Seed Order

Each year I do the seed order.  This year with Ken’s death all is uncertain.  But I have a garden and I like to grow food.  I decided to place an order and grow my food. So my order has been placed

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Ken’s Sourdough Starters

Ken used to bake the bread in this house.  He had worked in a bakery.  So I contacted people for advice to care for his sour dough starters.         Today I decided to just give it a try.  First I got out the rye berries and rolled them         I added the sour dough starter           Then as Ken did, I added some whey.   …

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Asparagus in Winter

Each spring I freeze some asparagus.  Why?  In winter when I crave green food I make some creamed asparagus soup. For this batch I fried some onion, added stock, thyme, asparagus and some salt and pepper with a bit of lemon juice.  Then I ran batches through the blender.  It is nice to add a dollop of yogurt when serving

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has cabbage, onions, garlic, the last of the pumpkins, kohlrabi, rutabaga, carrots, beets, black radishes, and the last of the winter tomatoes. Field Notes.  As many of you already know my husband, Ken died on December 19, 2017.  Prior blog entries describe his illness and death and the obituary is posted as well.  This was a difficult harvest from the root cellar for me as I thought …

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Cold S-t-r-e-t-c-h!

We have been experiencing cold temperatures over weeks – too long for a cold snap, or a cold spell, it’s a cold stretch!  During this stretch what is my first thought once the sun is out, the wind dies down and it climbs UP to minus ten degrees?  FILL THE WOOD RACKS! First I sought out my enthusiastic trainer, Oscar. Then I hauled in wood to fill the cooks stove wood rack       …

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Cold Weather Changes – Sprouts Move In

We sprout grain for the poultry.  Ken build trays with screens on the bottom to fit bread racks.  With this cold, the entry temperature fell below freezing.  So I emptied the rack.         I moved the sprouts inside the house to the tub room – warmer and more moist         They seem to be growing more slowly, but are doing fine!

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The Christmas Tree

With Ken out of town I thought it would be fun to surprise him upon return with the Christmas tree cut, set up and decorated.  I figured I was up to the challenge of doing it alone – and I was right.  What an adventure!       First I got a rope ( my sister – in- law’s excellent suggestion), and a bow saw and the longer sturdier sled.  Then I looked at trees.  …

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Rendering Lard

Part of raising pork is rendering lard.  Well rendered lard is a wonderful fat.  One can use less than most oils and it takes heat well.  It is marvelous in making pastry, especially pie crust.  One heats the fat at a low temperature; some people use a crock pot or a simmer burner.  We use the oven.   Once the fat reaches 255 degrees any water or liquid has evaporated and the fat is pure. …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has onions, garlic, winter tomatoes, squash, the last of the sweet potatoes, winter kohlrabi, beets, and cabbage. Field Notes.  We are glad to see the snow; it will act as an insulating blanket and slow the descent of the frost into the ground.  It also provides a check against erosion and will provide moisture to the soil.  Seed inventory is done, and next we hit the seed catalogs.  …

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Snow Cover is Great for the Garden

Each season Ken and I look for an early snowfall.  If we are lucky cold follows snow and the snow continues to pile up.  While this does not make everyone happy, gardeners rejoice.  Why?  The snow acts a s a blanket to insulate the ground, and slow the frost creeping down,  The warmer soil means microbes stay closer to the surface and the earth’s warmth can actually slowly melt the snow from below so good …

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