There will be NO vampires visiting EB Ranch anytime soon. I decided to make a ton of garlic powder yesterday. All you do is dehydrate garlic clove slices. You then put the dry slices in a coffee grinder to make your own powder. It's so worth the house reeking like garlic! Plus I'm excited to see my results of doubling the amount of garlic I planted with my friend Bretton last fall. I went from 300 cloves to 600 planted. Garlic is amazing to have for cooking but is an awfully useful plant to help with boosting your immunity. I even made another huge batch of garlic, raw apple cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper paste for the goats. This will help improve circulation in the cold months and keep internal parasites at bay. So in short, EAT MORE GARLIC!
As for the cold and outside critters, everyone is doing just fine. The goats of acclimated nicely to the cold. It's -10 and I don't even see them shiver anymore. Their rumen/many stomachs help produce amazing heat, plus they fluff out and keep super warm as long as they are in a draft free environment. All my chickens are very hardy along with the geese. Just give good shelter, and a proper breed for the climate and they will thrive. I on the other hand still need to wear lots of layers of clothes before doing chores....
Also, I want to remind everyone that I am trying to get people signed up for my meat CSA shares. I need to know what everyone wants by April 1st. This will include letting me know if you want any turkeys or geese. I will be raising a second group of chickens later on in the summer. I am about at a quarter of my goal for the first group of chickens. For all my CSA members I plan on having at least one organized farm visit this summer. That way everyone can see for themselves how things work around the farm. Plus I'll be cooking up some good food to try. Remember that one share is five chickens, but if even five is too many you could always split that amount with friends or family. Plus CSA shares make GREAT gifts.
I will have the sign up file attached for your viewing pleasures. And always feel free to ask questions.
Thanks for your support!
Born and raised in a small town, then moved back to the same small town. Jill of many trades and happy to be so.