It was a very good year

“When I was….. um,”.  Lets just say last year, 2014, was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new beginnings.  We had a few.  Hauser Our little baby Cocoa More Hippie Chicks Our newest member to the family.  Grandson Travis Baby bunnies Guinea Hens!  (very noisy guinea hens!) The 3 Stooges….Alpacas!! Moe, Curly and Larry….yuck, yuck, yuck! Beaks.  Our little lost Parakeet She found a permanent home and a new friend, Blue.  Beak and Blue. Honey Bees! Last but not least. Mo.  Mr. Molashes and Thunder. When I was ……. ah…  It was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new friends and old. The Bunkhouse opened it’s doors to our first guests.  Mo’Riches Bridget and our hubs….Cheers to new friends! and more guests who soon became friends. Facebook friends that came to visit and friends that I hadn’t seen since elementary…

Fermenting Fun!

I have big plans for this summer.  We moved our garden and made it a little bigger for this year.  I am hoping to be able to plant a larger variety of fruits and veggies with better success.  I also want to use more of my herbs, learning to make oils, teas, tinctures and syrups taking a more holistic approach.  I’d like to be able to incorporate my herbs, fruits and vegetables into my homemade goat soap and candles.   My goal this year will be to put up more of my crop to last us longer through the winter months and to feed my family and animals healthier.  One way I’d like to do this is through fermentation. I’ve been reading a lot about natural fermentation and all its many health benefits.  I want to learn to culture vegetables, fruits and to make my own condiments.  Lacto-fermentation increases the…

Growing herbs indoors for the winter

If you enjoy cooking with fresh herbs as much as I do then you probably want to have a steady supply for the winter.  Many herbs can be grown indoors although they will have a much shorter life then if they were grown outside.  Like many other houseplants they need water, nutrients, enough light and good air circulation.  Can anything be better then having a fresh supply of your favorite herbs right there at your fingertips?   Right now would be a good time to start preparing your herbs for indoors. You will need: Clay pots – they allow the herbs to breath better as the pots are porous. good potting soil herb seeds, cutting or plants a south side sunny window or a form of artificial light When you choose which herbs you want to bring inside keep in mind that not all herbs do well indoors.  Dill for…

Heavenly herbs

As the days shorten and the temperature cools, my herbs are constantly being cut back in the hopes that I can keep them going just a little bit longer.  I’m drying and freezing as fast as I can.  Basil is being churned into pesto almost daily. Lavender and russian sage transformed into potpourri and others are bundled waiting to add rich aromas to an open fire this winter.  I love herbs more then anything else I grow. I just love me a basket of herbs This spring I claimed part of the small barn as my potting shed.  It is home to my ever growing collection of pots, baskets, seeds and bird nests. It also makes a great place to dry my herbs.  It is warm, dry, dark and it has great ventilation. My beloved potting shed I find mid morning is the best time to head out to the…