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The Sky’s the Limit: Vertical Gardening

What’s a lazy farmer to do when she’s already weeding as much garden as she cares to tend?  Why go up, of course!  Much like urban housing, gardening has been reaching skywards for a while now.  There are as many ways to garden vertically as there are gardeners.  Let’s talk about a ...

Lessons in Intercropping

Oops!  That’s not supposed to work that way! Gardening is a science, but it’s also an art.  We can control things like location, how we amend the soil, and which seeds we plant.  This is the science.  But the weather is in God’s hands.  Some things work some years, and then are ...

How to Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms

We’ve been gardening for two years now, and if there is one thing growing our own food has taught us, it is the true beauty in patience. In a culture that is becoming more and more accustomed to instant gratification, waiting three months to reap the benefits of your work can seem like an ...

Storing the Harvest

Row after row of jewel toned fruits and vegetables line the canning room shelves.   Bags of halved peppers, green beans, peas, and corn fill the freezer along with foraged berries from the wild part of our land.  Dried tomatoes, herbs, and shelled beans fill colorful jars on the kitchen ...

Jeweled Jars: The Usual and Unusual Suspects

 What unique foods do you “put up” at the end of the growing season?  Which garden jewels merit jar space on your pantry shelves?  Read on to learn about some of our favorites.I love flowers, especially the edible ones!  And they make their way into my preserving recipes.  Lavender ...

Succession Planting for Lazy Chicken Feed

You plant your bush bean seeds and wait patiently until little green sprouts emerge from the ground.  Your plants grow, leaves unfurl, and flowers appear.  One morning you spy tiny beans hanging from the plants.  The beans grow longer.  You finally begin to harvest them for dinner.The next ...

Edible Flowers Revisited

Many flowers of summer have stopped blooming and you’re wondering how to keep edible flowers on your plate.  Take heart!  There’s a whole season of delicious blooms still ahead.  Many of your herbs will still be in flower for another month or so, as will squash, okra, nasturtium, and ...

An Abundance of Cherry Tomatoes

  Its late summer and tomatoes fill the kitchen.  Every morning we bring in another 1/2 bushel of large varieties and a large bucket of cherry and grape tomatoes.  We started growing the small varieties because they are our favorite summer snack.  A crystal bowl filled with mixed gem ...

Tantalizing Tomatoes

I have a confession to make.  I’m an unrepentant addict.  My addiction is tomatoes:  little ones, big ones, ugly ones, pretty ones, red, yellow, green, or pink.  I’m rather indiscriminate, except when it comes to taste.  And I don’t think I’m alone.  Admit it!  Aren’t tomatoes ...

Sunny Floral Desserts

I’ve told you that edible flowers are so much more versatile in the kitchen than just used in desserts.  They are.  But they also make incredible, mouth-watering desserts!  The main thing to remember is that edible flowers can be important ingredients in your dessert concoctions, not just ...

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