Movie star root cellar and farm tour
the worst of the winter's cold over (we hope), I figure I have enough
data to finish up my ebook about the fridge
For a very low-work and low-cost option, it passed with flying colors,
using about 2 kilowatt-hours of electricity to keep a whole
winter's-worth of carrots in prime shape. During a power outage
that corresponded to a frigid spell, the interior dropped to 28 degrees
Fahrenheit (and I brought our carrots inside for a few days to protect
them), but otherwise the fridge root cellar stayed at the perfect
temperature all winter long.
Our neighbor has been
grafting new varieties onto his apples for years, and it was intriguing
to see the grafts one to three years after joining. He even sent
me home with two little Colette pear trees grafted onto rootstock last
winter --- we tasted some of his homegrown Colettes last year and were
blown away by the flavor.
I also dropped by his
spring-fed pond to get a bit more inoculant for my tiny water
garden (as Sara suggested I call it instead of a puddle).
This pond's water will stay more cold and aerated than mine, so I'm not
positive the water snails and water cress will make the transition, but
I suspect the forget-me-nots and water mint will do fine.
Finally, we gathered a
few wild golf balls and I watched my neighbor enjoy pasture
golfing. Isn't that the best part of homesteading --- you can do
whatever crazy thing suits your fancy?
Our chicken waterer makes care of the backyard flock nearly as easy as a hive of honeybees.
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