Our own private Rancho Deluxe
(an expansive one eighth of an acre)

This site is an aggregation of Eighth Acre Bounty and Gary Digs. Documenting misadventures of gardening and animal husbandry on a small city lot.

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Tue 15 March, 2011

Channel Image11:38 It won’t always be bad news…» Gary Digs
but today it is…  …as of 3/12/2011, the house is too quiet, the couch is too big, no one in the backyard cares that I’m “goin’ in”, there’s no dancing when we put on our jackets or visit the hall closet, and the worst of the worst is the conspicuous absence of that magnificent head […]
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Fri 29 October, 2010

Channel Image08:53 Disappointment around the corner…» Gary Digs
So, I didn’t get back to my rant about our Senate Election here in Washington, and all the steam I had built up in the sleepless night that preceded the last entry has pretty much disappated. The general malaise I found myself in regarding the Senate Election centered around the fact that despite all of […]
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Sat 02 October, 2010

Channel Image11:55 Been a long time…» Gary Digs
Well over a year has passed since I’ve written anything here, but according to google analytics somebody still arrives here on occassion. Whether they be lost or found when they arrive is unclear from search terms like “saturn wagon”, “1995 f250”, “shitsu” or “pie transportation”. Maybe on the last item a conclusion can be drawn […]
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Tue 01 December, 2009

Channel Image16:46 Dark Days – Week 2» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The Thanksgiving contribution… We always celebrate Thanksgiving at my aunt and uncle’s house. It is usually a pretty big crowd and everyone pitches in by bringing a dish or two. This year was no different, except I decided to branch out a bit with one of the dishes.  This year our compost volunteered many things, […]
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Fri 20 November, 2009

Channel Image13:04 Dark Days Week One» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Despite my best intentions of increasing my posting frequency this summer, it seems the year got away from me. However, I resolve to do better over the dark days of winter and part of that entailed signing up once gain for (not so) Urban Hennery’s Dark Days challenge. For those unfamiliar – a quick synopsis […]
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Tue 03 November, 2009

Fri 11 September, 2009

Channel Image12:03 The Bullock Homestead» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
At long last I finally got around to uploading some of the pictures from our visit to the Bullock Brothers homestead on Orcas Island at the end of August.  It was a veritable wonderland of food laden forests, millions of projects and experiments in process. The majority of thier land occupies a southfacing slope that […]
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Sat 29 August, 2009

Channel Image08:29 Off to see the wiz..» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
er… Bullocks I mean – as in the Bullock Brothers permaculture homestead on Orcas Island.
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Fri 28 August, 2009

Channel Image13:54 Comfort Food» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
26 pounds of fresh hot Hatch green chile from New Mexico. I was born in New Mexico and although it has been almost 24 years now since we moved away, there is little that can compete with a big bowl of green chile as the ultimate grounding and centering meal.  No – this is most […]
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Wed 26 August, 2009

Channel Image12:41 One Straw – with Parsley» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Masanobu Fukuoka, in The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming describes using daikon radishes to (almost) passively aerate and amend his soil. The daikon tills deep into the ground under its own steam and when the growing top is lopped off, it composts in place – providing food for the soil critters and improving […]
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Thu 20 August, 2009

Channel Image14:01 Pickled, packed, sealed and frozen.» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Canning season is upon us. In this house it actually never really ends since I find myself canning up big batches of chicken stock every couple months from the trimmings and bone I hide away in the freezer after we roast a chicken. But the preservation of summer’s gifts has officially begun. It all started […]
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Thu 13 August, 2009

Sun 09 August, 2009

Channel Image21:56 No excuses…» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Wow, 1 day short of a month without posting. Sorry about that! This has turned in to a bit of a whirlwind summer with extreme temperatures (and an extreme lack of water). I also recently upgraded computers and am still working on getting all of the necessary drivers and software installed to set me back […]
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Fri 10 July, 2009

Channel Image16:24 Chillin» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I’ll be in class all weekend so there won’t be any new posts. Look who I caught outside the bathroom window the other day, just chilling and contemplating the peas… I hope you all have a relaxing weekend.
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Channel Image16:16 Summer meals» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Pardon the poor picture quality, but I was hungry and there wasn’t much light left so the camera flash left everything a bit overexposed. It occurred to me that I have all but stopped cataloging  some of our meals. With canning and growing season well upon us, the daily food preparation takes a backseat. Add […]
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Mon 06 July, 2009

Channel Image14:38 We’re blooming» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
That earlier picture  of the sunflower bud? It is no longer just a promise
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Wed 01 July, 2009

Channel Image10:03 Fruity» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The Friday before last, we went to a local u-pick strawberry field and walked away an hour later with 28 pounds of strawberries. I froze several bags for use later in the winter and I also immediately baked up some shortcake for dessert that evening (real shortcake, not that angels food sponge-like substance you get […]
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Sat 27 June, 2009

Channel Image16:05 In Pictures» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Sunflowers full of promise Borage Boy in the garden, planting lettuce in the shade. A bee with deformed wings. The result of mites, or simply worn out? A theme apparently developed here, this concludes the furry section of our picture show A garden intruder, looks like your standard cabbage looper – but check out that […]
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Thu 25 June, 2009

