Edible Water Gardens, Seed Balls, Blueberries, Motherwort, Getting Ready For Spring YCH # 51

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What To Do With All Those Old Seeds – Seed Balls:

A seed ball is also called “earth ball”.  It is a variety of seeds rolled into a ball with clay.  Also humus or compost may be added as microbial inoculants.  Cotton-fibres or liquefied paper may be added to strengthen the outside  to protect the clay ball.  Especially for throwing it or in harsh habitats.

This technique was used in the ancient Middle East, Egypt and Northern Africa.  It was used in Egypt to repair farms after the spring flooding of the Nile.  During World War 2,  a Japanese scientist named Masanobu Fukuoka rediscovered this technique.    He was looking for a way to increase food production without taking away  land allocated for rice farming on the mountainous island of Shikoku.

The basic procedure for making seed balls is 5 parts red clay to 1 part seeds. 1 -3 Parts compost may also be added.  Mix seeds and compost, then add in  clay and enough water to form the balls.

Seed balls have been used all over the world to reseed ecosystems, while avoiding insects and animals and protecting seeds until rain falls.  They can then germinate when the time is right.

Seed balls have become popular with guerilla gardening in urban areas.  And are even available for purchase now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_ball

Here is a link to a cute article on seed bombs. http://www.guerrillagardening.org/ggseedbombs.html

Edible Water Garden

Edible water gardens are:

  1. Sustainable -Once planted, just top the water off
  2. Easy to grow- Very little weeds, no spraying or watering
  3. Beautiful- They add beauty to your yard, balcony or home
  4. Productive- A lot of food can be grown in a small space
  5. Entertaining- You can relax and watch frogs, lizard, birds, dragonflies, fish, etc. interact and listen to water falls or bubbling water.

List of Plant for Edible Water Garden: http://www.ozwatergardens.com.au/edible-aquatic-plants

http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20140209/NEWS01/302090031/Glynn-Barber

Disclaimer:

The following information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither Gale nor I take any responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from implementing the herb and supplement information we provide. I (Divinia) am not a medical practitioner, and while Gale is an RN, neither this podcast, nor her blog is an attempt to practice medicine. The information we provide does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care providers. You should seek the advice of your physician or other health care providers before engaging in any complementary medical technique. This includes the use of natural or herbal remedies. You should be aware that many of the natural remedies we talk about have not been evaluated in scientific studies. Also, the use of some herbs and supplements along with certain over the counter or prescription medications may cause adverse reactions.

 

BLUEBERRIES:

…the why, what, where, and how of Blueberries:

The three kinds I will be planting this year:

Dwarf Nothblue: http://www.gurneys.com/product/dwarf_northblue_blueberry/blueberry-plants

Blueray: http://www.burpee.com/fruit-plants/blueberry-plants/blueberry-blueray-prod000513.html?catId=3048

Healthy Rubel: http://www.gurneys.com/product/healthy_rubel_blueberries/blueberry-plants

…the health benifits of blueberries:

Immune System Booster

http://www.blueberry.org/antioxidants.htm

Vision Improvement

http://www.livestrong.com/article/113796-health-benefits-eating-blueberries/

Belly Fat Loss

http://www.webmd.com/heart/news/20090419/blueberries-may-banish-belly-fat

Bone Health

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2011/110621.htm

Relief/Prevention of Constipation

http://www.livestrong.com/article/356471-blueberries-constipation/

Brain food

http://www.naturalnews.com/news_000576_blueberries_memory_loss_alzheimers.html

Heart health

http://www.uofmhealth.org/News/1113benefits-of-blueberries

Blood Sugar Stabilizer

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=8

Cancer-Fighter

http://www.livestrong.com/article/471692-can-blueberries-shrink-cancer-cells/

Bladder Aid

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20306607_3,00.html

Basic blueberry types include:

Lowbush (cold tolerant, less productive),

Northern Highbush (zone 5-7 or colder),

Southern Highbush (zones 7-10),

Rabbiteye (best for southern growers)

Saskatoon (not a true blueberry, but extremely cold tolerant).

