Monday, June 23, 2014

Container Planting On 10 Acres

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 wrong.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Difficult Goat Kidding

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.

Not yesterday.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Some Help When It Comes to Planting

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.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Predicting Kidding or Why My Goats Think I'm Nuts

4/14/2014 8:59:00 AM
Belle and HeidiI think trying to predict when kids are going to be born is part guesswork, part science, and part voodoo. I’ve been checking the prospective mothers to be and have been stymied. I generally know when they will give birth (I keep my does in with the buck several days to ensure that it took), but honestly,

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Raining (Goat) Kids

4/2/2014 4:32:00 PM
“Goat Baby Alert! Goat Baby Alert!” I woke up to my husband’s shouts.
Lulu's Kids
“Which one?” I asked, but he disappeared and hurried back down to the barn. Just as I barely finished dressing, he had brought two very wet, shivering kids with their umbilical cords still dragging into the house.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kidding-Season Tragedy

As usual, everything is last minute when it comes to preparing. That’s usually because I’m so darn busy doing everything else that by the time I’m thinking about the kids, I’ve realize that the pen I had the does kid in last season is housing waterfowl because a skunk killed three ducks and my best goose. My husband moved the waterfowl in that pen while we planned to live-trap the skunk. Read more: At Mother Earth News

Monday, January 27, 2014

Secret Gardens (via
  The slow food revolution has swept across the country. While restaurants in Europe and elsewhere have been utilizing locally sourced produce, meat and dairy for some time, Americans were slow to catch on. Thanks to activist chef Alice Waters and…