Friday, July 20, 2012

Drought Time Grazing......

Kate trying to decide whether to go under the fence with everyone else or Not...
She finally did...

They are eating around the ponds..
 Which are dry but that is nothing unusual since they dry up every year.

The green stuff?
Sericea Lespedza... considered an invasive weed.. 
If they saw what goats do to it they would no longer consider it invasive...


Mother And Daughter..
Ethel & Polly...

Emily grazing...
Her ears are up because I was calling her name...
"Just one more bite mom!!!"

Goats in trees??
Bonnie was helping out...

Robin's ears are being held up by the grass...

Emily Lovin the leaves to eat..

My other Mother/Daughter Pair

All you hear is nom nom nom.... lol

I think goats are the ideal animal..
There is still lots of stuff out there to eat for them..
Where if you are dependent solely on grass you are just about out of luck...

 One thing I have come across is that the organic farms are doing better than conventional in this drought.. Rodale institute put it like this.. Organic or natural farming methods puts stuff back into the ground.. They rely on manure and things of that nature to fertilize.. Where the conventional farms rely on a bag of powder or some liquid to fertilize and they have nothing to hold that in the ground like the organic does. I have noticed I am not having to water near as much as some people do thanks to all the stuff in my dirt!! 
 Okay so I tried last night to post recipes for some of the stuff I have been canning.. Well I made the mistake of trying to copy and paste.. It didnt work out and the preview was all messed up... So I will try to post one here and there..

 Zucchini Relish

2 cups Zucchini
1 cup Onion
1/2 cup Sweet green pepper
1/2 cup sweet red pepper
All chopped or shredded
2 Tablespoons Salt
1 3/4 cup Sugar
1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
*2 teaspoons of Celery seed
*1 teaspoon of mustard seed 
*3 teaspoons of pickling spice

Combine zucchini, peppers and onions sprinkle with salt and cover with cold water. Let stand with 2 hours. Drain; rinse and drain thoroughly. Combine remaing ingredients bring to a boil add veggies. Simmer 10 Minutes. Pack Hot relish into hot jars leaving 1/4 in head space. Adjust  2 piece caps. Process 10 minutes in a Boiling water canner. Yield about 4 half pints.

*** The ingredients on mine can vary.. With different peppers or more zucchini.. I just kind of throw stuff in till it looks right but then I measure out how much veggies I have to get the right amount of vinegar mixture...... ;) 

They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.
 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.
 Psalm 72:5-7


Brenda said...

It makes me smile to see your girls out enjoying all the green browse! They sure look happy.

Anonymous said...

nom nom nom! lol love the ears pic! yes those fertilizer farms the earth is red or yellow and organic farms are black and dark brown. I saw a presentation a guy did an experiment with potted tomatoes side by side one organic one commercial and the bugs ate the commercial one right up because of the excess weak growth the fertilizer makes it more appealing to the bugs! Tree

Queenacres said...

Love the goat pics! Glad to see someone is getting some canning done...I'm WAY behind this year!

Luann said...

what do you use zucchini relish for? thx

*~*~*~*~Tonia said...

Luann we use it in place of regular relish. Whatever you use it in this can be used in place..

Michelle said...

Thanks for the zucchini relish recipe! We have been wanting to try making a batch.

Reading about & seeing your goats is encouraging. I have been spending a lot of time training to milk stand & cleaning out goat pen & shed for days. It involves moving loads of soiled bedding & wasted hay into gardens & compost your post I found an affirmation that all this work of mulching & soil building is making a difference to my organic gardens in dry times.

I think we are going to be depending on our garden produce more heavily this year than we have in the past.

Hoping for tons of zucchini!