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Desiccant=you don’t eat it.

I want to clarify something. A desiccant is a chemical or process used to dry things or to keep them dry. We do not eat them, or do we? Wikipedia says: A desiccant is a hygroscopic substance that induces or sustains a state of dryness (desiccation) in its vicinity. Commonly encountered pre-packaged desiccants are solids […]

Winter Digging

Every truly addicted gardener should have an indoor garden when they live in a cold climate. Besides, it sure keeps you in shape for digging! I used to can and freeze food, but now we eat fresh year round, even when it is -20* and 4′ of snow on the ground. I am amazed that […]

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Chicken Coop/Greenhouse

“We have a new greenhouse”, say the little red hens! A chicken coop sharing a common wall with the greenhouse. Not a new idea, but new to our neck of the woods. Windows in the shared wall allow air to flow. Warm BTU’s from the chickens at night, sun warmed air from the greenhouse to […]

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Local Sunday Brunch

Its the Sunday after Christmas. Michele’s at her Moms. There’s a raging blizzard right outside the windows. No sun for two day but the batteries are full from the wind generator cranking full out for hours. Bare ground in the outdoor garden a week ago has been replaced by three feet of snow. Moving around […]

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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice, Time to Thin the Onions! We have the challenge of growing food all year long. That is the goal. No frozen food, no canned food, no dried food. Well, at least not too much. So this year I planted some onions and beets later in August and left them under the protection of […]

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Times They Are A Changing

Times They Are A Changing The world is speeding up it seems to me. The seasons are more sporadic. Winter in spring, fall in summer, cold and hot in the same week. This fall we went from 50* to 23* in one day. The leaves on the fruit trees turned brown overnight. It seemed they […]