The Right To Feed My Family

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Posted by kat | Posted in Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage, Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 23-11-2012

I live out in the country and I realize that I have not had to deal with the following issue, it is one of the many reasons I am glad I live out in the country.    What issue is that you ask?   Why the right to feed my family, by raising my own food, via a garden.

Recently a friend of mine posted a link to her Facebook page, it’s for a group called Georgia Food Rights.  Their website is www.gafoodrights.org, please check it out.  Normally I shy away from anything smacking of politics, but this is one thing that I feel really strongly about.   Basically the group got it’s start when several town fined homeowners that decided to change their landscaping from the normal landscaping you would find around a house to landscaping that would feed their family.  I have done edible landscaping around my house, I have raised beds, that I have been growing my fall garden in them.  I have gotten such a better crop from what I planted and I planted less then what I normally do, because I can better utilize the space I have.    I planted one packet of radishes and I had the same good crop that I get from planting two packets of seeds, straight into the ground.   Is it the raised bed or is it the fact that due to the raised bed I had to use compost to fill the beds.  I think it is a combination of the two.  Because it’s a raised bed and you have to use compost to fill it, the nutrients are not as diluted as if you put the same amount of compost on a regular garden and then tilled it in.  Even if you didn’t till it in, when it rains the rain water washes some of the dirt away and then dilutes it in another way.    ALRIGHT, Back to the issue at hand.  I did several google searches and found several headlines about people being fined, for growing vegetables in the city.  Hear are just two of the headlines I found, and I couldn’t believe it when I read the stories.

Georgia man is facing fines of up to $5000 for growing too many vegetables on his land.
Woman threaten with jail time for having garden

HOW is it wrong to grow your own food?  Why would this bother other people, especially since in the case of the first story he gave away food to his neighbors and sold some items at a farmer’s market?  There will come a time when we might need the Victory gardens of old, the garden’s that kept people alive during the war’s and other issues that have popped up for thousands of years.   I have heard of other case’s in other countries and shook my head and felt sorry for them, and felt safe in knowing that I didn’t have to worry about it, yet here I am not starting to worry about what I might just have to deal with someday.   The following pictures if from a story I read about a guy in Canada  that is having to deal with this issue.  I am amazed at the beauty and the thoughtful way he and his wife laid out the garden.

This one is when it was first planted
Lawn and Order: The Silly War on Home Gardening Escalates

This one is with it in full production.

Couple faces fines for this vegetable garden on Richelieu Street in Drummondville.

I am again amazed at the beauty and the skill with which they laid it out.

Even if you don’t plant a garden currently, but you want to have the right to plant a garden, make sure you know your states and cities rules.

Winter Plant Protection

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 15-11-2012

Today I bought some 6 mil plastic wrap, I bought a small roll that is 10ft wide and 20 ft long, it should be long enough to cover my raised beds.  Why do I need plastic sheeting you might ask?  I will be using it, to place over my raised beds so that I can protect them when it get’s too cold.  For now, it will just get draped over the plants, eventually I will build a frame for it to go over, or at least that the plan anyways.  Eventually I might even make a cold frame or two, but that might have to wait a bit, as for now it is more important to cover the plant so the frost doesn’t get them.  The weather here is hot one moment and cold the next, the poor plant’s are not sure what to make of it and things that should have stopped producing are still flowering and or have veggies still on them.  Just yesterday, I picked enough green beans and pea’s to take to a friend and I still have more that are close to being ready.   In a pinch, two walmart bag one inside the other works, as you can tie it around the plant depending on what type of plant it is.  Please remember that if any of the plastic, touches the leaves it will still freeze.

Fall Garden

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 10-09-2012

This spring, I didn’t plant a garden as I was trying to get raised bed’s in.  I got a few in and finally got them filled with compost and got a few things planted for the fall garden.

I have planted: Sugar snap pea’s, straight neck and crooked neck squash as well as something called Black Beauty, I also planted butternut squash.  The squash is doing well and has bloom’s on them already.   I also planted pickling cucumber’s, green beans, (salad bowl mix) lettuce, radishes, cabbage, broccoli and bell pepper’s.  I didn’t plant spinach, because it was listed in the salad bowl mix of lettuce, but I don’t think it came up, so I might have to plant some.  I didn’t plant any beet’s either, but I might just have to see if I can still plant them.

I have replanted most of my herb’s in the raised beds.  There are a few herb’s I still need to plant, but can’t plant from seed’s until spring.   Lavender,  Tarragon, Garlic Chives, Dill, Cilantro, and Chamomile.

