Seems like Kombucha is going main stream (or is that Main Street?)
with different flavorings. Wish I had time to fiddle with it, maybe
this winter. What do you find to be the benefits of it? Is it a broad
spectrum kind of thing or do you have particular applications for
it? For example, Noilly Pratt sweet (red) vermouth has many
different herbs in it (usually used as an aperitif) but I find a
small glass of it is very effective for cooling hot stomachs (as
happens when you've had one too many cups of coffee in the
afternoon, and friends who have hot stomach reactions to tomato
paste tell me that it takes the burn away as well). The herbs
I would describe as wide spectrum, fudge factors (who knows what
they do), whereas the hot stomach is a specific application. Is
Kombucha more like the former or the later?
Dad has shown some interesting results using beneficial herbs in the
teas, not just straight green tea. Things like dandilion and Matte'. The
brewing process with the kombucha critter seems to enhance the effects.
You can tailor your tea mix to what you are trying to treat.
Dandelion is OK but yerba mate is nasty tasting stuff. Hmmm. I
wonder if you could make a "single malt" flavored kombucha?
Maybe that's what Charlie is up to out in the "skunk works". He
say he be brewing compost tea but he may be funnin' us;o)
The nice thing is that, like with any tea, you can add herbs for flavor
as well as medical efficacy. :-)
Fruit juices too.
<lol> Manure and compost tea seem to be good for a quicker fertilizer
without burning plants? I've never tried it but dumping the poopy duck
ponds we used to have (kiddy pools emptied by mostly bailing) seemed to
be well loved by the plants.
Duck poop tea. <g>
A mix of local dirt I dig out of what used to be my emu and chicken pens
mixed with mulch and limestone sand. I occasionally add commercial
topsoil as needed.
In some of the containers, I'm just using what I'm digging out of the
old emu pen. I had lined them generously with sand at one time to keep
the mess under control. The pens no longer exist but the soil is rich
with composted manure in the sand I bought from the quarry.
It's working well in the pots when I mix it with some commercial mulch
You also have ticks, chiggers, rattlesnakes, fire ants, tarantulas,
scorpions, cactus and the Texas State Legislature. OTOH, you have great
food and some of the best musicians in the world. And you had Ann
Richards and Molly Ivins, both godesses.
Have you read the poem called "Hell in Texas"? It's about the devil
looking for a place for a hell. He visited Texas and said it's too dry
for a hell. I think Don Edwards (a Texan) recorded it as a song.
Picking on Texas gives us a great deal of pleasure, because my FIL and
most of the other homesteaders out here all came from Texas. All of
their kids speak with West Texas accents, even though none of them have
ever set foot in that great state.
I've never had problems with those in 20 years.
Since I control fleas for my dogs, I guess that's why. :-)
Only captured one in the 20 years I've been in this house. I'm a
suburbanite. I live caught it and sent it to wildlife rescue. My worst
pest is Norway rats.
Ok, those are a bitch, but controllable.
Those are welcome in my yard. :-)
Luckily, I've had zero problems with scorpions here.
Cactus is a problem?
California is worse. <g>
<lol> West Texas IS hell! The hill country is a bit of heaven most of
the time. I can post pics.
The further east you go, the more temperate it gets. There are pine
forests in some areas. Texas is a BIG state and has nearly every climate.
There is even swampland in the far east.
LOTS of lakes and rivers.
It's all good. :-) I rather enjoy Texas (and redneck) humor...
Florida has bunches of retired people living there and you can grow
veggies year around in most of the state.
A truck farming area that most people don't think about is western
Oregon, where you can grow different types of veggies all year. It has
a mild climate and lots to keep your peepers busy for the rest of your
Geargia, where we have something in the garden most of the year
Where in San Diego, except the barracks, are the prices
not out of this world? My experience is that $450,000 would
get you a fixer upper. Other than the price, gardening, especially
tropical fruit should be great. My brother is there, and grows
bananas in his back yard.
Check the more rural areas in the south east. We live in the Piedmont
region of North Carolina, in the county. The house and 3 acres cost
us just over $300,000. It is a brick house with 3 BR, 2 1/2 bath,
living room, dining room, family room, large kitchen and full
basement. Taxes are $2,500 a year. Electricity is not too bad, we
pay about $.07/KWH. We have a well and septic system.
We have 4 seasons. Last frost is somewhere between 4-15 and 5-1.
First frost is about 11-1. It is cold enough in the winter for fruit
trees. I find that the only time I am not working in or preparing for
the garden are November, December and January. By February I am
starting seeds in the greenhouse. By the middle of March I am setting
out the cool weather crops -- cabbage, broccoli, peas etc. The
broccoli is starting to develop heads, the cabbage is heading. I
picked some beets yesterday and have been picking broccoli rabe for a
few days. The asparagus season is over for the year and strawberries
are ripe. I just finished setting out my tomato plants, but I started
late this year. I will be picking them from July until late October.
Not exactly year around, but pretty good. In fact, I really
appreciate the winter rest period.
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