Today is a brew day, so we went into Portland after grain and yeast. Steve is brewing a stout today, and he's going to use the rest of the hops that he has, including the stuff that he grew last year that's been cooling its jets in the freezer. The brewables total came to $14.26, which works out to be a little less than $7.13 a case, because he'll get a little more than forty-eight bottles from this batch (maybe forty-nine or fifty). So even with the gas to get up there and the gas to cook it, the price is still great because he's lucky if he can find a six-pack of beer as good as his for $7.13 a sixer. Plus, it makes the house smell like brewing beer which is a smell I find slightly more intoxicating than bread baking. Mmmmm......beer.......mmmmmmm.
My goodies from our trip to Portland were all the ingredients I need for mixing up Steve Solomon's Complete Organic Fertilizer (COF), which for me were 50 pounds each of canola meal, agricultural lime, dolomitic lime, rock phosphate, and kelp meal. The bill came to $104, but $55 of that was the kelp meal, which at the rate you use it, will probably last maybe ten years, maybe even longer. It doesn't take much. Some of this stuff you use in higher quantities than others, but I'm still counting on this lasting at least a couple or three years, maybe more. I'm all set for organic fertilizer for awhile. I also picked up two more Russian Tea plants (Camellia sinensis) and three Cider Gums (Eucalyptus gunnii) because the One Green World truck was at Concentrates today, which was way cool, because it saved me a trip down to Molalla, Oregon, gas prices being what they are and all.
So today is clean the garage day, and go get some galvanized garbage cans to keep the soil additives in day, and then I'm making grow bags for my seed potatoes, which arrived on Thursday. I'll show you those in a separate post.
I also need to check on my bees for brood, and I'm supposed to making something else this weekend in addition to the grow bags, but I just can't remember what it is I'm supposed to be making.
I hate when that happens.