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DIY Seed Saving Packages

The summer here was on the rainy side.  This lead to many tomatoes rotting on the vine before I could get to them.  And the bugs got to their share as well.  I hate to waste all these tomatoes, but they are not edible. So I decided that I should …

Gardening

Transplanting Seedlings with Kids

After the kids helped me plant all the seeds in the seed pots and watched them grow, they continued to be excited about helping in the garden.  The idea of giving children tender transplants to put in the ground can make people nervous (myself included), but if they actually want …

Fermentation

Fermented Salsa

Fermented foods are excellent for your gut health.  The probiotics they offer are some of the best you can get, and for much less than buying pills at the store.  Actually, this fermented salsa recipe was nearly free with vegetables from the garden. Fermented salsa is apparently the best recipe …

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 …

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DIY Upcycled Trellises

I always fail to get my trellises up before I get my plants in the ground.  Then I wait way too long and it’s a huge pain.  Not this year.  I already have my tomato trellis set up and a bean tunnel trellis for the kids.  Hopefully, the rest will …

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. …

Gardening

First plants of 2013

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Tomatoes and Peppers in a Mini Greenhouse

I know that it is probably earlier than necessary to start planting, but I have always had good luck starting my tomatoes and peppers this early.  We have had a mild enough winter here that I may be able to plant the tomatoes outside earlier than I would normally.  Not …