Spice Melange

“In this time, the most precious substance in the Universe is the spice melange.”

– Princess Irulan

Melange means mixture. If you keep the following whole spices on hand, you can crush and grind them in various combinations to go with any foods. You could probably even make sandworm taste okay.

Coriander seeds




Cumin Seeds

Fennel Seeds

Black Peppercorns




Cinnamon (Canela) bark




Tamarind Pods

Cardamom Pods



Aquaponics Build #1: Getting our feet wet

A rectangular object covered with a silver gray tarp. An electrical cord stretches from the pump to a nearby shed.

Our 1st aquaponics build, dressed like an astronaut to protect the plastic from the sun.

Our first aquaponics build is in operation. A few fat-head minnow, some snails, and a pollywog munch algae in the tank.

Water pours into a large fish tank

Very small fish in a big tank.

A pipe leads up from the tank to the grow bed.

The upper compartment, as seen from the outside…

Water pours from a pipe onto a filter.

… and from the inside.

Trays with tiny green plants.

Germinating lettuce, or possibly spinach.

A bell siphon, as seen from the top.

Once the water level rises to its maximum, a bell siphon quickly drains the grow bed.

Water pours into the fish tank.

Water draining from the grow bed into the fish tank.

That’s it!  There are a few things I’ll probably do differently on the next build, but this will do for now.