Plant at least two, preferably three variates for best production.

Check with your local USDA Extension Office to find out what varieties are best for you to grow:http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/

Blueberries grow best with an acid soil pH between 4 and 5.5

Decrease soil PH with coffee grinds, peat moss, green pine needles or a soil amendment high in sulfur like Espoma Orcanic Soil Acidifier: http://www.espoma.com/p_consumer/pdf/products/Esp_Soil_acidif.pdf

Use acidic soil loving plants for companions. Here’s a link to a great chart of plants divided by their Acid/Alkaline preference:

http://lazycompost.com/pH.shtml (It’s the ONLY one I found that listed strawberries and cranberries, which is what I will be using.

Laurie over at Common Sense Homesteading has more information on growing, watering and how she keeps birds off her bushes:

http://www.commonsensehome.com/blueberries-growing-the-superfruit/

and another great link for growing blueberries and their benefits:

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/blueberries?page=0,1 

  Motherwort – Leonurus cardiaca

The uses of Motherwort, the doses of Motherwort, the precautions you should take with Motherwort, how to grow Motherwort and other Motherwort information can be found at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonurus_cardiaca

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/motherwort-herbal-remedies.htm

http://herbgardens.about.com/od/medicinalherbs/p/How-To-Grow-And-Use-Motherwort-In-The-Herb-Garden.htm

http://www.health-care-tips.org/herbal-medicines/motherwort.htm

Some of you may need to read Wellness Mama’s tutorial “How to make Herbal Tinctures” if you don’t already know how:

http://wellnessmama.com/8168/how-to-make-herbal-tinctures/

Aqauponics, Resistant Starches, Chlorella, Cod Liver Oil YCH # 50

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Time Stamp For Podcast:

I have decided to try and add a time stamp for the podcast.  it is a little more work, but I believe this will benefit people in being able to quickly find info they are interested in.  Let me know if this is worthwhile to you.

00-28.30 Aqauponics by Gale  Basic system set up and part.  My plans, the cheap and easy way.

28.33-32.00 Resistant Starch/Prebiotics – Gale & Divinia

32.00 – 32.53 Jerusalem Artichokes

32.53-35.44 Cod Liver Oil and rheumatoid Arthritis – Divinia & Gale

36.50-40.14 Chlorella – Divinia & Gale

40.14-43.53 Pet poisoning from old dairy (mycotoxins)  Divinia & Gale

44.04-45.43  Hardy lentil soup Recipe Divinia

45.43-end farm updates, invading dogs. How effective are electric fences, possible option of livestock guardian dog.

Times may be off a little.  edited 3 times.  Thanks audacity!

Links:

Here is nice link that gives a quick easy to understand detailed explanation on aquaponics:

http://www.gardenfork.tv/hydroponics-plus-fish-farm-equals-aquaponics-a-how-to

Aquaponics the cheap way.  Travis Hughey’s Barrelponics PDF: http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/documents/barrel-ponics.pdf

What about food grade grow beds.  An idea for using cheap plastic and making is safer.

Use a food safe liner: http://www.theaquaponicstore.com/6-Wide-Dura-Skrim-s/216.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfrvXtC0Kk0

40 aquaponic growbeds for 13 cents a day http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiHVHdlmRL0&list=PL17i08QeSc5UYNTIShlay17YQfE6jPYP3

Travis Hughey’s site  http://www.fastonline.org/

See the mechanical pump.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLIr3naUzK4

http://thegreenfarmacygarden.com/2013/10/06/jim-dukes-songbook-for-the-2013-aceer-legacy-award/

http://www.japan-aquaponics.com/micro-aquaponics-plans.html

HEALTH

~I found an article that one of our listeners might find really interesting at the healthy Home Economist dot com:

Study Shows Cod Liver Oil Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/cod-liver-oil-reduces-rheumatoid-arthritis-pain/

## and I want to thank Maia for reaching out to me and thank you for all your kind words about Gale and me and this podcast.##

