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Live Below the Line 2014, garden progress

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I am doing it again this year! Not too sure how much of my garden produce is going to make it into the mix (though pretty sure radishes will be up enough!), but the eggs are a definite ingredient to my meals!

Corn, 3 kinds of pumpkin, and zucchini have just been direct seeded into the new plot. Jasper helped plant the sweet corn.

Added by Jana Franzen on April 15, 2014 at 4:01pm — No Comments

5 Lamb Recipes for Spring

When it comes to preparing lamb, HOMEGROWN members like to get creative. Below are five flavorful approaches to this spring favorite. Got another great lamb recipe? Post it below and spread the love!…

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Added by HOMEGROWN.org on April 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Roasted Asparagus and Chicken Jelly Noodles

I'm delighted to roast vegetables--it's easy, and on cool Spring evenings it's pretty awesome to crank up the oven.  Here's a simple recipe of roasted asparagus served over noodles in a rich creamy chicken stock gravy.  My kids call my 'oops I forgot and let the stock simmer another 2 hours' stock Chicken Jelly, and it makes a terrific sauce for these noodles.…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on April 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Avocado Feta Hummus Layered Vegetable Appetizer

Being a local seasonal eater means I get to eat amazingly delicious foods.  Fresh food--tomatoes, strawberries, even celery--just tastes better and I'm usually willing to wait out the winter months for those fresh tastes.  But if I limited my diet to solely local foods, I'd miss out on bananas, avocados, olives, shrimp, chocolate, salmon, tea . . . lots of stuff!

This avocado feta hummus is good as a stand alone dip--but it sings when you layer it with fresh &…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on April 13, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Boners are awesome!

And your mind went straight to the gutter didn't it?

Pat Boner fixes my computers. Chris Boner and his boys tend to do the yardwork once I give up on my children.

Today, Chris and one of his boys, Mason, came over. They finished the tilling for the corn/squash area - along with fixing the cultivator I didn't realize was broken because it's been like that the whole time I've owned it - and cleared 2.5 beds and three of the paths of the sewer project dirt. I had…

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Added by Jana Franzen on April 13, 2014 at 4:50pm — 2 Comments

Rustic Roasted CSA Carrots

I think you can tell a lot about the quality of soil from a carrot.  When we first moved to Ohio we joined a young Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share.  Our carrots that year were super sweet, but tiny and gnarled.  Our farmers nurtured their soil with mainly free amendments and now the carrots are lovely, fat, long--and still super sweet.

Here's a simple recipe to showcase those carrots: roasted, simply seasoned with salt and a buttery spread, these carrots make a vegan…

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Added by Kirsten Madaus on April 12, 2014 at 8:41am — 1 Comment

More seeds!

Also, I got 4 more packets of seeds today. Caserta squash, which is apparently some type of zucchini (all hail zuke bread and zuke cake!), curshaw green striped pumpkin, golden beauty corn, and pak choi white stem chinese cabbage. I may actually have to till up a lot more of the yard than I thought, and rearrange some of the planned potted plants that haven't been potted yet.

Did I mention that the fishtank now holds - yes, I did. Okay. Good then. I'm not too sure it's…

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Added by Jana Franzen on April 11, 2014 at 9:12pm — 2 Comments

ow ow ow... stupid weather

Okay, when did decrepit kick in? Ow. I managed to till 1.5 of the borders, and had to stop, and just now managed 2.5 rows with the tiller before I couldn't feel my hands or feet, but could DEFINITELY feel my back having kittens. And cows. And possibly a couple of blue whales.

I am trying to get the corn/squash/pumpkin area tilled up before the thunderstorms start Saturday. Whether or not I will go ahead and plant is debatable, because now the weather man tells me it's going to…

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Added by Jana Franzen on April 11, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Easy Tips for a Healthy Compost Pile

Composting at home is a great way to turn waste into gardening magic. By composting, you manage to reduce waste and improve soil quality at the same time; it’s also simpler than it may seem. Check out this article for some general tips on how to make the most of your compost…

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Added by Savanna Oconner on April 8, 2014 at 2:53pm — No Comments

I saw green things!

There are green things!

My chives survived, apparently. They're growing nicely. There are radishes and lettuces and some other salady stuffs coming up, and I've flowers already blooming. The established ones, not the ones I planted.

