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Cultivate Simple 5: The Dark Side

November 5th, 2012

In this week’s show we discuss the dark side of keeping animals. Death is a part of life and it is the only thing that is guaranteed for everything. But “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” so “Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food.”

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Answer for Josie: Apple ApertureAdobe Lightroom

Answer for Kiskin: As with most weeds, being consistent about pulling them up for a year or two will be your best defense. The first year dig up the bed and remove as much of the plants and roots as you can. During the first and second year pull any new growth you see ASAP, especially in the spring. This will help exhaust the nutrients in the roots/rhizomes. There’s a reason it’s called goat weed. If you can have them, goats will be one of your best lines of defense against noxious weeds. In the show notes there will be a great article about using goats.

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12 Comments to “Cultivate Simple 5: The Dark Side”
  1. Nebraska Dave on November 5, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Wow, just how early do you get up? I thought I was an early riser but I’m just a sleep in kind of person compared to you.

    The dark death side of homesteading is a reality especially if meat animals are raised. One should never forget the sacrifice that those animals make for us.

    Have a great New England day.

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  2. Josie on November 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you for the answer to my photograpgy software question. “The daughter” thanks you as well (I supose it does read oddly but, as she is our only girl, its a nick name we use often. lol) I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us, I am not very savy with a camera so all of your thoughts are helpful.
    Loved this weeks podcast. Changing the way we eat is right where I am so I found this very encouraging and validating! I will be grabbing the spice book Suzy suggested, I am not a person who enjoys spicy food so finding ways to add more spices to my diet is sure to be a real challange. Susy convinced me to give herbs and spices another try and really comit to add more of them to our diet.
    Another great podcast! Thank you!

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  3. John on November 6, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Great episode.
    If you are looking into livestock guardian dogs, give Farm Dream Farmcast Episode #9 a listen. They do mention their dogs often throughout their podcasts. They do a great podcast about life on a farm.

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    • Mr. Chiots on November 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Thanks John. I will listen while coding this morning.

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  4. Misti on November 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Kudos to the volume this go around! I could hear it over my washing machine this time. :)

    As for allergies/asthma, I eliminated dairy, particularly milk, and noticed a huge difference. I still eat cheese but I pay for it with horrible phlegm. There’s also something else out there that bothers me but I haven’t been able to pinpoint it, either dairy hidden in an meal (dining out) or another trigger, but it is frustrating.

    Great episode! (PS: I bought some Ethel gloves, love them!)

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  5. Jennifer Ray on November 7, 2012 at 5:47 am

    You know how when you read a blog & listen to podcasts, you think you know the author? I’ve been watching vids on youtube and thinking to myself ‘Susy would like this…’. What was I watching? Wartime Farm. And all the others made by the same group of people (Tales from the green valley, Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm). Mr Chiots mentioned Wartime Farm and I just thought ‘I *knew* they’d like that!’

    If you haven’t seen the others I’d recommend them. Tales from the green valley was my favourite – it was the first one they did.

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    • Susy on November 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

      We do love all those series, as well as the American one they did about the pioneers.

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      • Jennifer Ray on November 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        I’ve not seen the American one. Perhaps it wasn’t aired in the UK. What was the series called? Is it available on youtube?

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      • Mr. Chiots on November 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm

        The American versions were produced by our public broadcast service, PBS.

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    • Mich on November 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Frontier House was deffo on the tv in the UK, dont think 1900’s or Colonial house were shown tho.

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  6. KimH on November 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I love your friends song… my kinda tunes..
    There is surely that shadow side of county/farm life. I was raised in it & often times see culling as being more humane than not doing so, or if an animal is sick & you know its going to die, to prolong the agony is inhumane in my opinion. Like all things, it just depends on our perceptions.
    Enjoyed the podcast!! Have a great week!!

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  7. Melissa on November 9, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Finally had a chance to listen to this week’s podcast! Been sick with the flu all week! Love the song! I think they will do a great job on creating your show opener. So Susy, you finally convinced me to give some fermented foods a try- not really big on that but I have the Wild Fermentation book on request at the library so we’ll see! I do find that when I make foods I don’t usually like from scratch, that about half the time I’ll end up liking them!

    Excited to read the Healing Spices book- I’ve always cooked with lots of herbs cause of the added taste factor, but learning the health benefits will be a definite bonus.

    Sorry to hear about your little duckling, we lost one from our first hatching earlier in the year. Not sure what happened, just found him dead in the house one day.

    Very interested to hear about feeding raw pet diets- we are getting into supplementing our dog’s diets as we raise more of our own meat. Been saving all the rabbit livers, kidneys, etc. The dogs love the duck necks– those are their special treats!

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