Planting Garlic In The Fall

Fall is the time to plant your garlic. You can start as early as mid September and as late as end of Oct. Garlic is very easy to grow and store.

Although planting garlic is fairly easy there are some steps you need to be aware of.

  • Garlic likes well drained soil
  • Garlic likes loose soil
  • It needs to be 3-6 inches apart
  • Garlic should be planted pointy end up
  • Once covered with soil, cover with straw

We have been growing our own garlic here at Homestead Basics for the past 8 years and it has done well!

Here is a great video below:

All Natural Raspberry Jam

Now I love my jam, and we have made some weird ones over the years. Rest assured this is not one of them!

We created this jam in under 5 minutes, its 100% all natural, and we only used THREE ingredients. The secret ingredient in the secret sauce is chia seeds! Thats right, chia seeds like the chia plant from the 80s!

Chia Seed Info: They are chalked full of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, and more! They are also considered a great source of plant based protein. Best part, they help prevent sugar spikes! You can find them in any grocery store and they are relatively inexpensive since you don’t need much.

Back to the good stuff!

You will need: 

2 cups raspberry (if using frozen, defrost first)

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons warm water

2-4 tablespoons honey (preferably raw)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Jars of Raspberry JamAdd all ingredients (start with 2 tablespoons of the honey) to a blender or food processor, and pulse until the it is the texture you prefer.  I don’t like it too chunky, but you may leave it that way if that’s how you like it.  Taste and add more honey if you would like a sweeter jam.  I like mine on the sweet side! Raspberry tends to be a tart berry sometimes, so may need to add more honey than I do. Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid (I used a mason jar) and allow to set in the fridge, about an hour.

 

 

Break out some fresh bread or toast and Enjoy!  

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Indoor Pastures. Double Your Herd While Everyone Else is Selling Cheap!

What if you could raise feed for your animals without the risk of weather and crop failures?

Move Your Pasture Indoors: Eliminate Drought, Snow or Overgrazing Conditions

SRF-Biscuit-2015  Produce from 25 pounds to 20,000 pounds + of green grass sprouts daily for your cattle, horses, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, alpacas, llamas, deer, etc. inside the comfort of a shed regardless of your local weather or climate conditions.  1 unit replaces 200 acres+ of pasture. Units can be indoor systems or outdoor trailer types.

25 pounds of fresh sprouts will feed 1 beef cow or 1 horse or 4 – 8 hogs or 222 to 370 chickens or 83 to 138 rabbits daily. The amount of sprouts needed depends upon the type, size, condition, and activity of the livestock and also whether it is being used as the primary feed or with other feeds, such as hay or straw, used as a supplement.

Very easy to operate – just add seeds and water. Seeding to harvest takes just 7 – 8 days. This provides fresh Spring Season grass sprouts all year round. Experienced growers are spending less than 1 hour of labor per ton of fresh sprouts harvested.

Customers have found that even feeding just a small quantity of sprouts daily has been beneficial for their livestock, so there is a leeway on what needs to be fed.  This can vary depending upon availability and cost of the grains vs hay.

You can picture the mats looking like the sod that you would put on a new lawn but without any dirt attached at all.  You can adjust the amount of grain sprouted so you won’t have any waste green grass each day.  The livestock eat the entire biscuit, roots and all with relish.

 

Customers have told us that their livestock come running when they see the sprout wagon or trailer coming.  They like the fresh green grass as much as it is beneficial for them.  Some customers have purchased these units specifically to provide feed for older or sick livestock.  The fresh soft grass is easier for the livestock to eat and digest than eating grain or dusty dry feed.

 

We normally recommend Barley simply because it seems to have the most nutritional value of any of the grain sprouts but you can use alfalfa, oats, wheat, triticale, ryegrass, buckwheat, field peas, clover, sunflowers, etc.  Simply adapt your sprouts to the most economical and nutritional grains available.  

You should also start slowly by providing only small quantities of the freshSRF-Sprouts-Horses3 sprouts daily until your livestock become accustomed to the new feed.  Then increase the amount slowly until feeding the full mat.  You can even mix grains to provide your livestock with a nutritional salad mix

1 pound of grain at approximately 40% nutritional value becomes 8 pounds of sprouts at approximately 90% nutritional value.  The tender, moist, easily digestible and highly nutritious green grass is better for livestock than grain and hay.  

Note:  I’ve seen studies which try to compare the dry weight nutritional value of sprouts vs the dry weight of traditional grains, etc.  The process of sprouting eliminates the enzyme inhibitor that’s present in all grains to protect the grain from contamination before sprouting.  It also changes the starch present into more easily digested components.

Growing sprouts uses up to 99% less land, 98% less water, & 50% less energy than conventional farming practices, all while reducing transportation costs in feed.

 

These systems are a variation of the original sprouter system developed in Australia over 20 years ago so the manufacturers have a great deal of experience with this product.  We frequently get inquiries from potential customers who have tried to build their own sprouting systems and have dismally failed due to cost and extensive mold problems. 

Dwight McBride

info@hydroponicsfarming.com

http://www.hydroponicsfarming.com

http://shop.hydroponicsfarming.com/Sprouters_c38.htm

704-933-6105

Curing Ham and Home Ham Curing Recipes Dry, Salt Brine and Sugar Curing Methods

 

curing-hamI have always been interested in learning the art of curing. I am also all about getting right to the point. This following article was extremely helpful. It had all the needed info and none of the fluff. Hope you enjoy:

http://www.countryfarm-lifestyles.com/curing-ham.html

Is Bee Pollen Natures Multivitamin?

“One of the most amazing bee pollen facts is that it takes one bee working eight hours a day, one month to gather just one teaspoon of bee pollen granules.”

 

Bee pollen actually makes an excellent multivitamin and is considered a super food by some. Great article explaining it all can be found here: http://www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com/bee-pollen-benefits.html