To get right into the big news of the week, the piggies aren’t too keen on the whole sweetcorn plants. I still think we can find a combination that they’re happy with. This week, I mostly tried mixing the chopped up sweetcorn with all of the other things that I could think of, and apparently, they are more skilled at eating around it than I thought possible. Of the three, Marilyn seems the most persuadable to the task. I was surprised by this, she is definitely the pig who complains the most when things are not quite to her satisfaction, but she is also the pig who gets last choice of everything, so I guess she’s used to making do. Tony gets the first pick of the picnic, but he’s also the one who likes green things most. He was the first to actually eat a whole sunflower plant last year. He seems less keen this year, and he’s the best by far at picking the choicest nuggets out of the sweetcorn mash. Equanimous Brunnhilda mostly gets on with life except for those moments when she forgets she’s a pig and wants to spend all day with her human.
I live in the middle of nowhere in Sweden, in a tiny cottage with some land. We have, what I think is called, a root cellar, in which we can keep most of what we grow all year around and we're mostly self sufficient. At the end of last summer I was browsing google for new ways to preserve my crops, especially tomatoes, and somehow stumbled upon the barracks via a newspaper or magazine. Can't remember exactly. The internet works in mysterious ways. However, I savoured every blog post with a growing hope that someone's actually doing something. Have diligently read the newsletter every week since then. It's like a beacon in the night. Thank you for what you are doing!
I'm from Dallas, TX and have no recollection of how I stumbled across your particular corner of the world. We have maybe just finally wrapped up one of our notoriously bad summers here. We may get 2 weeks of fall before first winter sets in. This part of Texas is not known for nice seasons.
I enjoy your journey in self-sufficiency. Lots of people mumble about stuff like this but few even understand what it requires. Thanks for continuing to chronicle your work.
Greetings from across the pond, Ben.
I read about you most recently via Jack McNulty &VeganWeekly. I started reading your blog/substack in my attempt to be a better gardener and human. Like others have said, the piggies pull the heartstrings. Always learn something new when I read your posts.
I can't remember how I heard about you, Ben. I got hooked by the pigs, love to read about your amazing garden adventures, and feel thankful overall for your blunt assessments of where we are all heading...no sugarcoating there!
The potatoes look awesome...
The piggies look...well...huge!