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What The Bug?

Can you help identify this bug?  It's not in my 'Handbook of Natural Insects and Disease Control'.

It looks like a ladybug, but I don't see any listed here with the same markings.  I also don't see a split down the back that would allow for wings - and they aren't… Continue

Added by michael on April 19, 2011 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance Declared Illegal by Dept of Agriculture in Maine

QUOTATION FROM FOWARDED MESSAGE BELOW: "In a letter to the Town of Blue Hill dated April 6, the Maine Department of Agriculture declared the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance to be illegal, citing it as a violation of the State's…

Added by Burl Hall on April 18, 2011 at 12:39pm — No Comments

My recipe for red pepper marmalade

Mud pies to Sticky buns

Red pepper marmalade is a delicious on beef or chicken or mixed with cream cheese.

It is really quick, easy…

Added by Mud Pies to Sticky Buns on April 18, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

:: Golden Days ::

Ah, school holidays, love it! No rushing around in the mornings, we stay in our PJ's for a while, the kids play so well together, I am not chasing lost things at school, no notices and reminders coming home, a few… Continue

Added by dixiebelle on April 18, 2011 at 7:11am — No Comments

Am I Crazy? Maybe!

Am I Crazy? Maybe! I figure that this is a question that we have all asked ourselves (or been asked!) at some point. At this point, I think it is more entertaining to be crazy than to try and blend in with the "IN" crowd. I've never been one to be "Normal". After all, WHAT is normal these days???

My Husband, Keith, and I…


Added by Christene Graham on April 17, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

:: Recognising my Capacity ::

It's all about recognising my own capacity, really. I have been thinking, and reading, and pondering, and working out how to go from being worn-out-tired-unsettled-but-seeking-something... to back-on-track-doing-it-enjoying-it. I've been reading some good blog posts by Erica and… Continue

Added by dixiebelle on April 13, 2011 at 7:26pm — 2 Comments

We Are Made of Dreams and Bones

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


It's done. Finally. On this cold and overcast Ohio day when winter drags on into infinity, I accomplished something with the garden. Nothing's been tilled or planted, but we've begun to move this little bit of earth one step closer to farm-dom. The gnarled arms of the apple trees are still bare under this dreary sky, but I'm dreaming of dirt beneath my…


Added by lexirain2001 on April 12, 2011 at 11:04pm — 1 Comment

eat at dixiebelle's - my blogger blog!

eat at dixiebelle's

Added by dixiebelle on April 12, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

My Urban Harvest

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Lots of fun ideas on gardening, DIY, recipes, food preservation, and sustainability.


Urban Harvest Project

Added by kristin clapper on April 12, 2011 at 3:54pm — No Comments

ticks - what to do?

What's an organic mom to do?


So we had 2 tick incidents this past week in our house.  The first was last Monday, my son had a very engorged, and very stuck tick on the back of his neck, just under the hairline.  I figured, it happens, pediatrician said watch for symptoms, but otherwise let's just do a blood test in 4 weeks to be sure no lyme, etc.  Okay, no biggie.  Then two days later, when I was…

Added by Shira Friedman on April 11, 2011 at 3:34pm — 13 Comments

Stocking up

I was wondering what everyone would say about items to stock up on for future food preservation.  I know the typical jars, lids etc but what about lemon juice and that kind of thing.  What do you use most when canning for freezing that I should stock up on now for when my harvest comes in.

Added by Christene on April 11, 2011 at 10:32am — 9 Comments

New Adventures In Pototoes

This is my first time growing potatoes.  Hopefully it will be a rewarding first-time experience.  I decided on red-potatoes and sweet potatoes.  In our area, red potatoes are ready to start now.  The sweet potatoes, I have read, are a bit of a warmer season veggie so I should wait until June to start those.  That said, I have begun the red potato process and thought I would share with you my experience thus far.

I ordered a 2lb bag of Red Norland Potatoes from…


Added by Janine Roe on April 10, 2011 at 6:21pm — 4 Comments

The Blueberry Experiment

I am determined to salvage that blueberry branch that broke off from the plant that I ordered.  So  the following is what I ended up doing.  Hopefully it will not be in vain.

For those that don't remember from my  past post I had planted a bluecrop highbush about a month back only to find it battle damaged from small boys playing in the backyard:



Added by Janine Roe on April 10, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Roasted Peppers & Onions


7  Pounds mixed color bell peppers halved and seeded
7  Pounds mixed color onions peeled and quartered
2  Tablespoons basil
2  Tablespoons rosemary
2  Tablespoons lemon…

Added by Mud Pies to Sticky Buns on April 9, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

my official blog

Please join me at http://thebackyardmarket.blogspot.com/. You can also find me at "The Backyard Market" on facebook or at twitter @Backyard_Market.


I write about my chickens, cooking, and gardening. Come join me!

Added by Darcy Poquette on April 8, 2011 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Hen and smoke House

We are currently planning on building a hen house and a smoke house.  Would like any advice, pictures and help!

Added by patty jenkins on April 8, 2011 at 1:09pm — No Comments

new to homegrown.org, but not new to homegrown

You can find me  here blabbing about all sorts of gardening stuff!

Added by Shira Friedman on April 7, 2011 at 4:24pm — No Comments

What to do with all these eggs?!

Late spring is a terrible time for seasonal food. The pantry full of canned goods and dry goods is running low, and the littlest of seedlings are just beginning to poke out of the ground.

At this time of year I've been thinking a lot about Easter, Passover, and other springtime rites. All of those holidays…


Added by Aliza Ess on April 7, 2011 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Growing Organic Spinach

In this spotlight we'll cover:

  • Planting & Cultural Tips
  • Harvest, Market & Storage Tips
  • Diseases &…

Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on April 7, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Onion Marmalade



10 Cups slivered sweet onions

2 Cups apple cider vinegar

1 ¼ Cups lights brown sugar

1 Bag cranberries

8 Cups water

6 Cups white sugar

2 Tablespoons fresh grated orange peel…


Added by Mud Pies to Sticky Buns on April 7, 2011 at 10:09am — 1 Comment

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