Cooking

Canning Whole Tomatoes on the Rocket Stove

We have plenty of tomatoes. I don’t really have time to process and preserve them all, so I will squeeze in a quick round of un peeled canned tomatoes. And I’m using my rocket stove to do it. Get your jars ready, I’m using quart jars, by boiling them in …

Food Forest

Yard Waste Upcycle

This is the fantastic pile of rich yard waste we have to work with: The purpose of this post is to demonstrate how a pile of twisted up “waste” can be useful for so many different things.  The pile is tree tops left by the logger and pushed aside, twisting …

Cooking

Peppermint Harvesting and Drying

Thursday Food Day! My peppermint is getting out of control.  It needs to be cut back and eventually moved so it doesn’t take over my whole butterfly garden.  I don’t have time for that, but I can harvest it. I just went around and cut the tops of the plants …

Gardening

Chop and Drop: Weeds for Mulching

I have many areas around the house that are suppossed to be the yard.  However, being fresh cut forest, the wild field plants have taken over.  I plan to turn these wild plants and excess of trees into mulch.  The majority of our lot is wooded, so I don’t feel …

Gardening
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Roundwood A-frame Arbor

This post is in responce to an earlier post.  There are links and other information here. This was not one of my better projects.  It’s not terribly sturdy and I will have to bring in reinforcements.  But here is what I did so you can get a not-so-great idea and …

Bugs

Split Chives to Deter Pests

We have chives growing in the garden, not only because they are tasty, but also because they are wonderful pest deterrents and great plant food.  After a couple years of growing, the chives start multiplying into a huge clump and need to be spread out so they can continue to …

Gardening
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Head to the Beach for Compost

We have lived in Maine for 3 years now and have not yet been to the beach.  We have been too busy working on everything to take a day or two to go to the shore.  But I finally have the perfect reason to go: seaweed for the garden soil. …

Gardening

Spring Preparations Part Two

Last week, I shared some of my spring preparations.  Well, it turns out that all we have done in the past month or two was prepare for spring.  So this week I will share more of what we have done to prepare for this year and some pictures around the …

Gardening
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Spring Preparations

  I haven’t done any real interesting projects lately due to the urgent need to improve the soil for the gardens this year and every year to come.  We are focusing right now on cleanup and garden soil.  I have been raking leaves, building compost piles, cutting the logs that …

Gardening

Cover Crops for Yards and Gardens

We have bad soil.  The busiest project I have had so far is to try to improve the soil, especially so that we can produce food.  You can’t grow food in clay and rocks.   So I use compost and hugel beds to give the soil a boost.  But this …