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Paige's Highlights

1.  Farm Pets.As Dan and I are planning on living on a farm and that that farm will have to be out in the country, we'll need some cats to keep the local rodent population at bay.  I've never grown up with them, as my mom is very allergic, however, Dan extols their virtue as mousers and has stated that he's never seen a live mouse at his parents. (We have, however, been rudely surprised by dead mice that Miss KitKat thought we'd like to share with her. :-D )  Here's the article on these kitties by Mother Earth News.

2. Edible Landscaping.  As with most of my "highlights," Mother Earth News is my source of good ideas or a way in which I become further interested in topics.  I remember Dan working on a VERY expensive condo on the ocean up the coast in Maine one summer.  Although it was inhabited by a very wealthy Ophthalmologic Surgeon and his wife, they either very frugal/practical or she had a particular interest in gardening.  Scattered in amongst the hydrangeas and lilies were tomatoes, colorful lettuces, herbs, and zucchini, just to name a few. I loved the idea and knew that I would incorporate this idea into my garden.  This article points out how we as Americans tended to do a "division of labor" so to speak with our gardens in addition to our jobs--plants were either ornamental or edible, with little overlap between the two.  I always thought this was stupid and disliked working in my ornamental gardens as compared to my veggie garden.  I have determined that my flowers will be squash blossoms and fruit trees and mini-kiwi will replace my wisteria (for the most part!)

3. Cold Hardy Kiwi.  As a kid, I used to peruse through the Park Seed Catalogs (that's their picture), drooling over all their seeds and plants, dreaming of what I'd like to plant one day.  I was intrigued by the cold-hardy kiwi they sold--similar taste as the furry, brown kiwi, but these were small green ones, the size of jumbo grapes.  This article by Mother Earth News has a bunch of other plants that are rarer berries and fruits fro the home garden.

4. "One Hour Better."   By ColdAntlerFarm...I found the mention of this blogger on Mother Earth News, but looked her up myself.  An interesting woman with some interesting thoughts.  Look for her entry on December 28th, and enjoy the rest of the blog along the way.   She writes about how so many of us make unattainably huge goals for New Year's Resolutions, but then we have no "baby-steps" to make some progress... A year is too big..but an hour, an hour is just about right.... 

5. Weston A. Price Foundation.  This was always an interesting site, but i found it hard to navigate--no longer!  They just did a major re-haul of the website and it's SO much easier to use!  A good resource on nutrition and sustainable farming.  They also have some medical advice, but it's a completely different viewpoint than "standard" healthcare.  I'll have to read through it and see what I think.... :)


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