Stuff is just popping up! — 13 Comments

  1. Jackie; Glad to see David and Ashley getting the cabin put up, it is amazing how fast those bills can creep up on a person with all the required ‘civilized’ charges attached to living! It sure is nice to have family with equipment! (Dozer, Sawmill, Bobcat…) I Rented a small skid loader and auger for a day, just over $400 bucks!

    Hope everyone is doing well and healthy!
    God bless

    • I totally agree with you. I did it the hard way, having no family with equipment. Then we finally started getting a little equipment at a time and let me tell you, it makes things easier by far. But even without it, we got a lot done when I look back.

  2. Jackie, We planted the Iroquois beans and started picking in six weeks. One sixteen foot cattle panel per packet of seeds. We canned 18 pints yesterday and gave away 2 gallons, on Saturday. We love them.

    • Yep, they’re one of my very favorites! If you find you have enough canned beans, let the rest or part of the panel, dry down. They’re one of the best dry beans I’ve ever eaten!

  3. Jackie,
    Is that straw you are mulching with or is it safe to use hay? We have tons of leftover hay this year and sure would like to use it but would the hay just drop seeds?



    • We use Reed Canary grass hay, which we harvest in its immature stage, ourselves. No seeds nor are there weeds in the thick stands. My friend, Dara, uses hay as mulch, but I can’t recommend it as most hay contains both grass (such as timothy) and weed seeds which can be a real problem in your garden.

    • Usually your local food co-op or health food store carries several varieties of wheat. You can also check your local feed store as many carry food-grade wheat products. We LOVE the company, Wheat Montana in Three Forks, Montana, which used to be kind of a neighboring place to us when we lived there. (In Montana, some “neighbors” live a hundred miles apart!)

    • Yes, unfortunately, asparagus does get a bit soft when canned. But it still tastes SO good it’s very worth it to can up. (Better than winter asparagus from Mexico….)