Welcome to MY ADVENTURE OF DAILY LIFE. I have long since wanted and been encouraged to document the plethora of items I work on, learn, and in general tinker with. I travel and experience new things far and wide and love to share what I gain from them. Here I am sharing with you not just the amazing but the every day as well. They may not fall under the category of "daring adventure" but I am usually having a blast doing them. Enjoy!
With me, doing things a better, easier way is always taken into consideration.
I have been doing a fair amount of reading about how today's agriculture is very hard on our soils and the people who work the land. There have been great improvements like the heavy hay mulch in the garden and crop rotation but the question still begs to be answered: Can we do it better?
I was recommended a book by the name of Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russell Smith. This book has been a real eye opener especially since it was written in 1929 and the problems mentioned then haven't gotten any better. A very valid point that he brings up is any food item grown on a tree has a real advantage to the farmer, since you only have to plant it once, you have a longer growing season, and once it's established, your only work is harvesting.
When you look at the massive amount of human and mechanical energy spent to grow even just the food for our meat animals it is overwhelming. Nothing can be done right? They must live on grain and corn, right?
Wrong. Enter the Honey Locust! According to Smith, animals can not only completely replace their grain and corn diets with the legume pods from the locust but once they get a taste of it, they will break down the fencing to get to it! I liked the idea of a tree that after 5 or so years creates a tremendous amount of animal feed and will continue to produce more and more each year with out any help from me. Another plus is letting the animals feed themselves as the pods fall to the ground. This combined with the root vegitables that we will plant each year in the pig pens should give us some very fat and happy pigs!
If you wish to add these wonderful trees to your landscape, I found them at the Arbor Day website for a reasonable price. They will be shipped in late fall and you will be seeing lots of pictures of us on Facebook with them then!
Last week was Freedom! for the keets. Our baby guinea hens have been growing fast and are already starting to make grown up noises.
Have you ever heard guineas before? Whoa...
Poor little things were pretty apprehensive about crossing the threshold but just a few days later they can't wait to get out in the morning and start their adventures!
I find it totally amazing that they are already in their cage waiting on me at the end of the day. Thank goodness they reset their "territory" since they had already had 30 days being raised some where else when found that we should have been doing that all along. I for one am really looking forward to the serious decline in ticks that these noisy girls will afford us! If you haven't looked into having them for your homestead, I recommend you doing your research as they are the ultimate in natural flea and tick control.
Canning canning canning. Got an hour available? There is always more stuff to can!
Look at all these tomatoes! The best thing is most of them are from plants that "volunteered", meaning they are from seeds from last year's tomatoes that ended up in the compost pile. Mr Brawny scooped them out as they sprouted and put them in a row on the hill side garden. Now we have more tomatoes that we know what to do with!
One thing we DO know is that even small ones make great sauce. My only problem with making your own sauce is that no mater how diligent I am about stirring the sauce, it always burns at least a little. I have been just using the regular stock pots but I am about to get fancy!
I'll be sure to let you know if the porcelain makes a difference. BONUS: Not Made In China!