Category Archives: Wild Foods
“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love using that which others throw away. I am not sure if it is the frugal in me, or just the desire to help the planet survive mankind. Either way, it is fun learning about all of the food sources that surround us but which we ignore. I learned some of this researching for a novel about the War of 1812 (I wanted a character who could cook the men good food with some of the local flora) and the idea of forest gastronomy. So in that spirit, here are some more weeds that might well be growing in your yard or garden (unless you are an obsessive weeder, as I am), which can be eaten and are good for you.
Your chicks are now old enough that they are beginning to lay eggs but you may wonder “How many eggs are normal” in the realm of chicken egg laying?
Cast the lure out and wait for it to settle on the bottom. Work or reel it very slow. Cast the lure on the edge of the lily pads so it cranks down the drop off on the first part of your retrieve. Different colors work in different lakes during different light conditions. Casting or flipping for bass often yield good results, but for the beginner, trolling is likely to be much more successful. This involves letting your bouquet of baits into the water from the stern of your boat and towing it along till there’s a bite.
To raise goats, the first thing that you must do is build a pen to hold your goats. A four feet high mesh fence will work well.
Typha is a popular plant with many names like bulrush, reed mace, punks, corndog grass, raudo, or cattail. Whatever you want to call it, cattail is easy to distinguish and locate and has many uses. You can use it at any time of the year.
A beekeeping smoker, or just called a smoker, is a tool to produce smoke in the attempt to calm down bees. The basic principle is smouldering some fuel, which is the flameless type of combustion of the fuel.
Raising the next generation of hunters is a dream of most hunting enthusiasts. Teaching our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews about the joy, hard work and healthy meat that comes from hunting is no small task for their short attention spans. Here’s your guide for getting young people excited about hunting and how to make their first few times a positive experience.
Some people call them wild plants. Some call them weeds. And some people call them names I can’t repeat. However, many weeds are actually quite edible and very nutritious. Best of all, they’re free.
Many people attempt to cut up timber for their log-burning stoves – but how many really know the time-honoured secrets practiced by the real experts? I will reveal the simple technique that I learned in Norway back in 1974, which will remove a lot of the stress and injury from this underestimated pastime. The sharpness of the axe is not important, by the way!
Most people who know me understand that I have a great deal of respect for the Native American and their ability to survive under adverse conditions. They have managed to make use of what they have readily available at hand while wasting nothing in the process. If there were ever one group of natural survivors it would have to be the native tribes of North America.
On January 20th I attended a winter wild edibles class held at Killen’s Pond. The class was instructed by a knowledgeable individual named Jeff Moore. At the very beginning of the class Jeff stressed that any attempts at gathering wild foods would be a failure if you can not determine if a plant is poisonous or not.
We’re not talking about purchasing some acreage and a tractor for you to grow wheat on. We’re not talking about raiding feed silo doorways for spilled piles of grain (never do this). We’re not even talking about raiding kind grocery stores for their day old produce and bread- which many grocery stores won’t entertain by the way. No, we’re talking about feeding your chickens a harvest from the landscape and reasonable space you already have. So how do you do it? What should you grow? Here is our list of fruiting plants that will feed your chickens for free.
If you would like to enjoy pork without spending a lot of money, and maybe earn a few bucks for yourself, too, consider pig farming in your own backyard.
However, before venturing into that area, familiarize yourself first with 10 basic guides in pig farming.
Raccoons are wonderful little critters that are simply misunderstood. Yes they can be a nuisance to home and property owners, but that is not their fault; it is simply their nature! It is our own duty to keep raccoons away from our properties, rather than blaming them for trespassing when they do. Preventative maintenance is the best approach for avoiding raccoon problems on your property, but a little strategic initiative doesn’t hurt either!
As the air becomes more frigid, families gather around fireplaces and wood-burning stoves seeking warm comfort. Unfortunately for many — especially those who suffer from asthma and allergies — the use of such heating devices can trigger health-related disasters in unexpected ways.
In case of emergencies and disasters whether urban or natural, it is advisable that people should have food supply for each person, good for at least three days. This is in case you don’t get rescued or can’t get out from where you are temporarily staying to search for food and water. It is also recommended that all foods stored are non-perishable. The foods that you choose for this type of situation must come from all food groups to ensure that you still get proper and sufficient nutrition.
