homesteading

Game of Thorns

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To the novice gardener (e.g., Brad), blackberry bushes can be intimidating. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, Brad, how the hell are you making…

Cereal Killer

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It’s not that I have anything against commercial cereal. I ate Cap’n Crunch until I was in my third decade, including a rather late…

Cupboard = not bare

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One of the things that we mentioned on our guest stint on the Root Simple podcast was the struggle we have with keeping our…

None of your…

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Part the First: Justification She actually kidnapped me. This, despite the fact that I was already married to her and contractually obligated to accompany…

Petals from the Past

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When the Columbus Botanical Garden offered an urban agriculture workshop, Brad and I knew it would be insightful, but we had no idea we’d…

Diversionary tactics

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If you can’t beat ’em, feed ’em? That’s the idea behind decoy gardens, or trap gardens. These are where growers plant edible crops to…

Pickle, You’re Fancy

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“Hold the pickles” is my mantra. Kindly keep those flaccid, green slivers of funk off my sandwich. I don’t even like them fried. (Yes,…

Can Do

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“None of this is hard,” said the instructor. “Most of us just never had anyone to show us. So thank you for caring, and…

House of Lards

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I crave slowness and appreciate the things that can’t be rushed. Rarely do those gifts come along, even on a homestead that espouses simple…