26 May 2020

The Story of a Starter

Years ago (1996) I read a sour dough book by Nancy Silverton. It inspired me to create my own starter and make bread. I have had the same starter since. Sometimes it is dormant in the fridge, sometimes it is dehydrated for longer quiet times, and sometimes it is baking like crazy.

Lately, it has been baking like crazy. Every day. Sometimes bread, sometimes pizza crust, sometimes rolls, sometimes chocolate chip bread, and lately pancakes.

My advice to those who have been asking lately is keep a small starter, feed it daily and by ratio and weight ( 1 part starter : 1 part water : 1 part unbleached flour, I just keep 40 oz of starter.) It doesn’t take a lot of starter to get a nice rise.

My approach to sour dough is laid back. I feed it on schedule, but don’t really follow too many other rules.

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Learning — Welsh, still and always

IN the Garden:

  • bed 1 — rabbits over compost + Chamomile, horehound, borage, purple cone flower
  • bed 2 —
  • bed 3 —
  • bed 4 —
  • bed 5 — compost (finished)
  • bed 6 –lettuce, kale, chard, radishes, brussels sprouts, strawberries, carrots, tomatoes, basil, arugula, bok choy
  • bed 7 — compost (older)
  • bed 8 — arugula, bok choy, carrot, beet, brussels sprouts, basil, tomato, carrot,
  • bed 9 — tomato and basil
  • bed 10 — compost (start in July)
  • bed 11 –Jacob’s Cattle Beans, okra, and beets for seed saving, and strawberries
  • bed 12– Bennings Green Tint squash, okra and beets for seed saving
  • bed 13 — Purple Coneflower
  • bed 14 — summer squash
  • bed 15 — compost (new)
  • Blackberries — starting to bloom
  • Asparagus — is finished for the year
  • Grapes — leafing out pretty nicely
  • Strawberries — moved 10 into the garden
  • Pollinator Garden — filling in nicely without any additional seeds this year

Reading Fiction –The Cruelest Month (finished)

Reading Non-fiction— Bringing It to The Table, Welcoming the Unwelcome (Book Group), The Circadian Code (re-read)

Listening — Braiding Sweetgrass (second time through)

Moving — Daily Walks, Daily yoga, M*W*F = strength training and HIIT

Planning — Rabbit house north side wall, roof, and paint colors (Tardis Blue walls with a gray roof)

Low Waste: Bathroom

I have considered myself a “green chick” since 1993 and have been refining my life and our farm to fit more inline with my beliefs. This stay-at-home order has really allowed me the extra time to focus on what remains to be done.

The bathroom is in pretty good shape. Here are some pictures that sum up what I use and includes everything except my shampoo bar and soap bar, which are the same bar, but it was wet and in the shower and it just didn’t seem that important to have a picture of it.

  • Safety razor
  • Neutrogena Face SPF (because I am a farm girl and sometimes the big floppy hat isn’t enough. This lasts about a year.)
  • Thayer’s witch hazel in glass spray bottle (4 months supply, comes in a plastic bottle that lasts a year)
  • Boots organic face serum (6 months supply)
  • sandalwood comb
  • salt stone (deodorant, lasts about 3 years)
  • bamboo toothbrush
  • geo-organics toothpaste (I am switching to the tooth soap when this runs out. This lasts about 3- months, the tooth soap should last about a year.)
  • geo-organics silk floss (in glass dispenser, I buy just the refills, they last for so long I can’t remember the last time I had to fill up.)
  • geo-organics mouthwash tablets (6 months supply)
  • tweezers, clippers, and wood/bristles body brush
  • portable bidet
  • potty cloth
  • Turkish Towel (x2, years and years old, super soft at this point, no signs of wearing out.)
  • Humby Peppermint shampoo bar (Used daily for hair, face, and body, lasts 3-4 months) — NOT SHOWN
  • Make-Up cup NOT SHOWN: mascara, lip pencil, lip stick (clear), lip pencil sharpener

What I would like to do better: not much to be truthful. I am comfortable with this amount of usage. I am at peace with my face, body, and hair. Well, I’d like a haircut, but will patiently await the re-opening of the salons/barber shops.

I would like to order some organic flannel potty cloths sometime. Mine are old cotton washcloths and they are fraying quite badly.

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Learning — Welsh, still and always

IN the Garden:

  • bed 1 — rabbits over compost + chamomile, horehound, and borage
  • bed 2 —
  • bed 3 —
  • bed 4 —
  • bed 5 — compost (finished)
  • bed 6 –lettuce, kale, chard, radishes, brussels sprouts, strawberries, tomatoes, basil, arugula, and bok choy
  • bed 7 — compost (older), tomatoes right in the compost
  • bed 8 — arugula, bok choy, carrot, beet, brussels sprouts, basil, and tomatoes
  • bed 9 —
  • bed 10 —
  • bed 11 –Jacob’s Cattle Beans, okra, and beets for seed saving, and strawberries
  • bed 12– Bennings Green Tint squash, okra and beets for seed saving
  • bed 13 — Purple Coneflower
  • bed 14 —
  • bed 15 — compost (new)

Reading Fiction –The Cruelest Month

Reading Non-fiction— Bringing It to The Table, Welcoming the Unwelcome (Book Group), The Circadian Code (repeat)

Listening — Braiding Sweetgrass (second time through)

Moving — Daily Walks, Daily stretching, and Strength & HIIT on M,W,F.

Planning —

  • How many more beds we need to add to the garden
  • How to enclose the compost under the rabbits to keep Jasper out while still being easy to move aside for raking out manure. This needs to happen more often than it does, but our system is not ideal.
  • Chicken runs that attach to their small house.
  • Anther set of clothes lines right next to the current lines. Sheets and blankets definitely need higher lines.
  • How many more trees will fit in the eastern section of the front yard.

Planting outside of garden: Maple tree from MA for Mothers’ Day

17 May 2020

 

Learning — Welsh, still and always + feeding chickens and rabbits without commercial feed (Food Web)

IN the Garden:

  • bed 1 — rabbits over compost + herb bed started
  • bed 2 —
  • bed 3 —
  • bed 4 —
  • bed 5 — compost (finished)
  • bed 6 –lettuce, kale, chard, radishes, brussels sprouts, strawberries
  • bed 7 — compost (older)
  • bed 8 — arugula, bok choy, carrot, beet, brussels sprouts
  • bed 9 —
  • bed 10 —
  • bed 11 –Jacob’s Cattle Beans, okra, and beets for seed saving, and strawberries
  • bed 12– Bennings Green Tint squash, okra and beets for seed saving
  • bed 13 — Purple Coneflower
  • bed 14 —
  • bed 15 — compost (new)

Reading Fiction –The Cruelest Month

Reading Non-fiction— Bringing It to The Table, Welcoming the Unwelcome (Book Group)

Listening — Braiding Sweetgrass (second time through)

Moving — Daily Walks, yoga, strength training

Planning — Rabbit house roof,

Planting outside of garden: Maple tree from MA for Mothers’ Day