We bought a mini-farm last fall and currently doing work on the old house, so we haven't moved yet. In the area where we will move our coops to is shaded by a black walnut tree, a silver maple, and a sick grandeflora type magnolia. The trees are actually on the other side of the fence, smack...
I raise Emerite, a vining green bean on an 8 ft trellis. There's some minor leaf damage from Japanese beetles and bean beetles. No rust present. The Emerite beans will form both nice, straight pods as well as short, curved ones--even on the same plant. Any idea what causes the curling?
If you like okra in soups & stews, using dehydrated okra is super easy AND delicious! I planted more than enough okra--on purpose, ;)--so, I thought I would try dehydrating it instead of trying to freeze it. :woot It turned out great!
Just slice and dehydrate until crisp. No blanching...
It was way too wet to work the soil this spring in time for a Spring planting of peas, so I'm hoping that fall planting will work for my location.
I'm in northeast TN, a few miles from southwest VA, about 40 miles from the NC border...zone 6...the first killing frost occurs near October 15th.
We will be redoing the foundation plantings at the back of the house and the west side. The area around the back deck used to have ornamental grasses and dh decided he doesn't like that look anymore and wants some evergreens instead. The back deck stands 5 ft off the ground and the area...
Just wondered if anybody has used a shortcut in freezing green beans as a woman I know did. She washes the fresh beans, pats them dry with a towel (she said this is a must!), breaks them, the freezes the beans in a vacuum-sealed bag. She totally skips the blanching step that most have us have...
At the moment I'm poring over my favorite seed catalogs, trying to decide on growing a different yellow squash variety or stick with the heirloom yellow crookneck. Is there any difference in taste between the yellow crookneck type and the scallopini (pattypan) squash?
What brand/model do you recommend? I'd rather have electric--less noise and no fumes! I just need something that will shred garden debris and leaves to expedite the composting process, so something that chews up big sticks isn't needed.
Has anybody done this? Usually I do "spot repairs" by sowing grass seed and putting up a make-shift fence with poultry netting. Thanks to last year's exceptional drought, this wasn't an option. There's a bunch of dust bath holes that need fixing! :rant
I was thinking of using the black...
This system is being used in Paris apartments & restaurants in Italy. It looks perfect for people living in condos or handicapped gardeners. Wouldn't it be great for nursing homes, to somehow make a "green space"? Hmmm....maybe even on a coop wall or shed wall?
It's not too early to think ahead! :coolsun This book is next on my "to buy" list:
Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning by Gardeners & Farmers of Terre Vivante
Maybe this: Making & Using Dried Foods
What I do have:
Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz here
Stocking Up by Rodale...