My berry patches are spreading like crazy. When I think of all the people I know that mow down berries because "those brambles are just unsightly"...*rolls eyes*. I have sevearal huge, very unsightly patches of brambles that are covered with sweet, succulent fruit. Free food. The same berries that are going for $7 a quart at the farmer's market. Yeah, give me that kind of unsightly any day. Oh, and it's a great excuse to reduce the area that needs mowing. ;)
Speaking of mowing, I've done a lot less of that this year. As a result, I have several new berry patches coming up and we have a lot more snakes. Snakes are good. I found a really cool brown snake in the potato patch this weekend. I didn't even know it was there until is slithered away from where I was weeding. I guess the reason most people think that snakes hiss is because of the noise they make in the grass as they slither away. I even heard one in my main garden, but didn't see it. I think it was underneath the landscape fabric. Maybe he'll catch that pesky mole I saw eating my lettuce.
There's just something about growing/harvesting your own food. I can't explain it. But if you've ever done it, even just a little, you know what I mean. I especially appreciate the wild food, like the berries. No work involved, just picking fruit.
Our plan is to eventually grow/hunt/raise all of our own food. We're going to get an incubator and raise some chickens for meat. We also have plans for a small fish pond. That means fish, chicken, rabbit, and anything we hunt, in addition to the garden and wild produce. A goat for dairy products is also in the lineup. We already have egg producers. That covers meat, veggies, fruits, dairy..what more could we want?
Someone told me that my lifestyle sounded like too much work. I suppose it could be, if I looked at it that way. I probably put in fewer hours, overall, raising food than it would take to work (at a job) and make enough money to purchase the same amount of food. I don't have to punch a clock, answer to a boss, or be part of a 'team' (the kind where I do all of the work and someone else takes all of the credit...yeah, you can tell what kind of job I had last lol). I have only myself to blame if I let the food spoil before processing, or if I let the weeds take over my garden, etc. I much prefer things my way, rather than squeezing into some pantyhose, heels, and a dress (heaven forbid!!) to drive to and from a job that takes me away from my family and locks me inside with flourescent lighting all day.
Here's a peek at what I've been doing the past week or so:
Hot peppers. The long ones are Holy Mole, the shorter ones are Ancho chillies, and then the little red chillies. I'm hoping to get these into the solar dryer tomorrow morning.
I had a bad craving for potato salad, so I did some digging. Literally. That is one big tater!
Zucchini: there's so much more where that came from. I got most of it blanched and frozen today, but then I ran out of ice, so I have plenty sliced for a casserole tomorrow.
Cherries: a friend of mine took me cherry picking and I ended up with three times this amount. The photo was taken prior to sorting. I still have stained fingers from pitting them. lol
Hope everyone else is having as much fun as I am!!