Toothless, Tweety, Skipperdy and Pecky
looking more and more like T Rex as time goes by
Just for my own satisfaction (sanity?), a reckoning of the elements in place or about to be in place here at Robin Hill Gardens:
There, I feel better.
Browsing through old photos I found this one, from December last year. We got the muffin on the plane to Belgium.
Notice how only the wholesome ingredients are circled and then the word “natural”. It was supposed to be a muffin, though by my definition it was a pharmaceutical factory, or any number of other things that I wouldn’t even waste breath on. Not “Mmm…” And not “food,” which is what I categorized this under.
Gasoline. Calculated per person.
16.35 gallons per person
39.8 % of the US National Average
Electricity. This is reckoned per household, not per person. We cook on an electric stove. According to our solar meter, we produced 4437 kWh since the system was turned on, and 581 kWh this last month (you can follow our solar harvest live here). And most heavy electrical equipment has been turned off: the growing lights and heat mat and the heat lamps for our chicks. Result: we owed NStar nothing. How much we consumed is a mystery: our NSTAR bill will not say. All we know is that we produced 581 kWh and they rebated us (yes, paid us) $26, but who knows at what rate! I’m going to guess here:
21% of the US National Average
Heating Oil and Warm Water. This too is calculated for the entire household, not per person.
6.5 gallons of oil
10.5% of the US National Average
Trash. After recycling and composting this usually comes down to mainly food wrappers.
6 lbs. pp per month
4.4% of the US National Average
Water. This is calculated per person.
436 gallons pp.
14.5 % of the US National Average
Yesterday I put the newly made honey supers (painted blue) onto the hives. Right on time for the one in the middle (H3): the honey super already on it (third box) was filled, frame to frame, inch for inch. Some of the outer frames just needed capping, so I left it for a couple more days. Then I’ll finally have honey, 60 pounds of it!