Today we get to have some fun with lots of different topics. We’ve had quite a few questions in the last two weeks, and with a looming weekend pig roast in the offing, I thought today would be the perfect time for a Listener Q&A show. So we will talk about grinding your own wheat for flour and the pros and cons of that, give a shout out to a small craftsman who made me something extraordinary – sounds mysterious I know but it will make sense when we get there, talk about hindsight on my homestead, talk about my favorite itchy rash a bit more, cover raised beds in year one when you are using commercial dirt, and then wrap it up with a question about a doggie first aid kit.
Eating Seasonally and Tales from the Prepper Pantry
This is where we share what we are eating as it comes to us – and talk about ways to use what we store.
- Lambs quarter should be coming on but I haven’t gone searching for it
- Cabbage everything and the first squash is at the farmers market
- Radishes and spinach
- Last garlic scapes
- Salad dressing recipe of the week: Mustart, bbq sauce, balsamic, honey, water, salt, smoked cayenne, mainnaise
Getting the Gardens Ready
Where we share what we are doing to get our food growing operation up and running.
- The garden is in and one of our chickens is in danger of being processed – she killed SIX cucumber plants!
- Putting in the okra seeds and sweet potato slips – why not earlier?
- Seeding tomato trays for the fall garden
Grinding your own flour
- Less per pound
- Tastes better
- Makes me feel better
- You still need to buy flour for very fine applications unless your equipment is expensive
- It’s another appliance you have to buy – unless you have a vitamix
- Relearning to bake
Overall: two thumbs up
The belt: A shout-out to OMG Leather Works: http://www.omgleatherworks.com/
Poison Ivy Feedback
- Neosporin plus jewelweed is a winner
- The poke weed root rub method did not work (But there is the boiled poke root bath method I have not tried)
- The Poison Ivy Guy
From Ford in TN: If you could change one thing about your homestead what would it be?
Frank in Wisconsin: Raised garden beds and how to make the dirt good?
As a bald man when you wash your face, where do you stop
Willow in east TN: What are some items you would keep in a homemade first aid kit for animals?
- Tailored for your animals – learn a bit about what they need.
- Know where to go before you have the emergency and write it down on actual paper
- Look for crossover with human first aid needs
That said, this is what I have
- gauze and animal wrap tape – in fact I use the horse leg wrap for humans too
- Sharp scissors
- Peroxide – spray bottle
- Sani wipes
- Kickin Chicken vitamin mix
- Antibiotics and a syringe
- Extras of medication if you have animals that require them (My dog has congestive heart failure)
- I wish i had suture thread and needles but I dont yet
- Cayenne pepper, ground
- Topic herbals like comfrey/plantain/etc
Our kickstarter is LIVE! <link> We’ve almost broken the $600 mark!
Also, on Wednesday I am being interviewed by Jack Spirko over at The Survival Podcast if you want to hear more about the coffee business!
With that – get out there and Make it a great week!
Song: Sauce, Every Way