Channel Image16:11 On saving seed» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I am letting several bright lights chard plants go to seed this year. These particular plants survived our insanely cold and snowy winter without any protection, so in my book they are survivors and it would be well worth keeping thier progeny around. We save some other seeds around here each year. Obviously the simple […]
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Wed 24 June, 2009

Channel Image09:22 Got Pie?» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Despite my promise to post more frequently I’ve failed. You see, I’ve been busy making pie. In fact, the whole household got wrapped up in the pie making for a day or two. You can see Gary’s documentation and newly developed (soon to be patented) pie holder for all this pie here. These pies above […]
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Tue 23 June, 2009

Channel Image15:59 New Neighbors» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Gary made this sweet little birdhouse a few years ago from our old fence boards. The first year we set it close to the patio and a pair of chicadees moved in and set up house. We watched thier comings and goings all spring until one day we woke up to a massacre. Nin had […]
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Tue 16 June, 2009

Channel Image15:56 Pile O’ $h!t, Pie Transportation, and Hair Weave on the Loose…» Gary Digs
Pile O’ $h!t: Apparently it has been 2 months since I wrote the Homeresque blog post about the truck designed to rival Tolstoi in verbosity. You can imagine I needed a long hard rest after that blogging odyssey, and honestly, I don’t feel like I’ve gotten that long hard rest, but alas, I will blog again […]
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Thu 04 June, 2009

Channel Image17:55 Hot in the city…» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Unseasonably warm weather has our fair city projected to hit 90 degrees this afternoon. Thats right, 90 degrees, in the first week of June. The last 3 weeks have been noting short of remarkable in the heights of temperature reached and lack of precipitation. After whining all winter, I was more than happy to don […]
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Thu 28 May, 2009

Channel Image16:58 A commencement speech for the planet» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
“Hey, Class of 2009: you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating…” Go here to read the entire text of Paul Hawkens address to the University of Portland.
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Wed 20 May, 2009

Channel Image10:25 And we’re off!» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I know, posts have been few and far between lately. And this post is mostly to say that I won’t be posting for the next few days. We are actually leaving town to get some camping and exploration in. We will be camping in western Montana with friends for a few days but plan on […]
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Thu 14 May, 2009

Channel Image09:00 Cut’n Come Again» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
This winter I purchased a one pound package of “chicken lettuce” from Wild Garden Seeds. This mix is made up of seed that was passed over for inclusion in regular seed packets due to rain stains, excessive chaff or lower germination rates. But it is cheap – a one pound package was $19 (do you […]
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Thu 07 May, 2009

Channel Image17:48 Seattle Urban Farm Co-op» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Just a quick note in case any local people were unaware of the recently created Seattle Urban Farm Co-op. In their own words… The Seattle Urban Farm Co-op is a community-based project to start a co-op to purchase supplies for urban farmers in the Seattle area. Our focus will be on obtaining supplies such as […]
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Channel Image09:00 Grateful» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The first of this month was my birthday. Our dogwood in the backyard always tends to bloom within a week or two of my birthday every year and puts on a chorus of color with the emerging lilacs, tulips and iris. Although May tends to be a generally soggy month in this part of the […]
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Tue 05 May, 2009

Channel Image15:46 The right tool for the job» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Meet my new love, the Weed Wrench. No, this little hottie hasn’t replaced Gary – in fact I am pretty sure that Gary is ok with my new relationship.  At the end of last week I drove downtown to visit the fine folks at King County’s Noxious Weed Division and they kindly loaded me up […]
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Fri 01 May, 2009

Channel Image16:03 Spring Green» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The spinach I planted in the cold frame way back in February has turned into a bumper crop. In addition the girls have had numerous 3 egg days recently so this household has been rolling in the greens and eggs. What better way to celebrate the emergence of true spring than Spinach pasta? Tuesday night […]
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Thu 23 April, 2009

Channel Image17:14 Housekeeping» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
In my earlier posts this week I forgot to mention that I had a minor WordPress freakout earlier this month which resulted in many of your comments (and my replies) being sent to the WP spam folder. Due to the insane amount of spam comments I get each day it is going to take some […]
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Wed 22 April, 2009

Channel Image14:33 On yet another project» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I’ve been reluctant to write about this until it all actually came to fruition for fear of something going wrong. But as everything seems to be in the clear now I’ll go ahead. As many of you know (by virtue of the title of this blog) we are on a very small city lot here. […]
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Tue 21 April, 2009

Channel Image16:43 Busy Girls» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The bees have been enjoying the nice weather as much as we have lately. We checked them last Thursday (1 full week after installing the package) to both confirm that the queen was still there, and ideally to confirm that she was laying. Well, we found the queen but could not find any eggs (this […]
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Wed 15 April, 2009

Channel Image11:18 Permaculture School!» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Yesterday, I received the Tilth email newsletter and in it, about halfway down the page there was a quick blurb for a 6 month Permaculture Design class put on by Seattle Tilth and taught by Toby Hemenway (author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture). The class is from 9-5:30, Saturday and Sunday every […]
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Sat 11 April, 2009

Channel Image08:54 The Bees are In!» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Late Wednesday night we got the call that the bees would be in early and available on Thursday after 11. The two day early arrival of the package was actually a case of very good timing as Thursday was apparently the last somewhat sunny day we are scheduled to have for a while. We drove […]
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Thu 09 April, 2009

