I do want to apologize for the sound once again. Part of it is on my end, idk what happened but maybe my headphones weren’t plugged in so Kara’s voice is on my track too, I tried to edit out this echo/double voice over as much as possible and then there are still sounds in the backgrounds throughout our conversations. So sorry listeners :((
I’m excited to introduce this guest because we met on Facebook and she has a great group I think you are going to be interested in called Organic Living For Moms Kara Grant
So I own a bed and breakfast, Ive been doing that for about 12 years, I was born and raised here in New Mexico. My parents were actually farmers and ranchers here.
I grew up with a love for the earth and gardening.
homeschooled my kids
original education is in elementary education.
2 boys and 2 girls
I’m 12 years into my B&B business
I’m actually more freed up
My son, he’s a digital marketer
So many women and people who would like the knowledge you have, this would be a great way to share it. You found me in that group.
It was kind of an accident, we had been restoring properties
We started with that house doing the work
It has challenges because it is a business your on 24 hours a day. I actually got a phone call yesterday at 5 in the morning! People are in different time zones.
You get up and do breakfast, my kids have grown up and raised in it
My personal experience cooking and growing organically. We raised our own chickens so we cook their eggs and they are served to the guests
tomatoes are coming like crazy.
Canned up some jellies and the guests some times buy that. It’s a fun way to use some of the joys doing and passionate about in my business as well
It has its challenges, it’s a full time 24 hour a day
Fun business and a chance to meet a lot of intersteing people.
I feel like your kids got to meet some amazing people that way
They did! One of my fun stories is my son played the flute and they had a flutist convention. One of the big performers was actually staying with us and he worked with my son and he taught him some special techniques.
It’s been really and interesting and fun! But the kids sometimes say, where’s our private life? Sometimes you get tired of people too.
I do have a property 15
more of my chickens
It’s quiet place I literally just dive in and lose myself everyday
away quiet time
I grew up on a farm and a ranch so I enjoy people but I also love my solitude.
My parents only stayed at B&B when were kids, I don’t think we ever stayed in a hotel.
That was probably my first
growing up as a kid
to the side of the house
my parents always had an amazing big garden
time when it wasn’t
as well 3 other siblings
found some unique way got us in trouble
that was probably some of my favorite things in the evenings as the sun was setting going out with my dad, and picking a cantaloupe him pulling out his pocketknife and us eating the whole cantaloupe together.
longing for that type of life
way that it is so connected with the earth
a little bit more space! That’s why I am really grateful I can pursue that passion that I love. I actually enjoy going out and weeding.
You know the thing about it, my dad being in the farming stuff he would always say, “I’m not an organic gardener”
I remember us growing up and him and getting a shipment of ladybugs and us going out behind the tractor and us throwing the ladybugs out into the earth. He took care of the earth by
a lot I did learn from him.
Some of the things like making my own compost and stuff like that are things I have expanded on from my experience growing and continuing researching on my journey on my own.
Can I ask you about compost? Because I’ve been working on building this organic gardening course and to me compost is this easy extension of building soil, I can’t even imagine not composting? But I’ve been getting feedback from a lot of people I am talking to that it’s not that easy, for them. Or people are really struggling with what do I keep it on my counter that’s not going to let flies in or ants, etc.
We keep ours in a bucket on the counter, and one on the porch and I have a compost bin right outside my kitchen so IDK, we don’t have that problem. How does your compost work for you? Do you keep it in the house?
It is what you said, people feel it’s tricky I mean you have to keep it rotated
we try to keep very green and keep all food scraps.
One is the food off the plate that we scrape that’s for my chickens to enjoy
that’s what I dump into my compost pile.
For the coffee you can add the leaves you rake up
food is what I save to feed to my chickens
Some of the waste from chickens you can add to coffee grounds. I don’t feed them their own eggshells because we found the more you add eggshells to their feed the more prone to eat their own eggs.
I just have a large trough outside and when I move it from inside the house I just dump everything in that large trough that’s covered and keep that then for my soil compost.
I don’t find it that hard at all. It’s just two buckets.
I dump it each day, it is important to keep them rinsed out, because that’s when the flies happen.
I do, what I use is I have big stainless steel cooking pots, almost for canning. I have a 2nd sink in the B&B so I leave those sitting in the sink and clean them out each day. They have a lid on top
We’re actually a lot like you, we have enamel buckets on the porch for the coffee grounds, and Mike also doesn’t let the chickens eat anything that isn’t vegetarian.
that grew really well
three batches of dill
sick of canning dill pickles
I got a recipe for cucumber jelly
a lot of okra. I went to OK to visit my grandson
you have to keep it picked
once it gets to a certain level
I’m gonna save some for seeds for next year
I found drying it I’m gonna make it into fall garlands
In New Mexico chili wreathes are popular and I have an idea to make some of my over-mature okra into like a wreathsta!
I love those chairs that you weave the seats, they came out so nice. I love the colors etc.
I was hanging one upside down, I was with my mom, I said lets make an okra-wreathesta!
You sound like such a creative person. I thought you were so young, I thought your kids were toddlers.
One of the things that I want to try different next year, you know, this year IDK why I struggle with it but it was even worse this year then it’s ever been.
I had squash bugs so so bad, that’s the fun thing with my group page, someone was telling me, she said they waited till July 1st and they didn’t have any problems so thats something I am going to try!
I did use the diatomateous earth you have to stay on top of it
doing different trying to plant that particular part of my garden later, to see if that works, idk the correct name, we just called them
tenacious little creatures and what they do is kill the vine and it starts withering and they won’t completely mature, the vine is not getting the nutrient
once you get an infestation
in the past
every single vine
turn the leaf upside down
eliminating the eggs
there comes a certain point especially if you aren’t on top of it where they just take over and then you’re done!
Someone in my facebook group just posted about that and she said she was gonna charge $41.95 a zucchini for all the work she put into them.
where you planted them this year
move them and plant them in a different place
where the garden is planted I have flowerbed areas up close to the house, cause I said I am not going to put them in the area where the garden is and they were worse there and I was like what in the world? They say a lot if they are in an area, just don’t plant squash there the next year again.
soil in that area
that didn’t work this year
Ia m going to try the tip of planting them later and see if that works. If you hear of anybody else.
I know I did a bunch of research on this because someone asked about a vine bore or something I can not find the blog post if I didn’t write...