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Mike Barkley

gardener & hugelmaster
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After a long career electro-geeking for R&D labs in the electronic industry Mike has checked out of the rat race & moved to the woods. Not entirely off grid but trying to achieve that goal. He raises a few animals & enjoys growing healthy food in various gardens. He is a life long nature lover, adventure seeker, & to a certain extent a minimalist. Eventually bears will probably eat him & turn him into compost. He is ok with that.
Gulf of Mexico cajun zone 8
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Recent posts by Mike Barkley

I read somewhere that dandelions are the 4th most nutritious food on the planet.
23 hours ago
Muppets Pearl? haha that's not how we do things around here y'all.

It's hotter than hell here in cajun country lately. Had a large copperhead on my porch a couple days ago. Saw the largest cottonmouth I've ever seen last weekend. Eight or ten feet at least. Went back & tried to get a better look but the deer flies were eating me alive. Might be a gator moving into the creek near my cabin. Might be wild hogs. Was a gator last year. Either way ... as one of these songs says ... it's a baaaaaad swamp & not a place to fool around. Figured some swampy snake music is appropriate to end this week.

 
 





2 days ago
Small trees don't have much of a chance against cattle. If the cattle don't eat them they will crush them. Not on purpose but they're just big somewhat clumsy animals.
2 days ago
Silver Queen & a dent variety didn't do well for me this year. I think the seeds were too old. Fortunately another hybrid variety of sweet corn is almost ready to harvest.

I've grown several types of sweet corn the past few years. Enjoyed it all.

Two other types I've experimented with are Cherokee popcorn & Hiren's corn. The popcorn has a variety of colors & makes tiny popcorn. The Hiren's is the small ears used in oriental food.
You could contact the NRCS about converting it into a conservation easement. They have several different varieties of them.

Here is one example.
1 week ago
Hominy is nixalated corn. A process of soaking corn in lye. Grits are made by grinding that.

That cucumber sauce sounds similar to tzatziki which is a mediterranean sauce.
1 week ago
This might get Friday night moving.





1 week ago
chicken & dumplings
gumbo
bison
corn soup
TexMex chile rellenos
1 week ago