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The Picky Prosumer

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Prosumering has so many benefits. Healthy prosumering functions happily through great relationships. Anyway it is through a couple of those relationships that we were blessed. Blessed to pick as much as we wanted from a friend's cherry tree.

One key to being a functioning prosumer is to be able to drop what you're doing and heed the call of harvest when it comes for it waits for no one. Any farmer will tell you that. I think

So we scampered off to the tree with buckets and belts in hand. Not only was there a ladder already there but both times the weather was lovely. However your work has only begun with the picking don't you know. But we have "tools".

Pictured are some of our tools (all acquired used I might add). The one on the left leaves your cherries nicely whole without the pits and is pretty fast about it. The jar and the one on the right do one at a time but work well.That silver one is fast. If you don't care that your cherries are a bit mangled then …

Bucket Vegies

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Well, I guess some plants don't mind the blood rushing to their heads. Our experiment using the 5 gallon pail is coming along fine.

Now with the warm/hot rainless weather it needs to be watered every day. And that means more fertilizing too. The trick is to water it just enough so it covers all the roots and not so much that it drips through. And since our buckets are white you can see the water flowing down in there.

Speaking of fertilizer, we decided to prosume on that too. Oh sure, you can get a 16oz bottle of fish emulsion at your local fleet farm or nursery or wherever and dilute that to feed your babies. But why miss the face making throat gagging experience that comes with making your own.

Throw some fish heads and innards in one of those extra pails, fill with water and let it sit for a couple weeks (you don't want to forget to put the cover on, trust me). Dip some out and dilute that. Then if you can stand the smell, give your plants their steroid shots.

Now before you cr…