 2015 at 9:01pm

Hey y'all. I've been focused on lots of projects that have kept me away, but wanted to check in. I'm sure everyone is busy with planting, lambing/kidding season, etc. but hello, anyway. It looks like Brittan and I are back in the pastured pork game. Feeder cows just got too expensive for us, so pork is back on the menu. Got some awesome cross bred heritage breeders and a feeder.  No sense wasting our good pastures. Also, we've got quail coming in May. Never a dull moment.

Comment by Alek Faber on January 15, 2015 at 7:00pm

If anyone needs some help with sustainable living and landscaping just give a shout, I'll do the best I can. Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Comment by Alek Faber on January 11, 2015 at 3:41pm

Hello y'all it's been a while, I hope everyone is on there way to purposely create their best year yet! This is a special year for me because I want to be working in my own sustainable landscaping business full time this time next year, which means I have a lot to do and I know I'll need the help from people like yourselves to help encourage and help keep me accountable if I am going to do.

Yesterday, I went to the botanical gardens in fort worth for 4 hours and had one of the most wonderful times I've had in months just walking around off trail with 150+ year old trees enjoying the birds pick the dead leaves and just being close to nature and just thinking about the many wisdoms nature has to offer us. I found one of the giants of the forest laid on the forest floor in half.  I felt like a small child sitting on it. (40" Diameter Trunk this sucker is huge) And then I looked closer and even tho this tree is dead, there is so much life still there! you can see plants growing out of the decaying barking. 

There are a couple lessons here.

I am not sure why this 150+ year old tree died, but something in the system reached a breaking point and the giant fell with a might crash.  

And even tho this was sad to see this death, it makes way for new life! From the plants growing in the decaying bark to the nematodes. Which will one day feed the giants of the next generation.

Are you mourning a change in your life? Are you open and prepared for the new challenges in your next season of life? 

For thousands of years man has lived as a partner with nature, with the mind of borrowing it from our children's children, but, over the past couple hundred years we are disconnected.  Many of us here in this group are here because they have a deep connection to nature and are a sensitive to a breaking point that is coming if we as society don't change or at least want to share the wonder and love of God's footstool. 

I want to lead myself and others to bridge the gap from where we are now to sustainability with a Green Action Plan!  I've started a company, ecosmartscaping, that I want to be a vehicle for that change. 

I am at my own breaking point; it will require the death of my old self that I've been for the past 22 years but it will bring new life! A life that can bring so much more life to myself, others, and nature! 

How would you bring this positive change to a world that needs it?

Comment by Luke Townsley on November 29, 2014 at 8:20am

Damon, I hadn't heard from you for a while. Glad to see you are hanging around!

I like the name catfish pudding too. The only thing is it might give the impression it is somewhat runny, at least in some parts of the country, but that isn't a showstopper.

Dill is a smelly one that is easy to grow around here. I don't know about catching fish with it.

Comment by Damon on November 29, 2014 at 12:35am

Everyone made it through Thanksgiving?

Comment by Damon on November 18, 2014 at 4:19am

Recently been thinking of things I could grow in my garden to use as ingredient for my catfish bait. Garlic is a definite. I'm thinking of fennel or anise or anything with a licorice flavor.

Tried to think of a good name. Friends at church like the name Catfish Pudding:


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