Posts tagged “National Wild Turkey Federation

Mulberry Wine vs. Raccoons: The Cons and then the Pros of Mulberry Trees

If you’ve read the recent raccoons posts  (With A Hotdog Stick, A Huntin’ I Will Go,   The Saga Continues – There Are Hardly Words, Raccoon Update…), you know that we’ve recently been having raccoon problems.

Last weekend we attended our NWTF’s (National Wild Turkey Federation’s JAKES Day.  (JAKES stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship)  The kids get to do all kinds of activities when assist them learning about hunting and fishing (I’ll have another post on that topic later).  One of the ‘stations’ is discussing poaching and safety with a  Conservation Officer.   When Q&A time came around, I asked what our options might be for getting rid of these raccoons (who our living under our neighbors deck).   He said remove the food source?!  I tend to dislike using this particular slang word but “Really??”

Con #1:  Cutting down our 5 Mulberry Trees would mean no more Mulberry Wine.  Which isn’t good because my hubby has become famous for his wines.  One of the most popular is the Mulberry.

Con#2: Three of the trees provide shade for the pasture.

Con #3: Two of the trees are the older two boys’ favorite climbing trees.

Con #4: The ducks love to eat the mulberries, especially when they are swimming in their pool which is located under one of the trees.

Pro #1: Fortunately, we collected our berries when they first came on back in early June.  Part of the problem is that it was a fantastic crop this year.  Finally, almost two months later, the berries are beginning to thin out – hopefully, eliminating part of their food source.

Pro #2: We later found out that if the ‘coons are that much of a problem our county allows us to apply for a nuisance permit….I’ll have to remember that for next year.

Pro #3: The kids keep their tree and shade for the pasture. ;0)

Glad we’ve got that all figured out now!  Stay tuned for more wine making posts! (our blueberries came in yesterday)

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Wow! Stop the lawn mower! REALLY!

Who knew we were all sitting on herbal goldmines!?!  I sat down to read my newest copy of ‘Turkey Country’ the NWTF’s (National Wild Turkey Federation) member magazine and came across an article that blew my socks off.  It talked about a plant that many pay big dollars to eradicate from their lawns.  Being frugal and cheap we at The MagicFarmHouse just mow them over and pray they never return.  Until now.

I gasped as I read all of the common ailments it may cure or relieve…

  • Reduces hypertension
  • Cures anemia (I’m chronically anemic)
  • Improves night vision
  • Acts as a mild diuretic
  • Improves liver and gallbladder function
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Mitigate mild constipation and other digestive issues (as a Crohn’s/Ulcerative colitis and IBS sufferer my colon was kicking me in the butt)
  • Clears skin problems including acne, eczema, warts, fungal infections and psoriasis
  • Eases arthritis
  • Stabilizes mood (I could use that all the time!)

What is this plant?  DANDELIONS! I know I still can’t believe it.  The author Lisa Densmore explains in the article that “It turns out the weed I tried in vain to eradicate is a nutritious herb, valued in Europe and the sub-Indian continent for myriad medicinal uses.”  Who knew?  Here’s one of the recipes they included with the article.  Unfortunately, since all of our dandelions are gone now (they usually dominate during the early spring), I haven’t had an opportunity to make any of their recipes.  I can’t wait to try them though!

Dandelion Blossom Cake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup dandelion petals
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (we will exclude this since we have a son with nut allergies)
  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened coconut (same as with the pecans)

Happy dandelion hunting!