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Signs of the Fruit to Come

    There are flowers everywhere!  I can’t wait for them to turn to fruit!This is the blackberry bush that we planted three years ago.  It is finally getting big enough to produce a significant amount of blackberries.  Only now it is taking over!  There are about ten volunteer plants …

Gardening

The Arrival of the Perennials

The shipment I have been waiting for since December finally arrived today!  This is what  will become my very first perennial garden.  I have ended up with a total of 10 plants to trial this year and see what works well and what doesn’t.  What tastes good and what doesn’t. …

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Planting the Lasagna Garden

Just as the rain was starting today, I finished most of my planting.  Perfect timing for me to not need to go out and water everyday!  I am not good at remembering to water new seeds.  This is a big part of the reason I chose to try the lasagna …

Fermentation

Making Labneh Cheese

I am really enjoying my homemade cheese and learning how to make it.  I found this great website that starts you out making yogurt and then on to easy cheese all the through to the much more difficult cheeses to make: http://biology.clc.uc.edu/fankhauser/cheese/cheese_course/cheese_course.htm.  Today I tried my hand at making labneh.  Very …

Fermentation

Lactic Cheese

All the fun I am having with making fermented foods has lead me right to cheese.  I wanted to start with something that was very simple, so that I couldn’t get it wrong.  I found this recipe for lactic cheese on another blog and figured that it was the simplest …

Gardening

No Dig Potatoes

I have been growing potatoes for a few years now.  Digging trenches every year is rather tiring so I had taken an interest in the “no dig” potato method.  All you had to do was to lay cardboard down on your beds and lay the seed potatoes out on top …

Gardening

Spring Seedlings

It looks like the critters didn’t do as much damage as I thought they had done. The seedlings are all coming up! Share This:

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Making Mead, Part Three

The next few steps are mostly all waiting.  First you siphon the mead from the bucket into the carboy.  You don’t need to get every last bit of the mead out because when you try to, you end up with extra silt in your mead.  The layer on the bottom …

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Bread Recipe with Whey

One of the byproducts of my yogurt making project is whey.  Since the yogurt making went so well, I have lots of whey leftover.  I hate to throw anything away, so if I can find a use for it, I will.  The use I found for they whey is to …

Gardening

Critters in the Hoop House

So this is what I found out in my hoop house when I went out to water my plants today.  Holes all over the place with the dirt piled up onto what would have been my seedlings.  Not too sure if they have any chance of still growing.  I tried to …