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You all have asked some great questions this month! We’re covering topics from milking cows, storing canned food, planting perennials, our watering system, and, most importantly, did Josh keep his Mother’s Day promise to Carolyn???

It’s all in this month’s episode of the Pantry Chat Q & A (time-stamps are below).

Time Stamps
0:00 – Chit Chat
2:28 – What supplies do you need for a milk cow and what do they cost?
8:03 – Does your seed planting stick have measurements on it?
8:40 – How do you store your arnica oil?
9:24 – I stored my canned food with the ring on, should I throw out my jars?
10:39 – With additional family on the homestead are we putting in additional produce to provide more food?
11:25 – How many people are in our household? Correcting an “oops” in a previous video!
12:14 – Why do we thin plants instead of planting the seeds at the spacing the seeds need?
15:34 – More on planting perennials and our watering system.
17:42 – What is our garden size?
19:02 – What’s the difference between our main crop garden, the cottage garden, and other areas we’re cultivating on the homestead?
20:42 – What do we do to support our tomatoes as they grow?
22:06 – Is there a difference between our onion varieties that we plant?
22:58 – Can I preserve a small amount of clabbered milk to innoculate my next batch of raw milk?
23:50 – When butchering chickens, can we can the raw meat right then, or do they need to chill first?
25:42 – What type of clamps do we use to hold the plastic sheeting to the hoop house panels?
26:28 – Do we order male, female, or a mix of meat chickens and why?
27:26 – Did Josh remember to keep his promise to Carolyn for Mother’s Day?

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