Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra)

Recently there were hundreds of black walnuts falling from the tree in our back yard.  Collecting and processing can be a messy, time consuming job when done by hand.  Hands and a hammer were all I had to work with this time though, so I’ve only finished washing and curing about 300 of them for storage.  I’d guess that there are almost a thousand more, currently sitting on the lawn collecting leaves and waiting for me to get to them.  All from just one tree.  The work, in my opinion, is well worth the product.  My daughter compares the raw nuts to a banana and roasted they take on a fluffier texture with, more of what people think of as, a nutty flavor.  You can make walnut butter, walnut flour, and from the hulls you can make a dye or stain.  (I’m hoping to do some more experimentation using the byproduct as a wood stain and write a post about that.  The first test came out quite well and even gave the wood a glossy feeling.) Continue reading “Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra)”

Don’t Give Up, Get Started!

So you want to live a more sustainable life.  You have some knowledge of what it is you want to do, but no idea how to get there.  Well, welcome to the club.

My husband and I started deciding we wanted to live this way almost five years ago. We were still only dating, and he showed me a picture of this crazy looking house that (who I thought of then as) a weird hippy guy created, called an Earthship.  I’ll admit, I was very skeptical. Continue reading “Don’t Give Up, Get Started!”