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Cooking with Sunshine

Have you ever wanted to bake when it was 100 degrees outside?  Maybe you needed a cake for a summer birthday or some other crazy reason.  Either way it is way too hot to be baking, unless you have central air.  I don’t.  I am also always looking for ways …

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Gardening

Seed Saving: Amish Snap Peas

The easiest kinds of plants to learn to save seeds for is peas and beans.  If you already save dried peas or beans, do exactly the same thing but save the beans or peas to be used as seeds.  If you are unfamiliar with this process, it is very easy. …

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Herbs

My Flower Garden: Angelica

As I had mentioned before, a flower garden can be a form of organic pest control if you plant the right flowers.  So what are the right kinds of flowers to plant?  Angelica is the first flower I started in my garden.  Initially, I chose this flower because I wanted some …

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Gardening

Hugelkultur Mounds

The perfect way to fertilize a tree or bush is a hugelkultur mound.  This will provide food for years with only a little effort  in the beginning.  It retains water so you don’t need to provide supplemental, just rain water should do.  It gets nice and warm so that if you …

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Decorative Stuff

Birdhouses

Since permaculture is also organic we don’t use any chemicals on anything.  This means we need another way to control bugs that bother our garden plants.  Birds eat lots of bugs so we should do our best to make friends with some birds.  I put birdhouses all over my yard. …

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Family

Happy Summer Solstice!

Just wanted to wish you all a happy solstice.  It is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.  This also means that we are halfway to winter, so get off your computer, get outside with your family, and enjoy it to the fullest! (I think …

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Gardening

My Flower Garden

This is my flower garden.  I know there aren’t any flowers to speak of, but I am new at this flower gardening thing.  I never did feel the need to plant flowers.  What do I get out of flowers.  I  would much rather grow yummy fruits and vegetables.  But this …

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Cooking

Bok Choy Soup

When you have this: Make this:   Ingredients: 3 cups chopped bok choy 1 red bell pepper 1 medium zucchini 1 1/2 cups onion 3/4 cup cilantro 1/3 cup basil 3 cups vegetable broth 2 cups coconut milk 6 cloves garlic 1 tsp ginger 1 cayenne pepper 1 tsp sea …

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Food Forest

The Pea Shrub

Here is some info I found about my new pea shrub: Caragana arborescens, also known as the pea shrub, is a large nitrogen fixing shrub.  The pea shrub is originally from siberia and so tolerates cold winters well.  It handles conditions such as drought and poor soil quite well and …

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Food Forest

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 …

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