Ask Granny

Preppers Versus Tradition

Fall Grasshopper

Just in time for “National Preparedness Month” – here’s September’s ASK GRANNY.  Granny Miller, I’ve recently been exposed to your website for the first time.  I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far.  I actually found a link which led me to you while I was visiting the Rawles survival blog. I’m interested to know why…

How To Keep Snakes Out Of The Chicken House

Chicken House With A Dirt Floor

Here’s this month’s Ask Granny question. I very much enjoy reading your website, and have a question that I haven’t seen addressed there yet. I have successfully raised healthy chickens, geese and turkeys. I will never forget the year that my sons and I hefted our chicken house and were horrified to find 3 huge…

Problem: Wife Doesn’t Want Self-Reliance – But He Does

Rouen Ducks

I picked this month’s “Ask Granny” question because it’s an important issue for lots of young and not so young couples. Hello Granny Miller, I have a question for you…I was raised on a farm and lived the life style of self-reliance and after a lot of years working for someone else I am trying…

June Ask Granny – “How do you keep on top of all the various, diverse homestead tasks?”

A Morning's Weeding

Dear Granny – Your home always looks so lovely. Neat, clean and orderly indoors and out. My question is: How do you keep on top of all the various, diverse homestead tasks? Do you use calendars, or a series of calendars – or is it all just second nature after all this time? My question…

Which Tomato Is Best For Canning & Making Sauces?

Making Tomato Juice

Dear Granny, Which tomato should I grow for canning and making sauces? Which is good for eating? What is so great about heirlooms? Are hybrids better? Is there tomatoes that produce all during the season or do they produce one big crop at the same time? Susan Susan – A lot depends upon location, personal…

How Long Can A Fresh Laid Egg Sit Out In Summer Weather?

Spring Eggs

Hi Granny- I realize that you might not be able to get to this question for quite a while, but that’s okay. I’ll wait. I was wondering how long a fresh laid egg can sit out in summer weather before being refrigerated and still be okay to eat. I’m chicken-sitting and there was a day…

How To Adjust Dampers On A Waterford Stanley Cookstove

Top Damper Shut

Granny- We just bought a farm in Maine with a Waterford cook stove. Can you explain more fully how to adjust the two cook-top dampers? The say open & shut, but I can’t seem to adjust them to get the oven hot enough to bake anything very well. The whole thing is pretty clean, but…

What Kind Of Sheep & Goats Do You Raise?

Sheep Grazing Near Apple Trees

Granny – You talk about your sheep and goats often. What type breeds do you have? Meat or milk goats? And do you use your sheep for meat or mainly wool? What breeds are they? I raise pure bred Border Cheviot sheep. I also have 3 sheep MontadaleX Cheviot ewes that I bought this past…

How To Keep Rabbits From Eating Just A Few Vegetable Plants?

Chewed Cabbage

Hey Granny! I just started growing some of my own vegetables this summer and they are just starting to come through. I am very proud of my two small tomatoes and three hot peppers, but I do not want rabbits to eat them. What would you recommend to keep them away? Thanks! Vegan Student Hi…