Here in Northeast Ohio when the weather drops below 50 degrees and we are deep into fall, the bees go into their hive usually not to be seen again until the warm spring sun hits the side of the hive and signals the bees that it is time to come out once more. ” But what do the honeybees do in the in the winter” is the question I get asked most during the wintertime. Do they die? Do they fly south for the winter? Do they hibernate?
There are six major species of trout native to North America. All of these species offer a distinct challenge, and they are all of interest to the angler. But perhaps more importantly, these Native species belong in America. They are a natural and valuable part of our natural environment. Some folks are likely to shake their heads at one notable omission in this article:the brown trout. While brown trout are widely established throughout America, they are not native to our continent. Brown trout are originally a European species, transported to America many years ago.
Unfortunately, it seems like our civilization has declared war on native bees. Over-development, habitat destruction, and diminishing plant diversity have all negatively impacted our bee populations. And, this is occurring during a period when we really need our native bees more than ever before.
Before we get started on a brief account of the ‘History of the Horse’ here are a few facts I thought you would find interesting.
Creating deer food plots is an important way to not only keep a deer herd on your property, but to also provide this herd with much need nutrients throughout the year. For those who are new to creating these food plots, it can be a bit overwhelming. When do you plant? What do you plant? How much rainfall is too much? What will grow in very dry conditions?
Are you starting a farm? Do you want more sustainability for your family? Do you like fresh milk every day? If so, you may be thinking about buying a goat. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before starting your search for the perfect one. Do you have enough pasture and room for housing? Do you want pets, efficient weed eaters, or are you more interested in goats for milk, fibre, or meat? These are just a few considerations that need to be addressed before making a final decision.
Eggs have always been a popular delicious and nutritious food. When most people think of eggs, they think of eggs that come from a chicken. Commercially produced chicken eggs are used more often than any other type of egg and are the eggs that people will find the most in supermarkets. Although, the chicken egg is the most common egg sold, there are a wide variety of different types of eggs that are edible and tasty.
Life on the prairie for early Nebraska settlers often included living in a sod house, commonly called a “soddie.”
Sod houses were used throughout the prairie states because trees were scarce unless you were close to a river. These imaginative settlers used the supplies at hand to build a tight home that would protect them in winter and summer. The earth and the rich prairie grass where the buffalo had recently roamed were plentiful so the pioneers made sod houses.
Water and food are the basic essential items that all beings must have access to in order to survive. Having essential food that is safe and has sufficient nutrition along with water that is safe is considered a basic human necessity. But when it is a natural or man made disaster the scenario is completely changed. Our society has witnessed such adverse times when people crave for a single grain of food and a mouthful of water. The only reason these are emergencies is that either we were not prepared with adequate emergency supplies or informed enough about tackling such situations.
If you have the time and space to raise chicken egg layers, it is a great way to feed your family healthy eggs full of nutrients. Eggs raised organically, from chickens that have been fed organic feed and have been allowed to graze on natural grass are healthier than eggs available in grocery stores. In fact, eggs raised organically have been known to be lower in cholesterol, and to be higher in Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are great for overall health.
Here’s a ‘green’ gardening tip to make a root cellar to store our garden produce over winter without electricity or a cellar. Textbooks tell us to keep hard fruit and vegetables in ‘a dry dark cool place just above freezing’. Problem is, cellars and cool places rarely exist in today’s urban centrally-heated homes.
Lake fishing in winter can be great fun and you can catch a surprising number of fish if you use the right techniques.
We’ve had many people ask us what they need in order to store wheat for long periods of time. There are so many options when it comes to the long term storage of wheat – how can you know what you really need and what is a waste of money? The good news is that wheat itself is built to keep for a very long time!
When designing your heating and cooling system, geothermal systems can be a wonderful choice. Geothermal systems have become increasingly prevalent in recent years as people become tired of spending tons of money to heat and cool their homes, especially as the cost of electricity and gas has gone up. Before deciding that a geothermal system is right for you, however, you may have some questions that you want answered.
Can you maximize your results in cold water by harnessing the power of some of the most essential processes and substances carp use every day? The answer is yes and some of these edges can be boosted to a huge degree to improve your success and most often produce very instant big fish catch results on both homemade and ready made baits boosted in these very special ways! Read on and get this essential information right now!
Physically the horse is a thing of incredible beauty and unbelievable wonder. There are very few things in the world more beautiful then a well groomed horse in motion. It doesn’t matter if that horse is performing a complicated dressage test, running down the backstretch, sailing over a jump, or chasing after a calf, the horse is a thing of incredible beauty.
