This is a bit of a catch-up roundup, with some links I found a while ago and some more recent. Please feel free to suggest more articles I should read in the comments!
- A really good (newly!) local blog I discovered recently is Inner Pickle. They live on an acre in the Illawarra and have a lot in common with my family, so I’m finding it really interesting following their journey. We’re actually going to meet up with them soon, too, which should be fun.
- Jenna leaves a shop assistant scratching his head and possibly calling Social Services, after telling him she needed a baby monitor that could handle the elements for her old shed up the hill (but not telling him it was for lambs!).
- I still haven’t done it yet, but I’m very keen to try out NellyMary’s idea about using a trivet when roasting meat. It’s a base of things like onions, herbs, garlic, carrot peelings, greens from the garden, etc that the meat sits on while it cooks, giving a real flavour boost.
- The bulb orders from my garden club recently came in. Spring bulbs are not just a pretty face – they take up lots of water-soluble nutrients in early spring before other plants are actively growing, and release those nutrients when they die back in summer and rot down. They can be useful planted under fruit trees in a forest garden. Thanks to Anna for this info!
- I’m thinking of the fun things you could do with the egg-bot, a robot for printing on eggs and other spherical objects. It could make the most awesome Easter eggs!
- You can do that? Some towns in Maine, USA have decided to exempt locally-produced and sold food from state and federal licensing and inspection regulations. Buyers and sellers sign an agreement waiving any liability for the consumption of that food. This allows small-scale local production of things like raw milk, meat, eggs, cheese, etc without the prohibitive costs of dealing with ridiculous state and federal compliance requirements. Awesome!
What good stuff have you been reading lately?