Thursday, March 16, 2017

snow fall project

We had about a foot of snow fall over the last couple of days. It makes getting around the farm a challenge, as snow drifts and piles in large amounts.

Livestock still needs water and food. And that takes a great amount of work to happen. And then, time for other projects!

Last fall we made wreaths we Star Magnolia leaves. In with the bunches of leaves was a seed pods.

That seed pods went into the freezer for months. We have removed it, allowed it to thaw out, and today we plant the seeds.

It might work. It might not! We have a line of white pine trees that separates the back yard of the house from the rest of the farm. These trees are too tall, if one falls into either of our buildings it will do a lot of damage. And create hassle and work none of us want.

A Star Magnolia grows to about 15 feet. Evergreen, it will still create a wind block and a visual separation. But they don't get so tall that a strong wind will topple them into a building!

I'll start these, grow them out, plant them in a few years, take out the pine trees in another 5 years or so.

We wouldn't want to rush into anything would we?!

The seed pods and seeds have an almost citrus scent, what a pleasure to work with!

Grow little seedlings grow!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

an easy to use cookbook!

Eat Your Vegetables!

 Everyone knows this, but many people dread this. So many vegetable dishes have been served where the results were less than stellar.

 Has anyone ever had to be urged to finish anything but vegetables?! No Excuses Detox: 100 Recipes to Help You Eat Healthy Every Day offers a delicious way to overcome those bad memories of vegetable meals gone wrong. Blogger Megan Gilmore ( has authored her second book, No Excuses Detox, and this easy to read, easy to cook from book is a winner. Starting with time saving techniques, and my favorite, several different 5 day meal plan options that include shopping lists and recipes, Gilmore makes it easy to jump in to her No Excuses Detox method.

The "beginner" plan features filling, flavorful and quick dishes. Her first book, Everyday Detox, featured a wide variety of recipes that have been well loved. This book features the same focus on flavorful food, made quickly! So many things can be on the table in half an hour or less. Gilmore also includes Make it Ahead options, so that at meal time you can be ready to go.

 As a gluten intolerant eater, this easy to comprehend, quick meal preparation book makes for easy and tasty dinners. While naturally gluten free dishes are prepared the dishes are still tasty.

 Even desserts are offered that include standard ingredients, and avoid the expensive list of odd things that sometimes comprise gluten free treats.

 Using up to date ingredients and quick meal preparation combine for a cookbook I'm happy to have in my library!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

dogs barking, winds howling

We plan for the worst single day of each year.

The coldest. The windiest. The hottest.
And then we assume it will be even worse.

In spots where we plant flowers, we plant in landscape cloth. Woven, so that air and water can penetrate but it totally slows weeds from sprouting. There are holes in it where seedlings go.

Most days we hold the landscape cloth down with these:

Custom made at our local metal shop, these are super heavy rebar rods with a flat plate on the top. When these go into the landscape fabric it does not move.

But when we say to each other "we'll get back to that piece of landscape cloth later" and try to hold a long length down with rocks and other gear...this happens:

There is an entire building between this piece of landscape cloth and the bed it was covering! The dogs were running around and barking like mad. When we went to investigate, we found this 100 foot length twisted and flapping around in one of the trees!

Reattached with our custom pound in stakes, it has not moved. The dogs can rest. But no more of that "I'll get back to that" business. It results in two to three times the work and hassle.


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