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    A New Woodshed

    by  • October 14, 2014 • 0 Comments

    After hobbling through one winter with a tarp-covered pile of not-quite-aged-enough wood, we’re doing it right this year. In a couple afternoons, Alex built a small woodshed. We’re filling it with logs that were taken down over a year ago on the left and standing-dead ash on the right. Alex designed the woodshed as...

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    A First Visit to Cedar Point

    by  • September 27, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    Lil’s summer was full of firsts this year – she learned to ride a bike without training wheels, endured a bee sting, and went to Ohio’s famous amusement park Cedar Point for the first time. Tall Lil was fortunate enough to meet the height requirement for all rides at Cedar Point and lines were...

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    Meet Annabel

    by  • September 14, 2014 • 5 Comments

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    Since Devie the coonhound died in December we’ve been missing a big dog. Our spring and summer were so busy with the kitchen, guests, travel, and farming that we knew we had to wait so that we’d have the time to devote to training a new dog. We said that after Labor Day weekend,...

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    If Canning Jars Leaked But Sealed, Are They OK?

    by  • September 5, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    When I’m asked the same question by three different people in three days, I know it must be a hot topic worthy of discussion. Here’s the scenario: You’ve made stock, applesauce, or peaches in syrup. You carefully ladle it into hot jars with the recommended headspace and dutifully can the recommended length of time...

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    Homegrown Home-canned Salsa {Recipe}

    by  • September 3, 2014 • 4 Comments

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    Home-canned salsa. It sounds so simple and yet many people struggle to make something that’s “just right”. The first recipe I tried was too watery. The next was too bland and the third had a too-cooked texture. ┬áThese were all a disappointing use of homegrown tomatoes and peppers! Then finally last year my friend...

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    Produce Your Own Produce Mural #projectfreelove

    by  • August 29, 2014 • 5 Comments

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    A few weeks ago, we were given the most amazing gift. Sarah Hout, a professional muralist, chose our garage for her Project Free Love, a three free murals endeavor. She came over for a short interview during which I showed her the gardens and told her how much I love the victory garden propaganda style...

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    Homemade Dry Cured Ham {Silent Sunday}

    by  • August 18, 2014 • 3 Comments

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            1. Alex, thrilled by the finished dry cured ham. This ham was pressed and salted for two weeks and hung to dry until it lost 30% of its weight, about six months. 2. Wishing he had a wooden ham vice. 3. Trying to achieve the perfect thin slice. 4. Pile...

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    No-Till Garden Beds By Hand With A Broadfork

    by  • August 7, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    You’ve pulled out your summer crops. Now what? It’s time to prepare the beds for a fall crop, cover, or mulch before winter. I use a broadfork and Garden Claw to gently aerate and cultivate the soil. No-till methods like this are found to enhance the productivity of the soil, and besides, tillers are...

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    2014 Garlic Harvest, Curing and Storage

    by  • August 1, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    What’s the big mess? Just the 2014 garlic harvest in action. We harvested over 100 heads of garlic for ourselves, gifts, and sharing. Here’s how to cure and store garlic: Harvesting Garlic First, we waited until the bottom sets of leaves of the garlic turned brown. Harvest too early and the bulbs will not...

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