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Greenhouse Drip Irrigation

I had the time to build a drip irrigation system for the greenhouse! Luckily, we decided to install a lead-through for water and electricity when building the foundations, thus it was as simple as it looks. Consisting of a soaker hose (like so, DE) fastened to the ground with simple tent stakes and hooked up to to a homemade inside water tap contraption made from common hardware store components.

It connects to our rainwater-collecting cistern-system and it works like a charm. Only thing I might add in the future is a timer (something like this, DE), but otherweise I’m really happy.


Happy Chicks

 

Other than me when I was a kid, the girls love to eat their vegetables 🙂

Morning Cuddles

The Lady of the House demanding her due morning cuddles 😍


Nata-Style Hatchet

I stumbled across an article on a special type of a traditional japanese hatchet, the “Nata“. It derives from the use as a garden tool, but it seems to also gain increasing popularity in the bushcraft and knifemaker scene. I liked the form and the unpretentious design and wanted to try my own version.


New Fishing Spot

I finally found a ravishingly beautiful and also promising fishing spot in close vicinity from where I live here in northern germany. It provides absolute remoteness, quietude and an overwhelming feeling of pure nature. So what else do I want?


Vegetable Gardening Progress, May 2022

I often envy people growing abundant amounts of veggies in their garden with seemingly no effort (I know that’s not true). As of may now, I don’t have anything to harvest yet. Well, I don’t seem to be the best gardener before the Lord, but undoubtedly, at least there IS some progress 🙂


Smoked Char

 

We got two beautiful chars from our favourite fishmonger and brined (see below) them over night. Then they were “hot smoked” – a fast and delicious cooking method, but not suitable for long-term preservation.

Hot smoke for about 30++ minutes (depending on the size of your fish) at up to 90°C/195 °F and until golden on the outside. Add your favourite smoking wood after 10 minutes for a nice aroma. They’re done when you can pull out the back fin very easily and can be served for example with toasted bread, salad and horseradish. They’ll keep in the fridge for max. 2-3 days.


We’ve got a Greenhouse! Yay!

Last year we got a greenhouse for a very reasonable price compared to now and we finally managed to set it up (with oooonly just a little help…) Oh, and the door is still missing 🙂 I’m a complete newcomer to greenhouse gardening and now I’m very hooked about the first try!


How to Defrost Your Freezer

Uahhhh… 🙁 I went to the basement today and discovered this. Seems I’ll have to defrost the fridge (actually, both of my fridges) to make sure they work properly again. Here’s how to do it (this is a manly hint):

 

 

 

 

 


Pickles Taste Test

After 4½ days in the fridge I went to try the pickles I made last week. Summary: Really not bad at all, but of course improvements are possible.

Asparagus and onions are perfectly ok; Crunchy, fresh and bright. A great addition to “Brotzeit”! I won’t do it again with green onions though, they became rather mushy and even got a little brown. Absolutely edible but not very appealing.

Also, I’ll try some more sugar next time since that distilled white vinegar is very acidic and needs to be balanced out a little more.


 

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