We are preparing the Farm for 2017! WOOT!
So……I didn’t know that every teensy, tiny thing I “pin” to my pinterest also hits my Facebook feed. Yikes! I MAY have broken the Facebooks this month. lol
I’ve been reading a TON of farming books so that we can get this thing done right! 🙂
We did that Once a Month Cooking thing and we STILL have food left! I had set it to feed more people than live here since we typically eat larger than normal portions. But, with sides and stuff we really don’t need to do that (apparently). lol. So, it looks like the $400 we spent for the January Once a Month cooking day might stretch to two months! THAT is impressive! We LOVE the meals, too! Only one of the dinners put us off, but it tasted good….it was a texture thing. Normally I don’t have issues with that but this one was pork in the form of applesauce and it was odd. lol. I think for the next THREE times we eat it, I’ll sear the pork and do it as a roast instead of a crockpot thing….and see how that goes. lol.
I’m back in college….again. lol. It’s really just 2 classes that meet for an hour each on Thur nights. My son can drive me on my bad days when I don’t feel well, since he’s in the classes with me. After July we’ll be able to transfer entirely to online so I don’t have to worry about driving to class even the once a week. With my disability it’s better than way. 🙂 I challenged Munchie to beat me at the Math class. It’s intro to Math/Algebra (yeah, like “place names”, adding subtracting, etc THEN a teeny bit of algebra) and Personal Finance. It’s so easy that neither of us really NEEDS to class, it’s just a pre-requisite we have to take. I figured it’d be WAY too easy to let assignments slip and neither of us needs to take a chance on not getting into the online program so I made Munchie a deal….highest grade wins, loser pays. LOL! (So far I’m the loser, whoops! My instructor was a bit more ridiculous on certain things than his instructor.)
Um, my college offers a certificate in Agribusiness! Oh, it’s SO on! Let’s see, previously I was going to do a Bachelors of Business Management in Entrepreneurial management with a minor in genealogy and computer/web programming. I’ll just add in the Agribusiness! MUAH-ha-ha-ha-HAAAAAAAAA! Plus, the entire degree with all of the major/minors/certificates will still cost less than ONE semester at University of TN – Knoxville. lol!
Holy smokes, I need this! Zera Food Recycler thing! We’re looking at ways to reduce nearly all trash coming out of our house. Between compost and re-utilizing our recyclable trash (soda bottles, cardboard, etc) I think we could get it down to nearly nothing. PLUS save money on the farm! 🙂
This is just one way we can start planting early, use soda bottles, and get great veggie results! http://www.gardengatemagazine.com/49cloche/
I loved reading this blog:
My dear friend finished the tweaks on my logo so it’s ready to publish! She’s awesome! Check out her website: http://www.lattart.weebly.com
Here is the new logo. It’s my new avatar for when I post articles on the blog. 🙂
What’s really funny is that a few weeks later I saw this photo in a magazine. Actually, Bug saw the photo and showed it to me. lol I sent it to my artist friend and she thought it was hilarious. Great minds! 🙂 It’s so close to my Lady Black Thumb logo but not quite. lol
We are reading and studying everything we can get our hands on in order to figure out how best to approach this year. This is a fantastic book that completely changed our business plan. It’s called High-Value Veggies.
We’re taking that information and merging it with several other books and gardening methods. We’re doing a “Back to Eden”/lasagna/hugelkultur/square foot gardening raised bed concept. The idea is that with the self-composting beds with large used nursery planters, with holes poked into them, in the middle of each bed for compost tea and deep-root watering PLUS the large amount of mulch….that the beds will have the nutrients needed for the plants AND be drought-resistant. I watched a YouTube channel for a homesteader very near our home who had fresh tomatoes ripening on Thanksgiving DURING our extreme drought (long after we’d lost everything to the lack of water). So, not only did we have an awful drought, but our water bill was so out of control that well…..That was AFTER they gave us the credit for “summer watering”. But it doesn’t compensate nearly enough! So, we cannot do the traditional “watering” with sprinklers ever again!
We’re also making the raised beds about 2-feet tall, so that we don’t have to bend down as far to harvest. All in all, I think we’re going to have much better luck with nutrients, moisture, and stifling those pesky weeds! 🙂 We’ve budgeted to put in one 8-inch board on each box a month, for Jan through Mar to get us to the 24 inches that we need. That budgets pretty easily and lets us fill the boxes in our own time (and without all of that ridiculous cost!) between now and planting season! 🙂
It didn’t take us too long to get them started. Ssshhhhhh! Don’t spook the teenager, he might startle and stop doing the physical labor help I need him doing! lol!
I’ve been spending so much time on Pinterest, FB groups, and YouTube when I’m not reading schoolwork or farming books. One of my favorite FB groups is:
Oh, and watching the Homestead Rescue show. I saw the one that was titled “Bearanoia” and I loved that! I kept saying it to Kevin and grinning like:
We realize that the Barbie Jeep needs snow tires!
Not that we have snow as of yet, or even see it in the horizon, but it gets slippery in the grass and doesn’t like coming back up the hill. We parental units hates the pushing of the Jeepz up the hillz. lol! Kevin mostly gets to do it. So, now there’s a rule about Jeeping in the mud without appropriate tires! lol
Oh, yes, and we’re researching how to create our own tincture press, herb press, oil press, whatever you want to call it-press.
We need THIS:
And THIS: I NEED to figure out what this thing is called! I need one! lol!
These companies sell something almost exactly the same as this but the price is over $1k. So, Kevin started shopping around. As soon as we get the last few parts I can dig up my sugar beets to see if we can make our own sugar and squeeze/press the pulp to get more sucrose out than just boiling! 🙂
I’m daydreaming of the boxes being done so I can plant seeds in the raised beds with their plastic cloches and pile on the woodchips!
I’m also working really hard on a project. Kevin says I can’t haz the chickens until I’m done! 🙁 But, I WANT this chicken coop!
I’ve FINALLY fixed every last bit of my blog and caught up on the posts. So, I will finally be able to post more often, as things actually come up. 🙂 YAY! It’s been driving me nuts! Everything takes me SO long these days to finish. 🙁 But, it’s finally done so I can post things as they “pop right into my fron”! 🙂