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.
With planting season comes the bugs. They like just love to eat the plants you just spent all that time (and money) planting. This is one of my go to recipes to take care of the awful little creatures. Neem Oil Spray for Garden Pests & Fungal Disease
Sorry I have not been on here lately, but so much has been going on here at the homestead. We have had some setbacks, but also making some great changes. We are moving the homestead ! We found 6.65 acres of land closer to town. It will take us time to clear some of the trees where an old pasture was 20 years ago, which is now in pine trees that are too small to get anyone to buy (bummer). We will be leaving as many trees as possible since goats are browsers not grazers. We will only cut about 2 acres or less. Where we are now was clear cut before we bought it and it can get really hot with no shade trees ! What I like about the new property is the trees. Our front yard will be nice and shady then behind the house will be cleared for barn and pasture then after that will be woods all the way to Big Wills Creek. I hope that we can get moved before winter. All depends on how long it takes to sell our rental property. When it sells we will break ground for the house. In the meantime we will be clearing, fencing and building the barn and out buildings.
Had one of my does test positive for CL so will be testing the others and probably just starting over with the goats with new stock that has been tested. This nasty stuff can stay in the soil for years, so it is a blessing that we plan to move. Of course it was my favorite and only registered doe ! :(
For some reason jap is not letting me post any pics so here is a google link.... photos.google.com/...XdvWXlwY05UVmpR
I am thinking of buying a can sealer and going to cans vs jars. I have the go-ahead from hubby. The cheapest is $200. The rationale is that we are leaving AK in 3 years and want to process our salmon in cans. Does anyone have experience with can sealers and pressure canning? Can you reuse the cans? We thought that because I have to pressure it for 90 minutes it will be sterilized. I'm not sure I want to go through with this until I learn more.
Does anyone have experience with a can sealer? Any recommendations?
I bought some local strawberries fresh picked off the farm, so I thought I'd make a little treat...
Fresh goat cheese sweetened with some agave nectar, topped with fresh strawberries and crushed graham cracker. Who needs cheesecake ??? Not this girl !
I have been busy lately with milking goats, making cheese and making soap. Having fun learning and my skin is wonderful ! I made a guy soap with sandlewood, ylang ylang, pine, lavender and lemongrass essential oils that smells fantastic. I have to sniff it every time I walk by it. lol.. I can't wait for hubby to try it ! It will be ready later this week. I also made lavender soap and it is drying as well.
Tonight I made a soap for a friend who has a grandchild with skin problems. It is a calendula soap with finely ground oatmeal, zinc oxide and lavender essential oil with little cubes of pine tar soap in it and topped with calendula petals. I can't wait to cut it tomorrow and see what it looks like inside ! That's half the fun. lol :)
Anywho, I'm still alive and kicking as is the computer (barely tho, lol). I hope all of you are doing well, too. Hugs from the od homestead ! xo