Channel Image15:22 Dangerous Chemicals and Oodles of Icky Oil…(continued from last post)» Gary Digs
Right around the time we started the new bed and hauled the cottonwood rounds, I ran across a post I could not refuse during one of my frequent “diesel < 3000” Craig’s List searches (don’t ask me why, I’m not really shopping for anything particular, but I like to see what’s out there and am […]
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Tue 07 April, 2009

Channel Image16:42 Breaking Silence» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Whew, 7 whole days and not a peep! Sorry bout that, I don’t believe I’m alone though. We have had a spate of beautiful days here, starting on Friday and continuing clear through today. A large portion of the PNW blogs I have on my reader have been strangely silent as well. When we actually […]
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Mon 30 March, 2009

Channel Image12:14 Garden Update» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
We finally had a bit of a sunny day yesterday, allowing me to tromp around and get pictures of all the promise out there. The ground is still completely soggy, so not a lot of cultivating I can do until we get a few sunny days in a row to dry things out a bit. […]
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Fri 27 March, 2009

Channel Image13:24 Plant Identification» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
So this is the post where I expose my ignorance. My plant identification skills suck for the most part. This little green thing above showed up last year in what was originally to be our strawberry bed (poor siting and the strawberries, erm… failed to thrive?). I have no idea what this is and am […]
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Sat 21 March, 2009

Channel Image15:00 Passing on the Good JuJu» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Novella, over at Ghost Town Farm, posted the other week offering up seeds she had saved from her largest Triamble winter squash. I excitedly took her up on her offer and received an envelope in the mail not too long after with several beautiful seeds. I’m thrilled to have a new variety to try this […]
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Fri 20 March, 2009

Channel Image09:56 Ahhh…Equinox» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Happy first day of spring! I sit here this morning silently hoping that the rain doesn’t start up again so I can celebrate by putting my Pac Choi, leek and Cabbage seedlings in the ground. I can already feel the warmth converging a bit. We haven’t had a 30 some degree day in over a […]
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Thu 19 March, 2009

Channel Image18:02 Speechless (or wordless?)» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Strangely I haven’t been able to come up with a single thing to write about this week. Not that there aren’t things going on – I just lack inspiration. Here is hoping the weekend brings some new projects or ideas to blather on about. In the interim, consider this Turn off the television, radio, lights, […]
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Sun 15 March, 2009

Channel Image15:59 The End of Dark Days» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
This week brings us to the end of the Dark Days challenge. Time to look ahead to the crisp greens of spring and the tang of a summer tomato dribbling down your chin. Participating in the weekly write up this year has been a good exercise for me. We prepared well last summer and didn’t […]
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Sat 14 March, 2009

Channel Image10:44 New Growth and Survivors» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Despite the snow/rain/snow/hail/freezing temperature merry-go-round we’ve been on lateley there are still signs of life in the garden. The cold frames I built last month are serving the little seedlings well, protecting them from the below freezing temperatures we’ve had. The pic above is one of the cold frames that I planted first. This box […]
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Sun 08 March, 2009

Channel Image14:16 Pig Parts» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
AKA the great offal experiment. As I’ve mentioned before, we ordered half a pig from a local farm a mere 15 minutes from our house this year. In the course of making the cut arrangements with the farm I inquired about the offal. You see, I am a bit preoccupied with using everything. Especially when […]
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Channel Image12:05 Dark Days Week 16» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
This past week has been pretty busy. So busy that I never got to read the book I was supposed to by this afternoon, I haven’t kept up at all with posting this week and here we are staring down a rapidly approaching Monday. Saturday was another busy day, full of meat grinding and mixing […]
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Tue 03 March, 2009

Channel Image18:24 Big Wood, Broken Back, Dangerous Chemicals and Oodles of Icky Oil…» Gary Digs
We’re working on a new raised bed (as previously mentioned), honey bees are coming soon, and I just acquired almost 200 gallons of used vegetable oil that I’d like to brew into biodiesel (most of the oil is in JnX’s garage at present)…More on this soon, and I mean soon, not a month and a […]
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Sun 01 March, 2009

Fri 27 February, 2009

Channel Image10:42 Dark Days – Week 15!» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Pretty amazing that we are now in week 15 of the Dark Days Challenge, that means spring must be just around the bend! In keeping with a theme that seems to have sprung up among a good portion of the Dark Days bloggers, this weeks meal is once again focused on BEANS! Another bean soup […]
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Thu 26 February, 2009

Channel Image10:23 Haven’t we been here before?» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Yep – this is what I woke up to today. All of the seed planting and gardening glory of last week buried under a couple inches of snow. I know for those readers in the Northeast you are probably tired of listening to me whine about the miniscule amounts of snow that drop upon us […]
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Wed 25 February, 2009

Channel Image20:09 Bees!» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
No – this isn’t one of ours. This is a picture from last May when our rhody bloomed. For living on a small city lot we actually get our fair share of wildlife. The herons seem to have established their migratory pattern right over our house so during the summer we see them cruising by […]
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Sun 22 February, 2009