~I found an interesting article on Chlorella at natural news dot com

http://www.naturalnews.com/043663_chlorella_superfood_disease_prevention.html#ixzz2rcQGzJB3

and I believe I will give it a try:

Tablet (for starters to see if it’s worth taking)

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-greenfoods-formulas-broken-cell-wall-chlorella-500-mg-360-tabs

Powder (for after I’ve found it’s worth taking and will add it to juice when I start juicing)

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-greenfoods-formulas-certified-organic-chlorella-powder-90-grams-3-17-oz-pwdr?csi=SWR006&csp=SWR064

PET HEALTH

~Someone posted a warning on facebook about dogs getting strychnine poisoning from eating old dairy products. I found this difficult to believe and found the following abstract posted at PupMed dot gov::

Tremorgenic mycotoxin intoxication with penitrem A and roquefortine in two dogs.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12523480

RECIPELentil Soup

Ingredients:

2 Chicken Leg Quarters

1# Sorted and washed Lentils
1.5# Thawed Frozen Tomatoes (any tomatoes will do)
¼ Cup dry minced onions (any onions will do)
1 TBS. Granulated Garlic
1 TBS Parsley
1 TBS Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Fill dutch oven about ¾ of the way with water, a little salt, and leg quarters. Boil until done about 30 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside (I usually put in the fridge) to cool. Add sorted and washed Lentils and seasoning. Bring to boil for about 10 minutes. When cool enough pick chicken from the bone, large pieces should be cut to be spoon/bite size. Add tomatoes and and chicken to the pot and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes and remove from heat. Leave covered for a while to let the seasoning permeate the chicken while it cools a little. Makes about 6 servings.

teresting article on resistant starch: http://freetheanimal.com/2013/12/resistant-primer-newbies.html

 

 

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
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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

 

 

 

 

Meet Divinia, Herbs, Mushrooms For Medicine, Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar In Livestock, Ruminants Fed on Pasture Only,YCH #42

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CONTACT DIVINIA divinia.featherly@gmail.com

Link to Paul Staments  The Future is Fungi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cwLviP7KaAc

Who needs Obamacare – try the natural Pharmacy

I buy herbs, but want to grow my own.  There are some companies that sell herbs with nothing in them except fillers or something that isn’t even listed.

This one is an overview of some great medicinal mushrooms and info on killing carpenter ants and termites with mushrooms.  Very interesting!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/science/herbal-supplements-are-often-not-what-they-seem.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuHCtRTC8JY

Apple cider vinegar for livestock Health

http://wickslivestock.com/articles-folk-medicine-for-livestock

Paleo Breakfast muffins

Gene Sollock Videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WZZOiwjXYE

http://intensivegrazing.tamu.edu/publications/sheepandgoats.pdf

http://intensivegrazing.tamu.edu/publications/establishyearroundgrazing.pdf

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What to do with all that venison:

http://honest-food.net/2010/08/15/venison-charcuterie/

Rabbit stew recipe

http://honest-food.net/2012/01/06/greek-rabbit-stew/

Raising Rabbits and Meat Chickens with Cris CantinYCH#41

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I have a special treat today.  An interview with Cris Cantin.  Cris is a homesteader that lives on a 1/4 acre in Wisconsin.  She raises most of her own vegetables, meat rabbits and chickens.  She was nice enough to be interviewed and share a recipe and pics of her Rabbit Taj Mahal.  There is also a link to her website.

