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Compost Helpers

Cleaning up the gardens as we prepare for winter creates a lot for the compost pile.  The chickens and turkeys, who are accustomed to getting their table scraps from the compost, were right on my heels as I dumped each … Continue reading

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Pesto before the frost

As luck would have it, I was already harvesting basil when my phone chirped to tell me there was a frost advisory for Sunday night. Only a couple of our basil plants did great this year, but they all did … Continue reading

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Seeya, Summer

Earlier this week it was nearly 100°F, and it’s currently 42°F.  Despite having almost another week before it’s technically fall, it seems to have effectively arrived (and the weather forecast agrees). We’ve been settling back into the school routine, which is … Continue reading

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How to garden in your jammies and still listen to podcasts.

Sometimes in the morning after Josh and the kids are off to work and school I want to duck outside for a minute and do a few things in the garden.  I often think that I will be out there … Continue reading

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Invasion of the Cucurbit Plant Snatchers (or, “We have powdery mildew!”)

On the morning of Aug 29th I went out to the garden to take a quick walk around and to pick a few things for a lunch we were having with some visiting friends. I had not been in the … Continue reading

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Oven-Roasted Tomato

Amy suggested we try oven-roasting some tomatoes.  It’s an incredibly easy process: Slice tomatoes Put on parchment-lined sheets Salt to taste, and drizzle with a bit of olive oil Roast at 200°F for 10-12 hours Going in: 12 hours later: … Continue reading

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First Batch of Canned Tomato

I harvested about 30 or 40 pounds of tomatos while Amy was off at an early morning photo shoot, so despite a busy schedule we pretty much had to can some.  There are more ripening every day, so I think … Continue reading

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Harvest Helper

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Uninvited Guest

We’ve had a lot of guests lately, and it’s been great fun to show them around, relax a bit, and generally catch up. This little guy — well, he really isn’t so little — was not invited.  I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Garden Gate

Temporary things have a way of lasting too long.  When we first fenced the garden this spring, we threw up some simple flexible plastic fencing in the gate spaces.  This worked surprisingly well — while it was never pretty, it … Continue reading

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