My Aunt Pat contributed to a compilation of Christmas stories. Check it out. . . Kindle edition is on the right.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Sunday, December 02, 2012
This month we are harvesting a mixture of baby carrots, including chantenays, oxhearts, Paris Market, and Dragons- the beautiful crimson colored carrot. Nothing goes to waste from this raised bed- the hens love eating the carrot tops.
Friday, October 12, 2012
When I first started reading blogs about growing my own food, the book that was mentioned most frequently was The Encyclopedia of Country Living
by Carla Emery. As my interests expanded into raising chickens and sustainablity, people in the know were still pointing the Carla's book as a resource. Living in the 'burbs I thought that this book wasn't for me but boy was I wrong! Anyone from homesteader to apartment dweller can use the great tips and advice from Carla. Amazon is now taking pre-orders on the 40th Anniversary edition. If you don't already own this book - buy it. I may even replace my well worn copy with the new edition.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Leanna’s Refrigerator Dill Pickles
6 to 8 pounds cucumbers, scrubbed and sliced into ¼” thick rounds
10 fresh dill sprigs
2 tbsp dill seeds
1 large onion, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, sliced into thirds
1 quart water
3 cups white vinegar
1 cup Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canning/pickling salt
DirectionsIn a large pot, combine the vinegar, water, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir just until salt is dissolved. Place a sprig of dill in the bottom of each sterilized canning jar.
Pack layers of cucumber and onions tightly into the jars, leaving ½ head space. Place garlic pieces and dill sprigs into the jars and sprinkle with dill seed.
Pour liquid mixture into jars to cover the cucumbers. Move the cucumbers around with a knife to release any air bubbles. Make sure the liquid covers the cucumbers, onions and dill completely.
Cover tightly and refrigerate for 48 hours. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I accidentally pulled these up while weeding. It looks like the experimental potato bed is coming along nicely. Now if we can just get them thru the summer months. . . (fingers crossed)
Sunday, February 19, 2012
After 18 months of looking at the chicken tractor in our yard we finaly got around to putting the chicken wire on it. The tractor is fabulous and Picatta and Speckle love it. Lucy and Molly were not impressed. The next step is to put the tractor in our smaller raised bed garden so the hens can clear out the weeds and turn the soil.
One project completed, 23,674,992 to go!