Channel Image11:18 Shepherds Pie – Dark Days» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Yes, this is yet another Dark Days post sans pictures. I can’t seem to pick up the camera lately when I am cooking. Add to that the fact that we’ve been pretty active with projects this week so by the time dinner is ready we fall upon it ravenously – no time for a photo […]
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Sat 21 February, 2009

Channel Image10:30 Signs of Life» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
We’ve had a spate of sunny days this week and they are beginning to show their effect in the garden. I’ve got several volunteer and overwintered violas popping up in the main bed, flashing their colors underneath the straw mulch we left on the bed for the winter. Out front, the first primrose peeked out […]
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Tue 17 February, 2009

Channel Image11:38 Fungus Love – or What We Did for Valentines Day» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
We don’t ever celebrate Valentines day around here. In fact, to be honest we are hard pressed to celebrate many holidays. If it weren’t for family events around Christmas and Thanksgiving we might just forget about it all. Birthdays usually warrant a cake and having friends/family over – but that is the height of our […]
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Channel Image09:59 Dark Days Chicken Dinner» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I’m a bit late in making my dark days post this week. Also – no pictures. We were out of town for most of the weekend (details to be posted shortly) and spent most of Sunday constructing another cold frame and building the long anticipated chicken gate. Our featured dinner this week was a relatively […]
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Thu 12 February, 2009

Channel Image15:39 Broody can’t fail*» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Or…maybe it can. How do I tell this little chicken there isn’t a chance in hell that her eggs will hatch? Dahl has been sitting for over a week now. At first (once again for those loyal readers who have followed the saga of Dahl since last spring) we thought she might be eggbound. She […]
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Mon 09 February, 2009

Channel Image17:24 Pizza – Dark Days» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I’ve been searching around lately for a 100% whole wheat pizza dough recipe. Most recipes that purport to be whole wheat dough are in actuality somewhere between 30-50% whole wheat with the remainder being either bread flour or all purpose. Now I’m not going to claim that I don’t like white pizza dough – but […]
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Wed 04 February, 2009

Channel Image18:00 Speeding the seasons along» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Today was an absolutely beautiful day. The sun came out to play and the temp was up in the 50’s. Both Gary and I were not willing to let another day like this pass without getting some quality time in the yard so we knocked off around 1pm and went out to play. I’ve been […]
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Thu 29 January, 2009

Channel Image16:40 Arikara Bean Soup – Dark Days» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
This past weekend while at the West Seattle Farmers Market I picked up a small package of dried beans. The name of the beans was written in thick felt tip and not all that discernible, but they were the most unfamiliar of the three dried bean varieties that Full Circle had on their table. A […]
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Wed 28 January, 2009

Channel Image17:40 Little bit o sunshine» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Who is that in my leeks? In our failure to complete the upgraded fencing in of the chickens last weekend Blume and Dahl regularly go on walkabout during the day. We got a bit of sunshine this afternoon and as I scooted outside to absorb the last rays before the sun dropped down over the […]
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Sun 25 January, 2009

Channel Image14:34 Dark Days Catch-up» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
As I mentioned below, I missed last weeks Dark Days post so this one will cover two meals. First up was this weeks meal, a variation on keftedes as learned from a Moroccan friend. I took a pound of beef from our quarter of grass-fed beef (Prairie Springs Ranch) and mixed it with a bunch […]
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Channel Image13:53 Hiatus» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Well once again I ended up taking a unintended week off from blogging (aside from my little post on Tuesday when I just had to express my delight at seeing that helicopter take off from the capital). I went down to Oregon to visit my grandparents last weekend and had a good time catching up. […]
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Tue 20 January, 2009

Sat 17 January, 2009

Channel Image14:41 Rats, eggs, and escapees…» Gary Digs
More to come on this soon… (written 1/17/2009) Ok, well, soon is a relative term…it is now March 3rd and Maya has seen fit to comment on how terribly out of date this post is (in addition to threatening to blog about the new raised bed, not that I’d mind, but she gave me a […]
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Channel Image14:40 Raindrops keep falling on my head…» Gary Digs
but only in the left half of our front yard. Minor freak out this afternoon when I stepped out front to check the mail (after having been in the backyard for a bit) and found the left half of the front yard damp and rain drops falling solely in that half of the yard. It […]
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Sun 11 January, 2009

Channel Image16:12 Variation on a Theme – Dark Days Challenge» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
This weeks meal is essentially the same as last weeks featured meal – with a few additions. The truth is that the farmers markets have been pretty scarce lately and the main output from our own garden after the snow has consisted mainly of Leeks and Eggs. That, coupled with the fact that I am […]
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Sun 04 January, 2009

Channel Image16:25 Single Life – Dark Days Challenge» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Gary has been out of town since Friday, celebrating a belated Christmas with his family. I’ve been here, holding down the fort – cuddling with cats and dog and letting the chickens in and out as they please. With only one person to cook for, meals have been pretty simple around here consisting mainly of […]
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Sat 03 January, 2009

Channel Image12:02 Insight» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I came across this recently and thought it appropriate to ponder going into a new year. George Carlin wrote this shortly after his wife died. A Message by George Carlin: The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but […]
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Fri 02 January, 2009

Channel Image13:56 Christmas keeps coming..» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
My Dad dropped by yesterday with a big surprise. For any of you who have been reading for a while, you have already listened to me whining and complaining about the price and rarity of stoneware crocks. Big crocks are the most useful tool for many of the lactic fermentation projects I want to start. […]
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Sun 28 December, 2008

