Long time reader and in-town homesteader. We have been through the dryest gardening season we have had in our 40 years of marriage. Still managed to get our winter supply of food canned up. Lots of pumping water and mulching. Last fall you said the beavers were indicating an open winter. Bingo. The beavers knew what was ahead. What do you see in the animals this fall that would indicate our winter? It is so great to read your blog. For years we have felt like we were the only people to look to the garden for our food. My husband and I do it together. It is great to have a mate to work together and enjoy the garden with. Glad you found Will.
J & L in Iowa
The animals and other nature signs point to an early and heavy snow and a cold winter. So we’re trying to get ready … just in case. I’d thought the beavers had lied to us when they added extra material to their dam. I said they indicated a hot, dry summer. Then we got rain this spring and I thought they’d lied. Not so. Right now, and during the last month or more, we’ve been in severe drought and the temps all summer were record-setting highs. The beavers were right!
Yes, it IS great to have a like-minded mate working with you toward the same goals. It makes life so much more enjoyable! — Jackie
Hopi Pale Grey squash and turmeric in pickles
I have a couple of questions. First I saw some of your presentation in Colorado Springs CO, but because of tired and restless kids I missed part of it. I came in on a conversation about a kind of squash you raise. You were offering a man some of the seeds. I just wanted to know what kind it was. Next. I was wondering what Turmeric in pickling recipes is supposed to do besides turn everything yellow.
The squash variety was Hopi Pale Grey. So far, only Seed Dreams in California and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds carry this squash. It is very rare. Turmeric not only turns foods yellow but also imparts a distinctive flavor. I wouldn’t make bread and butter pickles without it! — Jackie