Extending the Season With a Hula Hoop Row Cover

Extending the gardening season with row covers is a practical way to provide yourself with fresh produce on both ends of the season-early and late. Whether you are itching to get out there and get a jump on the season or wish to put a cover over salad greens to protect them from frost, there are various row covers and low tunnel products available to help do just that. You don’t have to fork over … Continue reading

3 Reasons to Winter Sow Your Seeds

Never heard of the winter sowing method? Here is the USDA’s definition: “A propagation method used throughout the winter where temperate climate seeds are sown into protective vented containers and placed outdoors to foster a naturally timed, high percentage germination of climate tolerant seedlings.” While having “naturally timed, high percentage germination of climate tolerant seedlings” is pretty special, it isn’t one of our reasons to love this propagation technique. Winter sowing is the trifecta of … Continue reading

From Hershey to Headband

Whether you live on a city lot or a million acres, you can always keep a few rabbits. I raised them for our table when we lived in town. They are quiet and won’t disturb the neighbors. If you choose one of the angora breeds, the luxurious fiber can be made into beautiful and practical garments. Last year we added French Angora rabbits as a complement to our Shetland sheep. One of our bucks is … Continue reading

Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: Using Yogurt as a Base

Okay, I’m back from an extended, although, unintended break. Planning the posts in this series has been problematic for me. First, I thought following the progression of breakfast, lunch, dinner made sense. Then, I thought about what areas are the easiest to find alternatives for to give instant success and what areas are the most difficult. I’m now at, for me, a difficult area. Mayonnaise, salad dressings, dips and sandwich spreads from the grocery store are rife … Continue reading

Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: Seasoning Mixes

Prepackaged seasoning mixes make meals tasty and predictable. I relied on them for years for tacos, stew, stir-fry, burritos etc. Besides having all the flavor enhancers in one flavor sealed envelope, there are instructions and recipes on the back. You can’t go wrong unless you are in the process of eliminating GM food from your diet. They almost all contain some form of corn and soy along with preservatives aplenty and MSG. Cooking from a recipe … Continue reading