Full Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This helps us offset the cost of the time spent writing articles like these. Hello friends. Long time no write. We wanted to take this opportunity of the panic and pandamonium of the COVID-19 virus to share a bit about how we manage sickness and malaise in general … Continue reading Our cold and flu anti-viral toolbox in good times and bad
TIO&OIN – it’s not just for Navy Seals
This expression has come to be a mantra in our family. In fact, recently one of my youngsters was snacking on some freshly made cookies and asked me for another... "After all", she said, "two is one and one is none!" Of course, she knew what we really mean when we say that, but … Continue reading TIO&OIN – it’s not just for Navy Seals
Open-Pollinated, Heirloom, Organic, or Hybrid – I’m confused!
There can be some confusing information about seeds when choosing to plant a garden. Who would have ever thought there could be so much strong opinion and controversy surrounding the kind of seeds we plant in our gardens! If you've shopped for seeds, you may have noticed several terms related to the type and origin of … Continue reading Open-Pollinated, Heirloom, Organic, or Hybrid – I’m confused!
Our principles for emergency preparedness
The following are some principles that we've learned, pondered, and/or developed in the area of preparing for the unexpected - particularly for disasters or long emergencies. It's not a complete list and we're likely to update it as often as new principles begin to emerge in our thinking. Fear Not Fear leads people to make … Continue reading Our principles for emergency preparedness
Falling off the roost
A few days ago, we experienced our first dose of the reality of caring for small animals. It all started when one of our hens started exhibiting some strange behavior. The kids came in the house exclaiming "I think Risa's dying!". She had fallen off the roost in the coop and hadn't landed well. She … Continue reading Falling off the roost
Adding kitchen waste to your garden without composting – should you do it?
We've seen many people skip the compost process and place their kitchen waste directly into their garden. While this won't kill your plants, there's some things to consider when taking this approach. Among other things, one of composts' benefits is providing nitrogen (N) to the plants in your garden. The process of composting is actually … Continue reading Adding kitchen waste to your garden without composting – should you do it?
Using dandelion roots as a coffee substitute
We've had a growing interest this summer in foraging and the use of wild edible plants. While cleaning up the garden today for the upcoming fall/winter, we decided to use some of those pesky weeds that have infiltrated our vegetable garden. Roasted coffee substitute, here we come! We thought about pan-frying or sautéing the dandelion … Continue reading Using dandelion roots as a coffee substitute