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Year-Round Gardening Tasks

“The Backyard Gardener” by Kelly Orzel (Lyons Press, 2017) is a comprehensive gardening guide that offers useful advice to help readers build their confidence and know-how. This excerpt from chapter 6 shares what to do in each season and month to prepare and tend to your garden. Buy this ...

Using Ice Cube Trays

Dear friends,I hope you haven't thrown away those old ice cube trays. You may have used them to freeze coffee for iced coffee, or cubes of juice for punch. My favorite is to use the trays for vegetables. For example, I like to run zucchini through the blender and then fill a tray. After the ...

Spring Has Arrived

Who's ready for spring? I know I am. Warm weather, longer days — no wonder I was so excited to wake up on Monday morning to the official first day of spring. Granted, the temperature here is still going back and forth from warm to cool, but it won't be long now before I can get out and start ...

Backyard Foraging

"When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you." — Leviticus 23:22The Bible instructed farmers to leave something behind when they harvested. Is ...

Time to Plant Peas

We planted peas and a few rows of carrots over the weekend. It was the latest we’ve ever started them, but the frost just got out of the ground a week ago, so we didn’t have much choice. Peas like cooler weather and they don’t mind snow at all, so we try to get them in as soon as we can ...

Heirloom German Goulash Recipe

Mitzi's German Goulash is a family heirloom recipe that is the essence of simplicity and rusticity. You can make it with just three ingredients: stewing beef, onions and seasonings.You will never believe how just a few ingredients can turn into such a hearty flavorful dish. This goulash is ...

Planning Your Garden

If you are thinking about starting a vegetable garden or making a new flower bed, you need to think location, location, location. The amount of sun or shade in a certain location will determine what you can grow.Most veggies need full sun. In my Zone 7a garden, lettuce can be grown a little ...

Time to Put the Peas In

Do you have your peas in yet? If not, time to hit your garden plot. Growing peas is easy and rewarding – they are the perfect early crop. Peas like cool temperatures, and, luckily, snow is no problem for them. Peas stop producing once the temperatures get up around 70 F, so the earlier you ...

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

Your grandparents were right: food prepared in a cast iron skillet is mouthwatering and memorable. Dutch Oven and Cast Iron Cooking (Fox Chapel Publishing, 2013) delves into that tradition with over 75 delicious recipes for the Dutch oven, stovetop, oven, campfire, or grill. Editor Katie Weeber ...

Starting a Farmers’ Market

You will find a complete guide to living a simpler, more sustainable life in Self-Sufficiency (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010). Author Abigail R. Gehring offers practical advice as well as step-by-step instructions on hundreds of self-sufficient projects. In this excerpt taken from part one, “The ...

Growing Squash for Cooking

The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook (Workman Publishing, 2012) combines two books — a garden guide and a cookbook — in one. Authors Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman show you how to grow, harvest and store the very ingredients used in their recipes. In this excerpt taken from ...

Seed Saving: How to Save Squash Seeds

In The Resilient Gardener (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010) scientist and gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields—resilience science, climate change, sustainable agriculture and more. In this book you’ll learn how to ...

Drying Squash: Using the Sun or an Electric Dehydrator

In The Resilient Gardener (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010) scientist and gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields—resilience science, climate change, sustainable agriculture and more. In this book you’ll learn how to ...

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