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Gardening with Mr. Jeavons

I've always been a dirt aficionado. I grew up in Iowa where the dirt is like champagne. What didn't wash away to the gulf of Mexico in years past is still lush and fertile. I grew up enjoying this champagne and it's been a difficult adjustment to deal with soils that are not like that. I've ...

Fuyu Persimmon Preserves

We have a Fuyu persimmon tree that our best friends gifted to us when we moved in here and it was a pretty big tree when they gave it to us. It was about 3 feet tall at the time and it turns out that it loves the climate here! After 2 years it is now a 12 foot tree and laden with ...

So Easy Pomegranate Jelly

One of the best things about living here in the Central Valley of California are all the pomegranate trees. We put in four a couple years ago but just around the corner is a quarter mile of mature pomegranate trees that the farmer seems to have abandoned.They are on a quiet road next to an ...

Keep in the Family

I just got back from a long awaited trip to visit my sister who lives in the Rockies. My cousin was also there and she had driven in from Illinois.In the course of a week we caught up on old times and revisited cherished memories while we watched old Super 8 movies and poured over slides that ...

Cue the Raisin Music!

Do any of you remember the "I Heard It Through the Grape Vine" commercial for raisins grown in California back in the mid 80s? The clay-mation raisins danced and lip synced to the song by Marvin Gay and it went viral for its day.We even had little plastic figurines made of the raisins that you ...

Do it Yourself Cold Brew Coffee

If you have been following me you will know that I am an inveterate do-it-your-selfer. I'll try making anything from scratch at least once. Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes I don't.I'm pretty sure this comes from my life-long habit of penny pinching. Living on a ranch like I have has made me a ...

Tornado!

A big tornado hit my old hometown of Marshalltown, Iowa, the other day. There I was making dinner here in California and Marty was watching the national evening news. Next thing I know Marty says, "Come here. You probably want to see this." And there it was.A video of the steeple on the ...

Old Fashioned Seed Saving

Have you ever thought of saving seed from your vegetables or flowers only to get stymied because it seems like a lot of trouble for possible failed returns? I'm here to assure you it isn't as hard as you might think and it's also not as risky. You might read about seed saving from the experts, ...

Bitter Tomatoes, Tiny Onions and Weird Zucchini

Try as I might, and in spite of reading everything I can get my hands on, I always have failures in my garden. Some days I think to myself that I am not very good at this.So for all you people who are agonizing over why your garden doesn't look like Martha's, or even your next door neighbor's, ...

I Love Lombardy Poplar Trees

When we bought this place we loved that it had a lot of mature trees. Trees give beauty and shade, fruit and firewood.Shel Silverstein wrote a great book years ago called "The Giving Tree," and it's true. Trees give a lot.In our back yard we have a gigantic fruitless mulberry tree that makes ...

Rehabbing Your Farm: Part 2

"The Goat Farm" in TracyWe've been on three places in the last 10 years. How did this happen you might ask? Well, it's just the way it turned out.First, we rented an acreage in Tracy, California. Then we worked as managers on a 1,000 acre cattle ranch in a remote part of Northern California. ...

Easy to Make Goat Cheese

Goat cheese, also known as "chevre," is a really easy cheese to make. The only cheese that is easier, in my opinion, is paneer cheese. To make paneer cheese all you do is add lemon to cow's milk for it to curdle and then you squish out the whey. You can use it right away. I make Sag Paneer, ...

A Fixer-Upper Farm

I remember the first time it hit me. I was standing on the back porch after a long day's work and all of a sudden reality set in. This is never going to end.Let me pause here and say this is not going to be a doom and gloom story. There's reality, and then there's truth. Reality is what gets ...

Music to My Ears

Every evening we get treated to the most wonderful music from the back of our acreage. If you don't already know, we have two and a half acres in the middle of the Central Valley of California.The foundations for this music were created back in December when Marty accidentally left the water ...

An Old Schoolhouse

Way off in a large field of scrubby bushes a herd of pronghorn antelope are grazing. One looks up suddenly at the sound of children playing. It's a rag tag bunch of boys with bowl cut hair and girls in pigtails. Some are very young and some are almost teenagers.There's a woman standing on the ...

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