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Walipini, Organizing, Edible Indoor Plants, Soapmaking YCH#48

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Gale’s Show Notes and Links:

http://money.msn.com/now/post–bacon-costs-rise-as-piglets-pay-the-price

Walipini  http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/build-underground-greenhouse-garden-year-round.html

http://www.bensoninstitute.org/Publication/Manuals/Walipini.pdf

3 kind of organizers:  Perfectionist, Functionalist, Creative

Could edible plant be used as decorative.  Crazy idea for curtains from plants.

How is it going feeding dogs real food.  What works for me.

Dog Slaw, sweet potato, green beans, eggs, meat in the crock pot, coconut oil.

http://curedmeats.blogspot.com/2008/08/pancetta-easiest-cured-meat-of-all.html

Divinia’s Notes and Links

ORGANIZATON

 

I talk about the Week 4 of “One Year to an Organized Life”

 

FARM UPDATES

 

There hasn’t been much farming going on around Featherly Farm lately

 

I talk about my plans for starting seeds.

 

SOAP

 

Forgot to talk about soap…opps! Oh well, I’ll have something for the WHAT I FORGOT TO TALK ABOUT LAST TIME category on next weeks show.

 

WHAT I ACCOMPLISHED LAST WEEK

 

I learned the first 11 Hebrew letters  and the three vowels pretty good.  I found a video of the Alef Bet Song…a children’s song…that has been really helpful for me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21-qxk53PvM

 

I have most of the new soap label design completed, and learned how to shrink wrap.

 

Link To Coal/Ash Sifter I made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jawfvMi32OE&list=HL1390761181&feature=mh_lolz

 

 

PLANS FOR NEXT WEEK

1. Learn the last 11 Hebrew letters and the vowels assigned.

2. Finish soap packaging so I can start making sampler packs and hopefully actually make some.

3. Changed plans on library shelf placement so I can get the 2 other shelf units up and holding books     this week.

4. Install clothes rod and getting my dressing room usable.

5. Do the real work on organizing the kitchen as prescribed in “A Year to an Organized Life”

I’ll be limiting my project lists to 5 projects that I will try to accomplish per week so…The rabbit cages that didn’t get made last week will have to wait…maybe they’ll get on next weeks to do list.

 

We’ve touched on the subject of Fodder Systems recently, and I found this great blogger who share’s her grain sprouting for her chickens experiment with pictures:

 

http://www.workdaychickenpictures.com/workdaychickenpictures/Chickens_And_Gardens_Blog/Entries/2010/12/4_Sprouting_wheat_for_winter_chicken_greens.html

 

http://www.workdaychickenpictures.com/workdaychickenpictures/Chickens_And_Gardens_Blog/Entries/2010/12/18_Update_on_sprouting_wheat.html

 

http://www.workdaychickenpictures.com/workdaychickenpictures/Chickens_And_Gardens_Blog/Entries/2011/1/19_A_feeder_for_the_sprouted_wheat.html

Another link pit type greenhouses with lots of pictures of different examples:

 

http://www.inspirationgreen.com/pit-greenhouses.html

 

 

10 Plants YOU CAN Grow IndoorsYCH #47

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What can you grow indoors for food, spice or medicine.

  1. Most any herb
  2. Peppers -turn into little trees
  3. Curry Leaf Tree
  4. Kaffir Lime
  5. Sprouts
  6. Nine Vegetables
  7. Fruits
  8. Grasses for fodder and juicing
  9. Salad greens
  10. Tomatoes  /www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/winter-tomatoes.aspx

Plant of the Week  Elaeagnus x ebbingei – A Plant for all Reasons

ReNeGaDe PiG!  and moving animals from the flood.

Sheep and goats in search of more food.

More reasons to grow fodder in winter.

Home made Deodorant:

  • 5 TBL (tablespoons/ 15cc = 1 TBL; 5 TBL = 75cc )
  • 1 TBL (15cc) Baking Soda  (can use more if it doesn’t burn you.)
  • 2 TBL (30 cc) Bentonite Clay
  • 5-10 drops essential oil of your pleasing
  • Probiotic of your choice
  • Or apple Cider Vinegar
  • And/or Olive leaf extract
  • 6 TBL (90 cc) Arrowroot Powder
  • Some people use cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder.  But Really?  GMO corn in my pitts.  Eeek!

