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5/23/2014
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
11/6/2014
Pumpkin puree from the pressure cooker is moist and delicious.
5/13/2014
The stages of a homesteader and how we go from obsessive interest to peaceful stability.
12/24/2013
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
8/13/2014
We have zucchini coming out our ears! These delicious muffins help use some up.
3/26/2014
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
5/7/2014
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
4/9/2014
What better destination than farm and wine country!
6/12/2014
Canning jam is an easy way to get your feet wet if you are a beginning canner. They are practically foolproof and don't take long or require any experience. Best of all, they taste delicious!
1/22/2014
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
1/2/2014
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
4/1/2014
There's nothing wrong with a little pampering now and again, so why not use your own garden harvest to make yourself look and feel better?
4/30/2014
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
3/6/2014
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
9/4/2014
Canning ketchup is easy and tastes a whole lot better than store-bought!
3/21/2014
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
12/4/2013
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
11/6/2013
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
10/11/2013
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
2/27/2014
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!
11/21/2014
This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.
9/10/2013
Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.
10/3/2013
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
10/23/2013
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
11/25/2013
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
10/8/2014
We love baking from scratch, especially when we can use ingredients we harvest ourselves, like in this blueberry muffin recipe.
7/31/2014
I tried growing mustard with the idea of harvesting the seeds to make my own mustard. I wouldn't say it was a great success, but it was still fun!
10/1/2014
Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!
4/16/2014
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
9/11/2014
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
7/24/2014
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
6/19/2014
Growing a delicious salad on your own front or back porch is easy. Once you've tried your own homegrown salad you'll never want any other!
12/17/2013
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
11/19/2013
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
8/27/2014
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
1/29/2014
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
3/12/2014
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
8/7/2014
What tastes better than homegrown? Homegrown and FREE! There may be free food lurking in your own backyard if you take the time to look.
2/12/2014
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.
2/5/2014
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
9/17/2014
Canning relish is very simple. You get to use up excess zucchini and the taste can't be beat!
10/16/2014
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
9/27/2013
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
1/27/2014
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
4/23/2014
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.
4/4/2014
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
6/13/2014
Building berms around trees and shrubs is important for water-wise watering. Mulching is mandatory for water retention and helps keep weeds down. Manure berms are especially functional.
1/21/2014
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.


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