When we can't grow outside (hello, snow), we grow in the kitchen. These Arugula and Bulls Blood Beet are coming in like wild. We've had these seeds in the freezer the last 5 years. Clearly the germination is still πŸ’―.

Winter Solstice Elderberry Elixir recipe is up on our wiki. Ginger and Rosemary make it extra special.
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Hacking and snacking. Web dev powered by homegrown pumpkin seeds roasted with coconut oil and garam masala 🀀.

Trying out something new, beets and ginger ferment! We have a good crop of these beautiful deep red beets still coming out of the garden and wanted to try something new. I have been reading, and getting major inspiration from, (probably the most beautifully designed book on fermenting) The Noma Guide to Fermentation.

πŸ‘‰Here is an excellent interview with one of the authors, David Zilber. emergencemagazine.org/intervie

On the left is our biologically homegrown broccoli and on the right is store-bought usda organic. All that chlorophyll on the left floret is a symptom of the biologically diverse and abundant soil in which it was grown. Chlorophyll-rich foods are so deeply nourishing. Idk what the heck this anemic broccoli is the usda calls organic. πŸ€”

Broccoli has been a tricky crop for us to learn to grow, but oh my if it was not so worth it.


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A beautiful weekend for learning about biochar. We have much to explore now. I am excited to make a vermicompost, biochar combo for starter plants in the spring - among other things. From running a generator, to amplifying the capacity of holding nutrients in soil - we learned so much about the art of carbon.

@winduptoy and I harvested 44 pounds of sweet peppers today, the last of the season. In the process we discovered a praying mantis nest tucked into one of the plants. ✨

Also - we are now accepting pepper recipe suggestions πŸ˜„

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We found these wild things today. Jack O'Lantern mushrooms, so called because of their bioluminescent properties. πŸŽƒπŸ„

Join me for a free online presentation about vermicomposting for small spaces. We'll explore the amazing benefits of worm castings, general worm husbandry, and how to get started.

No signup required, just mark your calendar. A presentation link will be available at sensorstation.co when the date gets closer.

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Planting garlic today - I raked off the grass clippings we used as temporary mulch, broadforked to add air to the soil, then dug small holes for each clove, finding 4-5 earthworms per hole.

Basically the presence of earthworms equates to a large amount of microbiological diversity. It is the lifecycle of the microbiology that provides plants with the nutrients they need to keep photosynthesizing and feeding the biology right back.

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Finally getting around to processing the pumpkins and making seed snacks. I'm going to try different spice combinations with each batch.

Batch 01/04 - After a salt water boil, I tossed these with a bit of olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast, then roasted until toasty. πŸ‘ Perfectly crunchy and flavorful.

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I found this busy bee corridor tucked away in our garden today. I couldn't get close enough to look down into the hole but I suspect there's a collection of ground nests down there. I think they're leafcutter bees because I saw a few carrying green bits with them. Anyone in the Fedi have any thoughts on an ID? 🐝

We've been working to build up habitat for native pollinators. Between this and the cluster of Monarchs we've had this week it's all just very exciting. πŸ€—

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