Building Tomato Cages

With the market starting this summer, I’m going to want to grow even more tomatos.  There are never enough of those addictive vine-ripened tomatoes!  What I can’t eat fresh, I’ll make into my special salsa, which there is also never enough of. So I need to build another row of supports to hold up the […]

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Spring Signs

Walking back from the farmstand, movement caught my eye.  While the mid-West suffocates under a huge snow blanket, I’m watching bumblebees sharing a crocus. And feeling a bit smug about my weather.    

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Don’t Let Nettles Scare You

Eat nettles?!? Are you kidding? Low in calories, a blanched cup has 36% of Vitamin A and 43% of calcium daily requirements. And, cooked, they taste (and feel) great!  Wow! But nettles are tricky.  You can’t touch them to wash or process them.  Nettle’s sting is designed to keep you away from their nutritious goodness. […]

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Soil Mix for Blocks

This year I’m determined not to run out of soil block mix, so I cooked up a big batch. Not a triple batch, or even a sextuple batch, but a quindecuple batch! (That’s times 15.) As part of the Shire’s commitment to keep materials out of the waste stream, I use soil blocks for my […]

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