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Amaryllis After Care


I have three amaryllis bulbs that I started in potting soil last October. Two of the bulbs have bloomed beautifully, but the third -- well, I don't know what it's trying to do.  I think it's a dud.


But as for the two bulbs that performed as expected, I'm now wondering how I'm supposed to care for…


Added by el vigilante on January 19, 2011 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Anyone use daylighting--fiberoptics?

Anyone have any spare fiberoptic cables (bundles of strands--about 6 mm)?


also could use some copper sheeting, 2 square feet


and trace minerals (molybdenum, chromium, manganese, etc., in minute quantities)





Added by Joshua Myrvaagnes on January 18, 2011 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Applications Open! Food Warriors Summer Internship Program

Real Time Farms (LLC) is a social enterprise that aims to bring transparency to our food system. (Help make it happen!) Our online local food guide helps consumers learn where their food comes from, whether eating in or eating out.

Food Warriors Summer…


Added by Cara Rosaen on January 17, 2011 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Looking forward to a Tiny Garden

Our Tiny House will sit on the unofficially named Tiny Lane. There we will raise Tiny Goats and this year, have a Tiny Farm.

Unlike last year, we simply aren't ready to have multiple…


Added by Andrew Odom on January 17, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Earth Stoves: Disco Day Relics Still Useful

Introduced by Earth Stove, Inc. of Tualatin, Oregon in the 1970's, Earth Stoves were innovative in that they were airtight, had a large wood capacity and thermostatic control. Early Earth Stoves are easily recognized by their signature orange and… Continue

Added by el vigilante on January 17, 2011 at 7:08am — No Comments

The Calves Are Coming... I Hope

Sometime ago, in late summer, we brought in a new bull - a proven bull. It seems our little bull (Sampson), was first declared a young bull, by a neighbor... then a dud, by us. Which means we skipped a year of calving... we were calf-less in 2010. Now that we are over half way through Jan., we are starting to count the days before our calving season is slated to begin, this year. We are counting down the 9 months from the day we first exposed our "lady cows" to the rent-a-bull that…


Added by Coyote Ridge Farms on January 16, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments


roveja [Originally posted on my blog briciole as roveja]

(Pisum arvense) — About a year and a half ago, I received an email from a reader asking me about…


Added by Simona on January 15, 2011 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Giveaway: Sheep's Milk Soap Balls

I make luscious sheep's milk castille soap using the milk from my own flock of Icelandic sheep.  And right now, I'm giving some away.

I make all of my soap in small batches, and pour it into molds that hold about 6 lbs. of soap at a time.  Sometimes after filling the molds, I have a little bit of soap left over.  That…


Added by Nancy Chase on January 15, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Planting Plan- Make your garden more successful in 2011!

After your first or second year playing around in your garden/balcony, window planters, etc. it's easy to get an itchy green thumb! Once you've gardening for several seasons, you're more able to notice what grows well where in your area, better understand the micro-climate you provide your plants, your sun/shade setting, etc.

If you're at that point, it might be time to truly dive in to this homestead adventure that many of us are…


Added by Arika on January 15, 2011 at 12:11am — No Comments

Spinach Pie

This time of year, when warmer temperatures are still a long way off and everything sparkles with fluffy snow, I begin to pine for green. I'll take it in any form; may it be… Continue

Added by Rachel Brownlee on January 14, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

mini farming + links :::




my latest favorite gardening…


Added by tifanie chaney on January 14, 2011 at 4:26pm — No Comments

We've been on an insatiable Indian food kick lately, at least before I started the detox (wheat is back in, dairy comes back tomorrow).  I can't get enough of it.  It is definitely one type of cuisin…

We've been on an insatiable Indian food kick lately, at least before I started the detox (wheat is back in, dairy comes back tomorrow).  I can't get enough of it.  It is definitely one type of cuisine that tastes much better from a restaurant than from our own… Continue

Added by Christine on January 14, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Our Turkey Won A New Cap... Sorta

Speedy Delivery just dropped-off a package from the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture. It was the prize from their fall photo contest. It seems we won 3rd place for the below photo of one of our Royal Palm heritage turkeys.  Isn't he beautiful?

Royal Palm Tom Turkey

The prize was a very nice baseball style cap from our friends at Minnesota Grown.  Below is the hat we won from the MN Dept. of Agriculture


The hand-written…


Added by Coyote Ridge Farms on January 13, 2011 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Make Your Own Cereal : Three Ways

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Are you interested in making your own cereals this year? There’s less packaging involved, especially if you buy in bulk at a food co-op and bring your own containers.


We can also think of the…


Added by Lisa Fine on January 13, 2011 at 5:34pm — No Comments

DIY Herbal Pastilles

When I read this article on herbal pastilles a couple of months ago, I just knew I had to try making my own. I have to admit to coveting the suribachi that the author uses and I was thrilled to receive my own as a Christmas gift from the ADG! It's so pretty and works amazingly well for powdering herbs. I think it's the best mortar and pestle I've ever used.

Last night I… Continue

Added by Amber Westfall on January 13, 2011 at 3:45pm — No Comments

homemade cheese: Caerphilly

Caerphilly cheese [Originally posted on my blog briciole as formaggio fatto in casa: Caerphilly]

(pronunciation from… Continue

Added by Simona on January 13, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Guess the Piglets!

The waiting is killing me.  I have four pregnant Guinea hog sows, all supposedly due to farrow within the month, and no reliable due dates on any of them.  Clearly it's time for a game of "Guess the Piglets"!

Tell me in the comments to this post which sow you think will farrow first and what on what date.  Anyone who is correct will be allowed to name one of the piglets!

Here are the contestants (all photos taken today):

Circe:  She was supposed to be due on…


Added by Nancy Chase on January 13, 2011 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

How to make cold-process lye soap

This information is dedicated to all those beginners out there who really want to try their hand at cold process lye soap making, but are afraid of that three-letter ingredient, l-y-e.

I'm here to tell you, and I mean this, if I can… Continue

Added by el vigilante on January 13, 2011 at 7:09am — 7 Comments

succulents in tea cups :::


griffin + marley received the sweetest little succulents as party favors months ago and i just re-potted them…


Added by tifanie chaney on January 13, 2011 at 1:48am — No Comments

Another Home Brew Please

Last night's meal was memorable.

Although a basic meal, due to its lack of diversity, it was a noteworthy one. The beverage of choice (by me alone) was beer... but it was homemade beer that I had brewed myself. The main dish was Carol's made-from-scratch, butter-milk pancakes (home-made, goat milk butter-milk and our own farm-fresh eggs) and the tasty treat that seemed to bring it all together was the meaty, cottage-style bacon, from our friends at… Continue

Added by Coyote Ridge Farms on January 12, 2011 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

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