ORGANIZATION

 

Missed talking about the 2nd week of One Year To An Organized Life.

I go back and run though what I missed talking about last week, before I pick back up on it for this week, week #3

 

FARM UPDATES

 

Soap, soap, and more soap.

 

Started online Biblical Hebrew classes last week. (Which is one of my 13 skills from 13skills.com)

 

Warmer Weather!

 

Bumble Foot Chicken – Dottie’s Progress

 

Sick Chicken – Lil Bit’s Progress

 

Coop Chicken Update

 

Rabbitry Update

Link to bottle attachment I use: http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/601430-pet-lodge-earth-friendly-soda-bottle-waterer.html#.Utw1eftMGHs

 

The fans in the floor vents are working beautifully…posted a video on Featherly Farm’s YouTube channel. Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVJvTo2hiK4,

And put a link on the Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Featherly-Farm/346056102119326?ref=hl )

…speaking of…

Featherly Farm’s face book page just passed 100 Likes last night!!!  So excited!

 

PLANS FOR NEXT WEEK

 

  1. Learn required letters for Hebrew Class
  2. Design new soap label, Learn how to shrink wrap soap, and begin getting sampler packs made for friends and family.
  3. Assemble, place, and fill two more library book shelves
  4. Install clothing ‘rod’ shelf in my closet.
  5. Begin making new rabbit cages…ha ha ha…as if!  I’ll be lucky to get part way through the #2 on this list!

 

SOAP MAKING

I explain the difference between Super Fatting, and Lye Discount.

 

Saponification according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponification

 

WHAT I FORGOT TO TALK ABOUT LAST TIME

 

Why I want to make deodorant as well as soap: This is how we got on the Mammogram subject

 

Great blog post on this topic at:

 

http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/

 

Where the blogger lists dangers of ingredients in store bought antiperspirant/deodorant, and they post a recipe for a baking soda free deodorant.

 

I have created a new board on my pintrest page: http://www.pinterest.com/doodlefeather/ for recipes such as this:http://www.pinterest.com/doodlefeather/health-beauty-recipes/

Open Flow Floor Registers with added Fan
to me

Both SFing and discounting lye results in unsaponified oils or fats in the soap because in both cases you add more oils than the lye will react with. Unless you are making soap for household cleaning and plan on wearing gloves to use it, you need to add more oils than will be saponified. Standard for body use is 5%. (I’ve noticed that different lye calculators show different lye amounts for the same SF/discount, Soap Calc and Bramble Berry for example).

When you do a lye discount you melt/combine all oils at one time and equal amounts of the oils in the recipe are left unsaponified, meaning they did not get converted to soap and are in the soap as oil…however, some oils naturally have unsaponifiables…like Canola and Grapeseed.

When you superfat, you choose which oils/fats/butters are left unconverted in the soap (save those unsaponifiables in any other oils used in the base). This is where I add my luxury oils like cocoa butter, and shea butter and things like that

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Backyard.Meat.Rabbits/

My favorite book on raising rabbits on forage:

And his first book which is a great introduction:

And now a 3rd book on rabbits in colonies.  I will talk about it next week.  I do whole heartedly recommend the first two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Reasons To Grow Your Own Fodder, Herbs for Cold & Flu YCH#46

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Reasons To Grow Fodder  For Your Animals or Sprouts for You:

  • Growing fodder uses less water
    • Less water is needed as compared to growing it in the ground.
    • Water can be recirculated through the system
    • Water can be saved and used to water plants.
  • Feed cost is reduced.
    • A 50 pound sack of feed can make 300 pounds of fodder.
  • Less feed is wasted
    • The whole mat is eaten, even the root mat.
  • You can grow a high yield in just a small space
    • By using shelving you can have trays stacked.
  • You can grow fodder for your animals and sprouts for yourself in the same hydroponic system
  • Sprouted fodder has a higher digestibility.
    • Enzymes are increased.
    • The anti nutrient phytic acid is decreased.
  • Sprouted fodder is higher in nutrients
    • Vitamins, minerals, omega 3, and natural hormones are improved.
  • Fresh fodder for you and your livestock 365 days a year.
  • Here is a link: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/sprouted-fodder.aspx

More on Making your own Dog Food:

