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How To Make Spaghetti Sauce From Scratch

How To Make Spaghetti Sauce From Scratch

Have you ever wanted to make spaghetti sauce from scratch? Maybe you have a garden overflowing with tomatoes, a friend gifted you a barrel of them, or you got ambitious and bought a box from your food co-op. Now what?! While processing tomatoes is fairly easy, like most things it can be very daunting if you’re just starting out! I’ve been making my own spaghetti sauce for years now. When I was 27, I quite suddenly developed a severe allergy to…

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Easter Eggs in August

Easter Eggs in August

Today has been a day of defeat, and a day of victory. It has been a day of tears and of laughter, a day of beauty found in unexpected places. Like Easter eggs in August. Mon Petit Chou (My Little Cabbage) I went out to water this afternoon (this is how all my good garden stories start), and at first I didn’t notice anything amiss. My acorn squash has gotten huge, and after struggling to support it well, I found…

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How To Garden In A Small Space: Square Foot Gardening

How To Garden In A Small Space: Square Foot Gardening

If you’re an urban homesteader like me, you don’t have acres of land for raising animals and planting gardens. You need a way to grow a lot of food in just a small amount of space! I have personally had great success using a method called Square Foot Gardening. What It Is Square Foot Gardening was started back in the ’80s by a man named Mel Bartholomew. You can find out more about the history and method here, but basically it is just…

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I Am Not A Gardener

I Am Not A Gardener

Confession: I am not a gardener. Oh I want to be! I want to be the person who knows all the names of the flowers at the nursery… not the person that a kind older lady takes pity on, telling my kids what each one is called because clearly I’m clueless. I want to sink my fingers into a pot of rich black soil and not think about how badly I want to wash my hands. I want to not be afraid of…

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Garden Infestation: Cabbage Worms

Garden Infestation: Cabbage Worms

Today I feel like giving up on gardening. My hose is leaking at both the beginning and end of the line, one of my raspberry bushes grew a strawberry instead, and there was a bee on my neck. But that’s not the worst of it! When I went out to water my two small square foot gardens today (more about that method here), I found that my broccoli and cabbage plants had basically been decimated by cabbage worms. Their leaves were more “hole” than “leaf”,…

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