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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Reducing Plastics in the Home

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So, I read a series of articles about 2 weeks ago the seriously skeeved me out. The start of my trip down a microplastics rabbit hole was this article, this article, and this article. All of them are based on a study by University of Newcastle in Australia and commissioned by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).The synopsis is this: On average, every person on this planet is consuming about 5 grams of microplastic every week. Or, about 2,000 tiny pieces. To put this in perspective, that’s about a teaspoon, or roughly the same weight as a credit card. In a week. In a year, that adds up to over a cup of microplastic, or 52 credit cards. Ew. Not okay, ladies and gents. Not okay.

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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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Veggie Garden Update – The Green Things Are Growing!

20190414_083615_0001.pngHi friends! It’s high time for a new post. I went on a short vacation, and I was a Very Bad Blogger and didn’t get some posts done for you before I left… sorry about that. How about an update on the vegetable garden(s)?

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