recipe
Feb
12
2009

Grow my own wheat you say?

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Sounds intriguing.  VERY.  See I might have hinted at the fact, in previous posts, that I need a new focus.  Seriously.  I know, I know, I have cookbooks in the future but you see that is not actual work.  Its brainwork.  But outside of standing on my feet to test recipes there is very little real energy spent.  I am not one to exercise, persay.  In fact I have a membership to a gym that I havent stepped foot in for oh…maybe…6 months.  And when I did it was sporatic and without any heart whatsoever. But this little email alert caught my attention.  I subscribe to a newsletter from TreehuggerI admit many times I dont read any of it and why I started reading it this morning I dont really know.  It might have been the lead-in headline “Vandals in Paris”.  That caught my eye.  But the next article really caught my eye! Forget the 100 Mile Diet, Try the 100 Yard Diet: Grow your own bread! So I clicked through and really loved what I read. The author claims a 100 by 109 foot plantation, roughly the size of a suburban lawn, could produce 120 pounds of wheat per season, thus giving a family 2 loaves of bread a week for a year. Now that’s information I need.  We have roughly 3 acres of yard to mow.  So this article will be passed along to Husband who just might find it more appetizing that the chicken house I have been practically begging for.  Actually, I think we are real close to reaching a compromise about the chicken house.  He even showed me last week where we might put one.  I tried not to get too excited.  But inside I was jumping for joy!  Here chicky, chicky, chicks!

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We grew a great deal of our own food when I was a kid, and one year we did grow wheat. It was only 1/4 acre, but we got quite a bit of grain. I don’t remember how much. Enough that we used it for some time, though. This was in central Texas.

You do need access to a thresher for efficiency. Oh, and cutting it…Our attempts with a handheld scythe were unsuccessful, so my mom was trying to cut it with kitchen scissors. LOL It worked much better when our Romanian friend came over and scythed it expertly. That was an amazing sight. He was finished in no time.

I have yearned to have chickens for I can’t tell you how long, and I would be shooting off fireworks if my hubby said yes to having them. We grind our own wheat and oats to make bread, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, etc……..I have thought of growing our own but on only just shy of an acre, I’m not sure that’s enough room and like Charity Grace mentioned about how one goes about harvesting that wheat, I’m thinking I’ll have a pass and just buy it from the farm store.

Yeah…it seemed like a much MUCH better idea this morning and now as the end of my day is in sight and I am tired though most of my work today has been busy work and not terribly physically taxing, there is no way I would want to have to cut the wheat! But it would be pretty growing right?

Now chickens…ummm…bring ‘em on!!! I guess you all have seen the little diapers for chickens so you can keep them inside. Oh no, I am not making it up…oh, you want proof….OKAY!

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I vote for the chickens. I would have a few if city law allowed. Currently, I purchase eggs from a coworker – they are wonderful! The taste so much better than the eggs from the grocery store which I have heard are nearly three weeks old by the time they hit the store. ~Kelly

You know, you could grow a smaller area of wheat and let the chickens eat it. :) I seed small areas dotted around the back yard and let them eat the wheat grass. Makes for lovely, orange yolks. I didn’t ask my hubs for chickens. I just went to my friend’s house, bought the chicks, brought them home, set them up in my craft room and designed a chicken house for them. Then said, “Surprise!” when he came home from work. If I waited for approval, I’d be an old woman. lol

Hahahaha! I don’t have nearly enough room for the wheat field, but I’m thinking when my husband and I finally buy our own home (and land) I’ll try starting out with that and compromise to the chicken coop! (We’re already arguing about whether or not I’ll get to raise chickens. They’re $2 a chick at the Tracter Supply!)