Happy Homesteading

BISCUITMAKR
Hosted by Millie Johnson
Group active since Mon, Jan 28, 2013


This group is for anyone who homesteads or is just trying to live a more self sufficient lifestyle. Share your recipes and tips for the homestead.
My hubby and I live on a small farm have goats, horses, dogs, cats and soon, chickens. We garden and can. I am also trying my hand at cheesemaking !
We would love to hear your ideas for the homestead. Welcome ! Come sit a spell with us.


 

Let there be grapes !

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson
Friday at 10:27 AM
I planted my seedless concord grape vine three years ago. I knew we would not get grapes the first year. The next year I was so excited. This would be the year we get our first homegrown grapes ! The vine was spreading out and really looking great. Then it happened..... the goats got out and ate it ! NOOooooo ! So, no grapes last year either.
This year the goats are more secure at the barn, and my grape vine is loaded with baby grapes ! YAY !!! I can't wait to make the first batch of grape jam. I can taste it now, lol...

Straw Bale Gardening

Valeree
By Valeree Dunbar
Apr 15, 2015
Since moving from the farm to the city, we really miss having a vegetable garden. We currently rent our home so all we did last summer was plant a few tomatoes in a pot on our deck. We didn't want to dig up the yard so we decided to try our hand at straw bale gardening. My husband is building some boxes from old pallets and we're gonna fill them with straw bales and dirt and go for it. Has anyone ever tried this and was it successful? I do know you have to condition the straw bales for a week before planting, so that's a good start. any tips?

Chicks .... and really big goats !

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson
Apr 14, 2015
They were out of straight run, so ended up with 6 pullets (young females). This will give us a total of 11 layers next year ! They're so fuzzy and cute. They are starting to get some feathers. :)

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Getting closer !

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson
Apr 13, 2015
I noticed that Clarisse's udder was larger and she is swelling some. I think I'm freaking her out checking on her, LOL ! This could still take days... OR NOT ! Ayyyeee !!!!!
I put Lil Dove in a pen since she is so mean to the other goats. I'll let her out in the day while I'm out there. I would hate for her to hurt Clarisse or her little ones when they're at their most vulnerable. We've never had more than one female till last year. The others seem to get along better and don't have horns. Dove can get rough with her horns ! She is not happy at the moment, with her incarceration, lol !

New farm members coming !

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson
Apr 13, 2015
My 6 Black Australorp pullets (a female chicken that is too young to lay eggs) will be here tomorrow ! They are just a few days old. Can't wait to see them. A friend is bringing them to me from Soddy Daisy. We'll have plenty of eggs to sell next year !!! We have a list of folks wanting eggs, but not enough eggs to go around !
I love the shift people are making to eat more natural and going the farm to table way. I can remember when I could barely GIVE fresh eggs away !

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One woman's junk...

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson
Apr 9, 2015
We had a couple of freezer baskets laying about that hubby was about to throw away, when I said I can use them for something. (He rolled his eyes at me, lol) This is what I came up with. Works pretty good and less hay is being wasted. Yay ! U brackets on the bottom and a latch on top. Just unlatch and fill with hay and relatch !

The Happiest Video Ever

Zelda51
By Zelda Hopkins
Mar 30, 2015
This is for you Millie, I hope you enjoy it.

biggeekdad.com/...appiest-video-ever

Using your whey

BISCUITMAKR
By Millie Johnson
Mar 29, 2015
I found a recipe for Norwegian Goat Whey Cheese, by Homestead Kids on youtube. You make it by cooking down the whey. I can't wait for the goats to kid so we will have milk to make this !

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