Thanks for humoring me last week as we took a step back together and walked through a how to podcast episode. I know you may be wondering what does that have to do with a walk to independence or homesteading? Well there is this thing we all need on the homestead – cash. And one way to generate income is to use tools like podcasting to promote your products. Plus, a podcast is a great way to capture what you are learning as you start on an adventure. You get the double bonus of helping others as they start a similar adventure.
This week, though, we are back to a homesteading topic with a show about mushrooms. I have never seen so many oyster mushrooms as we have had this year here in the south and that has taken me on a bit of a foray in what to do with them all – Because when nature gives us bounty, it is best to take advantage of it! There must be a reason I need vitamin D this year because the mushrooms have the D – and come to think of it – it has been darker than usual this winter.
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What mother nature is providing
- Wild Garlic
- Stinging Nettle Abounds
- Chickens are laying eggs again! Just in time for Fat Tuesday Crepes!
- Comfrey is peeking up and the garlic looks happy
- Make your own sweet potato slips
Tales from the Prepper Pantry
- The weekly squash – week 6: Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole
- Mashed potatoes
- Salad Corn
- Bread, bread, bread!
Stories from the Holler
- Many hands make light work
- A weekend of fun and good living
- 120 pound of green beans have arrived
Storing and Using Oyster Mushrooms
Pickling Brines can be found here.
- Sauteed in butter – always try this!
- Add to soups and stews
- Oyster mushroom/corn chowder
- Stir fried vegetables
- Wild mushroom turnovers
- On your hamburger
- Wild Mushroom Crepes
Lessons learned from Toby Hemenway
This week: Chapter 4
Next Week: Chapter 5
Observation about this chapter:
- Growing soil seems to be the best place to focus my attention.
- A test can be helpful, but if you can’t get one, don’t let it stop you. Look at what grows there, how well it grows and learn.
- There is no silver bullet
- Questions to ask yourself:
What is the state of my soil and what can I do to make it better?
What resources (like forrest loam) do I have access to as I take on the yard?
Where do I want to start first? The whole enchilada, or just a small part of my land?
How can I manufacture fertility on my homestead? Chickens, rabbits, table scraps, etc.
Spring is coming. Make it a great week!
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