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Health Hazards that Plague Homes

“Home environmental health risks and the pollution of indoor residential air are becoming increasingly recognized as sources of injury and exacerbation of illness, particularly in vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, infants, children, the elderly, and those living with a chronic…


Added by Shane Jackson on October 1, 2015 at 7:38am — No Comments

FALL Planting Tips & More

Are you Ready to plant Cool-Weather Crops?…


Added by Marianne Smith on September 28, 2015 at 9:53am — No Comments

FALL is Here!! Garlic & Seeds Update

Are you Ready to plant your FALL Garden?…


Added by Marianne Smith on September 23, 2015 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Smart Ideas for Enhancing Spaciousness in Small Homes

According to a recent news feature carried by The Indian Express, the average apartment size of a prominent Indian city like Mumbai has shrunk from 1,400 to 1,000 square feet, which is a decline of about 26.4%! In the Delhi-NCR belt, the fall registered was about 9% and,…


Added by Shane Jackson on September 11, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

When I don't eat local grown on purpose.

I've spent the last 2 Saturdays going around to my favorite farmer's markets to amass enough tomatillos to put up some salsa verde. The other key ingredient, though, is decidedly not local to Ohio.

It's the time of year when the smell of roasting chiles permeates the air when…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on September 8, 2015 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Pintos, orcas and tigers - oh my!

The view at Northbrook Farm

No I’m not adding to my home menagerie, these are all varieties of dried beans I volunteered to help harvest on the weekend (I’ve already harvested most of my own bean crop). The day was actually a seed saving…


Added by Jeannette Bedard on September 3, 2015 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

Oven Canning the correct way.

The correct way to can fruits and vegetables using the oven method is to :

 1)  Set the oven at 300 degrees F.

 2) Place the oven rack at its lowest level.

 3) Place the lids only (not the screw rings) in boiling water to sterilize them.

 4) Line a heavy-duty cookie sheet (strong enough to hold up to twelve quarts of product) with several layers of newspaper, SOAKED COMPLETELY through with hot water, and at least 1/4 inch of water on top.  This will keep…


Added by Theodore on August 31, 2015 at 12:51pm — 1 Comment

What's Your Garden Style?

Originally shared at Mary's Heirloom Seeds
I have somewhat of a crazy style of garden. I plant all over the place and mostly in raised beds. Companion planting is key within each garden beds.…

Added by Marianne Smith on August 28, 2015 at 7:35pm — No Comments

House Saving Plan: Start with energy

Being a homeowner is about more than being able to purchase a house. It is about being able to pay all the dues that home brings as well as being able to make it into a habitable place. Now what all these factors have in common is that they require a substantial financial investments as well as a lot of work and effort. The first step towards improving all of these aspects lies in improving the energetic situation in your home. Here are some ideas of how to achieve this.…


Added by Sophie Andersen on August 25, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

Murphy's Law of Canning

I firmly believe there's a Murphy's Law of Canning. You know Murphy's Law, right? Anything that can go wrong will go wrong? I believe that is statistically true over time.

[I had an ultrasound by an…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on August 15, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Growing Tips, Tricks, Tutorials and Articles

Originally shared at Back to the Basics

I went a bit LINK CRAZY in our latest e-newsletter...There is SO MUCH info available here!…


Added by Marianne Smith on August 12, 2015 at 12:20am — No Comments

FALL Planting Guide Part 1

Getting ready for FALL Planting?…

Added by Marianne Smith on August 12, 2015 at 12:16am — No Comments

The produce is coming fast and furious, and from all sides.

That glorious eggplant shown in the first photo got me ruminating--if all you know how to do with an eggplant is to make Eggplant Parmesan, what do you do when you get several each week, every week, in midsummer? With that in mind I reached out to my fellow food…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on August 4, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Timing for Fall/Winter Crops

            Despite Steve Soloman’s recommendation to leave half of Pacific Northwest  garden beds for fall/winter crops, I have always struggled with the timing.  Seeds planted after the Summer solstice never grow well, if they germinate at all. Plants put in later do not thrive; they know that my energy is pulled off, towards the new school year, when September begins. And, if I do get the sowing times correct, there is never a real space for the plants in late July, when they have to be…


Added by Charlyn on July 29, 2015 at 4:48pm — 1 Comment

How to Eat Local--on the road!

Once upon a time a family left their little house in Ohio and headed West to see some sights. Abraham Lincoln sites. Laura Ingalls Wilder Sites. Natural wonders like the Badlands, the Tetons, Old Faithful and Glacier. The Miracle of America Museum.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 23, 2015 at 7:48pm — 2 Comments

Chinese Dumpling

    Dumplings, also known as dumplings, formerly known as "Jiao ear", is the ancient Chinese traditional pasta, 1800 years have elapsed since the history. Jiaozi is popular with the majority of the people of China, in most parts of northern China [1] the annual Spring Festival will eat food festival, in many provinces and cities also have the habit of eating dumplings on the winter solstice day, southern area is also generally have dumplings this food. Is invented by the Chinese Eastern Han…


Added by Dylan on July 22, 2015 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Hamburger is the ancient Chinese

   "Hamburger is the ancient Chinese "meat sandwiched steamed" for short, one of the characteristics of Han nationality in Shaanxi province Chinese food. Shaanxi Province using Baiji steamed "wax juice Rouga Mo", Baoji Xifu meat smell of urine clip steamed meat smell of urine - put vinegar), Tongguan Tongguan hamburger (Baiji steamed with different, steamed brown appearance, clear stripes and inside is layered, cake body swell, crisp skin and tender, home fire power, edible when temperature…


Added by Dylan on July 16, 2015 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Returning from vacation to Pink Pickled Peppers

Why is it that recovering from vacation can be as much an undertaking as going on vacation? The mountain of dirty laundry I unpacked was replaced by a mountain of weeds that exploded while we were gone. [The weeds didn't go in a pile by the washing machine though.]

As a gardener I…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on July 15, 2015 at 11:24am — No Comments

Is recycling water plumbing safe?

Today, we live in a world in which even the most common, and most necessary resources are considered to be a luxury. For ages now, humanity has grown and prospered, but in this rapid, relentless and unstoppable progress, nobody remembered to consider at what cost, this leaps forward comes. Things that our ancestors took for granted for centuries, have now became scarce and invaluable, but it is exactly for this reason that today, we need to rationalize our exploitation of natural goods and…


Added by Sophie Andersen on July 13, 2015 at 1:33am — No Comments

Medicinal Herbs: 101

Growing up, my city (Portland, Oregon) was all about natural healing. Yes, we still went to the doctors with a fever and yes we still took antibiotics as needed, but the first steps were usually herbal/natural remedies. More than that, it was about maintaining good health to try and avoid illness all together. Your garden is a pretty powerful pharmacy believe it or not, and you don’t need a prescription for these meds!



Added by Kara Thibault on July 10, 2015 at 12:03pm — No Comments

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