farming

Jerusalem artichoke_sunchoke_harvest

Choke Hold

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It’s easy to understand why Native Americans cultivated Jerusalem artichokes* for centuries. These sunflowers are perennial, drought-tolerant, neglect-loving, and storage-friendly. The real puzzle is…

Berry Bonds

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For Brad’s birthday one year, I surprised him with a blackberry bush, wanting to give something that would bring happiness long after the day…

My name is loofah

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This little guy germinated forever before suddenly bursting to life this week. Good friends gave us a loofah sponge and it had a handful…

Sweet secrets

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Spring-like weekend weather had both of us racing outdoors for a little yard work. While rotating soil from old container plantings, I discovered a…

Curly fries with apple peeler

Start paring purple

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This year marked our first attempt to grow sweet potatoes in containers on the wee homestead, an experiment to determine the smallest amount of…

tomato horn worm pest control

Going medieval on pests

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Just found our first horn worms of the year, chowing on our tomato plants. In October. This is the benefit of planting the tomatoes…

Indian sunflower and ants

Falling for spring

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Something about yesterday’s soggy, sunny-but-cool day felt like spring to me. And sure enough, when I started tromping through the side yard with a…

Sun-dried tomatoes

High and dry

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Sun-dried tomatoes are my new favorite thing. The tomato seedlings got a late start, thanks to that wonderful but ill-timed trip to the Grand…