I gave up on them years ago. Sorry to my readers that work for them. (there are more reasons then what is stated below.)
The reason I am bringing this up is out of a bit of eye rolling on my part. I was looking for some info, found what I was looking for and then a bit of a squabble over "well I read it in this magazine" They are not gospel guys!
Sometimes having a conversation with someone gets a tad frustrating, "well I read in. . . that that wasn't even possible." What about your experience with it? Are you willing not to try something because some person in a magazine told you not to. You are not willing to try new things because of that rag?
Ok I get it, the FDA will jump down their throats if they promote something that they deem risky. I understand that, I use to write for food e-zines. But for the majority of people that read these as a bible. . . well it gets on my nerves a bit. These magazines are good for a starting point for your own adventure, they are good to entertain you or enlighten you toward a path you hadn't thought about before.
I got all excited the other day (maybe last week or so) Grit had a Kansas blogger. Cool, a fellow Kansan going through the same BS that I am. I clicked on it and started reading. She doesn't even grow an edible garden! It was mostly about those horrible weed sunflowers that I will burn, take the ashes and soak in lye so that they will never reproduce in my garden again!! But this Kansas gardener loves them. I get it if you are attracting bees only, but these things are so evasive that I won't have them anywhere near my garden, and the one year I planted them the wind blew the seeds into an area that took me 3 years to clear the things out of.
I guess I find the realness of these magazines lacking. I was so disappointed to find this Kansas blogger didn't understand the problems that we as Kansas homesteaders are facing right now. I need to read about the trouble and tribulations that are common, that are shared and how they are coping with it. How is it working out for them? How are they making it through this? But no, no one wants to talk about it. It's back to being happy go lucky I guess.
I want the realness. Why does that seem to be so hard for these rags to understand? I want to see photos of bleeding hands and a smiling face. I want read about mourning a cow (though I really don't want someone's cow to die, been there, done that) I want to read about the wild dogs (or other predators) attacking their livestock and what they did to stop it. Not "oh to keep predators out do this". . . how do you know to do this??? I want to know exactly why you came up with this idea, not just because you read about it in a book from the 70's and that's how they fixed their own problem.
The reason I started this blog is creeping back up I guess.
I am canning dry goods in my oven and chicken on my stove. I should probably get back to that. Feel free to vent away here, no matter what is on your mind. I don't mind it at all, it's real.