Channel Image21:55 The Seed Orders are in, c’mon Spring!» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I finally sat down today to go through the various seed catalogs I’ve been bookmarking for the past month and put together a seed order for the coming year. I am still searching for a source for Ozette Fingerling seed potatoes, if anyone can point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it! […]
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Sat 27 December, 2008

Channel Image14:06 Goodbye Little Lamb – Dark Days» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Our featured dinner for the dark days challenge this week was actually our Christmas Dinner. A smaller than average group around for Christmas gave me the opportunity to host at our house this year (tiny house). The Menu? Roasted Leg of Lamb with Fennel Butter and Red Wine Sauce Glazed Baby Carrots and Parsnips Sauteed […]
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Sun 21 December, 2008

Channel Image14:56 Cold days, Warm meals – Dark Days» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The snow is still falling here. I’ll pull my boots on soon enough to go check on the girls and maybe snap a picture or two. Our meals have trended toward the comfort food variety with the brisk weather outside, featured this week is the lazy womans version of enchiladas. A few nights ago I […]
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Thu 18 December, 2008

Channel Image20:30 Worth reading» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Check out this opinion piece in the NY Times. I’m posting this bit late as the president elect has already selected a middle of the road candidate who doesn’t seem to show much promise – but I suppose we can hope…
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Channel Image20:14 Ask and you shall receive» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
In an earlier post I mentioned that if it was going to be this cold here, it would be nice to have some real snow to accompany it. Well, it came! A day later than the forecast, but here on Thursday evening I am comfortably snuggled in front of the computer, a jelly jar of […]
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Wed 17 December, 2008

Channel Image14:33 She finds the coolest things…» Gary Digs
Well, it wasn’t her own doing this time, but rather our friend Y. with all the many nicknames (mentioned here: Extravagance…with a little help from my friends…) sent Maya a YouTube video that you have to watch. This is, as Maya put it, A Beautiful Thing.
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Mon 15 December, 2008

Channel Image15:59 The Big Freeze» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
How could you turn away from those faces just wanting a scruff? I mentioned in a previous post that we headed down south to farmsit for the weekend for a friend who is currently in Kenya. A stormfront blew in on Friday night and rewarded us with increasing snow flurries on our way down. We […]
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Sun 14 December, 2008

Channel Image15:59 Ugly Food – Dark Days 4» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Whole Wheat Smoked Eggplant Ravioli with Crispy Jerusalem Artichokes Apologies in advance for the horrible, overexposed picture. We haven’t quite worked out sufficient lighting in the kitchen yet. But truth be told, this meal just ain’t that pretty even in the best of light. But what it lacks in appearance, it makes up for in […]
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Channel Image15:59 On the whole…» Gary Digs
I suck… because I haven’t writen a well thought out post in quite a while. My Dad was in town over Thanksgiving weekend, and that was a blast. It’s the first time he has made it out here from Dead Rock, MT since we bought the house, so it was a long anticipated visit. He spent […]
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Wed 10 December, 2008

Channel Image17:39 Sharing» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
These two have managed it – but it seems I have little to share lately. I’ve been doing a lot of mental processing and spinning for the coming year and it seems about all I can do to get my Dark Days posts up on time, much less anything else. I’ve been reading garden porn […]
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Thu 04 December, 2008

Channel Image20:32 Collards Turkey Soup with Cornmeal Parsley Dumplings – Dark Days 3» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
We are still working off the Thanksgiving Turkey round here. Many of our meals for the week have incorporated it in some fashion – but this soup, which I’ve made variations on before, always hits the spot. I had two big bunches of collards hanging out in the crisper from the West Seattle Farmers market […]
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Channel Image19:20 Turkey Pot Pie» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The end of Thanksgiving had us hauling home a giant (29 lbs!!) Diestel Farms Turkey carcass from my relatives who were just going to throw it away, as they were headed out of town the next day. The following day I picked almost a gallon bag worth of meat off the bones before throwing them […]
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Sun 30 November, 2008

Channel Image12:38 Dark Days Challenge 2» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
This week was a flurry of inactivity for the most part. So I have no real excuse for the lack of pictures for the highlighted meal. Gary’s Dad has been in town visiting and we had friends over for dinner on Tuesday night to welcome him. The perfect time to pull out the camera, right? […]
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Sat 22 November, 2008

Fri 21 November, 2008

Channel Image16:29 Dark Days Challenge 1» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I threw my name in to take part in (not so) Urban Hennery’s Dark Days challenge this year. Details in full can be found here. Essentially it will be an attempt to once a week catalog our attempt to eat locally when there ain’t nuthin growing by highlighting one of our  meals. This appealed to […]
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Wed 19 November, 2008

Channel Image18:54 The meat is in! And the freezer is packed.» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
We just got back from driving up to Mt. Vernon to pick up the 1/4 beef we ordered from Prairie Springs Ranch. I weighed and counted everything both for my own edification and for anyone else who is considering ordering directly from a farm. In my travels round the blogosphere I have always appreciated when […]
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Mon 17 November, 2008

