Am Ainsworth

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since Oct 28, 2014
Zone 9b Nothern California
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Hi Jay,

My husband and I have 8 acres in Oroville, near the lake. We started not quite a year and a half ago fixing the house up, getting 1 1/2 acres fenced, setting up our initial gardens, putting in a couple of swales with fruit trees and chickens. We inherited some ducks and rabbits so they are part of our homestead mix now. This year we are building a workshop, adding more garden beds and swales, starting a food forest and fixing our fireplace in the front room (along with replacing some old, old single pane windows). Although it was a mild winter, it still gets cold - we are slowing moving from one room of the house to the next replacing windows and insulating.

Take care, Anne
2 years ago
Hi Erica,

I just started receiving raw milk from a herdshare program and my husband and I don't drink the milk but are experimenting with making cheese, butter, etc. So far, we've successfully made a simple farm cheese and butter. Since we get buttermilk from the butter making process, I tried making sour cream and it was a failure. It tasted really bad. Suggestions? I guess this is a two part question - we also gets lots of whey from making cheese and I've used some in lacto-fermentation and I feed some to the chickens and dogs. I tried making ricotta and only get a miniscule ball of cheese - is that because I skim the cream for other uses? Other suggestions for the whey?

Thanks so much! Anne
3 years ago
Hi Linda,

Right now I have tons of radish coming up. I feed some of the tops to my chicken and I compost the rest. I grow daikon, the usual small red globe radishes, and this year I'm trying rat tail radish that I plan on pickling. Any other ideas for using both the radish root and tops?

I have a pug too and he and my other dog loves radishes.

Thanks for your input, Anne
3 years ago
Robert,

Thanks for the info. There's a small nursery in Chico that carries California natives so I'll visit them next fall and see if they have something that would be a good fit.
4 years ago
Hi Robert,

I'm in the process of preparing an area in my front yard for an herb garden. There are several large, old Valley Oaks trees in this area and I've read that their root system shouldn't be disturbed or watered during the summer months. Some articles say that you shouldn't plant within 10' of the trunk and some say not to plant anything under the canopy. Since the oaks are large, if I avoid planting under the canopy, I'll have only a very small area to plant. Do you have experience with planting near oaks? On other areas of our property, there are manzanita and other small shrubs growing right up against the trunks of the oaks, but they are not watered during the summer months and survive on the winter rains.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us! AA
4 years ago