So Byron suggested I do one post that briefly covers some of the goings-on during the week. I don't know yet if this will be a weekly sort of post since I have problems with consistency and organization in general, but here is the first Green Acres Weekend Update. And by the way, how do you like the SNL shout-out in the title? I actually haven't watched the show since the early to mid-1990s, so I'm not sure what triggered the memory. Party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth.
I wrote recently about planting our berry rows. This week Byron got all the cedar posts installed; we're using cedar because several trees on the property had been knocked down before we moved in, and they're rot-resistant. In fact, we've heard that setting them in concrete can actually promote rot in cedar because the concrete absorbs water and lets it sit there, whereas water will eventually evaporate or drain from the ground. We have yet to assemble the cross-pieces or wire, but I don't exactly expect the berries to undergo any sort of growth spurt in the coming months.
|Byron dug holes over 2 1/2' deep. Charlie was the self-imposed yardstick.|
|The old timers around here say that when you take dirt out of a hole, you have to put it all back. In order to do that, you shovel in a little bit of dirt, then compress it. Repeat. Again. And again. Etc.|
|Byron is using a digging bar our friend Melvin gave him to compress the dirt.|
chicken slaughter experience. And I had the honors of cutting up the meat: tenderloin steaks and ground burger. We added a couple pounds of bacon to the burger since venison is so lean and will fall apart if you try to cook it in any sort of patty. Byron read that the rule of thumb is about one pound of bacon to nine pounds of venison, though I think we ended up with a slightly bigger ratio than that.
|Is there some sort of unwritten rule that hunters don't smile???|
|Happy Kichenaid Pro = happy home baker.|
So that's out Green Acres Weekend Update. Oh, and I'm surviving tin whistle, but only because my sister-in-law, Dawn the Music Doctor, helped me - the Music Moron - out the other week. She also poked her head into my classroom this week and gave me some pointers as I was attempting to teach six little girls to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in unison. Sorry, no MP3 downloads available right now. I know you're disappointed.