Homesteading and Livestock

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Staying Cool and Lacto-Fermented Swiss Chard

8/8/2012 1:40:10 PM

Tags: cool, vented fedora hat, Discovery Expedition, Swiss Chard, wild mushrooms, foraging, butternut squash, lacto fermentation, Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton

harvesting wild mushrooms and fermented swiss chard ribs along with the Discovery Expedition vented fedora garden hat

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.



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