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The Hard and Soft (neck) Of It All....


Warmer weather arrived for a brief visit over the weekend. Warm enough to drag the plastic laundry baskets of thousands of left over garlic that didn't make it into the garlic field this past fall, out to the front porch for a breath of fresh air and a sorting out.


With the baskets full sitting in the room just of the kitchen and constantly smelling garlic 24/7 makes it difficult not to *think garlic*, want to eat garlic, cook with garlic, etc. Garlic is a tricky…


Added by Country Girl on March 3, 2011 at 12:14pm — 1 Comment

DIY Sunflower Seed Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

I figured out a way to make my own sunflower seed bird feeder with recycled materials I scrounged from around the farm.  Besides not really costing me anything, I think it looks pretty snazzy, to boot.

Here's what you'll need:

Two empty cat or dog food cans,… Continue

Added by el vigilante on March 3, 2011 at 10:59am — 1 Comment


This is posted on my blog: http://mountainvalleyfarms.blogspot.com

About a month ago I noticed my dishwasher was not cleaning my dishes very well and I thought do I need to get another one? Didn't take me long to say no I don't! So I've been washing dishes by hand and loving it. I get to look out my kitchen window and watch the birds and just enjoy the beauty of outside. I've been using my dishwasher as a drainer…


Added by me on March 2, 2011 at 2:27pm — No Comments

sunday soup, quinoa, leek & corn chowder

I made this recipe last week and we kept it on hand for quick dinners and lunches, never actually sitting down to a proper meal. I adapted it from my new all-quinoa, all-the-time… Continue

Added by Christine on March 2, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Growing my own little sprouts

About a month ago I was tired of winter. The doldrums had me....well, feeling humdrum. I needed something green. Something needed to grow! Unfortunately nowhere around us sells seeds or sprouts so I hopped on the line and had some friends in Charleston, SC pick up some seeds at a local whole food-type…


Added by Andrew Odom on March 2, 2011 at 10:16am — 4 Comments

Selling The Homestead

Selling your house is a big decision, selling your homestead, HUGE. From my…


Added by michael on March 1, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Homegrown Happiness

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


February has sucked in myriad ways. I really am thankful it is the shortest month and practically over, because I'm not sure how many more blizzards, rescheduled appointments, sick family members and broken things I can stand. Even though we woke up today to a screaming septic alarm, an emergency weather radio going bonkers and at least a six inch deep lake in our…


Added by lexirain2001 on February 28, 2011 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Turn your shed into a Tiny House

When Crystal and I first talked about tiny houses we found inspiration in the most....well, (dare I say????) obvious of places. We were not sure what less than 200 square feet would look like, let alone feel like inside. So we headed to the local box home improvement store. It was there that we found the… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on February 28, 2011 at 3:16pm — 9 Comments

It's Kombucha time.

Okay, I'm going out on a limb here today.  We are going to be making something that may not be every one's cup of tea.

Well, fermented…

Added by Shaye Elliott on February 25, 2011 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

How to Grow Poppies (Papaver somniferum)

This is a short little video on how to grow poppies that I came across and would like to share with all of the poppy lovin' people on Homegrown!



Added by Kristie Nackord on February 24, 2011 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

DIY PVC Grow Lights


Added by me on February 24, 2011 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Bye Bye, Community Garden Plot

*Cue tragic violin music.*

After waiting for a ridiculous number of years for a community garden plot, I've had to let my coveted spot go. In September, I killed my car in an accident on one of LA's famed congested freeways. I decided to walk my talk and not replace the car.

(Long winded posts about the car-free life choice in Los Angeles on my blog here: …


Added by ConsciouslyFrugal on February 24, 2011 at 3:14pm — 3 Comments

Homemade "Ollas" - the Brunson Farms way

Ara at My Edible Yard discussed using Ollas for irrigation. 


We were intrigued.  We do a lot of watering, especially in the summer.  Tomatoes are thirsty.


Tim did the research and found that we could buy them, but they were a bit pricey.  $20 or more each.  Yikes.  We starting counting up how many we would need.  Double yikes.  We have…


Added by Donna Brunson on February 24, 2011 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Enter to Win the Book, "I Garden: Urban Style" Co-Authored by Michael Nolan



Here it is! Scissors & Drumsticks’ first product give away! We are happy and pleased with the response we have gained from our readers and social media friends only after starting this blog in May 2010 and we want to…


Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on February 23, 2011 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

Buying Beef From a Local Farm

It was just after the first U.S. case of mad cow disease was confirmed in December of 2003 that it became clearer to me than ever that my diet needed to consist of more natural, organically produced meat. That was also the first year my folks took a step into a more eco-responsible diet as well. My family collectively purchased 1/2 side of Angus beef and a 1/4 side of hog. Both animals… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on February 23, 2011 at 8:15am — 5 Comments

Food Co-op Shopping Choice

How would you like to visit your local grocery store feeling like you owned the place? Having a real say in the way products were chosen and sold? Getting a refund back at the end of the year because you'd loyally done so much shopping there? You can, if you choose to join a community-owned food cooperative. These co-ops are owned by consumers just like you who decide to get directly involved.


Three Rivers…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 23, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Is Your Sustainable Life Sustainable?

I have been thinking a lot about sustainable living, and the so-called simple life lately. Dixiebelle wrote a self-flagellating post recently about her wicked fall into a fast food lunch, and in general about falling short of one's ideals.

Oh sweetheart.

I'm not particularly old (33) but I came to this "green consciousness" early, I think.…


Added by Calamity Jane on February 22, 2011 at 11:27pm — 6 Comments

Tapping Maple Trees and Making Maple Syrup


Mapling, or sugaring, is the process of collecting and boiling down the sap from maple trees in order to make syrup. It is an ancient practice, being one of the few sugar sources found in the northern hemisphere. The…


Added by Christa Nelson on February 21, 2011 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

surprisingly good tempeh reubens

Happy President's Day. I hope you are all taking advantage of this opportunity to dress like your favorite president. I know I am. Today's post is brought to you by the 16th President of the United States, Honest Abe. I have it on good authority that…


Added by Christine on February 21, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

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