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…Continue
Am going to keep a blog about my first CSA. Not just what I got but how it works out, maybe spend some time with the farmers you will be able to find it here
We have a 1935-ish Craftman house that was owned by a woman and her family for over 50 years previously. Her adult children sold it to us. It has a lot of funny quirks but mostly it has had limited updates. This is good because that means we can afford the house..... but bad because we have very old fashioned and fairly unusable things around us. Like the one bathroom, without and electric outlet. The only shower was the cinder block one in the basement. Don't misunderstand, we are not…Continue
I've been trying to get the large, sick, mocknut tree cut down from my backyard since we have lived here. It has only been a little over 4 years but it houses many squirrels who decimate my garden and make it overly shady and unusable. Removing the tree will also make it easier for the neighborhood hawks to pick off other garden ruiners like bunnies and voles. The pest issue has become so bad I have decided to let the garden lay fallow this year.
We had to use the…Continue
Added by Dwysquietide on March 10, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments
72 degrees yestarday, so I decided to make a batch of hickory smoked Idaho baking potatoes in Little Chief. I left them in the smoke for two hours and remain in the smoker until tender, about 2-3 hours. To prepare your potatoes, wash and leave the skin on, cut about a 1/4 inch thick, toss in a bowl of olive oil and seasoning of your choice. Cover your smoking racks with foil and perforate it. This keeps the slices from falling through the racks. When smoking the…
I could use a little color in my life, my landscape right about now. I've got 4 recipes using beets, ranging from a vegan appetizer to a fast salad for one to a CSA Cookoff-inspired Hot Pink Mess of a main dish.
Get the details on…Continue
Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on February 27, 2014 at 4:51pm — No Comments
Last week, my family and I finally got around to making our compost bin and potting some veggies. I rooted some leeks and green onions I bought from the store, as well as replant some house plants I have. The day turned out perfect, the weather cleared out and sat around gardening with the fam! I'll have to get some…Continue
Hm. Well. *contemplates*
The garden plan called for:
multiple colors of carrot
yukon gold potato
sugar snap pea
oregon snow pea
Originally shared @ Mary's Kitchen:
The time to sit idle is history. Do you grow your own food? Do you believe in making the world a better place for you and your family? Do you have strong religious beliefs? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the US…Continue
I suppose it is time to catalog what seeds I have and see how they compare to the "garden plan" I assembled. And when the snow goes away and it has dried up some, it will be time to go rake off all the beds and make sure the plan to work around the sewer line will actually work.
Technically, I think I can plant lettuce now. I've heard of people sowing the seeds on top of snow...
And I need to start collecting the supplies I will need to get that one domajiggy…Continue
Need a last-minute way to say, "I love you"? We've rounded up links to six homemade Valentine's treats involving that most delectable of ingredients, chocolate(!), courtesy of the HOMEGROWN flock:
• Anne’s ultimate chocolate sweet potato pie
Added by HOMEGROWN.org on February 13, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
It's true Georgia and South Carolina are looking down the giving end of a double barrel storm shotgun with a very negative outcome predicted by the National Weather Service. So, being the dedicated husband I am, I decided to make a nice grass finished braised beef brisket and root vegetables crock pot meal and stock base while marinating about 4 pounds of steak for jerky and steak sandwhiches. I'll use about a cup of the crock pot stock to make tonights' french onion soup and some of the…Continue
Typically when I travel to near and far places, I take a yoga class at as many different studios as possible. This past week, I spent several days down in Atlanta, GA; amidst all the downward dogging, I couldn’t help but notice the plethora of fried pickles at several bars…Continue
Added by Erin Urquhart on February 10, 2014 at 1:09am — No Comments
Originally shared @ Back to the Basics
Last year I offered a workshop for 10 Ways to Avoid Chemicals in Your Garden. One of my absolute favorite options for non-toxic pest control is Diatomaceous Earth (DE). It is so safe you can eat it. …Continue
Added by Marianne Smith on February 7, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments
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ok the sun oven did not work the day we planned it for. But it was not the ovens fault, I did not plan on the wind getting to high to keep the oven from blowing over. So the next bright day, my wife set it up with a pair of chicken breasts (Still Frozen!) and a couple of cups of Rice. approximately 3 hours later, we determined it was done, and it was brought inside for supper. Best we could tell, it should have been brought in at about 2 hours, we used slightly to…Continue
Instead of sharing a pile of individual posts I figured I'd round 'em all up in one post.
Left to right:
Fresh Tomato Pesto (I've got a jar thawing right…Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on January 31, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments