Making compost tea is similar to making a cup of tea…..simply steep your compost in water and voila! We scoured the internet for resources on this and found many different methods…..this is how we chose to do it. Materials needed: container (5 gal. bucket or rubbermaid container) air pump (buy at your local pet store) […]
look what my awesome husband grew for us! next year we plan to ramp up production. kudos to craig (of sirna’s farm & market in auburn, oh) for sharing advice on how to grow garlic…..we’ll be trying his tips this fall. another resource we rely on heavily is Growing Great Garlic: The Definitive Guide for […]
tonight we harvested our first batch of purple string beans….yes, they are purple, which really helps in the harvesting process….but they do turn green when cooked. they are delicious. nothing like fresh-picked dinner! we only planted a little bit of garlic last fall and it is now hanging in the garage to dry out. we […]
this year we are planting strawberries! since we didn’t have any topsoil, we used a mixture of compost and sand, neither of which hold water very well…..so only half of the plants seem to be doing okay. will post first strawberry when we get there!
it is somewhat troubling to see all the items that are put out on the curb lawn on trash day….where does it all go?….given the current economy (okay, maybe i’ve always been a scavenger…now i just have an acceptable excuse!), i have taken to looking at my neighbor’s castoffs in a different way. i have […]
inspired by a recent 40 degree day, we decided to plant some seeds indoors today. last year, we feel we got off to a late start, so we are certainly reversing that trend by planting today! in fact, according to others we are about 2 months ahead of schedule on planting our tomatoes and peppers […]
this morning i pulled in the remaining tomatoes….several red, but mostly green and now i have to come up with a plan for what to do with all of them. a colleague suggested pickling them, which i’m considering….any other recommendations out there?
well, it’s not much, but i’m pleased with our efforts (plus it’s more than we produced last year)….i don’t think i want to see another apple until the new year! in total we processed and canned the following: 20 qts apple sauce 18 pints apple butter 11 pints raspberry jam 3 pints grape jam they […]