Making mustard

Posted on ma 13 september 2021 in blog • Tagged with experiment, harvest, recipe, season: fall

This month I made mustard from mustard seeds grown in the Proeftuin. The recipe follows further down the page. But first a bit of botany.

Flowers of Sinapis alba (white mustard) being worked by a bee. Lower on the stem you can see the seed pods developing. As the plant …

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Spring harvest

Posted on wo 21 april 2021 in blog • Tagged with harvest, season: spring

A sample of the species I harvested. From top to bottom and from left to right, starting in the left top corner:

  • leaf of Armoracia rusticana (horseradish / mierik)
  • leaf of Galium aparine (cleavers / kleefkruid)
  • leaf of Achillea millefolium (common yarrow / duizendblad)
  • leaf of Claytonia perfoliata (Indian lettuce / winterpostelein)
  • flower of …

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Journal of work in Proeftuin Meerhoven in 2020

Posted on wo 24 maart 2021 in blog • Tagged with survey, practical, season: spring, season: summer, season: fall, season: winter

Since Sunday 2017-07-30 I have been involved with gardening at the Proeftuin Meerhoven in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This is a community garden maintained by volunteers in the neighborhood adjoining ours. We use the space with approval from the local council. In addition to helping with gardening, I learned a lot …

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Examples of increasing complexity

Posted on ma 08 februari 2021 in blog

Below are a number of examples of growing complexity due to available energy surplus. As the available energy inexorably turns down we will be forced to live by the Permaculture principle of Use Slow and Small Solutions.


  • 1800s: engine, brakes, frame, wheels, steering wheel;
  • 2020s: as above but with …

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My Permaculture Journey from 2016 to 2020

Posted on do 31 december 2020 in blog

I cannot say for certain when I became aware of Permaculture. There were hints, websites read, questions asked. My partner Ina has been an active participant in researching and proposing activities. She was instrumental in nudging me over a few thresholds. I am very grateful to have her in my …

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Summer 2020 experiments

Posted on ma 19 oktober 2020 in blog • Tagged with experiment, season: summer

This is a list of experiments Ina and I have been conducting during the summer of 2020.

  • deepen experience with baking bread with sourdough starter
    • different types of flour
  • ferments
    • using sourdough starter for things other than bread
  • drying
    • nettle
    • mint
    • leaves of horseradish (blad mierik)
  • growing seedlings
  • growing cutlings …

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Making bread

Posted on zo 18 oktober 2020 in blog

Here are some of my presentations on baking bread and using a sourdough starter.

I have kept a record of the steps I take in making bread. Below is a table that shows the times for one such sessions. The introduction …

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Introduction to Fermentation

Posted on zo 18 oktober 2020 in blog

Here is a presentation with an introduction to fermentation.

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Lessons learned baking bread

Posted on di 26 november 2019 in blog • Tagged with experiment

I have been making bread regularly since 2017. As I look through the photo's I have made over the years I notice quite a shift in how I do things now versus how I did them when I started out.

Notable changes:

  • I started using more water in my dough …

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Summer 2019 experiments

Posted on wo 28 augustus 2019 in blog • Tagged with experiment, season: summer

This is a list of experiments Ina and I have been conducting in July and Augst of 2019. Some things I put under several headings as they contain elements of both.

  • ferments
    • mirabel ferment
    • beet ferment
    • ketchup ferment
    • sugar ferment
    • whole tomato ferment
    • hot pepper and garlic ferment
    • getting to …

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