Harvest Time!

That’s what I love about fall: so much free food!

I harvested some rosehips and hawthorn berries yesterday and started cutting the rosehips in half to get the seeds out. Tedious work, but I’ll get nice rosehip tea in the end.

Pretty pretty berries and leaves

Pretty pretty berries and leaves

We also picked acorns the other day and on Sunday we had Nadine and Basti over and processed the acorns. We should have ground them up, though, because even after four water changes they’re still a little bitter. They will be fine in bread nevertheless.

Crack 'em and peel 'em

Crack 'em and peel 'em

We boiled the acorns and changed the water four times

We boiled the acorns and changed the water four times (make sure to only pour hot water on the acorns, otherwise the tannins get stuck!)

Acorn mush!

Acorn mush!

Note to self: next time grind the acorns before boiling!

And since it’s getting chillier by the day, I moved my indigo and my tobacco plants indoors today. I hope they’ll survive the winter well.

And last but not least we prepared a new harvest: We made seedballs and planted them here and there. It’s not the best time of year to plant things, but I hope the seeds know better than to germinate know. Also, it’s just a trial run. It’s been raining nicely, so the balls should have “melted” by now.

Behold the beauty of seedballs

Behold the beauty of seedballs

How to make seedballs:

5 parts dry red clay
3 parts dry organic compost
1 part seed
1 – 2 parts water

Mix the dry ingredients, and add the water by and by until it forms a mix that holds together without crumbling but isn’t so wet that it wouldn’t roll into balls.

We used 1/2 cup measurements and got about 250 seedballs .

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