Been a while without a Snarkhome update, so here comes a combo update for the Snarkhome, the Peppers and the Tweeds.
:fire_heart: 🌶️ The peppers are fine. Reaper went back outside after the storm and started 2 more fucking death peppers, bringing the total to like 9. Fishie and the Bonnets are all inside under new lights, finishing off their harvests. I even figured out where to dry the rest of them without accidentally less-lethalling the entire house.
🤖 In smarthome upgrade news, not so much an upgrade as an angry, cursing replacement of complete trash. Since the last update, I've switched out all of the SwitchBot plugs. Fucking 3 of them went horribly terribly fire-startingly wrong. And did I mention they have no warranty? So now all the grow stuff for the tent, hydrotower, peppers, etc is being controlled by "Third Reality" Zigbee switches instead. (https://amzn.to/3t2w0e0) They have been in for about a week and so far they Just Work. (Bonus, they haven't tried to burn down my house. Not even a little.)
🗣️ Since I needed a break from not burning down the house, I converted my notify actions to use https://github.com/nimroddolev/chime_tts for the common 'chime, talk, exit-chime' tasks. (Like when the Big Ear regains sight of the cat, it plays a fanfare instead of the normal attention chime before announcing his return and location.) There is some issue now where not all of the speakers go off reliably, but if I go back to targeting them in a group it works. :blobcatshrug: I'll just put the helper group back if it gets annoying.
:ms_weed: Finally, the Tweeds are growing nicely. I did get that back corner somewhat under control yesterday, but it is still extra tall over there. It happens. They'll get defoliated with their next (and first) feeding, probably tomorrow. (They are on fresh happy frog, so no need for food yet.) This lovely weather has the windows open, so my tent climate control is mad at me but so long as it keeps up I don't care.
🤞 We're on day 24 of flower and all is well. #growyourownmedicine #cannabis #growyourown #tweeds #switchbot #weed #snarkhome #espcam #esphome #piper #homeassistant #smarthome #switchbot #bigear #zigbee #homelab
My bestie (from over the MO border) traded me a flat of mixed #HotPeppers, since I fell prey to #JalapenoGate & wasn't able to grow any of my own, for some green beans, seed garlic, and black-eyed peas. So, I decided to make fermented hot sauce with the majority of them. 🌶🌶🌶🌶 #Spicy #GardeningMastodon #GrowYourOwn #Food
Seeds from the big runner bean pic from Aug 17.
Most of the beans grown this year were from last years that were on the trellis all winter. The best looking seeds were selected as the old vines were cleaned up, and planted at that time with some other prior years saved seeds mixed in just in case. Each planted seed had a bottle cloche put around it to keep the munching bugs away when they sprouted.
Today's harvest went straight into a fermenting jar with some mango, onion and carrot. (And a bunch of extra peppers from before.)
Oh, did I mention that I included the Heart of the Pepper? And A Carolina Reaper to give it some zip.
Should be ready for Halloween 👻:fire_heart: #fermenting #scotchbonnet #growyourown #carolinareaper #garden #peppers #fermenting #scotchbonnet #growyourown #carolinareaper #garden #peppers #fermenting #scotchbonnet #growyourown #carolinareaper #garden #peppers
Definitely feeling the seasons changing, lots of tasty veg still.
These lantern things are Physalis peruviana / Cape Gooseberry (although people also seem to call them Chinese Gooseberry, which is confusing), very tasty!
Kohlrabi (that look like aliens to me), carrots, fennel, red onions, and MASSIVE (and tasty) savoy cabbages
we’re eating the last of our Cox’s Orange Pippins freshly picked from our tree. There are few varieties of apple to compare, for its aromatic flesh, yellow-white, fine-grained, crisp, & very juicy. Having grown up in north Derbyshire I pronounce ‘pippin’ typical of northern english: [pi pin]. But I’ve heard [pi pǝn] a pronunciation which may be earlier, based on its French origin - pépin.
#apples #pippins #coxes #GrowYourOwn #GrowYourOwnFruit #GayGardener #InMyGarden
Update on rosebud tree after being felled by tropical storm Ophelia: The arborist says that the root ball is too far out and the taproot looks a bit torn. He also said that it is already near the end of its lifespan judging by its size. I checked online and apparently they only live 20-30 years.
Really disappointing. I used the flowers for food.
Hi, I'm a prickly but attractive deciduous personality with great fashion sense, looking to hook up with a few local birbs for occasional late-afternoon noshing sessions. I'm generous, open-minded, and extremely experienced. My preferred backyard encounters feature 30-50 feral bushtits, but cedar waxwings and nuthatches are also enjoyable. Legit birbs only, please. No squirrels.
