Gardening

Harvesting Zuchetta

Zuchetta rampicante is a unique type of squash.  It can be harvested and used as a summer squash or as a winter squash.  I picked this squash in the picture when I took the picture.  I used it as a summer squash and sauteed most of it for my lunches. …

Building

“The $50 & Up Underground House Book”

I just finished reading “The $50 and Up Underground House Book.”  Mike Oehler is the author and designer of this book and the videos that go with it.  We watched those too.  I’m 95% sure that this is the type of house we will be building come spring or summer.  Anyone …

Food Preservation

Refrigerator Canning for Hot Peppers

If you have plenty of hot peppers and want to preserve them so that they stay nice and crunchy, this is something you should try.  I advise either wearing gloves or washing your hands really, really well afterwards by the way.  First cut up your peppers removing the stems and …

Food Preservation

Drying: Hot Peppers

Dehydrating hot peppers was a very simple process minus one small factor.  Hot peppers contain capsaicin.  This is what is in the peppers that makes them hot.  When you are cutting the peppers, DO NOT touch your eyes without scrubbing your hands first.  You may know this already, but do …

Building

Underground Houses

The final style house that we are considering is also my favorite.  I stayed away from this idea for a long time because it just didn’t sound good.  My idea of an underground house was a cave or a cellar.  Not somewhere I wanted to live.  Then I decided to …

Land

A New Home

And this is it. The piece of land we picked to build our future home.  In my opinion is it perfectly beautiful and perfectly suited to meet all of our needs.  We have finished negotiations with the seller and now just need to finalize.  Next step:  Decide on which type of …

Food Preservation

Drying Zucchini and Summer Squash

Zucchini and summer squash are a simple vegetable to learn how to dry with.  These squash are all sliced to about 1/4 inch and spread out nicely on the dehydrator tray.  Then all I did was set the dehydrator to the vegetable setting (about 120 degrees) and then set the …

Gardening

Seed Saving: Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are highly beneficial to your garden.  I plant them year after year and they always have grown well for me.  However, I have also had to buy seeds every year.  This is a shame because nasturtiums seeds are very easy to collect.  I hope to never need to buy …

Gardening

Seed Saving: Sunflowers

You could call it harvesting and eat all your sunflower seeds or you could call it saving seed and plant the seeds next year.  Either way it’s a pretty easy job to do.  Once the sunflowers are past their prime the back of the head will turn yellow and that …

Bugs

Hornworms are Eating My Tomatoes

Ever gone out to your garden to find the tomato you were hoping to eat with a large bite taken out of it?  I have lost about eight tomatoes so far this year to this pest.  The large bite is actually many little bites taken by a tomato horn worm. …