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Parasitic (entomopathogenic) nematodes as organic pest control?

Hi guys and gals.  I'm wondering if any of my fellow Homegrown friends here have experience in using nematodes.Back story is, I've been container gardening medium large-scale with a 6x3' SIP in…Continue

Tags: organic, planter, leafminer, beatles, pests

Started Jul 29, 2013

 

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Anne Radcliffe replied to Ray Payne's discussion 'Does my mix sound ok? First time indoor SIP gardener'
"You sound like you're well on track. :) I'm sure you'll do great. :D Keep us posted."
Feb 11, 2014
Anne Radcliffe replied to Ray Payne's discussion 'Does my mix sound ok? First time indoor SIP gardener'
"No worries, John! You are right, for a regular container mix, you want something that holds water a little bit better, and I defer to your expertise on that, since all my ordinary container plants tend to die ;) And you're right too about a…"
Feb 11, 2014
Anne Radcliffe replied to Ray Payne's discussion 'Does my mix sound ok? First time indoor SIP gardener'
"Hi RayYou may find that you have to reduce the soil conditioner some in exchange for more peat moss, as organic compost can get muddy and heavy, or interfere with proper wicking from the reservoir. I'd make peat moss the heaviest part of the…"
Feb 11, 2014
Anne Radcliffe replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Making Pectin 101'
"You are welcome. This made my day! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading. :)"
Nov 22, 2013
Anne Radcliffe replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Making Pectin 101'
"Hi Tiffany! The strained liquid contains your pectin! It will look yellow to pink and feel like slimy water to the touch. The apple mass left over in the strainer is refuse, good to be composted or then sent to the chicken pen. :) Chill a small…"
Nov 21, 2013
Anne Radcliffe commented on Anne Radcliffe's blog post 'Ultimate Sweet Potato Pie'
"Anytime, darlin'! "
Nov 12, 2013
Jennifer commented on Anne Radcliffe's blog post 'Ultimate Sweet Potato Pie'
"Self-evident, indeed! What time should I show up for dinner?"
Nov 12, 2013
Anne Radcliffe posted a blog post

Ultimate Sweet Potato Pie

It began as a joking comment about my southern heritage on Twitter: I should make a chocolate sweet potato pie. Because (self-evident). Shortly afterwards, I had people inviting themselves to my house for Thanksgiving dinner.Bit by bit, over the course of staged bake testing, the final form came together: a…See More
Nov 11, 2013
Anne Radcliffe replied to Amanda McLoughlin's discussion 'Help Me Write My Thesis On Homesteading Literature!'
"I love Back to Basics.  You might also like Five Acres & Independence and Bioshelter Market Gardens, which touches on some interesting concepts for housing that incorporates greenhouses and small animals both as part of the living…"
Sep 27, 2013
Anne Radcliffe replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Making Pectin 101'
"I don't recall ever seeing it here in the Great White North, but then again I didn't look all that hard either.  Like you, I just went the all-sugar route.  I will see if my local hippie store carries it ;)  Thanks for the…"
Sep 26, 2013
Anne Radcliffe replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Making Pectin 101'
"Yup, just about an hour away down in Hammertown ;)  "
Sep 26, 2013
Anne Radcliffe replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Making Pectin 101'
"You are welcome!  I ended up with well over two quarts from the scraps of about 15 or 20 pounds of apples.  It will keep you in pectin a looooong time.  In fact... if you want to raid my freezer... lol!"
Sep 26, 2013
Anne Radcliffe replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Apple Molasses 101'
"Good tip :)  Thanks!  I'm still hunting for preservative-free Apple cider.  I might have to take a trip out to St. Jacob's!"
Sep 26, 2013
Anne Radcliffe posted a blog post

