Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sunflower overload

This spring I ordered a sunflower collection from Seed Savors Exchange. I love sunflowers! They make me smile ridiculously big every time I pass by them in the garden. Yeah, they are a little silly and mostly useless (unless you … Continue reading

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The first three years

Three riotous lush summer gardens, and winters of shivering at night, Three springtime’s first flushes of flowering, and setting fall woodstoves alight. Three years of successes and losses, of planning and strides and delay, But from three hundred meters the … Continue reading

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Canning week continues

I got worried about my meager tomato harvest, so last Friday I stopped by a local farm store that was having a special on bulk veggies. I picked up three 20 lb boxes of tomatoes and one 10 lb box … Continue reading

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Gothic chicken water tank stand

Filling chicken founts up everyday and sloshing water down your leg is a total drag! We love the automatic chicken waterer that we set up in our garden chicken pen so it was time to outfit the new hen pen … Continue reading

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Canning day

It’s been one of those days. Salsa, tomato sauce, and Italian tomato sauce were today’s projects. By the way, if anyone has a salsa recipe that they love, let me know! I’ve got more tomatoes that need canned, and we … Continue reading

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Fermenting pickles

Three weeks ago I excitedly gathered dill, cucumbers, and a couple of hot peppers from my garden in order to make some fermented pickles. I wanted to make some Lower East Side Full-Sour Dills (based on a recipe from page … Continue reading

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Reconfigurable range shelter

In May we built a reconfigurable chicken house to hold our new flock of chicks. Since we planned to build a moving rig for it, we located this mini-coop near our back porch for convenience. (Bad idea.) Unfortunately, the summer … Continue reading

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Candied jalapeños

My love affair with candied jalapeños began last year. I first wrote about it here and ended up making a second batch. Since last summer I’ve had lingering thoughts about those delicious, amazing, fantastical peppers and waited for my upcoming … Continue reading

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Tarragon pickles and dilly beans

Lee surprised me with a new canning book called Canning for a New Generation. Though, maybe he was just hoping it would inspire me to get my butt in gear and preserve some more stuff. I made two recipes from … Continue reading

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