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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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/

Ancient food Preservation, Curing Meat, Cooling Your Home, Permaculture Cobb Building YCH #37

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Ancient food preservation

Curing meat the Old Fashioned Way

Cooling Your Home

Sunchokes

Curry Leaf Tree

Permaculture

http://housealive.org/natural-building/youtube-videos/

http://www.cobprojects.info/cob_houses/cob_houses.htm

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/%22Root+cellaring%22+in+the+hot+%26+humid+South.-a064780543

http://www.countryfarm-lifestyles.com/smoking-meat.html

http://www.hurherald.com/cgi-bin/db_scripts/articles?Action=user_view&db=hurheral_articles&id=13393

http://photos.oregonlive.com/photo-essay/2013/08/method_of_freeze-drying_potato.html

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/preserving-food-zmaz70ndzgoe.aspx?PageId=1#axzz2f15VChkO

http://www.countryfarm-lifestyles.com/curing-ham.html

How to Become a Really Good Cook, Breeding Rabbits, Figs and Muscadine on the Farm YCH#35

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I would like to share some very easy things you can do to change your everyday meals into awesome meals.  When I was younger I loved making fancy recipes and baked goods.  And my family loved to eat it.  But I really hated the Ho Hum day to day, bargain basement cooking.  Thank God I never found Hamburger Helper!  Even when I was in Nursing School I would drive home and cook dinner for my family.  It was about a 1/2 hr drive, but they would get a meat, a starch, a green and yellow vegetable without fail.   Then I would turn around and go back to school.  In my heart, I knew my children and husband deserved fresh cooked healthy meals.  Over the years I have learned a lot without really realizing it.  So I would like to to share an example of how to take a simple recipe and make it your own.  We have lots of great meat around here and it is very easy to make great food from that.  But what if you just have some canned meat like salmon or mackeral and you want to make a good meal.  Well here are some ideas. I found this website (that promotes canned salmon) with a whole bunch of recipes.  So I will use one I have made a couple of times.  Here is the link for seafood recipes:  http://www.alaskaseafood.org/canned/recipes/recipes.html

Here is the starting recipe:

SPANISH SALMON BAKE

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

1 can (14.75 oz.) or 2 cans (7.5 oz. each) traditional pack Alaska Salmon OR 2 cans or pouches (6 to 7.1 oz. each) skinless, boneless salmon
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I use coconut oil)
1/2 cup diced yellow onion (I use a small whole onion)
¼ cup diced red bell pepper (Or 3 jalepenos)
2 cloves fresh minced garlic
1 can (2.5 oz.) sliced black olives, drained (or a big can)
1 cup frozen diced potatoes (better yet a fresh potato)
½ cup diced tomato (or a can of rotel tomatoes YUM)
8 large eggs, beaten well ( I will add a whole bunch of chopped spinach next time)
1 teaspoon dried oregano  (or any spice you like – be creative)
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro (OR A WHOLE BUNCH MORE OR AN HERB YOU LIKE)
1 teaspoon salt (to taste this was fine)
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup white cheese, shredded or crumbled (OR more of whatever cheese you like and more if you like)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Drain and flake salmon. Heat oil in frying pan ( I DIDN’T SAY IN THE PODCAST but I use A CAST IRON PAN,  but what else would I use?) over medium heat. Stir in onion, bell pepper, garlic, olives and potatoes. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, until garlic is brown and potatoes are slightly cooked. Remove from heat; evenly spoon potato mixture into spray-coated 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle on salmon and tomatoes. Blend eggs, oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper; pour over salmon. Bake 10 minutes; sprinkle on cheese. Continue baking 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked through.

Makes 6 to 8 Servings.

Nutrients per serving: 302 calories, 19g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 57% calories from fat, 284mg cholesterol, 24g protein, 9g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 928mg sodium, 284mg calcium and 1.1g omega-3 fatty acids.

