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  • Brueck.iris
    Brueck.iris New ZealandPosts: 143 ✭✭✭

    Perhaps that's the real contest: Can you still grow/produce/collect half your food in winter?

    You can still grow winter veges like kale, grow others under simple cover and chicken are already laying again. Our neighbour has calves and therefore milk arriving.

    It's a warm winter this year - so foraging for dandelions, winter purslane (called miner's lettuce in NZ), chickweed is easy.

  • Karin
    Karin New ZealandPosts: 272 ✭✭✭

    @Brueck.iris you could be right :)

    We have a ton of chickweed always growing here winter and summer and of course dandelions never stop. We have previously had chickens and hope to have a suitable place again some time in the not too distant future. Unfortunately due to illness, I can't eat kale or any fibrous green vegetable, so that means I am a bit limited. We are lucky, though, to have a lovely north-facing house wall that capsicums will still grow and produce fruit well into May (as they did this year - we have frozen several bags full).

    You are obviously lucky in that you live next to a farm and can take advantage of the milk! Would like to have that :)

    But no way could what we have, or could produce at this time of year, make up half of our food.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 4,638 admin
    edited August 2020

    @Brueck.iris That is very interesting.

    Our winters can have down to -50Β°C and we can have lots of snow. Foraging here would be skimpy, but could be done. You would really have to know your stuff!

    Harvesting any garden things would be impossible unless you had a heated greenhouse.

    Chickens, well if you force them, you can still get eggs. In the warmer cold temps, you can butcher animals. Milking or calving can be done year-round, although calving is much better in spring, summer or fall.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 4,638 admin

    I think more region/zone specific might be an idea.

    North America is so large that there are so many growing zones. Many, I think all (?) of the other contest videos were from places much warmer & with a longer growing season than where we live. Challenges are much different.

  • mentinkfamilyfarms
    mentinkfamilyfarms Posts: 2 ✭✭✭

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  • marcy_northlightsfarm
    marcy_northlightsfarm Posts: 103 ✭✭✭

    I love that you had this contest! Even though I didn't enter it really got me thinking about how much food I raise and how much more I could improve on that. I had a small garden this year but I am canning so much. Also we have been raising a beef and he just finished and is now in the freezer. Soon there will be a hog in there too. Today I will can tomatoes. Stewed tomatoes will come first, I'll use them in chilie and vegetable soups. Next I'll make about a dozen pints of salsa and lastly tomato soup. I have a few jars of soup left from last year so I don't need many.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 4,638 admin

    @marcy_northlightsfarm That is fantastic! We can always do more. You sound pretty set for the coming winter.

    The other thing to consider is to be diverse in planning, which you sound like you are certainly doing. Putting everything in one basket just isn't the best plan. Sometimes the year is better for some things than others (as evidence shows through our video).

    What most people who see our video won't realize is that in other years, we have seen great yields from this very same garden. It just didn't go as planned for us this year. :(

    The other lessons to be gleaned are to not give up, keep experimenting, and work with what comes your way (like weeds/calves...). Don't be afraid to change it up.

    We should have 3 jersey Γ— milking shorthorn calves arriving this next month. That is a lot of milk! We will certainly have to get even more creative than we have been. You bet certain chickens will get fattened up, and we should be getting pigs to help out too.

  • COWLOVINGIRL
    COWLOVINGIRL Posts: 856 ✭✭✭✭

    I'm so excited for you LaurieLovesLearning!

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 4,638 admin

    @COWLOVINGIRL You know that I will be posting pictures! ;) Babies are always the best.

  • happy-trails
    happy-trails Posts: 174 ✭✭✭

    This thread is so inspiring! You all have beautiful gardens - the kind I dream of having one day!

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