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

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