Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky | July 27, 2015

Splendor in the Homestead Meadow

Splendor in the Homestead Meadow.

Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky | July 21, 2015

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam – Only 3 Ingredients and Ready in 20 minutes!

Small House Under a Big Sky:

Our black berries will be ready soon. I am going to try this recipe!

Originally posted on Old World Garden Farms :

There is nothing like picking wild blackberries. The anticipation of the red plump berries turning into a dark, luscious, sweet treat makes our mouths water.

Wild blackberry canes growing next to our farm. Wild blackberry canes growing next to our farm.

We are very fortunate to have a batch of wild blackberry plants right next to the farm. Unfortunately, it is on the edge of a wooded area and right next to an even bigger patch of poison ivy.  As many of you know, I get poison ivy extremely easy. So this week, I put my protective clothing on (jeans, long sleeve shirt, boots and gloves) in the mid-summer heat to pick the ripe ones off the vine. The gloves serve a dual purpose as they also protect me from the thorns sticking out of the bush, designed to protect the delicate crop.

After we pick the berries the first thing we do is make a cobbler and…

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky | July 20, 2015

Hot and Muggy on the Homestead- July 13-20 Photo Diary

Hot and Muggy on the Homestead- July 13-20 Photo Diary.

Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky | July 19, 2015

Super Serious about our Predator Safe Chicken Coop

Super Serious about our Predator Safe Chicken Coop.

Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky | July 18, 2015

Hens and Herbs – A Love Affair

Hens and Herbs – A Love Affair.

Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky | July 16, 2015

The Privilege of an Afternoon at the Dentist

The Privilege of an Afternoon at the Dentist.

Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky | July 14, 2015

Another Rainy and Cool Day on the Homestead

Another Rainy and Cool Day on the Homestead.

Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky | July 13, 2015

Everything you always wanted to know about COMFREY but were afraid to ask.

Small House Under a Big Sky:

I LOVE comfrey. I grow it for the bees, for comfrey tea (garden fertilizer) and as a nitrogen accumulator under our fruit trees.

Originally posted on Not Dabbling In Normal:

Russian comfrey
Comfrey: super-plant or overrated weed? Have you ever wondered why useful plants are usually delicate creatures, yet weeds just thrive, without any care at all, and pondered wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was such a thing as a useful weed? Comfrey is it. comfrey roots A perennial herb, a member of the borage family, its deep tap roots mine the soil of nutrients, filling its leaves with minerals such as the holy trinity of plant food, nitrogen, and phosphorous and potassium, along with calcium and iron. It remains only to harvest it and make a comfrey “tea” (concentrate) to use as a plant food, use it as a mulch and even feed it to animals. Comfrey leaves contain more Nitrogen and Potassium/Potash (K) than farmyard manure or garden compost and more Phosphorus than farmyard manure. They have a low fibre content, so they readily decompose, producing comfrey tea and a relatively…

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Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky | July 13, 2015

The Heat is On: Photo Diary week of July 6 – July 13

The Heat is On: Photo Diary week of July 6 – July 13.

Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky | July 12, 2015

Things I Leaned From our Coop Addition

Things I Leaned From our Coop Addition.

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