I have recently begun a quest to learn as much as I can on the benefits of chickens that goes beyond their ability to lay eggs. A quest that my wife believes has turned into a near obsession. I’ll save that conversation for a later article and podcast. For now I want to concentrate on why chickens make for a great addition to a backyard home vegetable garden.
In recent years, an increasing number of people have become involved in “urban homesteading” – creating little islands of agricultural self-sufficiency within cities. Vegetable gardens are becoming a more familiar sight in some major cities, and it’s not all that unusual to see chicken farms spring up among urban sophisticates.
My son and I have been watching the Little House on the Prairie series on DVD.
If you’re not familiar with this icon of 1970s North American television, it’s the story of a pioneer family in Walnut Grove, a tiny town in Minnesota in the late 1800s. We’ve watched them battle blizzards and crop failures, economic downturns and pandemics. And through it all, there’s something staring the viewer in the face – there was a world before electricity. And a big, rich one at that. People were resilient – they knew how to look after themselves, and bounced back from calamity.
Bears, cougars and other large mammals are a fact of life on most rural properties in North America.
Disasters can happen where you have to rely on your food supplies at home. Getting together some survival food isn’t as complex as it might seem. Having the best emergency survival foods, those that won’t spoil but still offer good nutrition, are the ones to keep stored for those unpredictable situations.
Worker honey bees are the smallest members of the hive, size wise, but constitute the majority of bees occupying the colony.
If you are going to heat your home with wood heat it is important that you keep your firewood dry. Here are a few tips that will ensure that you will have a dry supply of firewood for the winter.
Goats and Sheep are a very common beginner animal when one is looking to get into raising livestock for the homestead. Whether you are raising livestock for meat, milk or wool/fiber, both goats and sheep have something to offer. Many people will begin their livestock venture with either a few goats or a few sheep but further down the line, they decide they would like to add goats to their farm if they only have sheep or vice-versa.
Even if you love animals, you wouldn’t want pests and rodents in your home. Rats, mice and other such rodents are carriers of diseases and pose a big danger to you and family members, as well as your pets. Yet if you are font of animals, you wouldn’t want to kill these pests. In such a scenario, the best alternative is to buy humane mouse traps. With the help of these kinds of mouse traps, you can easily capture these rodents and then release them at a safe distance without causing any harm to them.
Owning an old horse can be at time upsetting when you see your old companion fading away. However, nowadays, horses can live happily until a very old age, some well after the age of 30. Hopefully this article will help you and your old mate find the right care.
Backyard farming is very popular, and though it obviously encompasses urban farming, some small town and rural folks prefer to farm backyard sized plots as well.
If you are strapped for cash, or simply love country walks, but only if there’s a purpose to them, why not start foraging for food? Spring is coming and plants that are edible are pushing their way out of the cold winter ground. Soon it will be time to pick young nettle tops and make a delicious soup with them. You can eat stinging nettles, did you know? However it is best to wear gloves when dealing with them, although there are people who manage to use them without getting stung. You can uproot the nettles if they are in your garden and wash them thoroughly and simply pick off the top leaves as these are the tenderest. You can pick the nettle tops in spring and dry them for later use in a nettle tea.
How much will it cost for those wonderful, free-range eggs laid in your backyard coop?
Are chickens worth the expense?
How long will it take to re-coop the start up costs?
One of the first questions on the minds of future city chicken farmers is the cost of keeping chickens. They might dream of free-range eggs they can gather out of their own yard, but don’t want to sink financially for the privilege.
Weather can be dangerous and unpredictable, especially here in Florida. There is always a lot of talk come hurricane season about protecting your home. If you have a barn and especially if you are housing animals, you will want to take special precautions.
When the weather is nice, a day hike can turn into hours of meandering along trails. It’s easy to run out of water. I’ve even forgotten to repack my water bottle after taking a break. Streams and ponds may be everywhere, but don’t be tempted. You have no idea if that water is safe to drink.
Hens of all breeds lay eggs, but given the same conditions such as care, shelter and food, the best chicken breeds for egg production are just better layers. These chickens were bred for optimal production for eggs almost year-round. They are hardy breeds, but some are better suited to farms and homesteads where others can readily adapt to the backyard coop. Some are active and busy while others are docile and calm. Read on to find out which breeds are suitable for your homestead or backyard situation.