Had to reseed some of the stuff. I dislike thoroughly three days of sun and 70's followed by two inches of snow overnight. Cucumbers are growing. I saw what looks to be okra as well. The rest of 'em are still thinking about…

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Added by Jana Franzen on April 8, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Pemmican - a super food or shelter staple

Ok, so I have gotten into watching Hillbilly Blood; these guys are amazing with the things they create.  On a recent episode, they found an old storage tank and converted it into a bunker of sorts.  Eugene must be a reincarnated engineer.  Anyway, Spencer decided to make him some Pemmican for the shelter.  It took me forever to find the correct spelling, and research, but I finally found it. 

Pemmican is a high protein, energy staple that can be stored for extremely long…

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Added by Deb Bryant on April 8, 2014 at 9:52am — 3 Comments

5 Reasons to Plant WILDFLOWERS

Originally shared at Back to the Basics:

Get a jump-start on EARTH DAY!…

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Added by Marianne Smith on April 8, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments

Jumpstarting Spring: How to Greensprout Potatoes

Spring is getting off to a late start here in Vermont, and in many other parts of the country as well. As a result our customers have been asking us what they should do with their potatoes while they wait for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw. One method you can try is called greensprouting, or “chitting” potatoes, which takes advantage of the extra time available to transform your potatoes from starchy spuds into verdant…

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Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on April 7, 2014 at 10:13am — 3 Comments

weekend business

So, Saturday, finally figured out one of the missed calls I got on Wednesday was from Sonic. Apparently, they did not care enough to leave a message, and naturally when I called them, my battery died. My youngest may be right. It might be a good idea to reinvest in a landline, and put my old corded phones back to work. At least they can't die partway through a call! Also, lunch rush is probably a bad time to call a Sonic anyhow. The other number remains an…

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Added by Jana Franzen on March 30, 2014 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Hush Puppies

2 cups Martha White corn bread mix

1 cup Quaker yellow corn meal

1/2 cup onion finely chopped

1 tbls minced garlic

1 tsp cajun spice

milk or water or buttermilk  to make a thick batter.  the batter should be thick enough to make into balls

peanut or canola oil heated to 400 degrees F.

form balls with your hands and drop into oil, fry until golden brown.

This recipe will feed 8 people so if you need less just cut this in…

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Added by Laura Blum on March 29, 2014 at 2:01pm — 3 Comments

Sixteen ways to save money on organic foods

Yes, organic foods do often come with a higher price tag. The more you're willing to work and be creative, the lower that price can get, though. With the help of a lot of creative strategies, you can eat delicious organic meals at less than your neighbors spend on drive-through.

Everybody knows some of…

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Added by Alicia Bayer on March 29, 2014 at 12:45am — No Comments

"What's In" Feature: Longer Version

Hello, all! This is the first Spring I am planting in my own garden, so I am very excited for the coming months.  Before now, I lived for many years in urban environments like New York and New Jersey, and although it’s not impossible to live sustainably there (think: vertical farming on a patio), it proved…

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Added by Erika H on March 27, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Sticker Shock - $3.99 for a box of crackers!?

Went to a local grocery store to pick up a few things to go with my fish salad and had sticker shock!! $3.99 for a box of no name crackers!!!! Came home, took 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup of olive oil, 2/3 cup of warm water, mixed rolled out dough on a baking sheet, cut with pizza cutter, baked @400deg F for 15 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes start to finish, or less time than going to the grocery store. Wife loved them and wants more. Need to roll thinner across the… Continue

Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on March 22, 2014 at 11:54am — 3 Comments

Requested picture

Okay then. Someone wanted a picture. And clearly, I need to have a discussion with the time/date thing on my camera, since I took this today.

So, to the front is the newest fridge bed, now planted with mini sweet peppers, radishes, argula, and leaf lettuce.

To its right, there are 3 of…

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Added by Jana Franzen on March 15, 2014 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Things Proceed

Raked and raked a lot of leaves up today and burnt them. The burnt stuff will be divided between compost piles, the new fridge, and the potato towers. Dunno why, but the potatoes love the stuff. I'm sure there is a perfectly good gardening reason, but I don't really care what it is. Hack gardener!

There's been quite a lot of wind and horrifying weather switches. You know, the 72dF one day, the next you've got 2" of snow? Those.  Planted crap anyhow, because this is how I…

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Added by Jana Franzen on March 13, 2014 at 9:35pm — 1 Comment

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