Green Rabbit Chili (yes, really.)
You’ll need: one rabbit, dressed for the pot, about 3 pounds  maximum; one bottle of good beer; large can of green enchilada sauce;  two small cans of salsa verde; one can of diced green chiles; one large  can of white hominy; one teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, cumin,  coriander; one-and-a-half teaspoons kosher salt; two teaspoons minced,  dried garlic; a couple of dried jalapeno slices or similar hot pepper (I grew these in the garden, and dehydrated them). Start the process by placing the rabbit into the crockpot, and  pouring over the bottle of beer.  Cook all day on low heat, until the  meat is done and very tender.  Remove from crockpot, and chill in the  fridge overnight.
The next morning, pick all the meat from the bones, shred using  two forks, and return to the crockpot.  Add all the seasonings and mix  well.  Add the green enchilada sauce and salsa verde, hominy, and diced  green chiles.  (Note:  I grew a ton of tomatillos one year, and made  vast amounts of salsa verde and enchilada sauce–so much better than  store-bought!)  Stir well, and add enough water until it is a loose soup consistency, around 3 or 4 cups.  Cover and cook on low all day, until  the flavors have combined and the chili is nice and hot.  Serve with  cornbread or biscuits of your choice.
When I’m asked to bring chili to an event, this is my go-to chili  recipe.  Not only is it delicious, and uniquely green, but it gives  people the opportunity to try rabbit meat in an approachable way.  It  always gets rave reviews, even from people who don’t usually eat any  meat!

Just an aside:  I have a little website, that connects in to my blog as well, if you wanted to check it out or share it on your site.  I go on and on about my chickens/rabbits/and everything else, so its almost as entertaining as talking with me!  🙂
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Parasites in goat, sheep foot rot, Gluten Free Pizza, Kim CheeYCH#40

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This week I will talk about update on goats in the ICU.  The  2 babes are back on pasture and looking fat and healthy.  Then my male Boer went down with parasites.  This seems to be an ongoing battle.  He is so thin, he may not make it.  We  put him on the oak leaf diet, with worming, a little feed and daily doses of probiotics.  His stool is starting to return to normal and he has put on a little weight.  He still has a long way to go though.

The rotten feet sheep are back out on pasture too and completely healed up.  Clorox and copper sulfate.  And lots of hoof trimming.  The Barbados and Katahdins are all together now.  And that male Katahdin is extremely happy with his little herom of ladies!

I also wanted to let you know how my corned beef turned out.  It was awesome.  For once when I cooked it I had more meat than cabbage.  and it wasn’t fatty and shrinking down to about 1/2 as the store kind.  It was a little salty, which I remedied by adding water.  My husband and son loved it too.  And we can’t wait to try it with venison.  Like Carl on Slingblade says, put some mustard on it.  Technically he was talking about “fried potatoes”  but you get my gist!  UmHuh!

We tried the Korean Sweet potatoes we  bought in Atlanta and I’ll tell you all about it.  I will definitely try my hand at growing these.

As fall is really starting to come in now it’s time to plan for growing food in the winter.  I walk by my trumpet flower tree and see beautiful yellow trumpets with a wonderful fragrant citrusy smell, and it is hard to believe cold weather is just around the corner.  Then as I walk in the garden and see a little cold damage to the plants and yellowing of the banana leaves I know it is inevitable.  I do still have lots of bittermelon, Malabar spinach going gangbusters.  It even runs out on the ground and my “yard pig” is totally enjoying it.  Also basil, Thai basil, pineapple sage, rosemary, egg plant – 3 kinds, okra, comfrey, horseradish all going strong.  I have been feeding a little comfrey to the sick goats.  Guess I need to cut those herbs and preserve them for later use.  I think my absolute favorite is that Thai Basil.  Cinnamon like anise type flavor.  Man I drop it in my sweet tea and stir fry.  It is so yummy!

Bud grafting and chip budding video http://blip.tv/midfex/tutorial-t-bud-and-chip-bud-fruit-tree-grafting-techniques-350977

With gardening chores mostly behind me, I am turning to new things to do around the homestead.  I love sushi, but it is so expensive.  I have made it in the past and it was a little wonky.  But I tried again after watching several You Tube videos and finding recipes.  I was very pleased with the results.  I also found a recipe for Paleo Sushi.  No rice, just meat and veggies.  I think I will stick to regular sushi though and just have it as a treat.

