With high summer in full swing, I've lapsed on the posting. This seems to be my perennial conundrum. When I have time to write, there's not much doing. And when I'm doing lots of things that might interest other people, I'm too tired at the end of the day to do much writing. So if pictures are really worth a thousand words, then I figure I can catch up on the writing really quick with the following.
Lasagna mulching. I don't think the garden has ever looked quite so respectable in August.
Second cold frame. Recently cobbled together with scavenged materials and ready to plant any day now. (Okay, it's really overdue for planting, but that's gardening.) Isn't it just darling? I want to plant nothing but Napoli carrots in it.
Elderberry-pear jam. These will have to stand in for all the other canning I've been doing lately, including tomato sauce, chicken stock, and grape juice concentrate. This jam is the prettiest of them all by far.
"Kimchee" made with Tuscan kale (instead of cabbage) and other vegetables from our garden. Still fermenting, but already pretty tasty, especially the Hakurei turnips.
Homemade ancho chili powder. I may do a separate post on this as there was definitely a learning curve to preparing this stuff. Smoked over our own apple wood chips, it smells so much richer and fruitier than store-bought. We use quite a lot of ancho powder.
Solar hot water. Admittedly, it's not my personal achievement, but it's finally - finally - on-line. This will heat our house this winter and reconfigure our relationship to washing our whites. We plan to situate a hoop house over the line that dumps excess heat into the earth - a project for next year.