I was complaining that we weren't getting enough rain on the pastures, then
we had about two weeks of almost steady rain. You might have seen the vide
os of the terrible floods in Ellicott City, Maryland. They're at about 9:00
to central Baltimore and we're located at about 1:00, about the same dista
I'm sure that in a few weeks I'll be complaining about the lack of rain aga
Went out to the garden this morning; looks like a good year for cabbage, wh
ich is great, because we're out of home made sauerkraut. We might even have
enough red cabbage to make some red kraut, although my wife finds that wei
rd. If weeds were a cash crop, we'd be very wealthy dirt farmers.
Had the sheep shorn last week.
it was pretty toasty for a while and i'm sure glad it has
moderated the past several days.
yum, love cabbage and kraut. growing cabbage here, it
must be caged, no free-range cabbages here, the caterpillars
go to town on it and i don't like to use any sort of sprays
on my veggies. i tried growing it one season and spent way
too much time each day trying to pick off all the eggs and
caterpillars. even with the help of the wasps (which will
use them for feeding their larva) searching the plants i
still ended up with several heads rotten from the damage.
i like how the red cabbage can be used as an indicator
i used to know someone who did that for a living
in Australia. i know i could not do it... sounded
just planting beans here and weeding today. looks
like another perfect day out there.
On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 8:44:29 AM UTC-4, songbird wrote:
then we had about two weeks of almost steady rain. You might have seen the
videos of the terrible floods in Ellicott City, Maryland. They're at about
9:00 to central Baltimore and we're located at about 1:00, about the same d
, which is great, because we're out of home made sauerkraut. We might even
have enough red cabbage to make some red kraut, although my wife finds that
weird. If weeds were a cash crop, we'd be very wealthy dirt farmers.
I noticed that if red cabbage is exposed to iron, like a cast iron skillet,
it turns blue. I once had the idea to make red, white, and blue cabbage fo
r the Fourth of July, but that ended up on the to-do list, like a lot of my
Our shearer came to Maryland from Scotland by way of Australia. I used to s
hear our sheep but eventually got too old to wrestle sheep.
Our trap range is open on Wednesday mornings so I'll garden tomorrow.
it sounded very demanding when described to me.
i already knew long ago that keeping animals wasn't
been so nice out. :) one or two more days of inside
the fence planting to go. i really need to get back to
some weeding and cleanup outside the fenced areas. they're
looking pretty bad in places.
weeds are good sign that things are wanting
to grow there. compare that to barrens...
do you like dill? i just picked some fresh
and it was delicious. if you can grow it and
let it go to seed you'll have more edible
weeds to pick from. :) it reseeded from a
few plants i had last year that came about from
some packages of seeds i'd scattered the year
before. i love dill.
Never really cared for dill. Maybe home grown
tastes better. Right now the main issue is cheat grass
And cheat grass will grow ANYWHERE. Doesn't mean
anything about my soil.
Every night when I come home from work, I clear out a
little area of cheat grass. I am starting to see a bit
of progress. But there a millions more to go and they
are starting to mock me. "Ha Ha! Back hurts, doesn't
But I do also have dandelions. Since a weed is
agricultural discard, I tried some organic dandelion
greens from the store, thinking maybe I can turn
the table on these guys. And well, all I can say is
now I know why they are an agricultural discard.
YUK YUK YUK.
On the bright side, a lot of spots are glowing red
with purslane sprouts. I like misting everything
anyway to keep the fire hazard down from all the
cheat grass (they are easier to pull that way too)
and the purslane really love that.
I am not sue any of my neighbors would fall for
my "Free Weeds; You Pick" sign anyway.
every bit you can clear out is that many fewer
seeds that can sprout later. but from the read
it sounds like it will be a multi-year project to
get rid of it. are you planting any other cover
crops? if you are watering each day you should
be able to grow something else besides grass.
i'm not sure how buckwheat would do, but it is
quick growing and worth a try for the shade and
bee habitat/food it provides. the big leaves
make it tough for other plants to compete. if
you are clearing an area, reseed it with something
one prolific annual here is called love in a mist.
unique plant and blue flowers. zillions of seeds.
grows in the gravel along with the annual poppies.
did you cook them according to some recipe or just
eat them? i've not ever tried them. purslane i
have tried. :)
oh well... :) not everyone has the same
tastebuds. Mom can't stand turnips but i like them
just fine. i already know you don't like them too
but it's funny how different people have different
Oh and you know when I got over the carbohydrate addiction and
got on the ancestral diet, my taste changed too. (You sense
of taste returns). I use to adore lamb; now I can not stand
to be near the smell.
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