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February 2011 Blog Posts (37)

Homegrown Happiness

**from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**

 

February has sucked in myriad ways. I really am thankful it is the shortest month and practically over, because I'm not sure how many more blizzards, rescheduled appointments, sick family members and broken things I can stand. Even though we woke up today to a screaming septic alarm, an emergency weather radio going bonkers and at least a six inch deep lake in our…

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Added by lexirain2001 on February 28, 2011 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Turn your shed into a Tiny House

When Crystal and I first talked about tiny houses we found inspiration in the most....well, (dare I say????) obvious of places. We were not sure what less than 200 square feet would look like, let alone feel like inside. So we headed to the local box home improvement store. It was there that we found the… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on February 28, 2011 at 3:16pm — 9 Comments

It's Kombucha time.

Okay, I'm going out on a limb here today.  We are going to be making something that may not be every one's cup of tea.





Well, fermented…
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Added by Shaye Elliott on February 25, 2011 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

How to Grow Poppies (Papaver somniferum)

This is a short little video on how to grow poppies that I came across and would like to share with all of the poppy lovin' people on Homegrown!

 

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Added by Kristie Nackord on February 24, 2011 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

DIY PVC Grow Lights

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Added by me on February 24, 2011 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Bye Bye, Community Garden Plot

*Cue tragic violin music.*



After waiting for a ridiculous number of years for a community garden plot, I've had to let my coveted spot go. In September, I killed my car in an accident on one of LA's famed congested freeways. I decided to walk my talk and not replace the car.



(Long winded posts about the car-free life choice in Los Angeles on my blog here: …

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Added by ConsciouslyFrugal on February 24, 2011 at 3:14pm — 3 Comments

Homemade "Ollas" - the Brunson Farms way

Ara at My Edible Yard discussed using Ollas for irrigation. 

 

We were intrigued.  We do a lot of watering, especially in the summer.  Tomatoes are thirsty.

 

Tim did the research and found that we could buy them, but they were a bit pricey.  $20 or more each.  Yikes.  We starting counting up how many we would need.  Double yikes.  We have…

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Added by Donna Brunson on February 24, 2011 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Enter to Win the Book, "I Garden: Urban Style" Co-Authored by Michael Nolan

 

 

Here it is! Scissors & Drumsticks’ first product give away! We are happy and pleased with the response we have gained from our readers and social media friends only after starting this blog in May 2010 and we want to…

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Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on February 23, 2011 at 11:30am — 14 Comments

Buying Beef From a Local Farm

It was just after the first U.S. case of mad cow disease was confirmed in December of 2003 that it became clearer to me than ever that my diet needed to consist of more natural, organically produced meat. That was also the first year my folks took a step into a more eco-responsible diet as well. My family collectively purchased 1/2 side of Angus beef and a 1/4 side of hog. Both animals… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on February 23, 2011 at 8:15am — 5 Comments

Food Co-op Shopping Choice

How would you like to visit your local grocery store feeling like you owned the place? Having a real say in the way products were chosen and sold? Getting a refund back at the end of the year because you'd loyally done so much shopping there? You can, if you choose to join a community-owned food cooperative. These co-ops are owned by consumers just like you who decide to get directly involved.

 

Three Rivers…

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Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 23, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Is Your Sustainable Life Sustainable?

I have been thinking a lot about sustainable living, and the so-called simple life lately. Dixiebelle wrote a self-flagellating post recently about her wicked fall into a fast food lunch, and in general about falling short of one's ideals.

Oh sweetheart.

I'm not particularly old (33) but I came to this "green consciousness" early, I think.…

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Added by Calamity Jane on February 22, 2011 at 11:27pm — 6 Comments

Tapping Maple Trees and Making Maple Syrup

 

Mapling, or sugaring, is the process of collecting and boiling down the sap from maple trees in order to make syrup. It is an ancient practice, being one of the few sugar sources found in the northern hemisphere. The…

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Added by Christa Nelson on February 21, 2011 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

surprisingly good tempeh reubens



Happy President's Day. I hope you are all taking advantage of this opportunity to dress like your favorite president. I know I am. Today's post is brought to you by the 16th President of the United States, Honest Abe. I have it on good authority that…

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Added by Christine on February 21, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

Weedwalking With Country Girl Garlic...Hidden Gifts in the Garlic Patch

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Stardate: Friday, 18, February...



So I laid in bed last night, not falling asleep, listening to my bunkie snore.



Naturally, I began thinking about the obvious thing: chickens.



I thought…
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Added by Country Girl on February 19, 2011 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Calendula officinalis

"The yellow leaves of the flowers are dried and kept throughout Dutchland against winter to put into broths, physicall potions and for divers other purposes, in such quantity that in some Grocers or Spicesellers are to be found barrels filled with them and retailed by the penny or less, insomuch that no broths are well made without dried Marigold." ~The Countrie Farme



I grew and dried a lot of…

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Added by Amber Westfall on February 18, 2011 at 12:10pm — 6 Comments

The Science of Growing Wild

The latest winter snow has thawed to reveal golden wisps of dormant grass blowing gently in the meadow called Cades Cove.  While horses still graze on other fields nearby, much of the grasslands lay unused except by the wildest of creatures.  Small mammals like rabbits and fowl such as quail can more likely find a place to hide from their predators when they have native clumps of grass like broomsedge in their natural habitat.  Yet, fescue has claimed most of the land, choking out several…

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Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Organic Gardening Encyclopedia

Cold, frozen days are inspiring me to dream about the next season's garden.  Not an expert by any means.  But I'm determined to garden smarter each season, even on a small scale.  My husband and I have the usual arguments about pest control, which involve me swearing off any synthetic pesticides, while he eventually sneaks out a can of this or that when he thinks he has no other alternative.

 

I'm aiming to read through the new (2009 anyway) Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of…

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Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Organic Greenhouse Visit

I can only imagine what splendid dishes the Denman family cooks up.  When I planned a visit to their greenhouse, I knew that matriarch Georgia Denman and her daughter, Caitrin Bayard, were experts at organic gardening.  What I couldn't comprehend until my visit was their depth of knowledge and passion for culinary plants. …

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Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:20pm — No Comments

A moment of culinary genius, or utter disaster...it could have gone either way.

I arrived home from work last week to find that my sister had brought me a bag of kiwis.  I absolutely love kiwis.  I could eat them every day.  But this was a GIANT bag of kiwis.  At least thirty, maybe a little more.  My brother in law, Jeff, had apparently done some work for a local farm, setting up their network.  He refused payment because he just wanted to help them out.  So instead he got a big bag of kiwis, half of which they brought to me.

Several days later the bag is still…

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Added by Adrienne Santorineos on February 16, 2011 at 7:41pm — 1 Comment

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