Eighth of an Acre Bounty

Random thoughts and anecdotes on cooking, critters, gardening and life on our small city lot.

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Entries from August 2009

Off to see the wiz..

August 29th, 2009 · 5 Comments

er… Bullocks I mean – as in the Bullock Brothers permaculture homestead on Orcas Island.

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Tags: Minutae

Comfort Food

August 28th, 2009 · 4 Comments

26 pounds of fresh hot Hatch green chile from New Mexico. I was born in New Mexico and although it has been almost 24 years now since we moved away, there is little that can compete with a big bowl of green chile as the ultimate grounding and centering meal.  No – this is most […]

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Tags: Cooking

One Straw – with Parsley

August 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Masanobu Fukuoka, in The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming describes using daikon radishes to (almost) passively aerate and amend his soil. The daikon tills deep into the ground under its own steam and when the growing top is lopped off, it composts in place – providing food for the soil critters and improving […]

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Tags: Gardening

Pickled, packed, sealed and frozen.

August 20th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Canning season is upon us. In this house it actually never really ends since I find myself canning up big batches of chicken stock every couple months from the trimmings and bone I hide away in the freezer after we roast a chicken. But the preservation of summer’s gifts has officially begun. It all started […]

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Tags: Cooking · Local Food


August 13th, 2009 · No Comments

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Tags: Animals

No excuses…

August 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Wow, 1 day short of a month without posting. Sorry about that! This has turned in to a bit of a whirlwind summer with extreme temperatures (and an extreme lack of water). I also recently upgraded computers and am still working on getting all of the necessary drivers and software installed to set me back […]

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Tags: General