Channel Image11:32 Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose?» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Katie, over at GardenPunks posted this and after writing a (mini-rant) comment on her post I figured I might as well memorialize it here and pass on the link. This is one of the more eloquent responses to Prop 8 that I have seen from the media/pundits,despite the fact that Oberman and all other tv […]
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Sun 16 November, 2008

Channel Image19:45 Credit where credit is due…» Gary Digs
 I’ve gotta give props (no pun intended) to Keith Olbermann (who generally just irritates me as much as any of the rest of his ilk on the 24 hour news cycle) for the following:   Generally, I tend to think the more effective (and more accurate) tact is that in a supposedly “free” secular country “marriage” in […]
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Tue 11 November, 2008

Channel Image18:54 A walk in the park» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Saturday we took advantage of a brief break in the rain and packed up Hux to go down to Dead Horse Canyon, a trail loop at the bottom of our hill and just north of us. We once lived about 10 blocks further north from where we do now and would find ourselves taking this […]
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Sat 08 November, 2008

Channel Image19:03 Ramblings» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
As the weather turns and the air takes on a definite chill, I find my self wanting to write more about food than the garden. I suppose it has much to do with the lack of any exciting new going on out there. My spinach I planted toward the end of summer seems to have […]
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Fri 07 November, 2008

Channel Image10:57 The Sog» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Well the sog is upon us now. There are flood warnings for 7 counties in the state today, including our own. The weatherman reports that the equivalent of one months worth of rain has fallen within the past two days. We are ok, high up on the hill but certainly not dry. The backyard is […]
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Wed 05 November, 2008

Channel Image12:54 Whew, and it is done.» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I guess we don’t have to pack up and move to Costa Rica after all. I never thought I’d see it and am beside myself right now. America, you were as close to angelic as I’ve ever seen you yesterday. Thank You.
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Tue 04 November, 2008

Channel Image13:09 “Lookin’ for a Leader” election day freak out…» Gary Digs
first, you have to know that there are 2,532 songs on my iPod (which generally stays in my truck unless I buy or import some songs and need to sync up). You should also know I am a little bit obsessive about keeping it on “Shuffle All”. I enjoy my music, all of it, and […]
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Mon 03 November, 2008

Channel Image19:16 Today I’m so….» Gary Digs
pre-occuppied with tomorrow that I can hardly stand today… That’s all I’ve got for now, and tomorrow I will be stationed in front of the TV and the ol’ interweb until the cows come home… Ok, can’t resist, saw this on FiveThrityEight.com “And I swore I’d be in Chicago tomorrow, and made sure of that, […]
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Sat 01 November, 2008

Channel Image11:28 Saying Goodbye» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The world lost an amazing mind and a kind, sharp witted, sometimes grumpy, thoughtful, irreverent and always sentimental man. Solly will be missed. http://solsaporta.com/
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Fri 31 October, 2008

Channel Image11:34 Boo» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Hmmm, not so scary eh…wait There we go! So this is our pumpkin, hefted fresh from the fields by Gary last weekend. Almost 60 pounds of pumpkin, in fact. This little endeavor is the first pumpkin I have carved since being all grown up. I honestly can’t recall the last pumpkin I carved as a […]
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Wed 29 October, 2008

Channel Image13:40 Kraut anyone?» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
With the aforementioned biggest head of cabbage I decided to give a first go at lactic fermentation. In a previous post I mentioned that last winter I purchased a book all about preserving food without canning or freezing. Among other methods, the book goes over lactic fermentation of numerous vegetables and I decided to start […]
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Tue 28 October, 2008

Channel Image09:07 Salmon and Corn Chowder» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Gary and I had a field trip this weekend. We went down to Kent/Auburn to check out a feed store (horrifying political discussion between the clerk and another customer to be related later) and then stopped by a U pick pumpkin farm. I have been thinking about trying to carve a pumpkin again (as an […]
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Sun 26 October, 2008

Channel Image10:28 Cambodia» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Going through my pictures this morning I started looking at all the pictures I took while in Cambodia last year. I haven’t posted any of these, but it seems fitting as we go into winter that this is a little reminder of a warmer place. Apologies in advance for anyone on dial-up. This is by […]
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Sat 25 October, 2008

Channel Image23:58 The cat came back…» Gary Digs
6 days later??? Strange that right after we finally posted signs that Bukowski waltzed in the house looking for dinner. Perhaps he can read… Or, he got himself trapped in someone’s shed or garage… Or, he has been in someone’s house and instead of calling they just let him go…which is disappointing, but we were […]
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Channel Image11:52 Missing cat, stuffed chicken and peppers» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Hows that for a title? Sums up this week pretty good. Our cat Bukowski has gone missing and we are both desperately hoping he turns up fresh from a walkabout. He is chipped and we haven’t received any calls yet. Earlier this week we went down to the Animal Control shelter just to double check […]
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Thu 23 October, 2008

Channel Image10:32 It’s the not knowing…» Gary Digs
a cliché, but “clichés, good ways, to say what you mean, mean what you say…” (Jimmy Buffet, Clichés, Havana Daydreamin’). It seems we can’t get through a month without a little drama and disaster around here. Bukowski the cat has now gone missing. We last saw him on Sunday night. Historically this has not been […]
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Wed 22 October, 2008

