Some highlights of this past week include foraging for edible wild mushrooms, preserving swiss chard ribs without canning or freezing and a summary of the 4 new tomato varieties we've tried this year.
It's been a hot summer. One thing that's helped me to keep going when the sun is blazing is a new type of hat. I've been trying out the Discovery Expedition vented fedora hat after it finally dawned on me that a dark brown baseball cap was actually increasing the temperature on top of my head. You don't get much of a breeze through the vented top, but what it does is help the heat you have to escape instead of simmering, or at least that's the way I see it.
Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton are having a great gardening year and share most of their homesteading stories at a blog they call WaldenEffect.org. If you have chickens or know someone who does they can sell you a new type of automatic waterer they make and sell that brings industrial poultry technology to the back yard flock in a way that makes getting water to your birds easy and fun.