Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Yesterday I enjoyed a bagel sandwich with cream cheese, lettuce, and DELICIOUS sun-dried tomatoes from our little farm. And these tomatoes were literally sun-dried...in a van on an 85-degree day. No fossil fuels were used in the making of this wonderful snack (never mind the hypocrisy of using a gas-burning van to dry them! - we're not purists here, but we're doing the best we can).
See that temperature? That's why you don't leave pets or kids in a vehicle! That's nearly 165 degrees. ONE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE - great for drying tomatoes, but you don't want your kids or pets in there (okay, end of PSA).
Especially when left to soak in olive oil and rosemary (also from the farm) for a few days. Next summer when the tomato harvest is coming in too fast and you can't find a way to eat them before they start to go bad, try sun-drying them in your vehicle. It's fun and delicious, and nothing goes to waste.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In all the years we've been co-existing with chickens, we've never had a bird get broody enough to actually sit on eggs for any substantial length of time. And even if one had gotten broody, before we had Captain Fluffybutt, it wouldn't have mattered anyway (insert lecture on the "birds and the bees" here).
But now...we have "Peep," our little bantam hen, who went broody one week ago and has been sitting on her eggs ever since. Tonight we candled the eggs to see if any of them are fertile...(I bet the makers of the iPhone never imagined the flashlight feature would be used for this - but it was perfect for it!).
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
There are so many things to blog about, things I missed sharing with you in August. But we'll backtrack to those topics in due time. But for now, it's time to transition to the Fall garden! Here in North Carolina in Zone 7, we can grow a 3-season garden easily, and winter gardening is possible with a little help. Here's some of what we're growing this Fall:
DiCiccio Broccoli and Georgia Southern Collards
Left: Florida Broadleaf Mustard Greens; Right: Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard (under a shade cloth to protect from the 90+ degree weather we're having right now).
Copenhagen Market Cabbage
I haven't planted the kale, lettuce, carrots, beets, or spinach yet...maybe this afternoon.
How's your Fall garden transition going?