I have a sow, Penny, that is due tomorrow..... in theory. For tomorrow to be acurate it means that I saw the deed on THE day I have marked on my calander and I didn't miss a midnight rendvous....
I am a very nervous soon to be first ever litter of brand spanking new pig babies! Sure I have had pigs before, even bought them as babies, but these will be my FIRST ones brand spoanking new fresh from the pig kinda babies....
Penny the pig momma has lost intrest in… Continue
Added by Terrie Beech on March 2, 2011 at 4:27pm —
I was talking to my cousin the other day. She and her husband run a small business which requires a lot of miles. Like a lot of folks these days, she's worried about gas topping 5 dollars a gallon due to all the strife in the Middle East. My cousin spends about 600 dollars a month on fuel now. Assuming she's spending 3 bucks a gallon 5 bucks could be bad for their small business. I know for a lot of us that is a very scary number busting our already tight budgets. What some folks are doing… Continue
Added by LizM - Site Moderator on February 26, 2011 at 3:00pm —
Got up at 5am, got tired of staring at the top of the bunk bed. Did some laundry. Fed the kids. Made the little one pretty for his class pictures - sadly, I guess Mom did not get the shot I sent of him before I got his hair done. Swept the floor, made a tablecloth, prettied up the table with said new tablecloth, started more laundry to hang on the line, and was attacked by clouds. They went in the dryer. Naturally, about halfway through the cycle, the clouds went away. Checked the weather.… Continue
Added by Jana Franzen on February 23, 2011 at 11:30am —
So, I've decided that I'm going to do this properly this year, since I've got the time, and the space, and still have no grocery store in town.
I've already bought some seeds, and started some inside.
The big garden is tilled. The boys have cleared off their patches, and raked out the garlic patch. We've dug half of it up - sorry, there's no way we need that much garlic! - and the elder brat intends to plant corn there instead. The little one has chosen… Continue
Added by Jana Franzen on February 21, 2011 at 6:15pm —
This is a response to Crunchy Chickens call for a day of blogging in response to the attempt of the Dervaes Family trademarking the… Continue
Added by LizM - Site Moderator on February 21, 2011 at 5:00pm —
I have been really into this year long blog-a-thon focused on meat preserving skills. Charcuterie and cheese personally has always represented the good life to me. If I was doing well I would always have more cheese and cured meats around. So I was thrilled to hear about Charcutepalooza started by… Continue
Added by LizM - Site Moderator on February 19, 2011 at 3:00pm —
I have the following rooftop farming domains registered and didn't end up doing anything with them. No buildings where I am right now.
Free and looking for a good home.
Added by Eddy on February 9, 2011 at 1:02pm —
It looks like a lot of people around the world are getting tired of our governments either not acting or activly conspiring with international businesess to thwart the purpose of the climate talks. I am much encouraged that so many people are taking over the real work,
Seeing REDD on Climate Change
Added by Pego on February 6, 2011 at 3:51pm —
Winter has finally caught up with Mary and I
We've been sharing the garden and many of the crops I planted for our warm 3rd coast winter are doing just fine. The ice slipped of the rocket and cabbage, leaving them to perk up nicely in the sun. The spinach-mustard and rainbow chard took real damage, particularly when the northern blast ripped loose my late night wrapping attempt, still, they look good to come back. My summer hanger-on plants; peppers, tomatoes and eggplant… Continue
Added by Pego on February 6, 2011 at 2:30pm —
Hi, I need a back yard garden share agreement to use as a model for my group this year. Anyone have one I can use? The one I have is too public land oriented.
