It’s a lot of hard work and yet, a lot of laughs on Balsam Farms on Long Island, New York. “When you’re working in the fields, much of your work could be thought of as monotonous, but you’re with a lot of people and there’s a lot of joking and laughing....lot’s of funny things happen....if you can’t laugh at some of the problems then you’d be in trouble.” Ian…
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For years, weeds outpaced the other plants and pint-sized specimens burst out of their boundaries. When no one was tending them, the leafy residents of this secret garden hid the promise of what would come. Come visit behind the garden doors, starting Monday at the…Continue
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I love to recycle, and reuse, I believe you do need a little bit of creativity to reuse the apparently useless and soon to be trash into something functional. I also love to garden and to save. I sowed so many seeds. I have many seeds due to my participation in seed swaps and I had to find pots for all of them. Why would buy pots for seeds when I have plenty if I look keenly enough into my home? My husband told me the other day that I utilize everything, I was glad to hear…Continue
I use only brown rice and the other night I needed some rice and had to cook it for 45-50 minutes. Made a much later meal than desired. So my brain thinks, you can buy instant brown rice so why can't you make it. So I came up with this idea to make it. (And maybe it's an old idea and you all know how to do this, but I had never seen it so it was new to me.)
1 cup of rice
2 cups water
Cooked until it was done. Rinsed well and put it on my dehydrator…
**cross posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**
Today was the day I laid the last of the seedlings to rest in the compost pile, returning them to earth. I'm a little sad I was unsuccessful this year, but at least they are returning to the earth where they can rest and prepare to nourish next year's garden as compost.…
After some discussion, we cut down the two crepe myrtles in our front flower beds. They didn't do anything for us, except look nekked half of the year and shed petals onto the cars the other half of the year. A little bit at a time, we are going to replace our non-edible landscaping with something that we can put into our tummies!
In the place of one of the trees, we planted a "tri-apple." Three varieties of apples gafted onto a single trunk. We have a Dorsett Golden…Continue
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I have entered the "green awards" contest from Green Giant. The winner in each of 4 categories will
win $25,000, and runner ups will get $2,500 to go towards the project described in the entry.
I entered with the North Country Sustainability Center. Please visit http://www.thegreenawards.com/Default.aspx?v=180 vote for me. You can vote every day until March…
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Last spring I got some chicks that were supposed to be good for setting but so far there have been no signs of trying to set so I decided to set some eggs in an incubator.
I didn't go out and spend dollars on an incubator but made one out of boxes that I had done years ago and had good success with it. Here are the items and steps I used to build one.
Items used to build the incubator
2 cardboard boxes
My partner just proposed to me (yay!!) and now I've begun to enter the beginnings of the planning stage. I was hoping some of you had stories from your own weddings and how you made them "homegrown". Did you make your own decorations? Did you cater your own reception (this isn't something I'm particularly keen on but if you did it successfully, let me know!)? How did you keep it earth-friendly? If you have any links to sites or recommended reading, I'd really appreciate…Continue
The other morning I was looking in the freezer to take something out for supper and I found a bag of frozen turnip greens I had put up last fall that had gotten lost. I decided to make something for lunch with it. Here is what I threw together.
1 cup turnip greens
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 crushed garlic cloves
1/3 cup sunflower seeds…Continue
Spring is already bursting with life at our house, two weeks before the official start of the season. We're being blessed with an early start to a plentiful crop of vegetables. The lettuce and broccoli seeds are happily germinating in abundance, less than a week after being planted in little indoor containers.…
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