Annual CD/T & BoSe Injections for Goats

Annual Goat Injections Collage via Better Hens and Gardens

There are three types of injections that goats in our area need annually; tetanus toxoid, BoSe, and a vaccination for enterotoxemia.  Here’s the basics to know about these vaccinations for goats (skip to the last paragraph if you don’t want to know all the details on drugs for food producing animals):  1) First of all, what do these vaccinations prevent?  Tetanus toxoid - provides long term protection against … [Continue reading]

Choices in Egg Quality

Choices in Egg Quality via Better Hens and Gardens

In the US today, we’re being offered more and more choices in food quality; and it’s because many of us are demanding locally grown foods that are antibiotic, hormone, and pesticide free.  In terms of eggs quality, it’s not clear sometimes what the choices mean – here’s a rundown on the different types of eggs: Commercial or “Factory Farmed” Eggs These are the standard grocery store eggs; and unfortunately, the “farms” that produce these … [Continue reading]

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 2/28/15

simple saturday sheep

Join us for ideas on living a Simple Lifestyle and being Self Sufficient!     Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This … [Continue reading]

American Small Business Champion Bramblestone Farm!

Bramblestone Farm ASBC Winner Badge via Better Hens and Gardens

We are proud and honored to announce that Bramblestone Farm has been chosen as an American Small Business Champion by SCORE and Sam’s Club.  The American Small Business Championship ( awarded the title to 102 small businesses, two in every state and the District of Columbia, for their sacrifices and dedication to the success of their business. The American Small Business Champions each receive a $1,000 Sam's Club … [Continue reading]

Making 2015’s Seed Starting & Planting Schedule (w/downloadable template)

2015 Seed Starting & Planting Schedule Collage

It's time to start thinking about the garden and starting seedlings (actually it's time to start); so I’ve created our annual seed starting and planting schedule again (see below) to keep us on track.  It helps me keep focused on buying seeds, starting transplants, getting supplies, and making sure the garden beds are prepared on time. I start with my schedule from the previous year, copy it to a new spreadsheet tab, … [Continue reading]

New Chicken Coop Paint Protection

Coop Protection Collage via Better Hens and Gardens

For those of you considering new chickens and a new coop this spring, if the coops going to be made of wood, you might want to consider painting the interior before adding the chickens. The paint helps to protect the wood, makes it harder for chicken parasites to hide-out, and makes the coop easier to clean.  When we got our first wooden coop, someone suggested that Minwax (Helmsman) Spar Urethane was a product that was safe for use … [Continue reading]

Newborn Goat Kids Need Colostrum

Colustrum Collage via Better Hens and Gardens

Colostrum is the first milk produced by a goat after she freshens, and it's the first milk that the kids must drink within the first few hours. It's a thick, sticky, yellow milk that contains high levels of fat, protein, vitamins, and antibodies that newborn mammals must ingest within a few hours after birth. This is how the dam passes immunity (specific to her location and environment) to her kids, and the faster they get colostrum, the … [Continue reading]

Pre-sprouting & Cutting Seed Potatoes

Pre-sprouting & Cutting Seed Potatoes via Better Hens and Gardens

Potato Planting Preparations I used to think that growing potatoes was too much work for the end result. Then a friend’s homegrown Yukon Gold potatoes completely changed my mind. Like almost anything that’s homegrown, they just tasted so much better. So now, we grow potatoes every year and potato planting preparation includes pre-sprouting the seed potato tubers to encourage early growth, improve yields, and speed up production of … [Continue reading]

New Magazine Articles Published!

Mar_April 2015 Urban Farm via Better Hens and Gardens

I recently received complimentary issues for a couple of favorite magazines because my articles have been published in them. The first is the March/April 2015 issue of Urban Farm magazine, which actually has two articles of mine in it, On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow! 10 Vegetables in Just 10 Weeks and Soil Blocks - Build Super Seedlings. The really cool thing they did with the article on Growing 10 Vegetables in 10 Weeks, was to … [Continue reading]

Seeds of the Month Club

Seeds of the Month Club via Better Hens and Gardens

It's been lightly snowing all day, but I received my “Seeds of the Month Club” package and it's put me in the mood for gardening! I just love looking through seed catalogs, but with all the choices, I’m always conflicted about what new seed varieties to try.  So I'm happy when my Seeds of the Month Club package arrives, and I get to try four new and exciting vegetable, herb, or fruit varieties.  For a garden lover … [Continue reading]