I made this and tonight I used a large potato – cubed.  2 would have been better.  I used 2 cans of salmon. (The 14.5 oz cans with skin and bone – it’s good for you) I salted the layers and added extra black pepper.  I used 2 tsp oregano. (next time I’ll nix this)  Any kind of Spanish like spice would be better, like chili powder and cumin. I used a whole onion.  I browned the potatoes, onions and I used 3 jalepenos diced. ( if you remove the pith and seed they are not hot – I promise) I used about 1&3/4 cup grated cheese.  I cheated and use the mexican blend. Oh yes and I used a can of rotel tomatoes instead of 1/2 a tomato.  I browned the onion and potatoes in a cast iron skillet. Then added the garlic.  At the end added the peppers , then olives after turning the heat off.  I just left it in the pan and turned the oven on to 400 degrees.  then I added the eggs and spices on top as per the recipe.  I baked it 15 minutes.  then added the cheese and baked another 15 minutes..  It was so good and filling.  Next time I make it I will add some malabar spinach chopped up – as that is what I have growing now.  It will be a full meal by itself then.  I hope this will help someone in giving them confidence and ideas to take a simple recipe and make it their own.  Cooking is so fun.  You just need a  basic idea and then improve on it by your own tastes. Even Ho Hum everyday cooking can be fun and challenging with a little imagination.  And; people start to think you are a wonderful cook, because you are

                FIGS FRUITING NOW AND HOW TO MAKE NEW PLANTS                                                                                                                

Next lets talk about how to air layer a fig tree using a pop bottle and tape.  Here is a video I just love on it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2c3zTPd3EA  He has a part 3 also, be sure and watch it.  If the link doesn’t work his channel is Emory203.  He just cuts the top and bottom of the bottle.  Then cuts it along the side, adds 1/2 Scott’s garden soil and 1/2 Sott’s topsoil.  then he just waits.  And I love the results.   When ready to plant he had a small tree instead of a little cutting.  A great website for fig information is figsforfun.com  Another with many varieties listed is. http://www.treesofjoy.com/fig-varieties-collection

MUSCADINE AND SCUPPERNONG

Our muscadines are starting to fruit.  The grapes just finished their fruiting. I know 2 varieties we have are Dixieland and Supreme.  We have another unknown variety that was mislabeled from the nursery,  I’ll go into detail about that.

BREEDING RABBITS

You have your housing and feed worked out and are ready to breed here are some tips.  Small breed rabbits can be bred at 5 months, medium size bred at 6 months and large at 8 months.  The good news is there is no cycle for the female.  So you can breed any time.  The male will go sterile in extreme heat however.  Bring the doe to the buck and don’t blink.  It all happens quickly and is rather comical.  Nuff said!  Put her back in 8-10 hrs later  in case she didn’t “catch”.  You can weigh the doe at mating time and again in 2 weeks.  If she gained a pound she is most likely pregnant.  After 10 days you can actually palpate and feet the little ones.  On the 27th day put the nest box in.  Gestation is 28-34 days.  A wire mesh box is fine.  In winter just line it with cardboard.  And provide straw or wood shavings.  Use more in winter and less in summer.  The doe will build her nest with straw and fur she pulls from her body.  Don’t bother the doe for a couple of weeks as she may get scared and kill the young.

Calendula

We have a little info on Calendula and a honey infusion of herbs.  And as always What’s going on around here.

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Raising Meat Rabbits on Forage, Fall Gardening, Repairing and Building Computers YCH#34

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Some ideas for forage for meat production rabbits.

from Rise and Shine

Know you poisonous and edible plants.

http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.echocommunity.org/resource/collection/E66CDFDB-0A0D-4DDE-8AB1-74D9D8C3EDD4/Tropical_Rabbit_Production.pdf

Make sure they get enough protein with foods like alfalfa, comfrey, or sweet potato vine.

http://appenzellfarm.com/apzl/Rabbits.html

Ideas and links for your fall garden.

http://www.thevegetablegarden.info/

My computer graveyard.  Ideas on repairing or building simple system

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL3AM0zIdJU

 

