Category Archives: Gardening

How to make tomato paste

This recipe came about because I read a lot of recipes for it and came to the conclusion, thru experimentation, that none of them worked well, so I should do all of them.  So I combined them all, and it worked well. Here’s … Continue reading

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Brussels sprouts with apple, bacon and raisins

It’s November and I’ve been putting my garden to bed.  We got, shoveled, and raked a trailer load of half composted horse manure onto the garden a couple of weeks ago, but not before picking the last of the goodies … Continue reading

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How to make ketchup

For years I’ve been making catsup.  It’s a great condiment for adults.  Unfortunately, my kids don’t like it.  So, last year, I decided to go on a quest to make a ketchup that my kids *would* eat.  Over the winter, … Continue reading

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How to make apple cider vinegar

This, for me, is a free product.  It’s something that can be made out of windfall apples, the apples on your neighbor’s tree that they run over with the mower, or cart to the dump, or crab apples.  It’s incredibly simple, … Continue reading

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How to make Pectin

I’ve been on this “make the things you use” kick for a while now, but one of the things I use and had only a vague idea that I could make, until recently, was Pectin. I use a boatload of … Continue reading

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How to make strawberry chocolate jam

I went picking strawberries with my friend Sara.  (Sara’s my new convert to the world of canning, and she’s taken off like a shot!)  We took 5 of the 6 children between the two of us and they helped to … Continue reading

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Let there be CHERRIES!

Two years ago, we put in tiny little cherry trees in pursuit of the goal of having an edible landscape.   (They’ve grown a bit…) Last year, the birds ate them all because we were gone for 2 weeks in … Continue reading

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How to grow strawberries

This is the ugliest little beautiful strawberry in the world.  (Sorry for the crappy picture, it was about the size of a nickel and my camera wouldn’t focus, regardless of how many pics I took…) It’s been 3 years in … Continue reading

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How to make a calcium garden ammendment

So this is a ridiculously easy thing to do. My garden, though having of beautiful, dark soil, is deficient. The first year I planted tomatoes in it, I got something called blossom end rot, which is where the tomato doesn’t … Continue reading

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How to plant potatoes

I’m the granddaughter of a potato farmer.  My grandparents and great grandparents planted potatoes in Kirkville NY for the war effort during WW2.  They were such good farmers that they had a train spur that came onto their property in … Continue reading

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