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.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Windy Planting Day

What a day! Windy, warm and wonderful :)

Yesterday we planted pecan trees, pawpaw trees and 3 more hazelnuts in the orchard area.
Today we've planted red currants, service berry, witch hazel, spice bush and beauty berry. Several went out along on the inside of where we're going to put up a pallet fence and some along the where the kitchen garden is going.

We still have short leaf pine, green hawthorn and a couple more berries to get planted and I'm rooting some goji, black currants and pectin tree. So much food, medicine and more.

We skipped breakfast so were very hungry at middlemeal. We had fresh peppered bacon biscuits and a cup of coffe, filling and warming! The day is gorgeous but the wind is strong and cold.

3 loads of laundry went out and were probably dry by the time I was done hanging them out. They were so soft and nary a wrinkle when i took them in :)

I got the domain for the website set up, partially anyway. Someone donated the money to get the domain, thank you so much! SimplyBeing was taken in every form. I did a little survey for ByModestMeans and it didn't do well. I thought about SimplyBeingSelfSufficient but it seemed to long. Soooo I ended up with .... SimplySelfSufficent.org :)

It's slow going, an hour to do a few small things. But I do other things while I'm waiting for pages to load etc.. Right now the website is a bit messy but I'm working on organizing it along with adding a lot more content. Over 20 years worth of living this life to share, but I love the living and there sharing and if it helps one person ....

Aside from helping with tree planting, Nik worked on building his first rabbit cage. He'll hopefully be trading/selling them this summer. Our beloved Bonnie helped get him started on it and aside from us just needing them ourselves, they will hopefully help out the farm in sales and trades. He may end up selling rabbits, piglets and cages at his own booth at the farmers market this summer as well.

He also worked on, and fixed, my old DVD player. I could live without it of course but I do love watching some DVDs and need it to listen to some Tom Petty on occasion :)

Other than laundry, planting and regular chores i didn't get much done. I have 2 orders to fill tonight and then I may just pass out. I haven't been feeling as well as i should, just a little weak and tired lately and a bloody headache for over a week. It will pass tho and all will be well.

For supper I had planned ham and beans with cornbread, but forgot to start the beans *-* I'll have to go see what I can scavenge from the fridge and pantry.

Yesterday I made some really good cranberry, orange oatmeal bread. made as a sweet dessert bread with brown sugar. It was an excellent experiment and I intend to perfect it. Perfect for evening tea.

This evening, if I have enough wick left after all necessary things are done, i might make some oatmeal cookies. I haven't made them in ages and they're excellent for breakfast with a piece of fruit.


the wild magnolia said...

I'll bet you fall into bed and immediately asleep. It is a fine sound to my ears to read of all the trees planted, those to be planted, laundry drying on the line, and cranberry - orange oatmeal bread.

Wishing you a splendid week.

Knitted Home said...

I'm so jealous of your orchard - how exciting to see so much potential starting!
You mentioned quite a few berries going in; I don't know if your climate is much like mine (Zone 4 or 5), but I'd be happy to dig up some black raspberry canes and send them to you via USPS if you are interested. I can't guarantee they'll take, but I've been trying to propagate them as much as possible (my new house, a friend's, my parents' new house) before my parents sell their house.
They are very delicious black raspberries with wicked little thorns that like to snag your skin & house mosquitoes, thus making their taste that much sweeter after your "battle". I like to use the berries with strawberries in a jam or fresh over ice cream.
Let me know if you're interested. I love sharing with friends :)