Saturday, 20 August 2016
Perhaps I should know
I spend a lot of time wondering why I don't know some basic information that I feel I should know. These aren't jaw dropping facts and figures that I don't know, they are some very simple basics that I need to find out about, but somehow along the way I haven't learnt them. My head is full of all sorts of (useful and useless) information, but now I am working on our smallholding, I need an additional set of knowledge. It occurs to me that if I spent less time wondering why I don't have this knowledge, I could actually spend that time looking up the answers! So here are some of the things that I don't know.
In the garden
What do wasps eat?
Do slugs eat caterpillars?
What are earwigs for?
How do the first few insects get to a new pond?
How do pea and bean weevils get to the garden?
Why do ducklings eat their own poop if they poop in a pond?
How do I tell if an apple is ripe while it's still on the tree?
Why do weed seeds grow more strongly than the seeds I've planted?
In the kitchen
How long can I store eggs in the freezer?
Is plastic really safe to store food in?
What is xanthan gum? (I use it so perhaps I should know what it is)
Why does my homemade gluten free bread look like fungus and taste not too dissimilar?
How do I clean the residue of 'stuff' from the ceramic top of the cooker?
How do I cook spinach and chard so that they don't taste so much like muddy water?
In the poultry field
Can I put one month old ducklings in with the two month olds?
What's the latest time of year that I can hatch chickens' eggs?
And so my questions go on and on. As the weather is due to be fairly unpleasant again tomorrow, I may just spend an hour or so looking up some of the answers!
On an entirely unrelated subject, but one I want to share anyway - I'm not a technophobe exactly, but I can get muddled now and then. There are so many ways to add bits and pieces to a blog or to put features that may or may not be of interest to readers that sometimes I feel frustrated and confused by it all.
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