HOMEGROWN

Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

All Blog Posts in The Stew (1,639)

Good Garden Twine

If you're looking for a good garden twine, look no further. This is simply hemp twine that I soaked in melted beeswax to coat the twine. The hemp is strong and durable and the beeswax helps keep it that way as well as help keep your knots in place.…

Continue

Added by Carl Bartelt on August 11, 2014 at 12:13pm — 3 Comments

Classy Interior Decorating that Stays in Style

Interior decorating is a task that all home owners face whether they love it or hate it.  There are many people who hate the idea of decorating their homes because they do not have a decorating eye, it can get expensive, or they just do not have the time to keep up with all the trends that change on a pretty regular basis.  It tends to get quite frustrating for home owners who just finish furnishing and decorating their homes only to be told that the décor they have chosen is out of style…

Continue

Added by ginne ulah on August 5, 2014 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Progressing towards an edible balcony

Two years ago I moved from a house-and-garden in Victoria to a small ground-floor apartment in New South Wales (Australia). I'm missing…

Continue

Added by Pam Joseph on July 23, 2014 at 1:21am — 3 Comments

Busy day dehydrating and smoking.

Starting a busy week. Started 10 trays of medium tomatoes today and will run the dehydrator till I use up the 25 pounds we picked up at the state farmers market in Saturday. Also set up 1 tray each of fresh plums and peaches. Smoked two chickens yesterday, one for Sunday dinner and the other in today's chicken bog with fresh picked salad greens and corn. Tomorrow is smoke the brisket and another chicken. Wednesday is 10 pounds of wild salmon. And I'm retired?????

Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on July 14, 2014 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment

AMERICAN MADE - Independence Day!

Originally shared at Back to the Basics…

Continue

Added by Marianne Smith on July 11, 2014 at 9:17am — No Comments

Home-sewn Shorts

After making it my New Years resolution to not buy any new clothes for a whole year I decided that making them would not only be fun but would alos help me hone one of my lacking homesteader skills, sewing. I had completed simple sewing projects before and figured a simple pair of cotton shorts should be pretty easy. The tricky parts turned out to be making the pattern (which with help from my all-knowing mother was easier than expected) and figuring out how to sew the (for lack of a better…

Continue

Added by Kourtney Mottern on July 10, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Tomato Preserves

 I had a great crop on tomatoes, so I dug out my mother's old

recipes and found the one for tomato preserves that I grew up on.

I made 4 pints and they taste very well. I garden in half barrel planters.

Just wanted to share.

 

thanx leland

Added by leland sweeten on June 16, 2014 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

Progress – Documentary and New Garden



Here in the Bay Area summer has arrived, sunshine, longer days and then scent of blossoms in the air. The move went as smoothly as can be expected, it has been a busy few months settling in.  Our new place is full of…

Continue

Added by Kristi Adams on June 8, 2014 at 3:34pm — 2 Comments

The Illegals

Hi All, 

After much thought we have decided to take the plunge and buy our first 3 chicks. They are not legal in our town, but after much discussion and some soul searching, hubby and I decided that living a sustainable, secure and independent life trumped the town by-laws. We talked with our neighbors (who were all cool with it) and decided to partake in a little civil disobedience. Now we just cross our fingers I suppose :) …

Continue

Added by Morgan C on May 31, 2014 at 4:10pm — 4 Comments

Pastured Lard

Pastured Lard



Fortunate to come across snow-white, gorgeously rendered, pastured lard here in WNC, everything it touches seems to radiate a golden glow-----not…
Continue

Added by Rachel Brownlee on May 30, 2014 at 9:06pm — 3 Comments

Progress!

Dad helped me get pallets from the co-op, so I've got enough now to cobble together a playhouse. The kid was excited, until he helped nail the pallet that was the wrong size up into what I intend to make into a vertical garden wall. I want a house made out of those bloody things - it will take ages and eons for anything to get it apart once put together! Anyhow, this first one is to determine how difficult it will be to make one for the kid, and what adjustments will need to be made for…

Continue

Added by Jana Franzen on May 19, 2014 at 11:59pm — No Comments

Food Prices are on the RISE!

Originally shared at Back to the Basics

Back when I first opened Mary's Heirloom Seeds I wrote the following introduction,



You may have noticed that the price on food, especially produce has been going up.  The quality, not to mention the nutritional value, has been…

Continue

Added by Marianne Smith on May 19, 2014 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Wild Violet Muffins

I've got a Monday Muffin to share with you--another foraged creation. 

After making wild violet sugar and wild violet syrup, and then wild violet granola out of those--it seems only fitting to make wild violet muffins.

These are dainty and delicious.…

Continue

Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 19, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Taco Rice Tortilla Pizza

I admit I need nights off sometimes--don't we all? But I hate, hate, HATE to waste food even if I don't feel like cooking.

When we've got plenty of food in the fridge, it's easy to whip up a Taco Rice Tortilla pizza for our family Friday Night Pizza night.

You can get the recipe, and a rant…

Continue

Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 16, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Much disappointment reigns

Well, 'tis depressing. Absolutely everything, save the potatoes, not planted in a container before the first part of this month is toast. And in the containers, quite a bit less than expected decided to come up. Two of the four tomato transplants are toast, two of the marigolds, & one of the hostas are toast - one of the geraniums is attempting to not die, but no telling if it will pull through or not.

On the plus side, both the corns, all three of the pumpkins, the…

Continue

Added by Jana Franzen on May 15, 2014 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Using Coconut Coir Pellets for Seed Starting

Originally shared at Back to the Basics

These little pellets are AMAZING!!!

Check out MY results using Coconut Coir pellets.



Step 1: Take out…

Continue

Added by Marianne Smith on May 15, 2014 at 9:06am — No Comments

Creamy Avocado Enchiladas

More anticipating-the-start-of-CSA-season-freezer-raiding here!

I whipped up a cheesy rich gooey enchilada dish using Hatch chile and bell peppers I'd put up last Fall plus ripe avocados.  For me, the biggest reason why I can't be 100% local is avocados.  And olive oil.  And tea.  And bananas.  And --- heck, the list is so long--but avocados top it.  …

Continue

Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 14, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Companion Planting Shortcut

Just sent out this info this morning!  ENJOY!…
Continue

Added by Marianne Smith on May 12, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Overnight Yeasted Carrot Waffles

As I wind down the stores of veggies I'd put up last Fall, when the weekly CSA farm share delivery was a routine--not like I'm desperately anticipating these days--I had extra carrots.  Crazy, right? When we eat them with dips, in tacos and meatloaf and burgers and stew . . . and the sweet farm carrot tops are a particular favorite of Crystal the composting guinea pig.

However, excess I had, so excess I put up--by finely shredding then freezing.  And over the winter, we got to enjoy…

Continue

Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Wild Violet Granola

My farm share starts up the end of this month--yippee!--but in the meantime I'm foraging.

And my mentors have nurtured me, like a mother does, to help me create this recipe.

You can find the recipe…

Continue

Added by Kirsten Madaus on May 8, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Blog Topics by Tags

Monthly Archives

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

Badge

Loading…

Join us on:

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2014   Created by HOMEGROWN.org.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Community Philosphy Blog and Library