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This past week, as part of my Independence Days Challenge activities, I put together a sauerkraut ferment, which is lactofermentation of cabbage. As it turns out, I'm not real great at calculating in my head. I know this, because: I used 1.5-tablespoons of salt for 1.5-pounds of cabbage; It is known that adding too much salt to a bacterial culture slows the bacterial growth rate; and My ferment hasn't grown much…Continue reading →
Man it was hot yesterday. I'm sure that my brothers, who live in Wyoming and Maine, were gloating about their cooler weather, since it was over 100-degrees F, with a 108-degrees heat index, here in Kansas City, KS. And with that, let's quickly move on to the Independence Days Challenge, so we all can get back into the shade. Here's what I have been doing lately. Plant Something: If you…Continue reading →
As I age, I am becoming progressively more decrepit and gardening is becoming more difficult. Bending over for a long period of time kills my back. And forget about getting down on my hands and knees; I might not get back up! But, the other day, I found a terrific way to dig the holes for small plants, like my pepper starts. I used a bulb auger that I have had…Continue reading →
Have you seen an olla before? The are these cool underground clay jars that hold water and water your garden. Kind of like a giant underground plant nanny. Here are a few really beautiful ones that I saw on Rock-Oak-Deer, which is a gardening blog out of San Antonio, Texas. I would love to have some clay ollas, but they are kind of expensive and not readily available around here. So, since…Continue reading →
I recently received the following note in an e-mail from Earth Policy Institue.org. Thought that you might find it helpful. It is always good to know the facts. Climate Change Fact Sheet Earth Policy Release July 2, 2014 Stabilizing the earth’s climate depends on cutting carbon emissions fast. Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2)—the principal climate-altering greenhouse gas—come largely from burning coal, oil, and natural gas. Coal, mainly used…Continue reading →
It is time, once again, for the Independence Days Challenge. For those of you who are new to the Independence Days Challenge, you can read about it here. Here are a few of the things that I have been doing recently. Plant Something: I have been doing a lot of work in the garden. My sweet potatoes are doing well. The corn is about 4.5-feet tall and tasseling (see above),…Continue reading →
I saw this video today. I wonder if Exxon really does hate America. It seems to me that hate doesn't come into the equation, because, contrary to what the Supreme Court keeps telling us, corporations are NOT PEOPLE. People are people. So, I guess it is more correct to wonder if management at Exxon hates America. Since actions speak louder than words, it appears (to me) that the Exxon management personnel and…Continue reading →