This year we harvested wheat from our neighbor’s field. It was a learning experience. As we didn’t have a teacher with real experience with this harvest, we made a lot of mistakes. I plan to put these together in an upcoming post, but the first thing we can correct is the type of wheat we … More Small-Scale, No-Till Heritage Wheat Experiment
Every swing of the scythe begins with a smooth draw back and to the side, loading energy in the reaper’s body like a spring. … More A Few Thoughts Harvesting Wheat with a Scythe
It is high summer, but I have to be thinking about what we will be eating this fall. The average first frost date for this area is September 30th. That means I have just over sixty days of growing outside. The greenhouse next door will give me another week or two and our own greenhouse … More Late-Season Crops
Nitrogen is the biggest bottleneck in post-fossil-fuel food production. Before the advent of the Haber-Bosch process, which compresses atmospheric nitrogen (N2) and hydrogen (H2) into ammonia fertilizer (NH3), nitrogen was harvested everywhere it could be found, from remote islands covered in bird droppings (even leading to a war) to domestic dung heaps. Surprisingly enough, the … More Homemade Plant Fertilizer: Urine + Ashes
I’ve run out of compost! I’m not half-way through getting my beds in order and I’ve already distributed what I thought was a large pile of black gold. Without going off campus (and out of pocket) to buy more, I’m going to have to get creative to build up some carbon and nitrogen source for … More Compost Goals — via Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
This is part of an ongoing series of #LowTechResilience to COVID-19. We’re concerned enough about the pandemic and economic effects to encourage you, and anyone who will listen, to start thinking ahead — months ahead. The Fisherman & the Little Fish A poor Fisherman, who lived on the fish he caught, had bad luck one … More Low-Tech COVID 19: Garden Planning Considerations
This is part of an ongoing series of #LowTechResilience to COVID-19. We’re concerned enough about the pandemic and economic effects to encourage you, and anyone who will listen, to start thinking ahead — months ahead. We’re pushing people to plant #ResilienceGardens (see our posts here). We want to help out while maintaining social distance. Maybe … More Low-Tech COVID 19: Borrow Gardening Tools from Us for Free
We’re hatching chicken eggs
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#ResilienceGarden … More Brighten Up your Stay-At-Home Life with Chicks Hatching Livestream!
Everyone and their brother has gotten into sourdough and bread baking during the stay-at-home orders. Why not join them? We have two instructional videos to get you . . . er . . . started with sourdough. Just like sourdough starter, you should share! Send these links to a friend.
For the last few years, I’ve been tracking my horticultural hours as part of my hour-per-day gardening series. The goal was to quantify just how much time it took me to grow what I did each year. We have a big garden and people often commented that it seemed like it would take a lot … More Foodmageddon: Work!