Just when everything is going well POW!

RIP Surprise.

RIP Surprise.

Our cat Surprise had a kitten a few weeks back. The she got sick and abandon that kitten. Since then my family and I have been bottle feeding the kitten and had feeding Surprise baby food. Surprise stopped eating, so I feed her baby food from a syringe. Both mama and baby seemed to get doing much better. I thought we were out of the woods with both. Even tough the kitten is doing fine Surprise abruptly died. She was eating although being feed and drinking water. I guess she had some type of organ failure. I sucks when we’ve worked so hard caring for her just to lose her all of a sudden. My eldest took it kinda of hard because is was her first pet that she pick out. We aren’t big cat fans, but when a six year old writes a four page paper with illustrations about how she wants a cat, she’ll usually get that cat.  Needless to say I buried her and the girls placed some fresh cut roses on her site. At least we still have baby Shadow.

Baby Shadow

Surprise

Surprise

We welcome baby Shadow. Surprise had a kitten two weeks ago. A little black fuzz ball.

Shadow

Shadow

We started to worry about Shadow today. We haven’t seen Surprise in a day and a half, and Shadow has been underneath our house crying. I finally crawled under to check on poor Shadow. I found little Shadow cold and hungry, and Surprise no where to be seen. Luckily as a precaution I got some kitten formula for abandoned kittens. So we fed and warmed little Shadow up, and it seems to be doing well. Now we wondered what happened to Surprise. Well later today Surprise turned up. Surprise had gotten sick in the lase day or so. She just didn’t have the strength to take care of a kitten. She ate a little today and drank some water, so I think she’ll be ok. It seems that there is craziness all the time on a homestead.

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Surprise’s Surprise.

While on vacation our cat Surprise had a surprise waiting for us. She a kitten. She wasn’t big, so luckily she had only one. I get home after spending all day on the road. Note to self girls have to take lots of bathroom breaks. I start hearing a small meow from under the house. So hear I am tired from the road and get home just to crawl under the house. Well I find a small black kitten. It’s a two weeks old. I remember Surprise having lots of leaves and grass on her before we left for vacation, which she never has. My girls see the kitten, and start clapping and jumping up and down. So of course we have to keep it. Now after the kitten is weened we got to get a cat fixed. Now that we have seen the kitten Surprise moved it, and we can’t find it now. Hopefully we start hearing it again because kids are chomping at the bit to get another look at Shadow.

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Clouds and Dirt.

Success starts now.

Success starts now.

Of Clouds and Dirt. Dream big, but get down and dirty working hard to accomplish your dreams. I have a dream that in a few years I can leave the world of computer behind, and live off the land. As of now I work none to ten hours a day driving from place to place walking from room to room repairing computers and computer related problems. It’s a good paying job for where I live, and allows my wife to stay at home and home school our kids. I dream of the day where I don’t have to leave home every morning leaving my family behind. I am lucky that my job doesn’t take me out of town, and has very good vacation time. My passion now lies in a different area. I dream of having my own Nursery business, and stack other enterprises onto my land such as rabbits, eggs, and maybe raw milk. I have about five hours of of day light right now to get everything that needs completing finished. In those few hours I feed and water animals, water plants and trees. Along with any needs that my wife needs me to take care of ( happy wife. happy life), With my head in the clouds I hustle to get this done. I am happy knowing my family get to be with each other, and my children are not shipped off to an institution that resembles more a prison than education facility. My girls learn faster in less time than it takes in public school. I am blessed. With my head in the clouds and my hands in the dirt I hustle to get stuff done.

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Perennial Vegetable Asparagus.

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Asparagus is a very common vegetable on the dinner plate. It’s a very good permaculture vegetable also. It’s a perennial which is a bonus. As far as the dinner table goes, I’m picky about my foods, and do not like mushy vegetables. So I like asparagus that’s still crunchy. I like it pan fried with garlic in olive oil or butter. With a little salt. I plan to start planting asparagus in my garden next year. We will see how it goes.

Now a little about asparagus from Wikipedia

Asparagus is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing to 100–150 centimetres (39–59 in) tall, with stout stems with much-branched feathery foliage. The “leaves” are in fact needle-like cladodes (modified stems) in the axils of scale leaves; they are 6–32 mm (0.24–1.26 in) long and 1 mm (0.039 in) broad, and clustered 4–15 together, in a rose-like shape.[5]The root system is adventitious and the root type is fasciculated. The flowers are bell-shaped, greenish-white to yellowish, 4.5–6.5 mm (0.18–0.26 in) long, with six tepals partially fused together at the base; they are produced singly or in clusters of two or three in the junctions of the branchlets. It is usually dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants, but sometimes hermaphrodite flowers are found. The fruit is a small red berry 6–10 mm diameter, which is poisonous to humans. [6]

Plants native to the western coasts of Europe (from northern Spain north to Ireland, Great Britain, and northwest Germany) are treated as Asparagus officinalis subsp. prostratus (Dumort.) Corb., distinguished by its low-growing, often prostrate stems growing to only 30–70 cm (12–28 in) high, and shorter cladodes 2–18 mm (0.079–0.709 in) long.[2][7] It is treated as a distinct species, Asparagus prostratus Dumort, by some authors.[8][9]

The root system is adventitious, and can be propagated by cuttings. Making propagation easy. Experimentation may be needed to find the correct time of the year that cuttings can be taken to improve chances of propagation success.

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Perennials for Your Garden.

Permaculture is for everyone.

Permaculture is for everyone.

