A friend of mine shared this screen-capture with the caption “The look on that face!”
He is happy about those plants. Looks like a forest.
Not to be outdone, I posted back:
Yeah, mon. Here’s some soundtrack, mon.
ATTENTION DEA: Those are cassava in the background of my picture. I do not have marijuana, opium poppies, coca, Salvia divornum, magic mushroom, ergot of rye or any other controlled substance growing in my gardens, woods, van or attic. Especially not the attic.
Speaking of stress relief, I have been eating ultra-low carb for the last week. Mostly eggs, meat, kefir, bone broth, fermented vegetables and okra. Feeling great. Extra fat is melting off. I may quit caffeine too and see what happens. The Weston A. Price Foundation has some great health articles I have been enjoying lately. Just added cod liver oil to the diet as well. We’re also soaking and fermenting the chicken’s grain rations, like this gal:
I use chlorine-free water and throw in a cup of kefir plus a cup of kelp meal for extra nutrition.
And speaking of chickens, this is our farming project this week:
A new chicken tractor! We should finish it today. I have ordered 65 more chicks which are due to arrive in the mail on Tuesday or Wednesday. This design is from the University of Kentucky. You can download the pdf instructions here. It’s nice and solid, though a bit heavy. We’ll see how it drags. I want to get some birds on pasture and see how they do. We have severe predator issues here, so I am adding on a few additional layers of defense to make this safer, like a no-dig wire skirt. This man’s design is impressive.
25 of the incoming chicks are Red Broilers, 25 of them are Cornish Cross Mutant Freaks, and 15 of them are Brown Production Egg Layers.
I believe bad times are incoming and we would like to have a regular meat and egg supply before that happens. The 25 Red Broilers can live and reproduce as an ongoing meat breed, unlike the Cornish Cross birds.
Yesterday our other chickens (33 of them, 3 of which are roosters) produced 18 eggs for us. I want so many eggs we have some to give away. Right now we are eating them all without breaking a sweat. Extra eggs for pickling would be really good.
Along with the chickens, we are expanding the gardens:
Lots of beds going in for fall, though the rain has been a challenge.
Enough for now, though – I need to get some writing done!