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My Satsuma isn't looking pretty. My 2nd year freeze blanket got compromised. It acquired a few small holes. So this tree took a 17 degree hit. That's twice I've hurt this tree. This time way worse than the first. Shit. Oh well. I needed to see I guess. The new growth is above the graft. So that's good. Damn. When this tree is productive, it's Kennedy's most favoritest. Which make it a most favoritest of mine too. Boo. New bags every year. Purchased when the old one comes off so as to have it in stock.
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4/13/17
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I FOUND SOMETHING TO BREW -- I had heard of "kombucha" online before, but it looked gross and decidedly low-class, some kind of dicey hooch for prisoners. (I made "wine" in college; not a good experience.) But recently, when we were playing tourist on our one day romantic foliage tour (wedding anniversary), the wife decided to spring for a $4 bottle at a crunchy-type market. I took a taste, raised my head to the sky, and hooted!

Every cell in my body said, "THAT'S good shit" quite unlike the sad lacking felt when drinking beer substitute during the NHL playoffs. I'm just beginning to learn the health benefits of alkalization, but I think it's something I need, stat. On the other hand, I'm a longtime avid tea drinker, have made sauerkraut, and love mushrooms. So I used the dregs of our next purchase to just wing it, and grew a SCOBY from half tea, half apple cider, right in the original bottle.

You can't do it with all brands, but there's a local distributor who isn't using cultures with weird nutrient requirements, intended to prevent it. Makes sense to me. If you're not really in the $4 non-alcoholic drink market, which we're not, free range cultures would seem to accrue mostly to word-of-mouth marketing. Or G+, as the case may be.

I already had a 1 gal. graduated cylinder-like vessel for jelly juice, and that's a buck at Dollar Tree. Fancy crocks with spigots near the bottom can run you a couple hundred. Who knows? Maybe we'll get there. Then I deduced from instructions at
http://www.thejoykitchen.com/recipe/basic-kombucha
that the critical information is the cup of sugar, total volume of brew, and amount of tea. I brewed the tea properly to limit tannins (15 minutes of steeping, sheesh!) and didn't follow the recipe beyond that.

We even had a bag of old cranberries (from last Christmas? OMG) rotting away at the back of the fridge, which would have been our first choice for the second ferment anyway.
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10/27/16
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Two year old Bright Lights Swiss Chard in a half shade 3'x10' bed. Snapdragons, pansies and other flowers bring color, depth and flying friends. Now's the time determine your best location, to get your materials and build your bed.
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2/9/16
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I hopped my wheelbarrow out of the back of my truck and landed it sideways. I broke an arm. Shit. The brace between the leg stands had already rusted out. Replacement kit was like 40 bucks. F that. I had one piece of scrap 2X4 which turned out to be the perfect length and some straps lying around. Booyah. Free fix. I'll round this grip off tomorrow when I have more time. 
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1/4/16
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They're breeding like rabbits in my mulch.
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12/8/15
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Pretty good night with the Kookster. Chili cheese dogs topped with garden micro greens and tomatoes. Previous to that a little garage time cutting up phone books, making hidden pockets in them. Kook got her RC car back as reverse never worked so we flew that up and down the alley, too. And a Thai basil, mint, kombucha spritzer.
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11/6/15
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Tonight's haul.
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Garden update October. I've been getting about 3 to 5 cups of tomatoes off my fall plants about every other. Today we got 9 cups. Hearty bastards. They're broke in a few places, tomatoe worms are eating them. So what. Die hards. Okra producing slowly at about 3 every third day. Got my 1st winter bed started and two seed trays in the garage. Herbs are winding down a bit with the bottoms yellowing. Leaving them for the pollinators to enjoy until its time to use the space.
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10/9/15
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I've really enjoyed my tomatoes this year. They're so, so sweet. I also enjoy my little assassin bugs. This little fella caught a ride on my hand back to the garden. We had an understanding - you don't hurt me, I don't hurt you. And we both stuck to it. Good stuff!
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