Re-stacking a wood pile

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Posted by kat | Posted in Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage, House Projects | Posted on 31-08-2012

Several months ago the goat’s, knocked over my wood pile, I had meant to go out there and move it because it had fallen over on to the side of the shed.    I had my husband help me move things so that it wouldn’t fall on the shed again, and to help level the area that we are keeping the wood, just in case that was some of the issue.   We have three, 8ft long racks for the wood, and we divided the rack’s in half, each rack has a little wood side and a big wood side.  That way we can grab either kind of wood we need from one rack as well as hopefully being able to stack it better.   I am not sure I have room for another 8ft rack, but I would love to get one more rack.  If I need more rack’s, I am either going to have to put them on the other side of the current racks or figure something else out.   The food storage program I use, says I need at lest 1 1/2 tons of wood per year for a family my size.   While clearing some of the fallen wood, I found a snake along with several frogs living in one of the bucket’s that I had been putting twigs in.   As much as I hate to admit it, we killed the snake.  It had too much of a triangular head for my liking.  I know what your going to say.  How could you kill a snake without knowing for sure that it was poisonous?    Here is my semi lame excuse’s; I have small kids that like to help me stack wood, I don’t want them getting hurt.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.     The rack’s are now up off the ground a bit in hopes that it will discourage anything from living in my wood pile.  I don’t need to get bitten, trying to add wood to the pile or taking wood from the pile and I sure don’t need my kids to get bitten either.

Meal Menu Challenge

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Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, House Projects | Posted on 01-08-2012

If your at all like my family, there could be ton’s of food in the house and nothing will look good.  So you hem and haw, about what your going to cook or you tend to make pancakes or sandwiches for dinner, or even let the kids have milk and cereal.  While this is not really a bad thing, it is not really a good thing either.  So I decided that we were going to start doing monthly meal menus, I did this once when my youngest  was first born, and I kept it up until she was about 6 months old or so.  So as I have said, I am going back to planning out a month’s worth of meals and that started today August 1st.  Your probably wondering what we have planned.  I usually use my make a mix cookbook, but I couldn’t find it, so I am using Campbell Soup’s set of cookbook’s that my grandmother had sent me and some of the ones I cook already but know the family enjoys.  I entered everything into an excel spread sheet, printed it and hung it on the fridge.   I also made a column with what supplies are needed so I one can make up the shopping list easier, and two look at the list and grab everything so that I don’t have to keep looking at the recipe and stuff.  The table below is the meals that are planned out so far.  I didn’t include the supplies list, and if enough people want it, I can include the recipes.

Day Meal Sides Items Needed to make
Week one Week one Week one Week one
Wed Picante Skillet Chicken Chips and Dip, refried beans Chicken, Picante Sauce, chips, dip and refried beans
Thursday Beef & Mozzarella Bake Green Beans Beef, Green beans, basil, garlic powder, italuan sauce, cream of mushroom soup, shell pasta, mozzarella cheese
Friday Asian Chicken Stir Fry Rice Chicken, Instant Rice, Stir Fry Veggies
Saturday Mac and Cheese elbow noodles, cheddar cheese
Sunday Beef Stir Fry Cornstarch, beef broth, soy sauce, beef sirloin or top round steak, Stir Fri veggies, Garlic powder, rice
Monday Sicillian style Pizza italian sauce, mozzarella cheese, frozen bread dough
Tuesday Balsamic Beef and Mushrooms Mushrooms, beef chuck roast, italian sauce, balsamic vinegar, egg noodles, bacon
Week two Week two Week two Week two
Wed LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS
Thursday Bacon and potato chowder Bacon, Russet Potatoes, onion, cream of potato soup, chives, cheddar cheese
Friday Taco Shredded Beef 16 Taco shells, beef chuck roast,  french onion soup, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, lettuce, sour cream, cheddar cheese
Saturday Chicken and Bean Burritos Chicken, tortillias, beans, Cheddar cheese soup, garlic powder, chili powder, black beans, pinto beans, lettuce, tomatoe
Sunday Italian Cheeseburger Pasta Corn Spiral Pasta, Hamburger meat, Spegetti sauce, mozzarella cheese
Monday Slow Cooker orange chicken Chicken, orange marmalade, chicken stock, teriyai sauce, garlic minced, green onions, cornstarch, walnuts, rice
Tuesday Creamy Souper Rice Bread or crakcers Rice, crackers, mushroom soup, chicken broth, parmeasan cheese
Week Three Week Three Week Three Week Three
Wed LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS
Thursday Tuna fish Sandwiches Tuna, bread, mayo, pickle relish, crackers, cheese
Friday Cheeseburger Pasta hamburger meat, cheddar cheese soup, tomato soup, medium shell pasta
Saturday Chicken skillet Fajitas bonless chicken breast, green peppers, cream of chicken soup, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, flour tortillas
Sunday Sloppy Joes Italiano hamburger meat, italian sauce, parmesan cheese, hamburger buns
Monday Hot Dogs chips hot dogs, hot dog buns, mustard, ketchup, mayo, pickle relish, chips
Tuesday Savory Pot Roast cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix, red potatoes, carrots, bottom round roast or chuck pot roast
Week Four Week Four Week Four Week Four
Wed LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS LEFT OVERS
Thursday Pancakes bacon
Friday Spegetti garlic bread, green beans italian sauce, spegeti noodles, hamburger buns, garlic bread, green beans
Saturday Quiche bacon, cheese, oinon,
Sunday Meat Loaf hamburger meat, onion, green pepper
Monday Broccoli & Cheese casserole broccoli, cheddar cheese, bread crumbs, mustard, mushroom soup
Tuesday Hamburgers chips, baked beans, coleslaw hamburger meat, hamburger buns, chips, coleslaw, baked beans

 

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