Garlic, zucchini squash, potatoes, and basil were big winners in 2016. The big losers were tomatoes and cucumbers. The tomatoes just dropped dead in front of my eyes due to mice/pocket gophers eating the roots. I did not plant enough cucumber seeds to account for losses. Green beans and snap peas were OK but I lost too many to birds or rodents. Asparagus were OK but I am waiting for my patch to expand. Strawberries were Ok but with too many losses due to mice. Vermin are the biggest problem for the inthewheat garden. I definitely need to pay more attention to controlling them. Based on the tomato roots getting eaten, I decided to plant tomatoes in a garbage can for 2017.Continue reading “2017 garden review”
When signing up for a retirement plan at work and faced with a 1% expense ratio (ER) versus a 0.1% ER, many people think who cares? A difference of 0.9%, big deal. For every $1, I only give up 0.9% or 0.9 pennies. No reason to sweat the difference. But if your retirement plan has 1% expense you won’t just lose 1% of the total amount of your portfolio to expenses, you’ll lose 1% per year. That’s the key, your losses COMPOUND, and humans aren’t good at comprehending the effects of compounding.
The camelcamelcamel website tracks the price of an item on Amazon and when it goes down the website will email you. Then you buy it quickly before the price goes back up. I use this approach for larger ticket items and several non-perishable repeat purchase items on our homestead like vehicle oil and air filters. Steps:Continue reading “Two ways to save money on Amazon”
In Eastern Washington we have all four seasons with a real winter. Yet the Pacific Ocean still has a moderating effect, and it is milder than East of the Rockies. Each season has it’s activities. In early Spring it’s time to rototill the garden and get the tomatoes and other vegetables started in the basement. Spraying for weeds is best done in April. In early summer the garden gets going and weeding is a big chore. In mid-summer we arrange to have hay delivered for the horse. It gets hot and activities like mountain biking are best done before 9am. Finally the heat breaks and this year as October starts, its time to get ready for Winter.Continue reading “Getting ready for winter on the homestead”