Category Archives: organic

Tuna harvest has begun

Tuna is the name for the fruit of the pickly pear cactus!! Prickly pear (Opuntia) grows almost all over the United States, even in the snow belts.  We had a plant where we lived in New Jersey.  As the climate … Continue reading

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crazy times

Am I the only one bothered by those who want to see no limitations to the second amendment while they are calling out for limitations to the first? And what has happened to the country I grew up in, where for … Continue reading

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Canning and Sous Vide

earlier this year was introduced to Sous Vide cooking, which, now that I’ve gone through the learning curve, is a very satisfactory way of cooking. Recently, used the Sous Vide to cook some sausages in preparation for canning.  Having read … Continue reading

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catching up

In the week that the hubs and nephew were on the road, managed to get a lot of stuff canned and put away; there was pea soup and a regular bean soup – all of which were double stacked in … Continue reading

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saving seeds

grow bush beans rather than pole beans.  And while I’ve never thought about, am thinking that bush beans are all a hybrid not an heirloom.  and the reason for this thinking? Am a seed saver.  over the years have been saving … Continue reading

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hungry critters

Despite a great deal of fencing, covers, barriers, etc. critters are eating me out of pretty much EVERYTHING! Having worked to further seal the mean garden, they got at my container grown tomatoes last night and did a number on … Continue reading

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end May garden update

well, things aren’t going as planned – but do they really ever?  The shade cloths were up early this year and this may have stunted growth.  Lizards are taking more than their share.  Have already had to replace my zucchini … Continue reading

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