Herbs for Healthy Hens

One morning, whilst feeding the chickens their breakfast, Lacy pooped by my feet and the poop was wriggling and writhing. I’m not a scatologist, but I knew this wasn’t normal. Worms = nasty! But free ranging chickens get worms, so this isn’t the most interesting part of my story. Interesting Part of My Story: I…

Free P.H.I.L.

FREE Persecuted Hens Into Liberty* In the UK there is a charity called the British Hen Welfare Trust. When battery farmed hens pass their optimum egg laying capacity (18-24 months) they are usually sold for cheap meat or culled – it’s cheaper to buy in a new high laying flock than have less eggs laid…

The Hound and the Hens

This is not the picture I want. Despite the mounting evidence that Deo may be more German Shepherd than not, I still hope to train him as a calm Livestock Guardian Dog. Deo’s destiny is to be a protective force of good against the many chicken-predators – I’ve written it on the internet so it must be true….

Scally-Worms Move to Luxury 5* Accommodation

5* Accommodation Belle and I were given a luxury worm hotel for our wedding. It’s an awesome feet of DIY. The structure is made from plastic fencing off-cuts. The base of the drawers are wire-screen, so the worms can travel from one level to the next. Being top feeders this means once one drawer is…

One-beam Bench from Scrap Wood

Inspired by one commenters comment about Piet Hein Eek on my last Bench Post, I used a little more of my dumpster find to make a one-beam bench: This bench is way easier than the last one, but you do need to be a little careful measuring and drilling the holes (more on measurements below)….

My Feta Will Last Forever

A few days ago I froze parsley, but I was concerned that it will melt, wither and die when the electricity fails. Fortunately, my feta will last forever. Forever Feta is really very easy: Into a jar, layer feta cheese, any herbs you think will taste good, pepper and chilli (if you think the post-Apocalypse…

The Last Egg

Me: did the big chicken in the sky let you in? Lucy: Me: still not speaking to me, Luce? Lucy: Me: you know Lucy, we had our differences, but on some level you were always my favourite. You were the biggest chicken with the most beautiful plumage. You laid my first egg – I know…

Preparing for the Apocalypse (or how to freeze parsley)

I met a lovely slightly scary lady who believed the end of society as we know it is pretty dam close – food and transport infrastructures are on the brink of collapse and the fall of government and the economy wont be far behind. Apocalyptic Lady: it wont be long now. Me: the end? Apocalyptic…

Three easy steps to not not getting a puppy

    STEP 1. Agree to go to the Humane Society. Me: we’re just looking. Belle: I know. Me: we are not leaving with a dog. Belle: I know. STEP 2. Agree to take an adorable puppy to the ‘bonding room’. Me: we can’t take one home. Belle: I know. Me: you better not fall…

Getting to know ‘Hen of the Woods’

I recently attended a Wild Foods Workshop at Meanwhile Back in Saluda. When Alan Muskat (popularly know as The Mushroom Man) told us we were going to have lots of conversations with the plants, I knew we’d get along. Me: hey pretty plant. Plant: hi there. Me: Chris, Chris Smith. When you say it fast…

Greens for Green Scheme

I was frustrated that the sustainability centre at Furman Farm used plastic bags to give out the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) food. Speaking to the Farm Manager revealed that it’s consumer driven. So the problem is: how to get people to bring their own bags? In England most supermarkets will now charge you for a…

Saved by Community Supported Agriculture

Buy local. Buy organic. Buy seasonal. Take a bank loan too? You’ll need one. This was my dilema when I moved to Greenville, SC. I wanted to eat the good stuff but it was a struggle to afford it. You say: Grow your own? I say: Yes, yes. I know! In time I’ll have the…

How to find a beautiful bench in the dumpster:

By popular request… that’s not true. Although actually it is the most requested thing on this site. But also the only requested thing on this site. In all honesty I’m writing this for the unfortunately named, Coop Poop. The hardest thing may be finding the pallets. Every time I see a shop or restaurant being…

I found a beautiful bench in a dumpster

I was surprised that someone would throw away such an awesome bench, but then again it had been cunningly disguised as old pallets: RESCUED   STORED   DECONSTRUCTED STAINED PAINTED VOILA

Chickens Are Free To Range

From Left to Right: Lacy, Lucy and Spacey Two exciting updates on the chicken situation, 1) we now leave their gate open and they explore the entire back yard, and 2) Lacy and Spacey are talking to me! Our typical dialogue: Me: hey ladies. Lacy and Spacey: food food food food food food. Me: hey…

Homemade Refilling Egg Rack

It took our hens a long time to start laying. Lucy was the first and the event was celebrated for days. We cleared a whole shelf in the fridge just for her ‘jumbo’ egg. There was certainly no question of which egg was laid when. A few weeks later and Spacey and Lacy have caught…

Lucy’s Egg vs. Organic Free Range Supermarket Egg

Our first egg from our chickens – how does it compare to the supermarket free range eggs in the fridge?           The yolk tasted as good as it looked. Very rich. I think this is because Belle keeps sneaking out and feeding the hens either grapes, apples or bananas. They love…

Worm Farm Mark II [aka Getting it Right]

My worms speak to me with a thousand little voices. As does Google. The big difference is my worms are synchronised and harmonious, whereas Google is a clashing cacophony of cross-information. I built Worm Farm Mark I based on some internet information that turned out to be wrong. I knew it was wrong when all…

Garden Mushrooms

My back garden is host to a panoply of mushrooms: I wonder if any of them are edible? In all likelihood they are more dangerous than the black widow that lives on my bean planter:

Guerrilla Gardening for Perennial Herbs

. Gorilla Gardening: take one baby gorilla. Dig a hole deep enough so that the bottom of the gorilla’s ear lobes will be covered. Use an organic compost and choose an area with partial sun. Firmly pat down the soil around the Gorilla’s head. Gorillas like to be keep moist, but not soggy. Use well…

How To Make Your Own Green Sprouter

I say: Every body should be growing something edible. You say: But… [insert appropriate excuse about the size/location/inconvenience of your place of residence]. I say: You should start with sprouts – anybody can do it anywhere. You say: I’m a convict in a maximum security prison. I say: Not even a small window sill? You…

Broccoli in a Wooded Raised Bed

  I’m a big fan of the brassica family – the plants look awesome. In England my mum had a whole patch of purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage, sprouts and standard broccoli. It was a jungle of leaves that made you want to bite them. In fact this is exactly what happened – the pigeons ate…