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TAG : gardening

Make Your Own Mustard

There are lots of possible add-ins to mustard. One that caught my eye is horseradish. Jim and I have talked about growing horseradish next year for our beet relish – now we have another reason – and it will be a great addition to our mustard!Ready for some DIY mustard? Here’s what ...

Building Rome on the Range

Much of what I have read in the Capper's Farmer blogs is based on other areas of the country, not in central Texas where we live, so I tend to roll my eyes in envy of four seasons. I've been in Texas most of my 50-plus years, and I've come to the conclusion that we really only have two real ...

Preserve Your Beet Harvest with Beet Relish

We had a fantastic beet harvest this year from our home garden.We wanted to try something new with them so I spent some time hunting through Grandma’s cookbook to find a way to use some up. With a little searching I found my grandmother’s handwritten beet relish recipe that she had tucked ...

Cover Crops

After we’re done planting garlic and tilling in leaves, the last thing we do to put the garden to bed for winter is planting our cover crop: winter rye.Cover crops help lessen erosion and suppress spring weed growth. The roots loosen soil and the tops add organic matter when it’s tilled ...

Water — the Lifeblood of Any Homestead

When my grandparents built their house, they chose the building site to take advantage of a strong, clear-running spring that they had piped into the house. Nowadays the bank providing the mortgage would probably prevent such a thing, but back then I suppose it wasn’t so unusual. I remember ...

AnySharp Edge Tool and Knife Sharpener

Main Article: Capper’s Farmer Gift Guide for the 2013 Holiday SeasonSharp tools perform better than dull ones. AnySharp Edge saves your old blunt tools, making gardening easy again.The unique, patented AnySharp uses tungsten carbide technology to extend the life of almost any garden tool, ...

Tuning Out and Turning Off

There are things that we must all learn when it comes to living the country life, homesteading, getting off the grid, and so on. Many of us find that there are innumerable resources, from books to websites and everything in between, detailing the intricacies and how-to of daily life and we ...

Grandma and Grandpa’s Farm

As a child, visiting my grandfather’s farm was like venturing into another world, far away from my in-town life. Grandpa kept geese, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Grandma’s cellar was lined with home-canned food. Dinner might start with venison and end with currant pie. We washed up with ...

Aunt Wilma’s Dill Pickles

I remember my Aunt Wilma as a very vibrant and happy person. She always seemed to be laughing when I saw her. I thought she was so pretty, and I still do. She is in her 90’s now, but she still has the same sort of sideways smile and laughs so easily. She made the decision a couple of years ...

Grow Beautiful Roses

From June to September, roses add a special flourish to yards, gardens and public parks throughout the United States, but for many gardeners, tending roses may seem intimidating. With 23 years of experience, head gardener at Hershey Gardens in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Jamie Shiffer knows a thing ...

Gardening Time Savers

Taking the DIY approach to lawn and garden care has many advantages, such as saving money and offering some fresh air and exercise, but sometimes it can turn into a timely endeavor. By the time you round up tools and supplies, figure out a plan of action and get working, you could easily lose ...

Live the Good Life, Naturally

Everyone has the power to make a positive impact on the world around them, whether it’s choosing locally made products, making environmentally friendly home solutions or helping those in need. These actions can be beneficial to your family, your neighborhood and your community. It’s the ...

Gardening: Keeping your organic garden healthy

So you have gone through the trouble to plant a garden to be proud of. You have planned it, collected the proper supplies, and sown your seeds. You are all done now, right? Wrong! You have to help that organic garden thrive.There are five simple things that most new gardeners overlook when they ...

Gardening: Make your landscape more eco-friendly

Want to know how to make your landscape design more eco-friendly? Check out these simple, straightforward tips for converting your landscape into a haven for clients, passersby, and wildlife.Using organic landscaping techniques can save you money because your outdoor space is a prime location ...

Arbor Day’s approach provides opportunity to volunteer or plant a tree

Arbor Day is just around the corner, springing forth this year April 24. (The annual holiday always creeps up on the last Friday of April.)Interested in volunteering to celebrate? Visit Arbor Day’s official Web site, www.ArborDay.org, and find a listing of more than 100 organizations – ...