I'm not Martha Stewart. I'm not even close. I'm not a vegetarian. But I do care about what I'm eating and what I'm spending on eating. So, I'm eating local. I hunt and fish. I buy from the local farmer's market. I grow my own herbs and vegetables. And I'm raising chickens, geese and turkeys.
This is my blog of my farming and culinary adventures.
night we heard chirping. Loud chirping we’ve never heard before in all
our time living in the mountains. Loud enough to hear over the TV and
over the fans as they worked toward cooling down the house. My husband
muted the TV and turned off the fan. Sure enough, something was chirping
out there. But what?
Tonight we had a fire moon.
I call it that because in the summer when the forest fires start up,
the moon glows orange in the sky. I wish it were unusual in Montana, but
it’s just not. Fires and smoke every year is the norm until a “season
ending event.” Which is usually the first snowfall.
current goat kid tally was a bit dismal: five bucklings and one
doeling. While I don’t have anything against male kids per se, everyone
wants females and bucklings are considered undesirable since they don’t
tell you a secret if you promise not to tell. My sister thinks I’m a
great gardener when in fact, I’m pretty lousy at it. It doesn’t mean
that I don’t get things to grow. I just never get the garden I’ve always
wanted. But, I have learned some tricks that I’ll pass onto you.
You’d think that if you have some 10 acres you’d have a wonderful fields
full of fresh vegetables and fruits. You’d think you’d have a simple
way to create an awesome garden. And if you live where I live, you’d be
If you have dairy goats and plan on getting milk, inevitably you have
to deal with difficult kiddings. Most of the time, you walk in the barn
and there’s mom and her kids staring at you, all dripping from birth
slime. To be honest, that’s how I like it. All I have to do is dry the
kids, tie off the umbilical cord, and dip it in iodine.
In Montana, you have to seriously wait until Memorial Day to start planting. We still get frosts and even snow. One June a few years back we got several inches of snow. Anyway, the author of the post on how to harden off seedlings has this lovely guide for how to harden off seedlings and when to plant your seedlings. So, check it out.