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
Setting up a garden takes such a long time, but we're off and running! The whole summer, we watched the shadows from the trees and noted the rainy low spots, and we finally made the decision to place our vegetable garden in front of the barn. Since Tennessee soil is so tough to work, we … Continue reading Setting up the Garden (Free is good)
When we had our hog processed, I asked the butcher to cut the hams in half. That is probably the wisest thing I've ever done in my entire life. Do you know how big a whole ham is? Geez. The answer is "HUGE." So, with 1/2 a ham, I can cure and cook with normal … Continue reading Curing a Ham
First, what is a homesteader? The term means different things to different people. Most folks agree with the basic premise that it means living off the land, but the amount of "land" and the amount of "living" varies. Some think it means going completely off grid, while others think it means having just a garden … Continue reading Homesteading: How to Know When You’ve Made it
Before you get in a tizzy that I'm swearing, I'm not. A CHIT is the green sprout that grows from the eye of a potato. One of my favorite parts of farming is planting potatoes! Do you plant your own potatoes? If not, here's the scoop... First, we need to review that day you were … Continue reading Look at this Chit – or – Planting Potatoes
So sweet and yummy! What do you do with all these berries? Make jam, of course! Once you taste your own fresh strawberry jam, you'll never buy store-bought jam again! And, if you've never canned anything in your life, this is a good place to start. It takes about a half hour or so and … Continue reading The Strawberries are Here!
I've been planning to get rabbits to fertilize my garden, but as busy as we are, there has been no time to plan, and even less time to build a rabbit hutch. I've learned after many years of marriage, planning doesn't work very well around here anyway. I've learned just do it now and we'll … Continue reading The Animal Whisperer: The Bunnies are Here!