The goat barn is painted (before winter!) and beauty is expecting — 16 Comments

  1. I came home to find my squash seeds in the mailbox yesterday – international mail takes a bit longer, I suppose. Thank you so much – they look plump and full of promise for next year. My husband eyed me with an amused expression while I clutched the envelope to my chest :) I’ll be sending you a package in return!

  2. Jackie,

    Got the seeds this morning and some of the girls and I split them up and we are planning on growing them in the garden this year and spreading the seeds around to family and friends.



  3. John B,

    Glad you enjoy BHM. Yes, vacuum sealing is great for some foods, especially dry beans, rice, etc. But folks, be sure you don’t use it as a substitute for canning your food. It isn’t meant…or safe…for that.


  4. Jonica,

    Shellies are a type of soup bean. The hulls turn a pretty striped color and the beans also stripe when they are ripe. The are about twice the size of a pinto and three times as tasty. The ones I got from my grandfather one is purple striped and the other is brown striped. Shellies are the one thing that when he says he cooked a mess of I’m up there in a heartbeat to get some.

  5. I have to sa that you & BHM are great. one thing is to give Vaccum sealing a try with quart jars + the usual storage area, cool dark dry.

  6. Jackie,

    My address is 3621 Courtleigh Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133.

    Thanks so much,


    Ps. Do you need any lettuce seeds have some from baby greens that did amazingly well this year in cool weather only. I am growing them inside in a window sill box.

  7. Jackie,
    Thank you in advance for the squash seeds! My address is:

    Ellen Waters
    8858 156 A St.
    Surrey, British Columbia
    V4N 2Y3

    I’ll use the return address to forward you some of my seeds – I’ve just pulled the last of my Cranberry Pole Beans too :)

  8. Jackie-
    I have to agree with Mary T. Keeping oil in the fridge is the way to go for long storage. I buy bulk oil in 35 and 50 pound cases for my soap making and it certainly lasts longer in cooler temps. You just have to remember to take the chill off before trying to pour as some oils gel and others get hard in the fridge.

    I have tried slow cooking my old chickens and have not been as happy with the texture as I have with pressure cooking. I am quickly becoming a pressure cooker convert- more tender meat and less time on the stove using that expensive propane! A win – win in my book! Michael from Washington might want to give the pressure cooker a whirl too!

    Happy unexpected expecting!!! Can’t wait to see photos of the baby! We have 7 mules so I have a very special place in my heart for donkeys!!! And your barn looks beautiful!

  9. Jackie,

    Thanks so much for answering my question about sunflowers and pumpkins! I just finished “Starting Over”. It was great and I’m really looking forward to your release in 2009.

    I was writing to see if you might want some shellie seeds. My grandfather is legally blind but still grows three things every year: tomatoes, sweet banana peppers, and shellies. He shared some of his seeds with me and I have some Tender Pole Shellies and bunch shellies. I’m not sure of official names as this is what he has always called them. They are my favorite soup bean and I thought you may want to try them. I’m not sure what they might cross with though.

    If you’d like some, you can email me at and I’ll send some up your way.


  10. Concerning the person who wanted to know about oil–
    I don’t can it but I do keep some in bulk. I usualy get a big jug of olive oil and keep it in the fridge, just pouring a little into a small bottle for the counter. The best keeping oil I know of is pretty commonly used here in the south– Peanut Oil.
    I get a 35# jug in a box from a warehouse store. The one I’m using now was opened in February–(I always date it when I open it so I can track how much of it I use in a year.)
    I used some of this oil last week and it was just fine. Lots of things go rancid here or sprout or whatever faster than in the north.
    I keep my onions, potatoes and apples in a fridge for that reason. Since I moved here I have noticed that anything that can go bad will do so faster here.

  11. Jonica and Ellen,

    I’d be happy to send you some Hopi Pale Grey squash seeds, but you’ll need to e-mail me again, including your e-mail address or physical address as the blog questions and comments go through BHM and I don’t get them.


  12. Jackie,
    Congratulations on your unexpected expecting :) I referred to the older listing you had for Seed Dreams as a provider of seeds for Hopi Pale Grey Squash, but I cannot find up-to-date conctact information for them. I was hoping to ask for a few seeds for my garden next spring, and would be happy to send you some home-grown Hungarian Purple Bread Seed Poppy seeds, Coriander, Bronze Fennel, Calendula and Arugula seeds that I’ve harvested here in my British Columbia garden to spread the wealth.

    Thanks again for all of your information!

    Ellen Waters

  13. Jackie,

    Are any more of those seeds left? The hopi gray? I would love some. And I can send you some of my seeds I collected this summer. Got some great sunflower seeds. Among others. Email me and let me know if you would like to do this. And I can give you my address then.


  14. Shannan,

    I’m glad you got the seeds. You don’t have to do anything, but if you want to help with the postage or surprise me with something “Florida”, that’d be great. Yes, you can use the address on the envelope.


  15. Jackie… THANK YOU!!! The Hopi Pale Grey seeds arrived today and they are beautiful. I would truly love to send you some postage or something from our area that you might want. Can I use the address on the envelope or should I do something different. Thank you again – we are so EXCITED!!