Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Friday, February 20, 2009


It's been a beautiful day and a very long week.

Monday Oded and Wicket were neutered. Wednesday morning Apollo was neutered. Wednesday afternoon Apollo went back to the Vet because by the time we got home from picking him up he was bleeding profusely. So he ended up having to spend the night, have more stitches, a blood clotting agent and be sedated long enough for his wound to set. We picked him back up yesterday morning and he's doing just fine. He's not overly active but he is fairly active and the wound didn't slow him down at all.

I watched Nights In Rodanthe sometime this week. I didn't like it at all but fell completely in love with the house.

I've almost finished Time Traveler, the second of 3 commissioned paintings. I also went ahead and registered OzarkGypsyArt.org I'm having to change it on the business cards but it's much easier to do that then worry about the other. I never heard back from the woman and when I went to check again it now says my domain is registered to domainsales@godaddy.com even tho according them their site they don't buy domains ?

Oh, what can we do with the funny little things ?

I got some open pollinated heirloom tomato seeds I had ordered. I can't wait to see these. I try different kinds of things each year and this year I'm hoping to sell eggs and tomatoes at the Ozark Farmers Market. I need an agent :) I'm terrible at setting things up but I'm pretty good at everything after that. I may be able to sell teas as well but I haven't found out for sure. My greater goal is to sell fresh herbs and plant starts there each year but I need more garden space and things for that.

The OP heirloom seeds I just got are ....

Tomatoes -

Giant Oxheart - giant blood red
Ace 55 - medium/large low acidity
Tumbling Tom - cherry, dark red
Yellow pear - cherry
White Beauty - medium
Tennessee Surprise - medium with blushing bottoms :)
Golden Jubilee - medium
Tigerella - medium yellow/red striped


Blue lake Bush beans
Acorn squash

Some people on a group I'm on were asking about planting onions that had sprouted in the fridge or cupboard and I thought other folk might like to know. I don't know a lot about it but ......

Onions - You can plant the sprouting onions but they'll only produce a flower. From that flower you can save the seeds and if the onion wasn't GM or sterilized, then you can grow more onions from them the next year. (sometimes they'll grow anyway) Onions are biennials and only produce the part you eat the first year. The second year they produce a beautiful flower with seeds to collect.

Carrots - You can cut the tops off sprouting carrots and get carrots from them each year. Cut about a half inch of the carrot with it's green top and plant it. You can basically eat the same carrot every year :)

For breakfast we had parmesan pepper biscuits. Lunch was white beans and ham (ham and bone left from the Christmas ham) with cornbread. Supper will be leftovers.

Last weekend our neighbors gave us some brisket. Her husband is a BBQ guy. He runs a business in the summer and goes to competitions and stuff. Nik watches their dog for them when they're gone and sometimes they give us meat. He's a most excellent BBQer ! We ate brisket for 3 days :) :) :)


Carol said...

I am really ready to start gardening. I've been in a hotel in CO for 3 weeks. Even though I am spending afternoons with my grandchildren every day, the hotel is giving me a greater appreciation for the farm.
I would be interested in a report on the different tomato plants you have started.

Peggy said...

Have a wonderful weekend Juli

oldcrow61 said...

You're making me want to start seeds but it's far too early here. Can't wait to get started though.

wendyusuallywanders said...

I'm having a hard time growing up. I'm tired tonight. I read the first couple of sentences, decided I did not want to know about the poor guys. I skipped down and read that sentence. I am howling in laughter.

"Monday Oded and Wicket were neutered. Wednesday morning Apollo was neutered.

Oh, what can we do with the funny little things ?"

That got my attention and I went back and read it all. The "funny little things" weren't what I thought they were. Snicker.... :-P

JoyceAnn said...

Glad to hear all is well with your kitties , especially Apollo.

Selling at the farmer's sounds like fun , I hope to do something like that in the future. I'm thing about a roadside stand , since we have a good location.

Thanks for the tips about the carrots and onions , may give it try and see what happens.

~ Many Blessings ~

Granny Sue said...

You're growing some of my favorite tomatoes, Juli. Oxheart, Golden Jubilee and Yellow Pear are among my favorites. Others are the Mountaineer, also called the Hillbilly (it's a big pink and yellow striped tomato), Mortgage Lifter and Brandywine. So many tomatoes, so little garden space to grow them all.

Your menus always sound so tempting. I'm jealous of your good eating!

BTW, the word verification for this comment was "bless." Appropriate.

fly tie said...

well, i'm glad you were able to come up with a solution to your domain situation. and i like how you put it, "it's much easier to do that then worry about the other."

i'm looking forward to getting some things growing soon!