Channel Image15:36 What to do with Fennel…» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I completed what was the last of the tomato sauce canning batches last night – and am I glad! It was frustrating this year having to do small batches, bit by bit waiting for the tomatoes to ripen. The majority ripened in boxes in my office, instead of on the vine. Not my chosen method […]
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Sun 19 October, 2008

Channel Image09:11 Ummm…I almost wet myself…» Gary Digs
First, you must follow this link. and a very special thanks to M&M Incremental Updates for making my Sunday morning with that link.
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Sat 18 October, 2008

Channel Image13:02 Naked Mole Rats, Butterflies and Golden Eggs» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Early this morning we wrapped up a whirlwind visit with my best friend from high school and her family.  She spent Thursday and Friday night with us along with her husband and five year old daughter. Thursday was a mellow day for the most part. A grocery trip (because we were not at all stocked […]
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Thu 16 October, 2008

Channel Image11:42 This just in…» Gary Digs
Maya has written about and posted pictures of the spoiled girls of the house… You must visit here.
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Channel Image11:02 A word or two about Joe the Plumber…» Gary Digs
2008-10-18 Update on Joe (not really Joe and not a licensed plumber). I was reluctant to write this post. I’m not 100% sure why, but I think it might be because I hate to memorialize what I think was one of Barack Obama’s greatest gaffes through the debates. I just don’t think he addressed this […]
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Wed 15 October, 2008

Channel Image22:23 Princess Standoff and The Great White Pookawn» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The two little spoiled Princesses of this household had thier first true faceoff earlier this week. While Nin is undoubtedly the queen of indoors (being the only girl aside from me in a house of boys), Blume is the spoiled princess of the yard. As I mentioned in my earlier post, we have been ranging […]
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Mon 13 October, 2008

Channel Image17:41 The cat is officially out of the bag…» Gary Digs
The Republican Party has succeeded in energizing its base, and now we know who that base is… McCain struggles against his base Of course, he could have done a better job of addressing the blantant racism and fear mongering, but then he would lose the election for certain.
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Sat 11 October, 2008

Channel Image18:01 Concrete buffet and I keep gettin’ a little teary eyed…» Gary Digs
Blume layed what could have possibly been the cutest egg in the history of chickenkind…however, it fell out of my pocket as I was creating the concrete buffet and fractured beyond salvage before anyone but I could see it in all its overwhelming adorableness. The egg was even smaller than usual, quite squat and exceptionally […]
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Channel Image11:32 Fall color» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The changing season is making itself evident in our yard now. The signs have been elsewhere for a while. If the falling leaves and biting cold didn’t convince us already, this morning I saw the evidence of our first frost while going to let the girls out of the coop. It had already warmed a […]
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Fri 10 October, 2008

Channel Image10:00 I’ll give ya a dollar for my life back» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Back in April I made some pretty significant life changes. I have had a job since I was 14 years old, which makes that a good 17 years now. Always at a job that necessitated getting up and dressed and going in to the city each day. Over the past two years or so I […]
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Thu 09 October, 2008

Channel Image16:28 Saving the summer (and a green tomato recipe)» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Laura over at (Not so) Urban Hennery posted a pantry expose a few days ago that got me thinking. I dropped out of regularly posting for Independence days and have yet to do a full assessment of what we’ve managed to get from the garden this year. Now I don’t even have a pantry to […]
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Channel Image12:51 C is for Cookie….» Gary Digs
and yes, that is good enough for me. So, generally, I have to admit…I don’t cook. I suck at it, I don’t enjoy it, I don’t have the motor skills nor memory to keep several things going all at once in the kitchen and quickly get overwhelmed by the simple tasks in front of me. […]
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Wed 08 October, 2008

Channel Image16:27 Birthday Dinner» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Ravioli stuffed with Ricotta, Leeks, Chard and Bacon. Heirloom Tomato salad with Cucumber, Parsely and Fresh Oregano. Skyway Sourdough Bread. Orange Chocolate Cake with Cocoa frosting and Chocolate Stout Ice Cream. My mom’s birthday was this past week. Birthdays in my family are usually a pretty low-key affair. A good opportunity to get together and […]
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Mon 06 October, 2008

Channel Image15:01 Canning, Cooking and Crawlspaces» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
The past week has been pretty busy round here. Cold weather and rain rolled in and I believe it is here to stay. Gary is still stuck on the pipe dream of summer through October and we have a daily battle over whether or not to pull the volunteer tomatillo plant. He gets very attached […]
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Sun 05 October, 2008

Channel Image13:26 Mess ‘o beans, happy chickens, and an update on the old man…» Gary Digs
No, really, a mess of beans. Yesterday’s gusts up to 40 mph took out our half-ass bean trellis yesterday (not surprising, I suspected the stinking Skyway winds would take their toll on it eventually). As an aside, one of the things I initially loved about Seattle was how infrequently we experienced hellish winds (unlike my […]
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Wed 01 October, 2008