Added by plantnation on January 19, 2011 at 11:43am —
I got out this afternoon and collected neighbors' leaves. We have a few of our own on the way, but my tree is a bit later to dump than the ones on the next street. I'm sure it will surprise no one here that I use collected leaves as compost pile material. I also use them to cover over my vegetable beds for the winter. I find cuts down tremendously on weeding in spring. Depending on what I plant, I'll either turn them in, pull them aside and plant right through them, or turn them into the soil… Continue
Added by Betsy M on December 11, 2010 at 6:43pm —
I raise pigs and chickens, all on a very small scale. I raise them as naturally as possible, as free range as possible, as happy as possible. Certifications by outside parties seem to be important to consumers, or maybe I'm making that up in my head.... The chickens are certified by the Animal Welfare Approved org and the pigs will be soon, but is that enough? I found the org Certified Natural Grown and have put in an app to have their stamp of approval on my little farm too..... Both org's… Continue
Added by Terrie Beech on December 2, 2010 at 10:31am —
Last year, I posted a picture of my Jack-o'-lantern online. I grew it myself, but it was still dark green on the outside and orange on the inside. I don't think it was entirely ripe. I carved it into a jack-o'-lantern and put it out on my porch for Halloween night, and got lots of enthusiastic comments about my "black" pumpkin.
I also got one comment that surprised me. I correspond online with various people all over the world, and one person who lives in Venezuela saw my creation.… Continue
Added by Betsy M on October 31, 2010 at 10:06pm —
Hi and thanks for adding me!!
I am a member of our local permaculture guild and transition alaska guilds.
I recently had this great idea for a project in my neighborhood which is to do a community garden in my neighbor hood in order to:
!. Grow healthy foods native and non native to Alaska.
2. Build Community in neighborhood.
3. Help neighbors feed their families.
4. Educate self and others.
5. Help landowners profit from their land. ( which would… Continue
Added by Karen H on October 31, 2010 at 4:34pm —
The Culture of Kefir
The culture around kefir is interesting (no pun intended...) It seems a gifting tradition that goes on and on like the potentially eternal bacterial colonies that are used to make it. My neighbor Lois came by a few weeks ago to surprise me with some living kefir grains. They needed care and she was going to be traveling for… Continue
Added by LizM - Site Moderator on October 28, 2010 at 6:00pm —
Yesterday, I finally got to the community garden that sprung up in town. Even after wandering in, introducing myself to a couple volunteers there, and asking some questions while pulling weeds, I'm still only vaguely clear on whose idea it was, but I think it's affiliated with the university.
At any rate, I pulled some weeds and introduced one of the other volunteers to the joys of Bermuda grass removal. I tried their strawberries (excellent, and still coming ripe in mid October, to… Continue
Added by Betsy M on October 17, 2010 at 9:37pm —
Harvested: 11lb (5kg) tomatoes, some apples, and a couple more cucumbers.
Unplanted: a few hardy weeds, various rusty nails, stones, bits of shredded tarp, and some "gifts" from neighbors' cats.
Planted: fava bean mud pies (I rolled them in mud in an effort to disguise them so that critters don't dig them up), buckwheat, and probably some arugula that came in with the mulch (read: last year's uncomposted compost) I used on the buckwheat.
The tomatoes are cooking down for… Continue
Added by Betsy M on September 26, 2010 at 9:58pm —
Here's a photo of the yogurt I mentioned in the last post. If you're interested in trying it, give it a go. It's not that hard, and once you learn the timing of the heating and cooling phases, you can all but ignore it while you do something else. It's… Continue
Added by Betsy M on September 17, 2010 at 12:14am —
I ate nothing homegrown at breakfast today, but I did eat muesli I mixed myself with homemade yogurt. (No, I never met the cow, just cultivated the bacteria that stick it together.) This is the second week I've made my own yogurt. As lately as a year ago, I was still buying packaged cereals, so this is definitely an improvement.
Lunch was leftover tacos, nothing too special there, but I did grow some of the tomatoes that made up the fresh salsa. A friend of mine grew the… Continue
Added by Betsy M on September 15, 2010 at 9:16pm —
I'm sure that September isn't the traditional time to start a garden, but this is the time I have. This is almost the time it starts raining around here.
I know it should be possible to grow some cool-season stuff, lettuce, beets, and so on. I have a few onion seeds started. I need to try some broccoli and some greens. The peas only just got themselves out of the ground before some local critter decided pea sprouts are edible. Perhaps a second attempt, inside the shelter of a wire… Continue
Added by Betsy M on September 14, 2010 at 8:47pm —