Learning is an essential part of living. As Henry Ford once said “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
During my morning meditation, it came to me that I learn every day. Here are four random lessons I learnt today.
1. Never chase an escaped dog down the road when you have a sore and swollen knee.
Holly escaped today, and stupidly, I chased after her, knowing full well that I had twisted my knee earlier on in the day. Yes dear reader, I did catch her, but only after a good 500 metre dash, and now have a throbbing knee that put the kibosh on any further gardening activities this afternoon.
2. Pepino melons keep for a very long time in the fridge.
We picked two pepino melons off our bush a couple of months ago and stored them in the crisper section of the fridge. Today, for dessert, along with loganberries and strawberries, I am enjoying home grown sliced pepino melon. It tastes as nice as a freshly picked melon. Something to note for next year.
3. Vegetables grow twice as quick when watered by rain.
Very objective and unscientific but I would like to share this observation. I had been watering all my vegetables with mains/tank water for the last month and a half due to the lack of rain. They were growing well enough but not very quickly. Over the last few days, we have had about 25mm (1 inch) of rain, and I swear that all the veggies have nearly doubled in size. It must be the dissolved nitrogen that the water absorbs as it falls from the sky that helps them to take off.
4. Scaly Leg Mites must be rife.
This afternoon I was checking my blog statistics and one of the most searched posts over the last few months has been about removing scaly leg mites. It must be a big of a problem out there in backyard chicken land, so my post about How To Remove Scaly Leg Mites has been very helpful indeed.
Well that is the four things I learnt today. What is the one sustainable living thing that you learnt over the weekend? Was it new or re-learnt?