She is a purebred dexter, about 6 months old. She was very skittish at first, but after only a week she has gotten used to us. She now comes running over when she sees us.
I was never really a fan of cows before, but I like this one!
I am certainly looking forward to the milk. It is pretty much illegal to sell raw milk in Alabama, so this will be my first opportunity to partake. Cheese and butter making will be a fun experience as well.
12/03/13: Corrected title from “period” to “part”.
Hacked racklight? What does that have to do with permaculture?
Well, probably not much.
This is just a project I have been working on for a few days, so I though I’d share it here.
A friend gave me this RPM Blue Racklight:
For those who are unaware, a racklight is a light that is meant to be mounted to something like a guitar amp case, I suppose to just add a little color to the setup. This one originally was only blue. I decided that I wanted it to do more than that, so I broke it down to see what I had to work with.
Clockwise, from top: Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, and Sage.
We just made a pizza using herbs from our garden. The difference between fresh and dried herbs is just amazing, in terms of both flavor and fragrance. I believe everyone should grow some of their own herbs, even if it is just a small pot in a window sill.
Well, we have more progress to report. This is what we have planted now: 2 Figs, 2 Cherries, 3 Apples, 2 Pears, 2 Peaches, 1 Pecan, 3 Grapes, 4 Blueberries and 3 Hardy Kiwis. We also have comfrey, artichokes, sunflowers, … Continue reading →
I just started a new test. It has been unusually warm here lately and I started wondering if it would be possible to grow some things even though it is February. So I built a simple cold frame:
and direct-seeded a few types of plants below it. I planted broccoli, cauliflower, and a various mix of salad greens. The broccoli and cauliflower were from organic seeds and the salad greens were from seeds that we saved from last year.
The temperatures here in January have been ranging from 23°F to 65°F. I plan to remove the cold frame on days above 40°F and replace it on days below. I have never used a cold frame before, so I’ll see how it goes and post updates here.
It has been a while since I have made an post here. I’ve been busy, not enough time, (insert standard excuse here).
I’ve been thinking of making a few changes here, mostly involving the subject of my content.
I love permaculture, and this blog will still be mostly focused on that. But there are other things that I am interested in as well, such as blacksmithing, firearms, music, and medieval combat reenactment.
So, going forward there will be a wider range of topics discussed here. I will soon begin a winter version of my hugelkultur temperature experiment. It will be interesting to see what difference time and ambient temperature will make.
It has been 2-3 weeks without significant rain on my area now, and very hot too. I had to water my garden today for the first time this year. The only other time that we have used a watering can this year was when on a newly transplanted plant. Our plants have not been suffering, in fact they are producing (in our opinion) tastier produce than in any previous year.
I feel that most people water their gardens much more than is necessary. In addition to creating more work for them, over-watered produce seems to have a sort of “watered down” taste.