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… in the garden and Hapkido.

Today I had my second test in Hapkido and passed fairly easily. My belt is now a slightly alarming shade of yellow although, unfortunately, on the picture, it only registered as a dull yellow. According to my instructors, this is when things get really fun – and, for some, painful. I’m certainly looking forward to it!


Today we also spent a lot of time outdoors, both splitting wood and harvesting some of the last vegetables from the garden. Tonight we are supposed to have a frost, so we didn’t want to lose any food.

We grabbed the last of our spinach, peppers, and lettuce.

We got some gnarly carrots and fed the chickens some extra greens.

We filled our raised beds with leaves for the winter. The leaves will also offer protection for the garlic bed.

We are looking forward to our broccoli and cabbages for the next month! I would have taken a picture of our kale, but it had been harvested very recently and so the plants are just now getting their leaves back.

Last of all, who picked this radish? Shown also is a box of vegetables our neighbor didn’t want (he doesn’t like lettuce, broccoli, or cabbage). And a nice bowl of kale and sweet potato soup with some bread for someone’s lunch. Not mine. I don’t like this soup 🙂

We have never stopped eating out of our garden, but I cannot believe that we will still be getting vegetables for at least the next month. Just today, we put some tender plants into our greenhouse and apparently will be continuing to grow them in there. It’s pretty amazing how much food one can grow on a small piece of property! You don’t need that much land, you just need to be willing to work for it.

Cabbage Moth Hunting

Posted: March 12, 2012 in Articles
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Last summer, we planted broccoli in our garden for the first time in a couple of years. It was going well, and the plants were coming up nicely. We had put a covering over the plants so that no cabbage moths or anything else could get in, but soon we saw cabbage moths flying around inside the covering and we realized that there must have been moth eggs on the plants way before we put the covering on. The moths were flying around, trying to get out of the covering and when we went to let then out, they flew out rather slowly and weakly like they were very hungry or something. We clapped as many as we could, because if we let them get away they would eat and get strong, come back, and lay some eggs on our broccoli. Then we would be eating worms with our broccoli, which we didn’t particularly want to do. So me and John decided to spend some of our summertime hunting these cabbage moths. We were only hunting them because we didn’t want to eat worms, not because we just wanted to kill the moths.

For a good part of the summer, we would go outside with our tennis rackets and hunt for these moths. We usually would hunt solo, each going for our own moth. Whenever we saw one, we would holler at the top of our lungs and charge at it. We would swing our rackets, but we rarely hit the first time.  We would chase it all around the yard and about 40% of them flew away, but we did end up thinning the population by a good number. They were hard to hit, even with a wide tennis racket, and we would swing multiple times before connecting. But if you aimed carefully and gave it the proper lead, you could usually hit the moth. There were a few days when we didn’t see too many moths and we were glad; we didn’t want to be eating worms in our broccoli. But they returned with increased numbers and John and I were kept busy until we harvested our broccoli. There turned out to be worms in our broccoli anyway, but there probably would have been a lot more if John and I hadn’t hunted them.

by Dink