Gardening To-Do List | January

January is a frigid month in the Midwest. Not much is growing at this time of year and it's too early to start seeds indoors. That doesn't necessarily mean that my gardening to-do list is completely empty though. The bulk of planning for this year's garden happens in January. I am sharing monthly garden to-do... Continue Reading →

Food That Tells a Story

There is a story behind all food products. Whether purchased from a local grocery store, farmers market, restaurant, or small farmer, it all comes with a story. The difference between food grown in my personal garden and food I pick up from the store is that I typically know the entire story of what comes... Continue Reading →

Why Seed Saving is So Beneficial

I've saved seeds from my garden in the past, but this year I'd like to really focus on this process even more. I hope, on day, to pass on seeds that I've carefully selected to future generations in my family. How neat would that be? I enjoy Starting Seeds Indoors during the later winter months... Continue Reading →

Cast Iron Sourdough Brownie Recipe

I created a Sourdough Brownie recipe a few months ago and it really is such a great, healthier than your average brownie, dessert! I wanted to give the recipe a try in the cast iron skillet just out of curiosity. The process was just as easy as making homemade brownies in a regular baking pan!... Continue Reading →

The Various Methods for Drying Herbs

My herb garden is a work in progress. I’ve continued to add more plants of medicinal and culinary value to this section of my garden over the past three years. Read all about my Herb Garden plans here! This is the first year that many of my herbs have thrived. I’ve so enjoyed their unique... Continue Reading →

A Tour Through my Summer Garden

“But I will bless the person who puts his trust in me. He is like a tree growing near a stream and sending out roots to the water. It is not afraid when hot weather comes, because its leaves stay green; it has no worries when there is no rain; it keeps on bearing fruit.”... Continue Reading →

A Guide to Broody Hens

Last month one of our hens went broody. She began by never leaving the nest and soon became aggressive towards us and her fellow hens. After a few days of this we realized that something wasn't quite right. And thus began our first journey in caring for a broody hen. First, we did some digging... Continue Reading →

How to Grow Pumpkins

Pumpkins can be made into sweet or savory dishes, used as cozy outdoor decorations during autumn, or sold for profit. Growing pumpkins really is very easy. They require very little maintenance, spread like crazy, and typically produce more pumpkins than you can imagine! We've discussed a lot of gardening topics around here. Check these out:... Continue Reading →

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