How self sufficient are you? What do you have growing in your garden right now? What do you plan to add next year? Do you can your fruits and veggies? How many of us avidly hunt or grow our own meat... chickens, cows, rabbits? Does anyone here make their own butter, cheese, yogurt or soap? Got any web sites, books or tips to share with other COTHers? Times are tough... share...
\"For all those men who say, \"Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,\" here\'s an update for you: Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it\'s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage.\"-
It is made by a friend of a friend and is wonderful! I have a veggie garden but I don't can. I'd love to learn. I couldn't kill my own meat but if I had room I'd love to keep laying hens and a milk cow. I'm nostalgic for a time that was old fashioned before I was born!
We have 2 goats that get milked, and several chickens that lay eggs... as well as an herb garden, and will be doing a vegetable garden next year. ... I am thinking about maybe picking up a beef cow?? Does anyone know how cost-effective this is? I only know a couple people who have done it.
I make my own laundry detergent and soap. I have eight chickens growing up to lay eggs. I haven't done a garden yet because honestly getting the horse parts of the farm set up (we've been on the farm just over a year) hasn't given me that much extra time! However, some of my neighbors have been very generous with their gardens and I have canned a lot of pickles and done some different things with pears. Once I get some fencing projects finished I will be getting some dairy goats for milk to drink and turn into cheese, yogurt and soap! We also have plans for cattle and I would like to raise a hog or two for our own use in the future.
Well, the fact that I knew EXACTLY what you were talking about by the title of your post says a lot, right?
We also call it "beans, bullets, and bandages," but it amounts to the same.
We are really good on the food/water front - I can and have a garden, and I probably have 3 months worth of food saved up. I just ordered a really nice 55 gallon water storage barrel, and we keep 7 gallons on top of that in smaller containers.
I have to say, I'm not sure what to do about the fact I have a horse. They keep a lot of extra hay stored up where he is boarded in a nice secure wood hay barn, but other than that I'm not sure.
Has anyone else had a vision of their area being completely devastated and riding out of the area on your horse? I'm not going to leave him, that's for sure!
My fellow boarders think I'm nuts.
"Look, I'm trying not to test the durability of the arena with my face!" (Because only GM can do that.)
Garden went to hell in a handbasket as my back gave out.
BUT - I did manage to put away a decent amount of Silver Queen. I've got 2 bushels of tomatoes to process - but am waiting for the help to arrive. (Mr. JSwan)
By October 30th I'm all set. Got a side of beef, pork in the freezer, along with a good supply of venison and chicken. All from the farm.
I draw the line at a milk goat/cow. I buy my milk from a local farmer. Though I do love goat cheese so maybe one day......
The pumpkin patch has outgrown its space and grew over the fence and into a pasture. Hopefully I'll have a nice load of pumpkins. Mmmm... pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin.....
We're pretty self sufficient here. Not off the grid hairy legs hold off the gov't for weeks type of self sufficient though.
Our tomatos are growing nicely and our cucumbers have taken over the world. EBTW and I have been making pickles and canning tomatos, also buying the large bushels from the farmer's market and smoking and canning those (thank you, sainted COTHer, for that idea). We also have cantaloupe, peppers, and herbs growing.
The chickens planted their own garden this year. They have tomatos and cantaloupes growing.
Most of our food is made from scratch. The more I make from scratch, the less I like the taste of things that are made out of a box. I attempted box beans and rice a few months ago on a whim and even the "low sodium" version was so salty I made up my own. Most of our bread and our sweets are made from scratch.
Sometimes we have some issues with the garden, like when we turn our back for a second:
We make some of our own cheese, any time we can talk someone in Pennsylvania into bringing us a gallon of raw milk. You can't buy it in a store here and unfortunately, I can't buy a cow share because I just don't need multiple gallons of raw milk - one gallon is usually enough. Any PA COTHers coming through NOVA in the next few weeks? I'll bake you cookies if you bring me some milk.