• I’m a doer, not a blogger

    It’s been a long, hard winter… You’d think that would’ve inspired me to write about my grand garden plans, living without (subscribing to) CSA, using all my preserved food, etc. Thank goodness it’s spring now.



    It didn’t, and I’m sorry. I hope some of you are still checking back here after so long. That said, I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to. [Read More…]

  • Brewing Flowchart

    Everyone likes a flowchart… I think.

    This is one that I came up with as a quick reference when we first considered going all-grain. It’s not really the method we use, since brewing in a bag is much easier, especially on a small scale.  There are a lot of steps on this chart, but we skip about 1/3 of them. If you’re brewing from a kit, you’ll skip about half of them.

    Brew Flowchart

  • Planting By The Signs

    Foxfire Book

    This book piqued my curiosity about Planting by the Signs.  (This is Foxfire Book #1, by the way.  Published in 1972.  My copy is the 27th printing.) 

    The chapter on Planting by the Signs opens with the Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, which Pete Seeger adapted and The Byrds recorded, resulting in one of the most recognizable songs of the ‘60s.  The actual words from the verse are:  “…a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” [Turn, turn, turn.  This song was recorded long before David Crosby started fretting about almost cutting his hair, of course.] 

    A lot of people find the notion of planting by the signs to be complete hogwash, if they’ve even heard of it (including the other person who writes on this blog).  I have an affinity for things that connect human beings to the land, old ways and folklore.  So I’m not willing to call it hogwash until I try it. [Read More…]

  • Brewing Equipment

    Putting together your brewing kit can be as expensive as you’d like it to be, but if you keep it simple, it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. Saving money on some of the items you’ll use may be made up in time, though.

    With the exception of a few items, most of this can probably be found in your kitchen. The rest of the items can be bought or made.

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