So, there was this one time when we bought a goat and returned it 2 days later... Before we get into the story, this post isn’t meant to scare you away from getting a family dairy animal, because they are amazing, it’s just meant to help you make sure you’re ready.
Canning can seem daunting, but I assure you once you learn some basics regarding canning, it’s a breeze! You are probably wanting to learn how to can because you grew all this produce in your lovely organic garden this summer and now have an abundance that can be preserved so you can enjoy it all year.
Canning creates food security and saves money on food bills in the winter months. It also leaves room in the freezer and fridge for things that you don’t want to can. Let’s get into the basics!
The Square-foot gardening method is a super popular way to layout your vegetable garden. Founder Mel Bartholomew founded this method over 20 years ago; his creative square layout, custom soil mix, and a handful of books make this way of gardening a popular choice for many home gardeners.
His basic method looks something like this: build a 4’x4’x6” raised bed with untreated lumber, fill it with his special soil mix, and then create a wooden grid on top make 1’x1’ squares (each for a different plant and quantity). For example, he recommends 1 tomato per square or 16 carrots per square.
So you bought a couple laying hens and now you’re up to your eyeballs in eggs! Well folks, it happens!! Chickens, as I’ve said before, are the gateway farm animal. So one can lead to many, many more. Eggs are such a versatile food and complete in nutrition. So they are pretty much the best. Let’s get into my favourite way to use excess eggs!