Is “people” food unsuitable for dog food?  “Experts” from the dog food industry say not to feed table food to dogs.  They say you can’t get the precise amount of vitamins and nutrients.  Hmmm, doesn’t that sound like the lie told to women about breast milk.  Mother’s milk is not as good as  a formula created by a company that just wants to make money. Most vets will tell you: Your pups will die from  salmonella, e coli, perforated bowel, choking on bones.  Sounds pretty grim; but where does this come from.  We have talked before about how bad store bought dog food is before.  have you ever heard of Pottenger’s Cats?  A 10 year study was done way back in the 1930’s on almost 1000 cats.  The cats had a diet of meat, raw milk, and a small amount of cod liver oil.  They were the healthiest rearing healthy kittens year after year.

http://www.westonaprice.org/health-issues/home-prepared-diets-for-pets

http://aulternatives.com/home-care-tips/diets/healing-diet-for-dogs.html

Back to Basics Facebook Link :  https://www.facebook.com/backtobasics2014I like this page and think you will too.

I am really liking this page, lot of interesting things.  Like the orange peel , vinegar cleaner.

I would also like to ask if anyone was able to sprout the curry leaf seeds I mailed out to those that asked. I have 3 little containers with little curry leaf trees.  http://www.logees.com/pages/articlecurry.asp

Herbs For Cold and Flu  Always good this time of the year.  http://www.blueridgeschool.org/herbs-for-colds-and-flus.htm

Olive Leaf Extract and Why I LOVE It  My favorite herb above all the rest.  http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/01/23/healing-power-olive-leaf/

Silky Chicken  A cool chick that’s totally different!  http://www.odditycentral.com/foods/the-dark-side-of-cooking-naturally-black-chicken.html

Lynda.com

 

 

Mushrooms-morel, lion’s mane, turkey tail #45

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  • Things I forgot to talk about last week:

Morel and shaggy mane mushrooms.

New app for mushroom identification:  http://www.amazon.com/NATURE-MOBILE-Mushrooms-PRO/dp/B00AC1Y9KE/ref=pd_sim_mas_1

There is a free version.  I really like having this app on my kindle.

I got motivated again to start and try to identify mushrooms.  I read something that really helped me.  It said to try and learn to identify 6 mushrooms per season.  I was so overwhelmed with the thousands.  But now I feel comfortable with lions mane and turkey tail.  This all started when I found a lion’s mane on Christmas day.  It was a wonderful gift to me.  Lion’s Mane is know as the “smart”  mushroom.  Here is an interesting article by Paul Stamets: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-stamets/mushroom-memory_b_1725583.html

hericium coralloides aka Bear’s Head tooth, hericium eriaceum aka Bearded tooth,

hedgehog or sweettooth is the first one I found on a woodpile of oaks hit by lightning.

I would like to invite anyone interested in identifying mushrooms to the Mushroom Identification Forum on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/117808248330980/465554766889658/?notif_t=group_comment

I have been having a great time with this group.

Moringa, Jicama, and Rutabaga:

Correction from last week.  Moringa is not a legume: http://www.sacredearth.com/ethnobotany/plantprofiles/moringa.php

Growing Jicama  http://greenharvest.com.au/SeedOrganic/VegetableGrowingInformation/JicamaGrowingInformation.html

Rutabaga, I had this all my life but never really appreciated it. I started learning to eat it raw this past year and found it delightful.  I didn’t know it could be eaten raw.  But it is actually mild tasting and low in calories.  Her0e is another point of view:

http://www.thekitchn.com/why-you-should-give-rutabaga-a-chance-183530

Back to Basics Facebook Link

https://www.facebook.com/backtobasics2014  I am really liking this page, lot of interesting things.

And from the above page a link to a different homemade soap recipe :  http://happymoneysaver.com/homemade-dishwasher-detergent/

Dealing with colds and congestion:

The best thing I have found for “sinus trouble” and nasal congestion is the nettie pot.  I have used this for years and love it.  I just mix kosher salt and baking soda (as a buffer) , fill it up with warm water (sometimes a few drops of tea tree oil.)  But everything we do must be done using common sense, so here is an interesting article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/03/rare-infection-prompts-neti-pot-warning/?_r=0

http://www.sinucleanse.com/netipotlanding.htm

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/health_med_fit/despite-two-deaths-neti-pot-use-safe-authorities-say/article_59792cd8-2a9d-11e1-8484-001871e3ce6c.html

http://www.doctoryourself.com/sinuses.html

 

 

 

 

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