Quotes capture the author’s unique perspective in a bite-sized snapshot of their work. Like tiny pieces of artwork. We can go to Rumi for a particularly poignant quote on love or life that touches our soul. We can lean on Henry David Thoreau to understand the longing in each of us to return to nature. […]
For those who have followed my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I’m in love with historic recipes. I’m particularly fond of Mary Randolph’s The Virginia Housewife, namely because I am a Virginian Housewife. The Virginia Housewife is the first cookbook written and published in the US. Published in 1860, it was […]
This quick and dirty cheat sheet for growing potatoes has everything you need to know for a record breaking crop. Soil pH, amount of water, hours of sunlight, spacing…even how to save “seeds” for next year’s crop.
If plant your garlic in the Fall, like I do, sometime around June, your plants will start to send up scapes. Garlic scapes are long, cylindrical shoots that develop from the center of your plant and eventually create what looks like a gnome’s hat on the end. These scapes should be cut back, so the […]
One of the best ways to preserve and then eat scapes is to pickle them. Pickled garlic scapes are a “refrigerator pickle” which means there’s no traditional canning or processing. You simply add a vinegar mixture to the jar with the scapes and keep in a corner in your fridge for a few weeks.
Lavender is a fantastic beginning herbalist’s plant to grow and use on the homestead. Growing lavender is incredibly easy. It requires little maintenance and is very tolerant to drought or over-watering. It attracts beneficial insects to your garden, and repels mosquitoes and other pests. When selecting your lavender, it is important to be aware of […]