Bunchosia argentea, peanut butter fruit
This plant gets a lot of hype bc of its dense nutrition, novel flavor and continuous fruiting during warm seasons. But before you consider getting one, most flowers don’t produce fruit and there is scant flesh.
Keep above 45F, fruits from seed in 3 years. Tastes like sweet peanut butter+berry. Will fruit/grow in a large pot.
#artistsgarden #imperfectgarden #StillLife #artist #wolfkettler #photography #gardenwiltshire #wiltshiregarden #wiltshire #growyourown #vegetarian #organic #healthyeating #healthyfood #plantbased #sustainable #vegan #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #autumn #natural #NaturalFood #HealthyFood #WildlifeFriendly #PlanetFriendly #SilentSunday
All those pawpaws, had to do something with them…
Loosely adapted from this recipe, see AltText for details. https://cookingwithyoshiko.com/tofu-cheesecake/
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Thought I'd go out in the garden, harvest any ripe runner beans, so I can parboil and freeze them.
Didn't think there'd be many ready to eat, seeing as I've been eating them all the time for the past couple of weeks.
But there might be a few.
There was a few.
Does anyone want any beans?
Autumn in a trug.
There are still a few squash and pumpkins to harvest as those plants haven’t given up yet but I wanted to get these safely gathered in. They’ll make great soup and risotto.
Last year most of my tomatoes went on salsa. This year, it's homemade pasta sauce. Roast tomatoes, courgette, sweet peppers, and french beans, seasoned and blended fine because my boy doesn't like bits. Delicious and healthy, but came out looking like pumpkin!
It has been a decent day spent doing my own things dogged by only medium levels of constant background anxiety about not doing work stuff, not doing enough stuff, and generally having continual doom looming over me. Could be better, but it's usually worse, so I'll take that.
Anyway, can highly recommend a visit to Norfolk Herbs. I have bought from them online before, but it's only an hour from us, so I decided to visit. It's small, but packed with variety.
The fridge and freezer are full and it was too warm to feel like cooking anything so today was the day for starting the lacto fermenting veg and fruit vinegar.
I’ll try out a few lacto ferments of veg and I never know what they will turn out like. I’m looking forward to making some sriracha.
I hope to be making a few different fruit vinegars this autumn (apple, raspberry, strawberry, Jostaberry, pear and quince).
I'm completely out of dill, both dry and fresh, so starting to grow a lot of them to be planted on the balcony later.
I use #dill a lot, in tuna salad, in omelette, in a dish from northern #Iran and in #pickles. I grew some this year and used them mostly in cooking but the rest fell victim for buys and bacterial diseases.
So started a whole new batch. Less than half of the seeds germinated, but that should be plenty for me in the coming months. Going to grow them inside in soil with mix of artificial and sun from the balcony windows.
An amazingly fruity and mind blowing Sriracha salsa prepared by our best cheffie friend, Richard, from our own chillies, peppers and tomatoes. So good to have someone who really knows how to use our local produce. We can keep in the fridge for several months but somehow I don't think it will last that long!
Okay fine, maybe next year I'll only do 13 tomato plants... 😬. My mother, who lives in a much more temperate zone, continues to be shocked we have harvests this huge up here. 😅
...and yes, we are making tomato everything. Tomato salad, tomato sauce, sandwiches with tomatoes, tomatoes as snacks,
The tomatoes are piling up, spilling off the counter - they are ridiculous. 🍅
Next up, a big pot of soup with turkey stock from last Thanksgiving, wine, Rancho Gordo beans, piles of greens, basil, tomatoes, and vegetables from the garden. Most will be frozen in quart containers.
Some of these were grown in the greenhouse and some outside against a West facing wall.
They've all been grown from seeds we've saved but were originally from supermarket tomatoes.
My favourites are the dark red ones. I think these were originally a herritage green tiger tomato from Morrisons supermarket. They used to be pretty tasteless and remained quite green. They've turned into one of the tastiest tomatoes, quite sweet.
My first JohnsonSu compost is ready. It’s been a 12 month test of patience, watering and much interest. In August 2022 I made two hot (above 55°C for several days) compost stacks, with downpipes to form aeration holes to help stop the pile going anaerobic. The compost has not been turned all year while approx 300 worms were added when the temperature had dipped to 25°C. The piles have been watered regularly with rainwater.
It’s the strangest compost I’ve ever made. Clay like but more compressible and malleable and not sticky.
The first 6 months should have promoted the growth of hundreds of species of bacteria and last 6 months should have promoted hundreds of species of fungi. The compost should be full of soil biology.
I’ll make a compost extract with it to spray on seeds, seed drills and plants.