craig howard

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These grew at the base of a dead elm I cut down in my front yard:
mushrooms
These were what I was used to seeing, blue oysters

When these came out yellow/gold I was confused.
Folks on here straightened me out and identified them as golden oysters.
Here's a pic of a few mushrooms that were growing on logs in my back yard:
oyster mushrooms logs
I saw the tree throwing out mushrooms in someones yard, when I drove by. Later asked him what he was going to do with that dead tree.
He called me when he cut it down and loaded it into my truck. I Really didn't realize how lame that picture was. It popped out way more than that.
14 hours ago
 I still have half the cherries from last years harvest,
sitting in my freezer.
Northstar and Meteor.
The cherry blossums are poppin. I'm looking for ways to get them used up before the new crop.

This sounds like a great plan.
I'm going to have to look up magnolia flower syrup.
3 days ago
I've been getting eggs from three little farm girls "Three Sisters" who have been given the chore of raising chickens and selling eggs.
The chickens free range, real free range, not crowded in a building instead of a cage. Just get regular chicken feed.
Bought for $2.50 a doz for about a dozen dozens a week and most get resold for $3.50 at a local place, or friends for $2.50.

They got chickens in the spring, so they were laying in the winter when everyone else's chickens were moulting.
The resellers supply was gone.
My local, in-town egg maker was out too.
Three Sisters had an add on craigslist and have been bringing us eggs ever since.
I still support my local backyard egg seller, for $3.00, when he has them.
2 weeks ago
Bit of a side note.
I like my chest freezer, even with all the digging involved.
My freezer is getting down to about half full this time of year and the digging is easier.

It doesn't have the old radiator fins in the back like they used to.
The side gets hot so I think/know some of the chest freezers are putting the heat exchanger near the outer skin.
Surrounding the freezer with warm/hot.

I'd like a chest freezer with the old fins on the back.
4 weeks ago
Put one on the north side of the house and use a tracker so it always shines light in through a north window.
I know a bit of a complicated project but doable.
There was a guy who used to come to the energy fair MREA and set up a display.
He made trackers and built "things".
He could make it so a mirror would shine sunlight on the same spot all day.
Someone paid him to have it light a sign on the side of a building,.. during the day.
1 month ago
I know you don't want to use bags.
But maybe saving them from the landfill will work for you.
I buy organic sugar from Aldis.
The bags it comes in are stronger than any freezer bag you can find.
The zip closure is very strong and they have a window in the side.
I'm not sure how many times I can reuse them, because I haven't had one break yet.

I have also found the blue diamond almond reusable zip loc bags are very strong and mylar inside,...
but the zip close will rip away from the bag if you open it in the center.
The habanero barbeque bags are orange so when I look in the freezer I can find the peppers right away.

Maybe there is a product you use that is sold in a strong resealable bag.
1 month ago
I had this problem but followed some advice I found on here.
Now I don't actually put them into the ground until June.
The borers are done laying their eggs by then.
You might try to figure out their life cycle where you live.

Start them in pots under screen/mesh to get them going early.
If you leave the catfood in the house they will drag all that heat they soaked up into the house.
More efficient if the cat is particularly fat. Adds mass.
2 months ago
I didn't see any small ones.
The skins and snakes I did see were about the same size as this one.

Not sure what those 2 were doing under the tarp but I might end up with baby snakes this year.
2 months ago