Rialian's Realm

Thoughts and Considerations

Baking and making hutches…

by rialian - April 15th, 2011.
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===It has been a busy bit recently…It looks like I have gotten the hang of baking bread to the point where it is considered really good by both myself and my wife…and I have to make more today. (grins) I am following the basic recipe from The Tassajara Bread Book, 25th Anniversary Edition (highly recommended, by the by.  Get this edition…while I like the earlier one, it is not adapted to making loves for the regular-sized home…it also has more in it).

===(Note…wow, Stirring the yeast-sugar-water mix in the spin-counterspin-spin way (like biodynamic/Schauberger methods), has apparently increased the speed of the rising of the bread.  It is taking about half the time between rises.  We will see how the resulting bread is.)

===I will soon be trying to develop a new sourdough culture from the area, and see what I get.  Right now, I am using simple red-star yeast that I got from an Amish market.

===I made 2 rabbit cages yesterday.  Due to the over-amorous actions of Foo Foo, with the increasing “I am GOING to give you a beat down if you do NOT stop” reactions of Little Bunny, I was forced to make a second cage yesterday and separate them. (they mated a while back, and had not wanted to be separated until just the other day.)

===I am still waiting for the replacement queen for the hive that is live-queenless.  I had made a slight misstatement in the last mention of the bees….HAD there been a queen that had laid some eggs and had died here, they would have been able to produce a new queen. As it stands now?  they have nothing to work with.  I am hoping the new queen shows up very soon.  (Silly mistaken statement…I had been in the mindset of what happens in a regular hive, not a package of bees). 

===However, I just found out about a person that breeds local queens and will be selling nuc hives (mini hives, essentially, that have brood and comb.) in May…so i may decide to get a nuc or two from them.

===Still to do: make better stands for the hutches, with a roof (they are off the ground now, and covered…but I want to actually get a proper rabbitry setup going, with the rabbits being a slight bit higher off the ground.) I intend to build a rabbit/chicken tractor (one of each, in fact) to get the meadows soil quality improved (and the animals diets), but I also want them to have a secure area to be in at night.

===Sepp Holzer of Der Krameterhof fame has a book out in English that I just got yesterday…I am quite pleased.  I heard about him a few years back, and have seen the videos of his place and the stuff he has been up to.  (honestly, seeing some of the amazing things I would love to read that are in German have made me seriously consider trying to learn the language.  This, and the amazing bee research coming out of that part of the world would be really interesting to read in the original language….especially since a bunch of the stuff is only in German at this time..)

===Also got in the same package Invasive Plant Medicine: The Ecological Benefits and
Healing Abilities of Invasives
.  It has a forward by one of my favorite herbalist/ethnobotanist writers, Stephen Harrod Buhner.  I do think some caution with aggressive species is important, but also look at the fact that many of these plants are essentially better adapted to really disrupted ecosystems…which would be the case for much of the United States (Those woods outside your house?  They are rather young, really…the forests behind me have a few old trees, that were left as boundary markers.  The majority of the trees are likely from the 1930s or so, with pockets of older trees that were not as easily reached (note to self, I really should look up when this areas was logged and how intensively.)

===As might be guessed, I am not on the “kill all the invasives” bandwagon.  Honestly, I think the chemical treatments we use to get rid of them are likely even MORE damaging to the ecologies in the long term, and are simply setting us up to maintaining a disrupted ecology….which is perfect for the plants we call invasive.  (also perfect for the companies that make the herbicides bottom line). 

===Seeing someone explore the uses of these plants, and inclining people to interact with their ecology to ultimately keep these things under control?  I think it is a good thing for us all.

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