August 1st marks the celebration of the first harvest; Lughnasadh. The celebration of the sun, of life, and of the harvest. By this point, I've already harvested a few plants (especially if I'm growing peas) but it marks the time when the garden really begins to flourish. Tomatoes and peppers are being picked by the … Continue reading The Garden in August
For years, my husband I have dreamt of owning a piece of land. Some place far away from any major city or a large population of people. Some place where we can spend hours hiking, exploring waterfalls, or just enjoying the view. Some place we can call home. Five years ago we found that perfect … Continue reading Home Sweet Home
Every year the Environmental Working Group releases a "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce". The list, Dirty Dozen, contains the produce that tested highest for residual pesticides. If I remember correctly, this study tests non-organic produce. Dirty Dozen Strawberries Spinach Nectarines Apples Peaches Pears Cherries Grapes Celery Tomatoes Sweet bell peppers Potatoes Hot Peppers You … Continue reading EWG’s Dirty Dozen #WhyIGrow
I get these ideas sometimes. They are great ideas. Practical ideas. However, they tend to make things a little more complicated. My garden's structural design originally was simple, natural structures. This would help keep cost down and would result in me spending more time in a forest, gathering supplies. Bonus. Although spending time in the forest … Continue reading Mini-Greenhouses that Convert
I have been reading the book Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell. I haven't gotten very far into the book yet but I've already learned a lot of great information about planning my vertical garden. I've put together my list of plants for next year's garden. So now what? Before starting to plot out the garden, I organized … Continue reading Climbing, Foundation and Container/Tower Plants
I was looking through the news stories for the day (something that I try not to do as of late) and came across an article on the New York Times entitled "Huge Recall of Frozen Fruits and Vegetables After Listeria Outbreak." Brands from the processing plant CRF Frozen Foods is voluntarily recalling more than 350 … Continue reading Why I Grow: Listeria Outbreak
I was so impressed with how my butter turned out last night that I decided to give ketchup a shot. It took quite some time to boil it down and there are some things I would change for the next batch but overall it came out pretty well. 1 can of tomato sauce (15oz) 1/3 … Continue reading Time for Ketchup!
Tonight I challenged myself with something new and totally fun. I made butter. I grabbed a mason jar, filled it half way up with heavy whipping cream and shook away. It took around twenty minutes total to get the butter and buttermilk to separate. It was super easy to do and a bit of an … Continue reading Making Butter