It was warm enough yesterday for Poppy to take all her piglets oout into their backyard. The babies will come out with her for a while then scamper back under their warm light. Poppy has collected some sticky weed seeds in her tail again, I must deal with that today.
See that cheeky piglet having a quick sip on the way past.
I think today is forecast to be even warmer – so I am going to clean the floors of the West Barn and prepare the big room for the tweeny piglets to move into when it gets cold.
Also today I hope to shift Aunty Anna to the bull and the two steers to the fields on the West side – their early winter feed is waiting over there. Although it looks like being warm (warm being above freezing) for a while yet we are beginning to move into the winter groups.
My autumn garden is doing amazingly well though – soon I will be picking baby beets and turnips and baby carrots and already we are eating the new kale and lettuce. Yesterday I picked tomatoes!
The forecast for today is 78F/25C – in October. I am afraid that when winter hits it will hit us hard after such a long mild autumn .
Save the Planet. I heard an interesting and very short podcast yesterday about the rising use of the available resources that sustain life on our planet and what we can do to decrease our energy use and husband our resources. Stop wasting food he said. 1 in 3 calories produced using our precious resources of water, soil and fertiliser is wasted. That means a third of our water and a third of our soil and a third of our hard won organic fertilisers is wasted by the consumer. Plus remember the consumer demands of the planet are growing fast but soil and fossil fuels and water are finite resources. And in some areas very limited.
Lucky for me that I have pigs and chickens because I am the worst offender – I always cook too much. I grew up cooking for a family of eight, then had five children on my own and you know what my summers are like – to go down to cooking for only two (even counting the portion for John’s lunch the next day) is a very big challenge for me.
We all need a personal crusade, a code of living, a belief, a motto and this one is mine – “to grow and live and eat in a manner that sustains my body, my family. and the environment that my family will inherit”. This is written on the blackboard. It is not easy, it is a silent revolution. Usually unsupported. There is no fitbit around the wrist of my home to cheer me on when I manage a day without waste. So it is hard. But take heart because our contribution is important, each one of us can contribute to the health of our wonderful planet. Ourselves and in our groups if you are lucky enough to have a family or community group who will work with you.
Here are a few more things I took from this talk. It is all so very simple really.
I bet all of you, the readers of thekitchensgarden, do one or more of these things already.
I am planting trees for you – I have plenty of room for our trees. It occurs to me (just this second) that maybe in the spring or fall you can send me trees if you want them planted for you? What do you think about that? The internet delivers? I have a favourite site for native trees – https://www.nativnurseries.com/. Shall we think about the pros and cons of that? (Or if you are close by come on down and plant your trees – we could have a tree planting day). Let’s think about that too. For the spring.
I know I swing back to this every once and a while but I would like to personally encourage you: that every individual person counts when it comes to keeping our planet healthy. You CAN make a difference. It is global but it is also individual. Just you all by yourself, join me in my silent revolution to eat and live with planet health and personal health in your mind. You can call it house health or backyard health if that makes it easier.
And please add to my list if you have any other simple ideas.
OK – enough talk – now to work.
I hope you have a lovely day.