Our baby chicks are growing up. Once little fuzzballs, they are now looking like real hens… or roosters. Though we asked for pullets (females under a year old), it’s hard to tell boys from girls when they’re fresh out of the egg, so, more than occasionally a male slips through when people order females. [Read more…] about Six Weeks With Chicks
Food & Drink
This year, we must have done something right, watermelon-wise, because they are sprawling everywhere, snatching onto every available hold with their super-strong tendrils. A good portion of the plants have overgrown the raised beds, which means I have to watch my step, lest I step on something like that pictured above. And below. [Read more…] about Summertime Means Watermelons
Things are looking very promising in the garden, though I keep feeling like I’m behind, somehow. Perhaps it’s because my tomato plants sat in containers growing root-bound for a seemingly interminable amount of time, while we got things (somewhat) together for raised bed #2.
But, as soon as the tomatoes, and everything else, went into the ground, they perked right up and attempts at reproduction commenced. Right now I’m instituting my Reemay-covering plan for the summer squash, trying to keep those dreaded squash vine borers at bay so they can’t lay eggs on my beautiful plants.
The squash blossoms so far have been all male — I have to check as I’m the designated pollinator for these covered darlings. [Read more…] about The Days Of Flourishing
You’ll notice this post is titled “Making Daily Bread” and not “Making Bread Daily.” I’m a do-it-yourselfer, but I’m not a martyr. Some pioneers in the organic/local/sustainable food movement note that while, in some ways, people are going back to doing things they way their grandparents did — fresh, real food that’s made and sometimes even grown at home — in other ways, we are light years ahead because of scientific, technological and social advancements. These things are easier than they used to be.
For example, I can make steel cut oats in a jiffy (at least my part of the chore goes quickly) with my rice cooker. I can set up automatic drip irrigation systems for my raised beds. We can now easily use temporary electric fencing to rotate livestock through multiple grazing areas. And, like I’ll explain here, I’ve been using my bread machine to assist in that most basic of endeavors — making bread for our family’s daily use. [Read more…] about Recipe: Making Daily Whole Wheat Bread