"The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange their own food, energy and shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves." - Bill Mollison

Monday, June 22, 2009

Out With The Old

Our last spaghetti squash and carrots were grated raw into a salad last night. As challenging as last years adventures in subsistence were we still managed to fully stock our root cellar and other food storage areas.

It has been our privilege to dine on a diverse variety of fruits, vegetables, and wild edibles since the end of last July. The spaghetti squash in the picture was harvested the first week of October I believe... not bad. Still in good shape and of decent flavor we decided it was only fitting that we consume this cucurbit in it's most natural state.

We are not out of potatoes yet and should have enough to get us through until the new ones magically appear in a couple weeks. Overwintered green onions are still plentiful, but beets are a distant memory. It never ceases to amaze me how well/long some of these crops can hold up if stored properly.

"All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them." - Arapaho


Stefaneener said...

Every once in a while I think about root cellaring but I'm not sure it's for me.

You all are really an inspiration, though.

Silke said...

How amazing that you get to eat last year's harvest for so long without canning or preserving some of it. How do you store your green onions to have them still looking so fresh? I wonder what people do here in this area? Root cellars seem to be out of the question. We don't even have basements with the high ground water levels... You ARE an inspiration! :) Silke

Mr. H said...


Thanks, if you ever decide to "root cellar" anything let me know as I would be more than happy to give you a few pointers.

Mr. H said...


We store our "green" onions by leaving them in the ground and in the spring they come back to life. It works out great as we are usually running low on dry storage onions at that point.

There are as many inovative ways to store crops as there are vegetables, every local has slightly different methods depending on various conditions. I bet there is a lot of people that store food in Georgia.

I was wondering if you have come accros any German gardening blogs as there seems to be such similarities between what is grown in Germany and what we grow in our little Idaho gardens. I have looked and not found much information online. I wonder if it is because rural Germany does not have internet access? If you come across any such blogs or sites I would love it if you passed the information on to me...It does not matter if they are written in German or English. Thanks.

Robin said...

Okay, you lured a lurker out of the crack with the German gardening query. Unfortuantly I don't have any answers for you, but I would love to hear of any sites you find. My grandmother came from a farm in the German countryside on the Rhine. I have been wondering lately what they might have grown and preserved. The one thing I do know is that being a peasant girl meant she went to school with goose fat spread on brown rye bread, while the town children had buttered white bread for lunch.

Mr. H said...

Hi Robin,

I am always interested in the old way of life whether in America or Germany. Your grandmother was certainly better off with the rye bread for sure.

I did find this partial article that goes over a few of the crops grown in old Germany and would imagine they were similar to that which was grown in your grandmother's time.

You will have to type this url in for it to work, for some reason it will not copy and paste.

If I find any more relivant information I will note it in the comment section of this post.

Thanks for stopping by,


Silke said...

Hi Mike,

Here are some German Garden blogs I just found (in German). I don't really know how good they are. If you need any help with translating, feel free to e-mail me at powers-studio.silke@comcast.net.


I hope you can find something good among these... :) Silke

Mr. H said...


That's great I can't wait to take a look at them. You are the best!

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