A few year’s ago, I was walking around in a rock garden under some birdhouses. When I nearly stepped on four baby birds! I looked down and saw them and I called for my mom. She said that they must’ve been thrown out of their home by a “Cow Bird”. Unfortunately three of them were dead. But one was just hurt. We made a nest of our own for the baby bird and gave it sugar water. Then, it was time to go to the park. My mom was about to put the baby bird back in it’s o...
Mar. 1/13 I had an idea for a dessert, checked out some recipes online and then just tossed together some ingredients that I had in the house and … well, the proof is in the pudding. Crust LayerI melted some butter and mixed it with a jar of crushed English Chestnuts that I had from the harvest last fall. I then pressed the mixture into a cast iron frying pan and put it in the oven at 350F to brown. Pudding LayerSince I didn’t have any vanilla pudding mix available I cook...
Are you going. I am really excited and am heading there on Sunday.Steven Biggs will b e talking about figs..uh huhAnd Darren h from my favourite tree farm and whistling gardens will be speaking as wellSo many great presentations! Sorry, no link?. I am not on my computer at the moment…just had to share!
A far-fetched statement? I think not! From my latest job review… “Though not a formal job element, it is worth noting that Joel makes a significant contribution to the esprit de corps by … and creating gathering opportunities by sharing garden bounty and more.”
This is my wonderful source of foraging. I’m lucky to have Amber Westfall living very close and have been fortunate enough to attend one of her ‘plant walks’.Most of what I know about foraging plants in this area has come from her.This is her introduction to her weed eating addiction :
Well I haven”t been on here for awhile and I missed it. I made a few changes to the press and it worked very very well. This year we pressed over 100 gallons for ourself and our friends.We drank all that we wanted and froze some for in the winter. We also canned some and you know we had to use some for apple jack.I had a couple of requests for a video of the press so I will post one on now. I hope you enjoy and sorry it took so long to get it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gQKNsN7M9c
In 2013, I grew Hopi Blue Dent corn. I ordered one package from a small company in Maine, Pinetree Seeds. I planted the corn in the garden area at the top of sunny southern slope, in the piece of land where my sons had grown potatoes last year. At the end of the season, we had covered the ground in cardboard and a thick layer of goat hay bedding mulch. Given the thick covering we had created, I thought that starting them indoors and transplanting them outside would be a good idea. The on...
I have been educating myself about breeding vegetables and saving seeds this winter. As I was reading Suzanne Ashworth’s book, Seed to Seed, I stumbled across an explanation for bitterness in cucumbers. The cucumbers I grow often taste a bit bitter so this information really caught my attention. The bitterness in cucumbers is caused by chemical compounds called cucurbitacins. Cucurbitacins are toxic to humans and the bitterness is a warning not to eat them. According to Ashworth,...
Oh-Oh, So far we have had a brutal winter, my northern friends have had it a bit tougher. I was going to wait till spring to mention this, but it’s January, I know the sun is starting to get higher in the sky, well at least in my heart it is. But, I should not spare you the events that have happened. So, I am going to spill the beans. We had this ice storm, I had thought we had survived it ok, but when I went out to look, I found the vinyl covering had been torn in several places...
We had a good potato harvest in 2013. Here is a photo of one-third of our total harvest: In 2013, I ordered our Burbank Russet seed potatoes from Pinetree Seeds. We picked the Burbank Russets for several reasons: - We enjoy their taste, baked and mashed- Luther Burbank lived and developed this potato not far from where we live so it fits well in our climate- It is a late season producer so that we can wait to harvest it until our cellar is almost cool enough for storage- In the ri...
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