Did you know you can grow and harvest your own black peppercorns? If you can keep the plant warm enough, you can cultivate this vine and provide your family with home harvested table pepper. The plant that produces the peppercorns we’re used to grinding up on our food is called the Black Pepper plant. The … More Helpful Herbs: Black Pepper
After the popularity of our recent The Chickens of Our Farm post, which introduced everyone to the various idiosyncrasies of the hens and roosters on our farm, I thought it was the perfect time to introduce our geese. We have seven geese on the farm at the moment, representing five different breeds. Like chickens, a goose’s personality … More Meet Our Geese
A little plant that packs a punch, that is arnica. This incredibly helpful little herb is a major healer, and it grows like a weed – probably because it was a mountain and marshland weed for centuries before becoming part of our herb gardens. Mountain arnica is a hardy plant that can be grown easily in … More Helpful Herbs: Arnica
Regular readers of this blog know that I am a big fan of geese on the homestead, but there are plenty of other birds to consider if you’re starting a farm. They each have their own unique needs and benefits, and it’s quite possible you’ll find room for all of them or discover that only one type … More What Kind of Poultry Should I Get?
Anise, or aniseed, is a pretty, easy to grow flowering herb with a distinctive odor and a boot-load of benefits. Sowing anise in your herb garden will give you a tall, leafy plant that bears beautiful, small yellow flowers. Typically grown from seed, anise likes full sun and well drained soil. Anise is not cold … More Helpful Herbs: Anise
I think this week would be a great time to introduce you to the various chicken breeds we currently keep on our farm. Apart from a quad of Lavender Orpingtons, I do not have any two chickens of the same breed and I love the unique qualities of each bird. Our birds were all selected … More The Chickens of Our Farm