Thursday, April 19, 2018

2018 Gardens

We're all planted!  We have 4 raised beds.  This is my 2nd year of hay-bale gardening.  Dom's first.


In my two bales, I have 3 Sweet Million cherry tomatoes, 6 Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, Greek oregano, and lemon thyme.  I have these surrounded by 3 different types of bush beans.



Dom planted a lot of peppers in the soil.  Hot banana, sweet banana, jalapenos and something new for us this year...garden salsa peppers.



In Dom's hay bales he planted 6 tomatoes.  3 Goliath and 3 Better Boy.  Next to them, I planted a first for me...  Multiplier Onions




The fourth garden contains 50 Italian Heirloom garlic plants.  100's of years old.  These were given to us years ago by a dear friend, Lor, in Ohio.  We replant 50 cloves every Fall.


So Far- so good!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Look, See the Farm!


The publisher was kind enough to send me this book.  As soon as I received it, I gave it to my best friend.  She read it to her 5-year-old granddaughter.  The child was absolutely MESMERIZED.  Wendy tells me that this book is "PRECIOUS".

It's adorably illustrated, hardback and well written.

Look, See the Farm!

Look, See the Farm! is the heartwarming story of two sisters visiting their grandparents’ organic farm during each of the four seasons, discovering the many interesting creatures that make the farm their home. Young readers will gain a look at farm life and the animals living on the farm, as well as discovering the wild birds that thrive there.

Look, See the Farm! teaches children about connecting with nature, as they join Kelsey and Avery in learning about local birds and their habits. Beautifully illustrated, with a universal message and an enduring appeal, let this exciting journey be the start of a newfound appreciation for nature’s beauty!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Growing, Preserving, and Using Herbs

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Growing, Preserving, and Using Herbs   (Lyons Press, April 2018, 978-1-4930-3415-4, $24.95, 288 pages, 7 x 9, 120 Color Photos, Paperback/softback) takes readers through the basics of herbalism, including the different types of herbs and their uses. It also breaks down how herbs are used in tinctures, salves, essential oils, and infused oils. You’ll learn how to efficiently incorporate herbs into your lifestyle, creating your own herbal remedy cabinet for yourself and for your livestock as well. And through encouragement and evidence-based information, you’ll be confident using herbs, cooking with herbs, and sharing your herbal products with your friends and family.


The publisher recently sent me this book.  And just in time for our growing season!  With an array of beautiful photos and easy to read terminology, just about any homesteader, new or seasoned, can learn from The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion, and finally feel comfortable incorporating the many wonderful qualities of herbs around their homes and homesteads.

This book takes readers through the basics of herbalism, including the different types of herbs and their uses. It also breaks down how herbs are used in tinctures, salves, essential oils, and infused oils. You’ll learn how to efficiently incorporate herbs into your lifestyle, creating your own herbal remedy cabinet for yourself and for your livestock as well. And through encouragement and evidence-based information, you’ll be confident using herbs, cooking with herbs, and sharing your herbal products with your friends and family. 

A Note From the Author:
As an herbal homesteader, you should be in a constant state of learning. I don’t know all there is to know about herbs…I’m not sure any herbalist does. It’s like Christmas when I discover a new herb (well, new to me!) and all its uses.

But I equally enjoy expanding my knowledge on herbs that I think I know well. With the driving force of technology and science, we live in an age where we can learn even more about the medicinal properties of herbs. Even more than our ancestors knew. Knowledge expands as the human race grows, it’s not only logical but biblical as well. We are in a constant state of “growth”.

Did you know that the World Health Organization (WHO) is no longer creating new strains of antibiotics? Our bodies have become so antibiotic resistant that even WHO can see that if we don’t start switching to an alternative medicine, we’ll die from modern medicine.

Now is the time to start growing your knowledge. Now is the time to start diving into medicine that you can grow right in your own backyard.

You don’t need ALL the herbs. You don’t need to grow 200 herbs in your backyard. A good 20-30 will do, and only in small batches. Because if you’re already living a healthy lifestyle, typically you aren’t going to need herbs very often. Baby steps….

Herbalism doesn’t have to be ridiculously hard or complicated. Take your time, ease into it. Choose 5 herbs and study the heck out of them until you know them like the back of your hand. Then move on to 5 more herbs.

But here’s the most important part—don’t be held back by just the “basics”, like peppermint, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and basil. There is an amazing world of herbs out there just waiting for you to dive into them. You’ll often see many herbalists using the same herbs over and over again, and for good reason. But don’t limit yourself! You may just find the herb that changes the lives of your, your family, your livestock, or someone you know.

I can help you on that journey, in fact, I’d really love to. Because I was that homesteader who had NO idea where to begin….and now I do!


Monday, April 2, 2018

A Very Pleasant Easter

We invited Cousin Joe for dinner yesterday.

I cooked a 7# Semi-Boneless Leg of Lamb (Makes a great gravy), a Noodle Ring, Spinach Souffle and something new this year...  A Cheddar Sweet Corn Pie.    Also added some mixed frozen veggies to it.  Very good.  RECIPE HERE

Joe stopped in Alabama on the way here and loaded up with Fireworks.  What a great show he put on!

Watched Biblical Movies all day on Friday, Sat. and Sun.  I really enjoyed Jesus Christ Superstar last night.  I grew up hearing that soundtrack. 

We had to be out on the road for 8:30 for Dom's CHEMO in Slidell.  It's going very well.