Archive for the 'Herbs' Category

Jim’s Favorite Fermented Dill Pickles.

Ingredients: ½ gallon spring-top canning jar or quart sized jars and metal lids 1 pkg cocktail cucumbers from Costco or one package pickling cucumbers from Fry’s ( or as many fresh cucumbers as will fit into your jar) 2 tsp mustard seeds 2 tsp dill ( I use dried dill) 2 garlic cloves 1 Tablespoon mineral salt (I use Himalayan) 4
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Our Compost Sandwich / Vegetable Garden Experiment

Our daughter has a 12 x 12 area where we have been growing veggies.   The first year, it did great.  We grew about 50 spaghetti squash, some zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, flowers and herbs. The second year was disappointing. We were plagued by poor, clay-filled soil and invasive grass. I knew we needed to fix the soil in order to achieve
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Consider Your Options; Old Things Can Become New

Today began as usual — a blessed morning filled with possibilities.  While cleaning up breakfast — Jim’s yummy blend of fresh eggs from the backyard, potato, peppers, green onion, garlic and cheese — I noticed that our spice cabinet looked like it needed some attention. The lazy Susan’s were jumbled and be-specked, and upon investigation, I found that a few jars
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Step into Our Garden; Peek into Our Lives

Step into our garden. There are places to relax, enjoy company, grow beautiful flowers, vegetables, herbs, trees and grass. In our garden everything slows to the pace of a dove building her nest… … chickens lay eggs for breakfast …and little feet run through sprinklers. Our garden is a home for school and for weddings, pets, grilling steak, and reading novels. This is
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Growing Spaces in New Places

I’ve been seeking ways to add edibles to our landscape.  Last year we added a pot garden to an unused space at the back of our patio where we grew herbs, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, spinach and peppers.  Jim linked the pots into our garden drip irrigation line to help with the watering chore, because in the summer our pots need a
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