Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
100-year-old Scarlet Runner Bean seeds from Grandpa will be part of our garden this year. It's almost seed-starting time for gardeners!
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
They say timing is everything ... they say location, location, location too. We say, we need more rain, fewer weeds, longer days, and a stronger back so we can get the homestead to look the way we want it to look.
Rather than choosing one variety of seed, let your little micro-climate choose it for you by growing a landrace!
California has had the worst drought year in recorded history. If we don't get some rain, farmers won't be the only ones crying the blues.
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
It's time to remember that 'frugal' is not a dirty word. Doing things for ourselves feels good and makes us less dependent on big companies to have a full life.
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
The story of how we got here and who we are.