I have been thinking a lot about the podcast.  And I feel I really need to have more guests on.  I just loved the interaction when I had guest previously.  My computer went haywire and I couldn’t do interviews.  But I am ready to try again.  I would really love to have a co host.  It would be fun to bounce around ideas.  I have been facebooking and emailing people that have impressed me.  And hopefully I will have some good interviews to share.  But if anyone feels they could be a good co host via Skype, I would like to give it a shot.

I have a little project I really want to do.  I have probably 200 spices here.  Needless to say I have some difficulty in organizing and storing them.  I have read some people store them in the freezer.  I know that would be optimal for the spices, but a huge hassle.  So I have been thinking about what spice rack would be best for me.  I have a little stand right now with over a hundred disorganized spices.  I also have more in plastic containers as the shelf can’t hold them all.  I have put them in alphabetical order several times. Whenever I do this they always get inadvertently knocked over.  LOL, as soon as I gave up on this, they have never been knocked over again.  Funny how life is like that. My idea is to put up a magnetized spice “rack”  Basically a large piece of metal covering the wall they are at now.  Then you just glue magnet to the spice bottles and hang them up.  I would like some little fancy shaped bottles.  I just haven’t found what I want yet.  I was thinking I could even make them look like a bee hive or something.  All kind of great ideas.  If you have an idea or suggestion, or a link to some cheap bottles please post it.  I may end up just buying cheapo bottles.  But it would be really nice to get ones like I want. And I would love to have glass – not plastic.

Here is one for the fridge, but much to pricey for 24 bottles: http://fab.com/product/gneiss-spice-hex-spice-set-137747?utm_source=google_pla&utm_campaign=pla&utm_content=Kitchen%20Tools%20%3E%20Spice%20Racks%20%26%20Holders&utm_term=&utm_type=p&ltb=off&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=137747

Well I just ordered 200 hexagon bottles from here https://www.specialtybottle.com/index.aspx  This was the best price I could find anywhere, $138.90 including 40 bucks shipping for 2 oz.  hexagon bottles with gold tops.  I will update you on the next podcast.   I am really excited about making my magnetic spice rack!

I just thought I would write quick blogpost on making Kim Chee as I have had requests for the recipe.  I PLAN to update this later with pics and such.  I hope this helps it is just quick way to get answers.  It is more of a process, than a recipe.  But here is how I do it:

Use a Napa (also called Chinese) cabbage. If you don’t have a kitchen scale just weigh it at the store on their scale.  A large cabbage is usually around 5 # or so.   For each 5# cabbage use 3 TBL. salt (or 0.6 TBL for each pound.)  I am actually experimenting with a little less salt now.  The more salt you use the crunchier it is.  Sometimes it has been too salty.  Of course you can always add more water if this happens.   It must be kosher or pickling salt.  Don’t use iodized table salt.  Cut the cabbage up and massage the salt in.

Add at least 3 inches of ginger root.  Lots of garlic. (Like a whole head)  And add some kind of hot pepper.  I just often us the crushed red pepper.  just mix it all together in a large bowl.  Usually I just mix the cabbage and salt. then add the rest of the stuff in the jar.

You have to press it down really tight. water will start coming up and the cabbage needs to stay under the water.  So weight it down with something.  I use a pimento jar.  I then just put the lid on loose enough to let CO2 escape but tight enough to press the jar down.  If you don’t have enough water building up to cover the cabbage, you can make some up.  For 1 qt of water add 2-3 TBL salt and you can top up any fermented veggies with that.

I cover my jar with a bag to keep the light out.  I then sit it in a plastic dish pan.  Most times when it ferments it will bubble out some liquid.  If you smell a dead rat, it is probably your fermenting cabbage. LOL

Taste it in 2 or 3 days and when it is sour enough put the lid on tight and stick it in the fridge. The warmer your house is the faster it ferments.  You don’t want to do it in a really hot place.  Comfortable room temp is fine. Enjoy and I hope you get hooked like me.  I even make fruit Kim Chee.  It is so yummy!  I am going to add this to the website under the podcast where I talk about fermenting in case you need to find the instructions again

 

 

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