Do you grow sunflowers? Many people that do, leave the seeds for the birds. That's a nice thing to do, but you can also keep some seeds for yourself. We grow Mammoth Sunflowers which get about 10 feet tall, and the flowers grow at least a foot across. When the yellow flowers die, the leaves … Continue reading Sunflower Seeds are for the Birds – Not!
Wouldn't it be wonderful to grow your own grapes? Make delicious jelly? Healthy grape juice? FREE wine? The answer is YES! We ordered bare-root seedless Concord grapes and planted as soon as the ground would allow. Here in TN, that was January. We soaked them for a few hours, measured out a straight-ish line, and … Continue reading Heard it Through the Grapevine: Wine, Jelly, and More
THE GREENHOUSE IS HERE! I've wanted this Palram Mythos 6x8 green greenhouse since I can remember. Every time I go on Wayfair, it's not on sale or sold out. Seriously, it's been a few years since I fell in love with it. This is the advertised photo. So pretty! This year, I was anxious to … Continue reading Greenhouse Adventures!
What the heck is a comfrey poultice? Comfrey is a shrub that grows in Europe, Asia, and North America. It has long, thin leaves, clusters of purple/blue flowers, and can grow up to five feet tall. We initially planted some Comfrey on the side of the house to feed to the rabbits. I've heard it … Continue reading Comfrey Poultice. Say What?
If you've never canned anything in your life, tomatoes are the place to start! You don't need a lot of know-how. You don't need a lot of ingredients. You don't need to figure out how to use a pressure canner. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED: Glass preserving jars with lids (quarts or pints)A water-bath canner and … Continue reading A Little Mater Processing Up In Here
I admit it. I've been very negligent of the blog since 2020 began. If you know us, you know we bought our farm July 2019, and you know we had a million plans and ideas. I swear, I had great intentions of keeping everyone informed on how we were doing, what we were raising, showing … Continue reading Crazy Busy 2020
I can't even tell you how much I love strawberries! May is my favorite time of year around these parts, not only because it's Spring and everything is coming to life, or because I finally get the garden started, or because the weather is warmer, but mostly because strawberries are in season. I posted a … Continue reading Strawberries are back!
Can you guess this product from these ingredients? Ingredients: Ground Whole Wheat Wheat Flour Meat and Bone Meal Poultry By-Product meal Beef Fat preserved with BHA/BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole/butylated hydroxytoluene) Salt Chicken Meal Turkey By-Product Meal Bacon Fat Dicalcium Phosphate Brewers Dried Yeast Malted Barley Flour Vitamins (E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, … Continue reading Pantry Ninja: Guess the Product
Of course, one of the main reasons one moves to a farm is due to some good memory or good experience with such a lifestyle. One of my fondest memories as a child was visiting my great grandmother's home. It wasn't grand, as most small farms aren't, but as a child, I thought the place … Continue reading What Will They Say About Us?
I was sitting in the farm office yesterday and heard the loudest, insistent squawking coming from the backyard. It sounded like when one of the hens lays an egg and cackles to let everyone know, but it kept going and going and going. I realized it must be coming from my new rooster, Earl, so … Continue reading Earl 1 – Hawk 0