Fall Gardening, Tomatoes in Buckets, Comfrey – Beneficial Use and How to Grow It YCH#32

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GROW TOMATOES IN BUCKETS FOR A LONGER SEASON AND

HEALTHIER PLANTS

 COMFREY; IT’S MAY BENEFICIAL USES AND HOW TO GROW IT

YCH#32

Why in the world would one grow tomatoes in buckets one may ask.  Well, here’s the thing.  In my area we have had about 40 inches of rain this year and today is only July 27, 2013.  Normally SW GA. is a great place for growing tomatoes (my favorite garden veggie).  This year however; I have beautiful plants with a lot of rotting fruit.  Tomatoes are a desert plant and don’t do well if too wet.  I was thinking about this problem and remembered one year, because of time constraints, I grew a container garden.  I had the best tomatoes and peppers ever that year.  I grew them in five gallon buckets and earth boxes.  Looking at my drowning tomatoes, I thought I will just root some of those healthy looking branches into a bucket and see what happens.  The more I ponder this idea, the more I liked it… and so the research began.

The benefits of growing vegetables in containers are:

  • More control over the plants when the weather is bad.  As mentioned previously my reason is to dry the plants out some.  They could also be put in an area to receive more water.  Maybe a small area with misters.  If plants need shade from the sun it an be more easily accomplished with small screens, or by moving them to a different area.  When the cold weather comes they can be kept warm with a little staking and plastic sheeting.
  • Prevent diseases and pests such as blight, blossom end rot, nematodes, etc.  Plants can also be easily covered with row cover material to keep out pests.
  • Save garden space.  Tomatoes take up a LOT of space.  If grown in pots, that space can grow more veggies.
  • Protect from critters.  Little critters would be less likely to attack when they can’t hide as well.
  • No or minimal weeding.
  • They can be set at a more ergonomic height.  People with bad backs or in wheel chairs would have a much easier time gardening.
  • They can be moved on a patio or close to the house for closer monitoring.
  • More veggies can be grown in a smaller space by arranging pots in a small area such as a patio.
  • Multiple pots can be arranged for beauty. 
  • Kids can have their own  little pots and will more readily eat what they grow.

Procedure For Growing Tomatoes In Buckets

  • First the BIGGER the BETTER.  Tomatoes like a lot of room.  Small “jellybean”   type tomatoes may be grown in a 1ft square area, but a 2 ft square is better and a five gallon bucket is even better.  Other plant of course can be grown in smaller containers.  Grow bags can also be used.  But don’t use a pot so large you are unable to move it.
  • Healthy soil is needed.  Tomatoes are heavy feeders.  Peat moss or organic mulch can help retain moisture.  The soil can be amended with compost, compost tea, manure, fish emulsion, kelp, etc. to feed those hungry tomatoes.
  • Plant deep and stake.  Plants can be buried right up to the first set of leaves.  When you first plant them, go ahead and put in a stake or basket to support them or they will get ahead of you.  The right kind of support system can also be used as a support for a row cover or plastic sheeting.
  • Place in a sunny area.  8 hrs a day is great, 6 hours will do if full sun.  Light can be amended with artificial lighting.
  • Tomatoes will need consistent watering as they can be drowned with too much and perform poorly with too little. 
  • Don’t grow “upside down”.  It is unnatural and doesn’t hold water well.
  • Choose varieties you like.  Don’t worry if they are determinate or indeterminate.  If they start sprawling too much, they can be pruned and even used as starters for new plants.

If a large pot is used, companion plants can be planted alongside the tomatoes.  If a 5 gallon bucket or smaller is used companion plants can still be in other pots.  This could be a good thing to attract beneficial insects or for beauty.

I also talk about all the benefits and how to grow Comfrey.

Here is the link to all the information on comfrey: http://www.coescomfrey.com/comfrey.html

and their free brochre: http://www.coescomfrey.com/downloads.html

Here is where I bought mine:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/111108395866?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

 

 

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