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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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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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Gardening

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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