How to Build a Simple Low Tunnel

Extending the growing season on both ends, spring and fall, means a lot more fresh eating and a lot less canning/freezing of produce. With the addition of a bed cover inside the hoop, salad greens can be harvested throughout the winter even in Northern Michigan. This low tunnel was added in late March to warm the soil for early peppers. It was very easy for a short, 62 year-old woman with a bad back to … Continue reading

My Favorite Breakfast

Greens,egg,bacon.jpg This is so simple. When I’m making one serving, I take my small skillet and add 2 slices of bacon, each cut in half. The pan is placed on a burner set to low. I run out and feed the sheep. The bacon is almost done upon my return. When the it is done, I remove it and add enough frozen mustard, collard, turnip or spinach greens to cover the bottom of the pan. An egg is cracked on top. The pan is covered and the heat is still at low. If I think I won’t be distracted and I can be quick like a bunny, I run out and feed the rabbits. Otherwise, I do a few kitchen tasks. Part way through the cooking I baste the egg with a little water and recover the pan. When the egg is cooked to perfection, it is all removed to a plate and the feast begins.

 

Growing Green Onions on the Windowsill

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Okay! I came across this easy to follow tutorial for repurposing a 2 liter bottle for use as a green onion planter. It looks like a money saving way to have a steady supply of green onion tops for all the tasty Whole30 meals I’ll be cooking. The seed order is going in this week, so I’d like to try growing some onions from seed and planting them this way when the shoots are strong. Has anyone done this?

Growing Green Onions Vertically on the Windowsill

 

5 Gardening Giveaways – Hurry!

Heirloom, Non-GMO SEEDS (Ends Jan 15, 2015) The winner will receive 13 seeds from 13 varieties plus 25 coconut coir pellets.   You must be signed up for the Educational Farming Forum to participate. Please follow the instructions on the linked-to page. Hurry, just a few days left. 2015 Free Seed Giveaway He is offering sweet banana pepper, Tendersweet carrot, Little Gem Lettuce, Tokyo Long Onion, and Rutger’s tomato. Subscribe to his gardening channel, watch the … Continue reading

Is Whole30 the Perfect Diet for Baby Boomer Farmers?

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For those of us “mature” homesteaders, we have reached the point where poor eating habits and lifestyle choices begin to catch up with us. It’s a lot harder to push through fatigue, and joint pain has become significant. We can look around us and see the devastating results of cheap pesticide and chemical laden food. In an effort to preserve my health, I’m ready to make some dietary changes and have been researching the Whole30 … Continue reading