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asparagus

One might assume I am a pessimist expecting TEOTWAWKI too soon to do any long-term projects. That one would be wrong. While I continue my drive to be prepared for Bilderberg-engineered disasters, I also recognize their schemes continue to be frustrated by events beyond their control. So I prune fruit trees, plant blueberries and build an asparagus bed as if I might get to enjoy the fruits of that labor two or more years hence. Yesterday it was blueberries. Today asparagus. On the north side of our year-round creek I put four roots each in their own discrete beds. This is much like their natural habitat. I’m thinking they may like it a lot … and reward me by populating […]

mushroom leather

I am currently taking a weekly evening class on growing oyster mushrooms. Our instructor, Chase, spent the 6 months following his oil field job layoff studying mushrooms, and experimenting with their production. He is enthusiastically passing on what he learned. There is SO MUCH about mushrooms that I did not know. Of course the rather meticulous, involved propagation is part of that, but the nature of a mushroom colony is quite different than what I imagined. The part we all see, know and eat is such a tiny element in the being. Moreover, mushrooms exist in a huge number of varieties, most of which adapt to their surroundings in surprising ways. My weekly class is zooming over the tip of […]

Easter Egg Chicken Ranch improvements

The bad news: A predator took out our good rooster leaving us with two lonely hens putting out a fifth of our regular egg consumption (Missy loves to include lots of eggs in our diet … fresh are particularly welcome). Though I don’t remember ever enjoying the crowing of our rooster, we surprisingly missed it right away. I patched a hole in the fence that had a trail of now deceased rooster feathers, reviewed the heck out of our game camera, but still do not know who or what took him out. I was amazed to run across an advertisement listing 9-month-old chickens, at the very beginning of their egg productive phase for only six dollars each. The going rate […]

kill the old red rooster

I inherited a crummy coop, no pen and 20 chickens. The girls preferred hanging out with the dominant old rooster. I bumped off three middle-aged roosters who kept pestering the chickens to their obvious displeasure, and who kept the old guy running around like crazy keeping those boys from bugging the girls. Finally peace in the flock, but still NO eggs. ZERO. Not just for days, but for months. There was a small sub-flock of May/June birds that the main flock pushed away early on, and kept separate during the day. It was comprised of one rooster who bothered nobody and three hens. Still, with a variety of ages in the flock, NO EGGS. Just 50 pounds of feed every […]

“How To” collection

Here is another batch of links I have been saving up for … uh, I dunno why I save such things, but here they are. Make your own glues This really clever article, thinking and practical recipes is a great find. I know I want to save them all, and gather up these ingredients. Good Things To Keep On Hand For Adhesive Making Flour Alum Corn Syrup Salt Glycerin Gum Arabic Clove Oil Gelatin Containers With The Ability To Remain Airtight Squeeze Bottles For Dispensing Easily and Precisely The Best Glue Alternatives and Substitutes ———————————————– Can You Make Soap Without Using Lye? (Here’s a Secret, Easy Way!) Natural Body & Home When I first became interested in making soap for […]

For Sale

I have some clearing out to do. I am posting the information and photos here so I can reference them from other sites. Of course if you are interested in any of it, send mail to Ted at BitterrootBugle dot com Flock of Chickens – $100 This is a nicely balanced flock with 15 hens in their prime, three of them had yet to start laying when winter set in. Quite a few breeds in this flock produce multi-colored eggs, brown, tan, blue and green. I thinned out 2 middle aged roosters a few months ago, keeping grandpa who the girls liked to hang out with and one who was too young to bother the hens. Two of the hens […]

scat

Yesterday I found a carcass just outside our fenced yard. Our neighborhood has large populations of deer, turkeys, lions and bears. The prior owners of our house scooted quickly back inside when the little old lady stepped into the breezeway to face a bear and her cub. I added a six-foot chain link fence to encourage predators to stay out of our yard, but I know it is only a deterrent. A mountain lion could jump that with a deer in its mouth. My carcass find yesterday was a reminder. Later in the day I found this big poop. I admit I don’t know scat. But this one seems quite large … larger than a mountain lion. Perhaps a very […]

certified olive oil

I am proud that I do not unquestioningly accept pronouncements from OFFICIALS. But the University of California, Davis olive oil story broadcast all over the lamestream and Internet media sucked me in. I hate to admit I was faked out by the fake story on fake olive oil, ๐Ÿ™ but am happy to publish the other side. ๐Ÿ™‚ Once you read the information on the graphics below, you will distrust Davis too. The good news is that you can trust olive oil that carries the North America Olive Oil Association label. I received the following very polite e-mail about my republishing of the UC Davis story: ———– Hi Ted, I noticed your recent article on olive oil brands falsely […]

freeze drying economics

Freeze drying is superior food preservation technology that recently became available for home use. Units about the size of a woodstove enable home food preservers to put by meat, vegetables, fruit and completed meals for extremely long storage shelf lives without losing significant nutrient value. Friends of ours bought a freeze dryer and, with numerous batches under their belts, showed off the machine and their results. I am quite impressed with the claims of quality and potential longevity of the food supply. I am also a bit surprised at what has to be learned and the amount of time involved in the process. I am, putting it gently, skeptical of the economics. Today I sat down and crunched the numbers. […]