Just another day on the farm living a step back in time kd 7 electricity socks

How did we get to week three already! Crazy how fast the time this month is flying by.. We finally got rain, and we really needed it. I got to try out our new small metal shed roof rain collection system.. working well, I will need to do some tree trimming. Otherwise, we have had very nice weather this week. Sunny, warm with a light winds.

• Planted our 4 Saskatoon tree’s, added in new Black Rasberry canes (new kind to the farm to go with the other two types I have) added in two more female and one more male Haskups, which were planted in between the current bushes.. think of them as in-fill.

• Picked up my tomato and pepper plants, I have a smaller non-heated greenhouse on the farm, but I worked with a local who can start my plants in feb, which means even compared to my own early starts, it gives me another full two months head start..

I very much enjoyed reading franks post about the fruit tree cuttings, fruits that I would never be able to grow in my own zone but so interesting to read about.. Check out his post for detailed information on how he makes a drip water feeder for use in his greenhouse.

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But there is something missing this year.. Bee’s.. Where are my bee’s? I normally have a number of native bees that call my farm home, I have lots of bumble bee’s and I make a huge effort to plant, and allow to bloom for bee feeding in all three season’s, spring, summer and fall pollen harvesting. Nothing has been sprayed in the farmers fields yet, which always if there is drift does a reduction of my bee’s..

I have carefully not bothered my squash bee’s overwintering grounds, I left my leaves and habit over the fall and well into late spring so that I would give them their needed home and protection.. many of the native bees overwinter under leaf litter in the ground.

However it does not seem to matter this spring.. the flowers are blooming, the fruit tree’s are blooming but on any given day, if I am lucky, I might see one to four bees.. mostly native smaller or the odd bumble bee. On good years, I can hear the hum of the bee’s as I walk up.. this year its silent..

Depending on what I am working with, I am either using a tiny fluffy bush to gather and move pollen around or I am using feathers.. I am going to need to order in more native bees for the farm to rebuild the population and see what the rest of the garden season brings.

O yes, it’s that time of year again.. Spruce Tip season.. As I was mowing in the diamond garden, I looked at the spruce tree’s an saw that its spruce tip picking season and that the pollen is going to be at the perfect picking this weekend. I love my spruce tips in a big way. I have chosen this post to re-share for the 31 day challenge with a link at the bottom to many more ways to use spruce tips 🙂 Enjoy..

Into the pint jar they went and covered in pickling vinegar, some years I use apple Cider, one year I tried it with white wine (that was interesting) and I have tried small batches with red wine and rice wine -play around with it.. place your jar into a cool, dark place and let it sit for at least six weeks, shaking it at least once a week ideally.. then start testing it to see where it sits with your taste buds.

The flavoured vinegar can be used in many ways.. but think of it as a northern Balstmic and you are ahead of the game in melding of flavours but if you tried some of the different wine or rice.. the basic under tones typically are citrus like..

Hi Guys, Peter is one of our great local Forage leaders in the Local Ottawa Area. He is such a down to earth great guy. When this video came across my facebook feed, I asked nicely if it could be set to public so I could share it on the blog.. Thank you for being willing to do so Peter and Karen.

Thank you Valerie for sharing my sister’s video! It was an impromptu video so I missed a few things I wanted to point out. There are many edible plants out there, but in a survival situation, most green vegetables do not have sufficient carbohydrates or fats to nourish our bodies, cattails are one of the few exceptions. Although I wouldn’t recommend expending extra energy digging up rootstalks to make flour in a survival situation, the starchy bases of the new growth shoots can be easily pulled up, sometimes with a bit of rootstalk attached. Just a dozen of these should provide a much needed serving of carbohydrates. Although I did eat this raw, if you are not certain of the water conditions, it is best to cook it first, and do not harvest from polluted waters.