Channel Image13:53 The old man and the see…» Gary Digs
This post is long overdue… As you might recall, August started off with a bang, and not the bang for which we were hoping. I mentioned the middle of the night trip to the emergency vet with Hemingway in this earlier post. Well, he improved somewhat through August, but never regained vision in his left […]
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Channel Image12:54 I think I’m in love…» Gary Digs
with flexible insulating ducting… This project finally got started, as most do, fairly unintentionally and following lengthy internal debates about the relative merits of the project in contrast to the associated risks and hassles (which, as usual, were underestimated). I paid a routine visit to the crawlspace in the spring following the historic downpours experienced throughout […]
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Channel Image12:27 Battle Dishwasher…won at last???» Gary Digs
In short, I consider it the most important appliance in the house (well, maybe the furnace is more important, but bear with me for a moment). The dishwasher actually fulfills the promise of modernity. Technology that saves us labor without the technology itself creating much of a hassle. We should have 20 hour work weeks […]
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Mon 29 September, 2008

Channel Image13:34 The house of representatives…» Gary Digs
is a gaggle of ignorant pidgeon heads… That’s all I have right now, what a missed opportunity to both salvage the economy and make some progress in the regulation and oversight of the country’s major banking institutions all at once… Well, we had a second world war…I guess it is time for the second great […]
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Sat 27 September, 2008

Channel Image11:46 Hot in the kitchen» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Yesterday was a steamy affair in the kitchen. I have finally acknowledged to myself that October is just around the corner and our traditional tomato glut is going to take a lot more coaxing this year. We got the plastic up on the hoop house the other weekend, but a combination of cold days and […]
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Fri 26 September, 2008

Channel Image10:45 Looking back at summer and the state of things» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
Do you remember the heat? We didn’t have a lot of it this year, but we had some pretty hot days. I mentioned a while ago that we headed down to my friends land towards the end of August. It turned out to be one of the hottest days this year. That morning right before […]
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Sun 21 September, 2008

Channel Image18:46 Salatin’s manifesto (and my diatribe)» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
I originally sat down to write a long overdue post of what I have been doing (since I certainly haven’t been posting). It quickly became apparent that I had to get something off my chest and my original post needed to be split into two, since I just couldn’t stop typing. The original post was […]
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Fri 19 September, 2008

Tue 16 September, 2008

Channel Image16:06 Been gone reading…» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
So I have been seriously remiss in posting lately. And I don’t really have a valid excuse short of life gets away from you sometimes. That and I have found myself not wanting to be in front of a computer for the remaining free time I have while the sun is still shining. I have […]
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Mon 15 September, 2008

Mon 01 September, 2008

Channel Image18:45 Always take the map…» Gary Digs
So, it would be inaccurate to say we were lost… At any given moment, we knew the way home, we just didn’t know how to get where we wanted to go. As I mentioned previously some horrible crap happened to Maya’s car during a middle of the night hit-and-run (it was parked curbside, more on […]
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Channel Image10:23 Independence Days Challenge 7» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
This entry is late, the weekend got away from me. Yesterday was pretty nice but it is cold and cloudy again today. Right now the temperature outside is a balmy 54 degrees F. I am not ready for fall. Plant -Ok, so I didn’t plant anything this week. I’m a bit demoralized, it appears summer […]
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Fri 29 August, 2008

Channel Image18:46 Critters» Eighth of an Acre Bounty
This guy was huge! I don’t know what variety he (she?) is, but apparently he decided that the recent weather was not at all summerlike and escaped indoors. I found him in my makeshift proofing box over the weekend when I was about  to proof bread. I should have put something recognizable in there for […]
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Sun 24 August, 2008

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Sun 17 August, 2008

Channel Image12:04 We’re Up! We’re Down! We’re In! We’re Out!» Gary Digs
We were so looking forward to August. The hope being that some assemblance of the normal order would be returned, and that a blanket of calm would settle over the B-Bar-Lazy-B. Since I am the crappiest blogger known to the entire cyber-universe, I’ll have to give you some background before we get into the details […]
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Tue 05 August, 2008

Channel Image12:16 Extravagance…with a little help from my friends…» Gary Digs
So…our friend Y. who goes by many nicknames…none of which he would want posted online…gave me a pair of gloves for my birthday this year with a pack of M&M’s stuffed in them. In the flurry of activity (mostly me showing our guests the chickens) I failed to try them on while he was here for […]
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Sat 02 August, 2008

Channel Image19:11 If you are here for some mysterious reason…» Gary Digs
You have to leave right now and go look at this dirty bee butt… http://www.eighthacrebounty.com/2008/07/30/bees/ and the fantastic bee head picture that Maya took out in the yard.
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Wed 23 July, 2008

Channel Image13:00 Yippee!» Gary Digs
I added a dynamic sidebar to the classic theme. Pretty pedestrian, but hey…ya gotta start somewhere. If this is boring you to tears, there is more interesting stuff over at Eighth Acre Bounty, you should visit. At present this is where you will find a couple pictures of my holes and piles… Also for today, Cleary […]
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Wed 25 June, 2008

Channel Image11:50 For the benefit of my best friend in the whole world…» Gary Digs
I’m trying to figure out why the image upload over at mayacooks.com is not working right. So, here is a picture in a post… (PS: Figured it out, kind of, IE6 weirdness with WP 2.51. Upload was working in IE7 and FF. Advised Maya to just use FF for now, she understandably hates IE7.)
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Sat 07 June, 2008

Channel Image00:41 Coming Soon…» Gary Digs
It was bound to happen, and now it has… Well, almost…we’ll see when something actually gets written here.
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