I’m starting a new series today. Since I’m great at making to-do lists on my phone that go away when marked complete—never to be seen or heard from again—I wanted to make instead a “to done” list. This will allow me to look back at what I’ve accomplished around the homestead, what I should have spent more time on, and about what time of year I was able to do this and that.
So with pipe in hand filled with Signature Louisiana Red, let’s list:
Planted sunflowers in three different spots
Removed tape and stakes from three year old pawpaw trees
Planted two pawpaw trees in one hole one foot apart below patio; drive tobacco sticks in ground to add shade cloth; mulched
Planted sweet peppers and sugar rush peach peppers
Planted cucumbers; watered
Mowed around area I cleared along old fence row
Watered pawpaw and chestnut seedlings
Hoed new raised beds out front
Played with Lydia; she was a big help with hoeing and planting cukes; she’s her daddy’s little shadow
In this episode, Ryan gives his recommendations for trying out the wonderfully relaxing and contemplative hobby of pipe smoking. He also talks about what he and his fellow elders have done during the quarantine to shepherd the church family.
The drupes on the dogwoods that bloomed Aren’t the only red here in these shadowy woods Because the maple leaves are turning now In a few, shortening days the Almighty Will dip a big hog bristle brush into Paint the three shades of fire and let loose With a thousand foothill-wide strokes By rifle deer season, all but the evergreens Will yield to the coming winter’s turn Sunlight will reach the forest floor And the trees will give back to the earth Has it ever occurred to you That the cooling shade doesn’t fall away Until we don’t need it anymore? And boy, does it go out in style
Something everyone interested in homesteading, self-sufficiency, or just the general outdoors needs to look into is foraging. There is still time to get into acorns this year, and so to make some of the tastiest cookies you’ll eat. Making Acorn … Continue reading →
Books upon books have been written about fermentation. This is by no means meant to be an exhaustive post on the subject; this is a basic overview of fermentation and the science/art (scart?) of fermenting.
I hope to lure you into the wonderful world of friendly bacteria and yeasts; let’s put these little microscopic critters to work!