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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Savanna Oconner on April 8, 2014 at 2:53pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Marianne Smith on April 8, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Jana Franzen on March 30, 2014 at 3:41pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Alicia Bayer on March 29, 2014 at 12:45am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Erika S. Haines on March 27, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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