So sorry for not posting in a while. Life is hectic, strawberry is still getting out of her pen so she now has a date with the freezer. Won't be till close to Thanksgiving but still. The "last straw" is when she got all the way to the front of our property and to get her back Silver made a chain leash to go behind her front legs so we could at worst drag her back. Well.. she dragged him. Not good for a 56 year old with RA and diabetes. *sigh* Also doctors put Silver on insulin, odd thing about that. Last few mornings with his shot the night before his blood sugar has run high. Last night he forgot to take his shot and is was much lower, go figure. Sadly however, his toe is no better and might actually be a lot worse. So bad it might have to be amputated. We're waiting on the VA to contact the podiatrist so he can go back to seeing him. The VA drives me nuts sometimes.
Another downside, for those of you who know. While I am trying to get us "food sustainable" here , right now we are not. Also because of living on disability we get Food Stamps. We just went up for re certification, was told a worker would call for an interview here back on Friday at 9am my time. Ok, no problem. ..yeah, I sat in the house all day waiting for that call. At about 10 am I tried to "talk to a person" via their various phone numbers. Yeah, nope sorry. Seems you can't talk to a person, but I did wind up leaving 2 messages on their "person call worker" interview option. So it's possible we'll lose our food money. Plus side is it'll be when our garden is producing and we have eggs so I'm not terribly concerned. However it irks me.
As for the garden...
I have PICS!
This is my acorn squash, we are hoping to have a lot of these for this winter, I have put some marigold seeds in the center to both attract pollinators and to make the insects that don't like them to run away. Funny thing is I planted these about the same time as my zucchini and look...
Definite difference in size there. The zucchini is smaller right now. Though I know it will catch up eventually. We're planning on drying over have of what we produce of these for animal feed this winter.
Here is one of my bunches of snow peas (I got my first pod off them this morning!), they are loaded with flowers though not many pods just yet. I'm hoping they finish before the Cherokee purples and the lemon cucumbers get too big or the peas will be coming out.
Speaking of the tomatoes...
If you can see, just past that pea is one of my tomatoes. They are starting to flower already! We're definitely waiting on these to produce fruit.
This is one of the bell peppers, it's also looking like it'll flower soon even though it's not very tall yet. I am debating pinching the first flowers off to let it grow more.
My pole beans have sprouted, we're hoping for a lot from these for chili making this winter. Also this is one of two varieties of dry bean we are growing. I planted tiger's eye as well. They grow as a bush however and can also be eaten as a green bean. I don't have pics of those as they only just started coming up.
Here are the cucumbers I planted for pickling. If we have an over abundance of the lemons don't do well we'll be eating these too. They were planted next too the pole beans. I am thinking of growing some kale for the rabbits and the chickens for winter on the other side of these.
Now, this "mess" is my spinach patch. It's really taking off after the rains we got this weekend. Seems to be very happy.
These, would be the sunchokes. They seem to be a prolific as I have heard and seem to be growing just fine. That is a two foot stake in the foreground, so you have some prospective. I have discovered that I have a few surprises in my sunchoke bed however.
Apparently, there were some tomato seeds in the chicken manure I added to this bed. I staked two of the tomatoes this morning. However, it seems there are five plants growing in my sunchoke bed and they seem very happy. So I will let them grow where they are. Also I have no earthly idea what kind they are as I grew three different kinds last year. So I will wait and see what they produce, here's to hoping they are edible at least.
I thought I'd share this. It's one of the wild roses from around here. Seems all the blooms came out white on the roses this year. It's wonderful to walk past this and take a deep breath in. I do wish I knew why they all are white though. Last year they were all pink, so maybe it's yearly change?
Oh one of the rabbit moms had her littler and it seems she had between 6-8 babies, they have a date with the freezer in 2 months. (yes i eat my rabbits and if one bit you they wouldn't be cute anymore)
Well I need to head back out and weed some more, happy gardening!
