Decorative Stuff

Saving Corn for Seed

Corn is a very simple crop to save seed from.  Just be sure you know what makes for good corn seed. Open pollinated variety You need to have your corn 1000 feet away from other varieties if yoy want to produce the same kind of corn next year. Corn is …

Gardening

Saving Squash Seeds

Quick note on seed saving:  The kinds of seeds you plant to save seeds from matters a lot.  Check out this link for information. Saving seeds for squash is basically the same for all different kinds, including pumpkins. All you have to do is pull the seeds out of the …

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Announcing the 2017 Seed Swap

Seed saving is a very sustainable way to grow a garden every year.  You could spends hundreds on seeds if you have a decent sized garden.  Or you could learn to save your own. I try to encourage seed saving by having seed swaps so we can all share our …

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 …

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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 …

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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. …