To Done List 5/12/20

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:

  1. Planted sunflowers in three different spots
  2. Removed tape and stakes from three year old pawpaw trees
  3. Planted two pawpaw trees in one hole one foot apart below patio; drive tobacco sticks in ground to add shade cloth; mulched
  4. Planted sweet peppers and sugar rush peach peppers
  5. Planted cucumbers; watered
  6. Planted squash
  7. Mowed around area I cleared along old fence row
  8. Watered pawpaw and chestnut seedlings
  9. Hoed new raised beds out front
  10. Played with Lydia; she was a big help with hoeing and planting cukes; she’s her daddy’s little shadow

An Autumnal Poem

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

— Ryan Cornett

Fermentation 101

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Making sauerkraut.

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!

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