10 Plants YOU CAN Grow IndoorsYCH #47


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!



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




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!




  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!



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


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




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:




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



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.








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



Ancient food preservation

Curing meat the Old Fashioned Way

Cooling Your Home


Curry Leaf Tree










Beneficial Insects for the Garden YCH#27



What benefits can insects have?  The 3 P’s:  Pollination for more and bigger harvest, Products such as honey, wax, silk, and medicine.  Predation on pests.

  • GROUND BEETLES:  These bugs hide under rock, stones, groundcovers, and logs and feed on cutworms, slugs, snails, Colorado potato beetle larvae, root maggots.  They can be black, brown or blue and are large with large pinchers.



  • HOVERFLIES: (flower flies or syrphid flies).  They are similar looking to small bees with gray green  larvae that are similar to looking to slugs. The adults are great pollinators, especially for raspberries and strawberries.



  • HUNTING AND PARASITIC WASPS:  There are hundreds of tiny parasitic wasps, so small they are unseen by the human eye.  They attack pest insects and caterpillars.  Aphidus wasp are about 1/8” long with clear wings and a small waist.  They lay their eggs in over 40 different kind of aphid nymph and mummify them.
  •  LADYBUGS: There are over 400 species in North America and most feed on aphids.  They are attracted to nectar and pollen.  Adults and larvae feed on aphids.



  • LACEWINGS:  Adults can be green or brown and are known for their large crimes wings “lace”.  Adults feed on nectar, but larvae feed aggressively on aphids, caterpillars, mites, moth eggs, scales, and thrips.
  • PREDATORY BUGS:  This is a group of bugs that prey on other INSECTS and caterpillars. Included are:
assassin bug

Assassin Bug

Ambush bugs,  Assassin bugs,  (soldier bugs and  big eyed bugs).  There are many species of    assassin bugs.  They are about ½ “ or larger and have long spindly legs.  The front legs are bristly for capturing prey.   They have a long beak that injects toxin which liquefies the insides of prey.  Then they drink the insides.  Now that is a distinctive drink!  The soldier bugs are attracted to shelter such as shrubs or grass.  They attack aphids, cabbage worms, caterpillars, Colorado potato beetle, cucumber beetle, cutworms, earwigs, Japanese beetles, lace bug, Mexican bean beetle, tobacco budworms,   and tomato hornworms.  Damsel bugs, minute pirate bugs, big eyed bugs, praying mantis, and robber fly are other examples of predatory bugs.

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