5 Awesome Tricks For Working With Onions

Onions aren't a lot of fun to work with, but picked up a handful of helpful tricks over the years that help :)   1 - Tears No More! Cut your onions on your stove under the running range hood, or chill them in the freezer for 10 minutes before slicing.2 - Save Time (And Your Sanity)!Process your onions in large batches and freeze…See More
Sep 19, 2013
Anne Radcliffe replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Self-Watering Container (aka Subirrigated Planter) 101'
"Hi Ron!  I'm sorry for the confusion, and apologies for the delay in responding.  There is only one drain. When I took the photo I hadn't cut the piece of aquarium tubing... I thought I would leave it long originally.  I…"
Sep 15, 2013
Anne Radcliffe replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Apple Molasses 101'
"This looks great!  I think I will try it.   Added sugar isn't required?  Optional depending on product?  I'm curious, cause some of the Mennonite ciders around here don't strike me as being very sweet."
Sep 10, 2013

Profile Information

What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
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Urban Homesteader Neophyte
A bit about me:
I'm a city-liver from a white collar family. The time honoured traditions of growing and preserving have been long lost in my family, and I'm working to reclaim them so that I can eat more naturally, organically and more sustainably.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Organic roast chicken with garden sage and onions
Currently reading:
Vegan Pie in the Sky
Currently listening to:
Anja - Crazy Little Thing You Do
My latest DIY project:
I don't know how to garden, really. I'm learning as I go along. I also have no suitable yard for gardening, so I've built a sub-irrigated self-watering planter out of cedar. I've been flailing around with it, but in spite of my ignorance and difficulty finding good information on caring for plants in a true SIP like I have, it's been ridiculously successful.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
I traced a path to you through a badge on The Local Kitchener
Web site I recommend:
http://www.foodretro.com

Anne Radcliffe's Blog

Ultimate Sweet Potato Pie

It began as a joking comment about my southern heritage on Twitter: I should make a chocolate sweet potato pie. Because (self-evident). Shortly afterwards, I had people inviting themselves to my house for Thanksgiving dinner.

Bit by bit, over the course of…

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Posted on November 11, 2013 at 12:09pm — 2 Comments

5 Awesome Tricks For Working With Onions

Onions aren't a lot of fun to work with, but picked up a handful of helpful tricks over the years that help :)  

 

1 - Tears No More! 

Cut your onions on your stove under the running range hood, or chill them in the freezer for 10 minutes before…

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Posted on September 19, 2013 at 5:35pm

Roasted Banana Oat Muffins (Gluten Free)

Why roast bananas?  BECAUSE it is easy, and awesome for making explode-in-your-mouth caramelized banana goodness.  And that’s about all I have to say about that. 

I didn’t set out to make these muffins gluten-free, they…

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Posted on September 10, 2013 at 9:37am

Heaven By Coconut Rolls

It’s kind of funny how some things just sort of fall together by coincidence.

I have had cinnamon rolls on the back burner in my brain for a while, but what with family matters and vacation plans, cooking and baking got tabled a bit, cause I was cleaning out the fridge and freezer (Oh joy of annual deep-freeze ice scraping!).  While I was down south, I happened to stay in a hotel that was literally right next door to Trader Joes, and while I was there, I happened to get hooked on TJ’s…

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Posted on July 23, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

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At 3:24pm on July 10, 2013, Jennifer said…

Hi, Anne. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here: site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content. I’m so glad you found us! (And I’ve got a good friend from Hamilton. Any chance you know a Heather Keenleyside?) I hope you’ll find plenty of projects and ideas here to spur you on, and I hope you’ll be game for sharing some of your own, too, in our member blog, The Stew. Actually, more on that: Since there is such a dearth of good info out there on SIPs, any chance you’d want to write a HOMEGROWN 101 on the subject? If so, let’s talk. (And just for the record, having built an SIP is hardly not knowing how to garden. You’re a gardening rockstar!)

 

Elsewhere on HOMEGROWN, you can always find the latest additions to the site at the top of the homepage, and if you’ve ever got questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or shoot me a message. I hope you feel right at home!

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