Dealing with the Garden Bounty… Canning Cherry Peppers

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I’ve been overrun with garden produce, with no time to process it at all. We’ve eaten gallons of tomato soup, and various tomato based sauces. I’ve put peppers and squash and eggplant in *everything*. But I finally had enough time to deal with a couple of quarts worth of hot cherry peppers. They had to be pickled. They just had to. So, I thought I’d share that process with you today. Continue reading “Dealing with the Garden Bounty… Canning Cherry Peppers”

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Dealing With Nitrogen Robbing in a No-Till Garden

Gardening MistakesWe have (and love) a no-till garden. This means we do not disturb the soil by turning, tilling or double-digging. Each spring and fall we add some kind of organic matter on top of the soil, and then we walk away. By and large, this is not only the easiest approach, but it is more sustainable, and less damaging to our local environment. It builds top soil instead of destroying it. It improves existing soil composition (ours is almost entirely red clay). It makes weeding and watering more or less unnecessary. It’s a total win for us.

Unfortunately, this year we made a boo-boo.

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That Time We Remembered That We Have Bees

BeesSo, we keep bees… something I have yet to talk about here. Truthfully, we haven’t been the most successful beekepers. Honestly, don’t ask me for beekeeping advice. We read all of the books, watched all of the videos… we got bubkes. (Side Note: My toddler is now jumping up and down screaming “BUBKES!” at the top of her lungs and laughing hysterically.)

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Tinctures… and Why I Don’t Do What the Books Say

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I’ve always had a hard time with authority. I’ll freely admit it. I’m stubborn. I also have a hard time following a recipe… or directions of any kind, really. Throw some unnecessary complications at me, and I’ll blow my lid. I will go straight “ain’t nobody got time for that” right up in yo’ face. What can I say? God made me how he made me.

That’s why I struggle with the most popular advice on tincture making.

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The Beginnings of a Medicinal Herb Garden

I’ve been using herbs medicinally in varying forms for several years now. I primarily rely on medicinal tinctures and teas, though I occasionally use a few other forms of herbal remedies. If you’ve ever looked into buying these things, you likely know they can put a dent in your wallet in a hurry. Ergo, my husband and I decided to install a new garden bed solely for medicinal herbs.

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