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!
I am officially in love! On December 30, 2014 I became a GGma. A Goat Grandma in case you were wondering.
One thing they never tell you is how cuddly these guys are!
Being dutiful owners, we went out and got the probiotics needed to keep mama and kids healthy. Unfortunately my local Tractor Supply didn't have selenium, a very important substance for goat health, so I ordered it online. So excited to have these babies!
Happy last day of 2014 everyone! In review of this year, I think I wish I had purchased more fruit, nut, berry trees and bushes. This year has passed and now we won't get anymore delivered until 2015.
I did do some research on the Pawpaw that I mentioned earlier this year and unfortunately they need more than one to pollinate. Actually not really unfortunately as it give me an excuse to shamelessly order more plants. Ordered last month but not due for delivery until March may I now introduce our newest specimens:
- Goji Berry
- Pawpaw (non exclusive)
- Pixwell Gooseberry
Let's talk about each of these.
Goji berries are being raved about in health circles as a super food. They are originally from China but were brought here in the 1870's when they were here to help build the railroad across the US. Even today there are wild goji berry bushes across the west that are from the seeds from these early Chinese Americans. Goji are used a medicine there for general well being and do contain taurine which aids eye health. They also contain polyphenols which aid your body in the fight with cancer. Certainly would be great to have such wonderful berries growing on the property! We will have to wait three years for them to bear fruit but in the mean time the one bush I have purchased can grow and be pruned a long the way. You can root cuttings and make more which sounds great to me! I did see a couple of vague warnings about anyone on blood thinners or diabetes medicine should be careful so I may be the only one consuming them.
Mulberries are a great bush/tree to have around. They are very tasty and have an even longer list of benefits:
- resveratrol ( a cancer preventer and has been shown to extend the life of lab mice)
- Blood, kidney, and liver cleanser
- Better hearing and vision
- Constipation cure (be careful how many you eat fresh on an empty stomach!)
- Anemia treatment (high in iron!)
- Cold and flu treatment
Premature gray hair treatment
Unfortunately they don't propagate as easily as the goji berries and look to be a difficult one to start from seed so I supposed this is one I will keep purchasing more and more of. They are great for the animals as well and I plan to plant a few in the pig pens and near where the chickens scratch. We have a medium size tree in our front yard and get plenty for our own consumption. They are wonderful in pancakes!
We have already discussed how awesome Pawpaws are but the original one I purchased wasn't going to be enough so I ordered two more. I can't wait till those start producing either!
Gooseberries are another wonder berry but you don't hear about them often because most stores don't carry them. However they are very high in Vitamin C, fiber, potassium and offer substantial amounts of Vitamin A, calcium, and phosphorus. Sounds like the general population need more gooseberries! From my research they are another berry that is easy to propagate from cuttings as long as you cut them at the right time of year (fall) and be sure to include a few leaves but not any tip growth. Because of the high potatssium content you will need to be sure to suppliement your soil with it to keep your plant healthy. It also needs magnesium and I have read that experts suggest using dolomitic limestone when liming the soil. Hopefully we will have great success with these berries to help keep us healthy all year long!
Honeyberries are not one I had heard of until recently. One draw about the honey berries is that they flower and produce fruit early in the year. Earlier than strawberries by at least two weeks! They seem to take a bit more care, with more watering than most and more mulching but it seems to be all worth it. 2015 I will be spending more time in the garden anyhow. They are again a good source of Vitamin C and fiber which will be good for those spring colds. Also they have very high levels of anthocyanins which is a great anti-inflammatory.
Marionberries also have high levels of anthocyanins along with a host of other phytochemicals that help prevent cancer and increase well being in the body. As you can see, we are aiming for long lives here at the homestead! They are really a type of blackberry and grow with the same instructions but the hybrid was introduced in 1956 in Marion County, Oregon, hence the name.
I have read a lot about the possibilities of feeding livestock with chestnuts so of course I threw a few of those in there as well. Like the previous article about honey locust trees, we are hoping to one day be able to feed all of our livestock from our land. These couple of trees I purchased are going to help with that goal.
Last tree purchased this year is an almond tree. We purchased one last year that did very well this summer and grew like crazy. I would like to keep adding another each year since almonds are good for so many things!
Ok Ok so we can buy lumber a plenty at Lowe's and Home Depot. We haven't gone that far off the grid... Yet! But in case we do, the likely hood of us cutting our own lumber is still low. Since Mr Brawny will buy what he needs when he needs it, this gave me the perfect opportunity for a Christmas present he was sure to not purchase out from under me.
A Saw Mill!
Well not a big one, but more of a guide that can be attached to your chain saw! Genius right?
Well indeed he was very suprised and sure enough there are some cedars he has spotted that might be worth turning into lumber. Who know what the furture holds, but that's the whole point right?