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  • sourdough bread
    November 1, 2014

    Sourdough Benefits

    Ever wonder if sourdough bread is really that different from "regular" bread? Other than the fact that sourdough bread and sourdough bagels use a sourdough starter to leaven the dough (make the dough rise), while most "regular" breads use yeast, are they really that different? And if they are different, does it really matter?
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  • gardening
    July 4, 2014

    Harvesting and Preserving Vegetables

    In years past, we have spent many hours canning, dehydrating, fermenting, and freezing our fruits and vegetables.  Lately, the children are eating more and more of the produce straight from the garden, so I find there is less need to preserve.
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  • perennials in the garden
    July 3, 2014

    Perennials in the Vegetable Garden

    I am a big fan of perennials because you can plant them once and they come back year after year.  In our vegetable garden, the only perennial "vegetable" that we plant is asparagus.
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  • herb gardening
    July 2, 2014

    The Herb Garden

    Over the years we have planted many different kinds of herbs. We like to cook with them, eat them raw, and use them in our soap! Some of our favorites are basil, parsley, and rosemary. If you've never done much cooking with fresh herbs, you'll be amazed at the difference. 
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  • orchard homesteading
    June 30, 2014

    The Home Orchard

    Having access to our own fruit is absolutely wonderful.  In our orchard we plant not only tree fruit, but berries as well.  At the new house, we're working on establishing our orchard.
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  • planting garden seeds in the winter
    June 26, 2014

    Gardening Isn't Just for Summer

    In the past I've had a greenhouse.  But to be perfectly honest, I always found it a lot of work and I never enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed gardening the rest of the year.
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  • gardening with rabbit manure
    June 24, 2014

    The Importance of Building Your Soil

    One of the main reasons that I have a garden is so that I can have a reliable source of healthy vegetables for my children to eat.  I have found that even organic vegetables aren't necessarily grown in nutrient-rich soil.
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  • weed control in the garden
    June 23, 2014

    Weed Control in the Garden

    If there is one chore in the garden that causes me stress, it is weeding.  Not the day-to-day weeding, but when the weeds get out of control! In every garden I've ever had, at some point throughout the growing season, the weeds got ahead of me.
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