And We have made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?
Each morning my homesteading chores begins with water. I give our chickens, goats, bees and plants water. I’m reminded of how ritual prayer begins with water before prayer. In homesteading we begin with water then husbandry. Both requiring deep attention and presence. Perhaps husbandry is a kind of prayer?
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.
E. F. Schumacher
6:30 am Cool and clear sky.
I started the homesteading day with walking the goats to our lot. It has lots of weeds and our goats love weeds.
On the lot I notice our bees exhibiting some strange behavior. The bees were gathering outside the entrance of the hive. I took a picture and sent it to my bee mentor. He calls me back to congratulate me on having a healthy hive. The bees are doing what he called bearding, which is what bees do when their hive is operating quite well.
I’m starting to think about planning and planting for Fall and Winter. I spent some time reviewing reference material and decide to plant Rainbow Chard with the kids. In the past I’ve always planted in 50-cell trays. Now, I’m looking to scale down and increase the diversity of what we plant. I find some 4″ pots and we plant enough for what we need.