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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Broccoli Leaves, Happy Worms, Aquaponics and WWII Thrifty Crafts

Dear Folks,

In the last couple of days videos and more have crossed my screen and I wanted to share them with you because they are on the subject of growing your own food and using it.

If you raised chickens, ducks and other poultry for meat, in addition to eggs [disclaimer: I personally do not but realize many folks do], there was a segment on the great BBC Series Wartime Farm where using feathers was referenced from a book created by the Women's Institute of England during WWII to aid in getting by during the forced blockades of food and other resources by the Germans.

The video starts at the point where the feathers are discussed.  FYI This series, along with several more period farming shows, is just wonderful for showing how things were done "then" - and I think giving the viewer ideas for how things can be done now.

The booklet referenced is a downloadable PDF.,-edited-by-m.-somerville-1943-oxford-university-press.pdf

Next Up: My friend Jacq Davis over at Epic Yard Farm posted a short video on how to create mini-compost piles to get your worms working for you.

Next Up: So many of the leaves of veggies which produce heads like broccoli are under-utilized My friend Cricket Aldridge did a nice article on using these great greens. Keep brussel sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage in mind for using the leaves, not just the heads.

Finally, a nice write up quoting Dr. George Brooks on aquaponics. Aquaponics is really a very ancient type of farming letting the fish provide the fertilizer for growing all sorts of edible plants.

Nice weather expected this week.  Make it a great week in the garden and kitchen for you and your family.

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