Perennials are a large component of Permaculture. When you’re planning your garden, this list of perennials should help you to see whether that plant you’re contemplating will stay around more than a year or two.

Perennials give a consistent look to your garden and are commonly used as a starting point when planning front yard edible landscapes. Plant your perennials first, then add in edible annuals to add lushness while your perennial plants are becoming established.

List obtained from http://www.edible-landscape-design.com/

List of perennials

  • Agastache
  • Agave
  • Alfalfa
  • Allium tricoccum: commonly known as ramps, spring onion, ramson, wild leek, or ail des bois
  • Apple (Malus domestica)
  • Apricot
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado (Persea americana)
  • Banana
  • Barrel cactus – edible flowers, buds, and fruit
  • Basil, many varieties: African Blue (Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum ‘Dark Opal’), East Indian, holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
  • Blackberry
  • Black cherry (Prunus serotina)
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blueberry
  • Broccoli, many varieties (Nine Star)
  • Caralluma fimbrata
  • Caralluma edulis
  • Chestnut (Castanea sativa) — also called sweet chestnut or marron
  • Chicory
  • Chives
  • Chokeberries (Aronia species)
  • Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
  • Citrus
  • Clover (Trifolium)
  • Common sorrel (Rumex acetosa) — also called sorrel, gardensorrel, spinach dock or narrow-leaved dock
  • Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) — Also known as the European Cornel
  • Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
  • Currant
  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis species)
  • Dill
  • Eggplant (Solanum melongena) — frost-tender
  • Feijoa (Acca sellowiana) — Also known as Pineapple Guava or Guavasteen
  • Fennel
  • Ferula
  • Fig (Ficus carica)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ginkgo biloba — nuts only; leaves are used medicinally. Allergic reactions reported, eat nuts in moderation.
  • Globe artichoke
  • Grape
  • Ground Nut (Apios americana)
  • Hawthorn (Cratagus species)
  • Hazel nut (Corylus americana, C. cornuta, C. avellana)
  • Hops (Humulus lupulus)
  • Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
  • Hosta — taste before buying, some taste much better than others.
  • Japanese wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius)
  • Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) — Also called sunroot, sunchoke, or earth apple
  • Kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala) — many cultivars are biennial
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Konjac (Amorphophallus konjac)
  • Lavender
  • Leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum (L.), also sometimes known as Allium porrum)
  • Lemon Balm
  • Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)
  • Malabar spinach (Basella alba) — Also known as Ceylon spinach, Red vine spinach, Climbing spinach
  • Mango
  • Maple (sugar maple)
  • Mint
  • Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
  • Nasturtium
  • New Zealand Spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides)
  • Night-blooming cereus (Hylocereus) – also known as dragonfruit
  • Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)
  • Onions — many varieties are perennials: Potato onions, Shallots, Egyptian onions, Japanese bunching onions, Welsh onions, Chinese leeks
  • Orchid cactus (Epiphyllum species) – edible fruit
  • Oregano
  • Organ pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi) – edible fruit
  • Pear
  • Peppers (Capsicum annuum) — chilis, bell peppers, sweet peppers
  • Persimmon
  • Peruvian Apple Cactus (Cereus repandus)
  • Pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica) — also called fire cherry
  • Pine
  • Pineapple
  • Piper nigrum (black pepper)
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
  • Prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) – fruit, pads, and flowers are edible
  • Quince (Cydonia oblonga)
  • Radicchio (Cichorium intybus) — Also known as Italian Chicory
  • Rakkyo (Allium chinense)
  • Raspberries
  • Redbud (Cercis species)
  • Rhubarb
  • Roses
  • Rosemary
  • Saffron crocus (Crocus sativus)
  • Sage
  • Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) – has edible fruit
  • Sea Kale (Crambe maritima)
  • Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens)
  • Sissoo Spinach (Alternanthera)
  • Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp.) — otherwise known as Juneberry
  • Star Apple (Chrysophyllum cainito) — also called cainito, caimito,golden leaf tree, abiaba, pomme du lait, estrella, milk fruit and aguay.
  • Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola) — also called Carambola
  • Stevia
  • Stonecrop (Sedum species) – used in salads and are said to have a sour or peppery taste. Eat these sparingly; some can cause indigestion if eaten in large amounts.
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo)
  • Strawberry Tree (Muntinga calabura) — Also known as Jamaican cherry, Panama berry, Singapore cherry
  • Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas)
  • Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)
  • Taro (Colocasia esculenta) — Also called Elephant Ear and Eddoe. The related ornamental plant Caladium is poisonous
  • Thyme
  • Tomato
  • Tree sorrel (Averrhoa bilimbi) — also called bilimbi or cucumber tree
  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) — Mostly used as a medicinal herb tea
  • Water chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis)
  • Watercress
  • Wineberry (Aristotelia serrata) — Also known as Makomako, native to New Zealand
  • White Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)

Why Start a Container Garden?

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Over the years we have been developing and expanding our ‘big’ garden, but it’s located away from the house and not easily accessible to grab fresh veggies for a quick salad.  I’m hoping to change that this year by adding some container gardens on our deck.

Since I love potted plants but have no extra money right now to go and buy new ones, I have decided to use the many different containers that we have accumulated over the years and plant container vegetables.  This will benefit us in two ways, it will provide the plants I want on the deck, and it will allow for easy access to our salad veggies.

The other benefit I’m looking forward to is that the kids will be able to grab a snack quickly outside.  I remember growing up we were always told that if we were hungry, go get something from the garden.  Most of our…

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