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Monday, May 18, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
So I imagine some people wonder how a Chicago raised city girl wound up out here in the Missouri wood. Now first my biggest reason for wanting to live here like I do is making sure my family has a good source of food, and that we get regular meals. This is because while I grew up in a middle class family (dad was a welder and mom went back to school to be a social worker). I married not long after high school to the biggest mistake in my life. The ten years I was with my husband we lived homeless and with little food for nine. This piece of work thought it was better to play things like video games, D&D and Magic: The Gathering and spend money on supplies for it rather than feed his family of five.
We had months where we'd be living on a pound of meat with about two cups of dry rice for dinners for all five of us. We were lucky we had WIC so we had cereal and peanut butter for the other meals for the kids. I generally wound up eating only once a day.
I eventually tossed my husband out (for something much worse but that's not for telling now), and even though I lost the home my father bought me (due to my husband not paying the bills while I worked 2 jobs), I did get a stable home and job. Then I met Silver and we eventually moved here to live our dreams of being in the country and having food we know where it came from and is healthier to eat.
As for my desire to live in the country itself, I was never one who liked to be around people much. I get panicky around crowds, including going to town to buy food when we need it; or when we pay the bills. So living out here where I can be away from a large group of people and just be me I am happy. WE manage, even if we don't get everything we want done here in a month. Biggest thing to me though is. We get the bills paid, we get the crops planted. We slowly add to our meat animals, and get all the buildings we want built. That so far is happening so I am happy.
Watching a commercial this morning while doing dishes made me think about posting this and to point out a few things. A lot of people think that there are countless people in other countries who have poor nutrition or not much food. That the people “over there” have to decide on if they pay their bills for their home or buy food for their family. Let me tell you, it's a hard choice to make. When you are sitting there trying to make you money stretch to feed yourself and pay everything so you still have a home and power and put food in your kids' mouths you wind up hurting yourself sometimes.
I still have a hard time eating three meals a day and most often than not I don't even think about a midday meal, because if I eat breakfast I tend to not be hungry until evening. It's leftover from only eating once a day and me learning what it feels like to honestly be hungry.
So now you know why I live out here in the woods and spend my time growing my own food and trying (desperately trying) to teach my girls that it's a good thing to do.
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Sunday, May 3, 2015
Thought I'd write up a little update though I'm still temporarily camera-less (my girls are away for the weekend). We finished filling 2 more of the tractor tires as well as one of the tubs yesterday, and Friday combined, I had gotten a Rhubarb plant from the MFA for $.75 and it went in the tub for now. We figure if it grows exponentially it'll wind up in a tire.
This morning I planted some red onions, bushel gourds, and cantaloupes. Tomorrow I should have my pole beans in and my cucumbers as well. I also need to do more of my green bush beans. Not to mention getting in my herb seeds. One of the Zucchini seeds has sprouted so if nothing else comes up by this Friday I'll replant the rest. I have about seven acorn squash coming up as well.
I noticed something yesterday in my sun choke bed. We have a volunteer tomato plant. Since I have no clue what kind it is I am leaving it where it is, as it's on the edge of the bed anyway so it should be safe. I'll just have to figure out how I'm going to stake it up. My peas are starting to flower, the spinach is doing well and I've been getting a little of it daily. (waiting for it to really take off) The eggplant looks to have a flower forming, and the bucket tomato is flowering.
My two Does are looking fatter daily (I wish I knew exactly when they got pregnant), I am hoping to have two sets of twins but as long as they are healthy and grow well I don't really care. Still need a boyfriend for Strawberry, also a better cage for her too, but we'll get there. We should have ducks any day now, as they have hatched and it's a matter of when they get here.
I spent half of last evening making banana bread on our new (to us) gas stove. Our neighbors gave us a small propane stove. Makes me happy I can stop using the electric one. I have over a case of bananas in my freezer that I'm going to be making into more quick bread. One of those fun freebies we received.
We've been eating lambs' quarters now that it's growing everywhere. Silver gets a small amount in the morning with his breakfast wilted and dressed with a vinaigrette. Then we have some with our evening salad. The girls have about twenty days left of school, then when they are out we will move our big meal to midday-ish. Then have a snack like meal in the evenings. I like summer times as we eat better especially once the garden is doing well. I have hopes for over abundance. The acorn squashes no matter how many we get will be saved for winter eating..
Hope you're all having a fun weekend.
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