On The Fire – The Big Wild Radio Show

On The Fire – The Big Wild Radio Show

Pin Share Tweet +1 Share Stumble Flip YumShares 0On The Fire Exciting news! The first segment for my new gig as co-host of On The Fire, part of The Big Wild Radio Show airs this weekend. Gundy, my co-host, has been on the air for ten years. It’s exciting to be part of a well established show. It airs on 19 stations in eight mid-western states. We’ll be making my introduction, talking a little about what I do as an…

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Bears! So Many Bears! – Bear Hunting 2016

Bears! So Many Bears! – Bear Hunting 2016

Share35 Pin7 Share3 +11 Stumble1 Tweet FlipShares 47Bears! So many bears! There are so many bears on Bait 2 this year that it’s a little overwhelming. We have more bears at that site already this year than three sites combined in 2015. I name and study the bears for the same reason I name the livestock we eat – to keep them straight in my mind. I’m going to call them something. “The smallest bear” can change when a smaller…

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Ripen Tomatoes Before First Frost

Ripen Tomatoes Before First Frost

Pin40 Share22 Share5 +11 Stumble1 Tweet FlipShares 69Ripen Tomatoes Before First Frost It’s the last full week of August and the first frost that will hit my garden is less than a month away. I need the space tomatoes are in for spinach and other greens to keep us supplied with fresh vegetables over the winter. It’s time to ripen tomatoes before first frost and get the job done quickly. Snip New Growth You know the first frost is coming…

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Blackberry Muffins – Summer’s Favorite Muffin

Blackberry Muffins – Summer’s Favorite Muffin

Share77 Pin14 Share4 +11 Stumble1 Tweet Flip YumShares 97SuOne of my joys of summer is blackberry muffins. This is a crazy, way above normal year for blackberries in spite of being in drought conditions. Water is so low that our friends have taken their boats out of the water because they can’t float. Why the blackberries are doing so well is a mystery to me. Some are huge, half the size of my thumb, and as sweet and juicy as…

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Campfire Cooking Tips & Hints

Campfire Cooking Tips & Hints

Pin28 Share18 Share4 +11 Stumble1 Tweet Flip YumShares 52Campfire Cooking Campfire cooking has the same effect as having someone else cook a meal for me – it tastes better! The combination of cast iron, wood smoke in the air, and the great outdoors naturally go together. Everyone can learn to cook on a campfire. This is a workshop I teach with kids. Start simple and add new dishes as you get comfortable. It’s easiest to start with wet meals that…

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Row Covers – What are they and how do you use them?

Row Covers – What are they and how do you use them?

Pin25 Share14 +11 Stumble1 Tweet Share FlipShares 41Row Covers Row covers serve several purposes in my garden. I sometimes purchase row covers by the yard off a big bolt, or I raid the linen closet for old sheets. No need to be too fancy, the plants don’t care. Covers hold in a few degrees of warmth at the beginning and end of the growing seasons, can provide shade from summer’s extreme sun, and block insects from tender seedlings. I like…

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Foraging Wild Food – Quality food at a low cost

Foraging Wild Food – Quality food at a low cost

Pin20 Share9 +11 Stumble1 Tweet Share FlipShares 31Foraging Wild Food After morning chores are finished and before it gets too hot I’m foraging wild food. I pack a half-bushel basket, a paring knife, cold water to drink, berry boxes and measuring cups with handles, a camera and a pair of tall boots in case I have to cross a small stream to get to the mushrooms. We’re going to pick one of my favorite mushrooms, Chanterelles. If I were to…

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Sheet Mulching – What, How, When, Why

Sheet Mulching – What, How, When, Why

Pin39 Share8 +11 Stumble1 Tweet Share FlipShares 49What is Sheet Mulching? Timing is everything! I have “research sheet mulching” on my to do list. I’ve been told a couple of times in the last week that I should be doing it. Dan went into great detail and answered a lot of questions. I like the idea but I’m not sure I have the time. If you use sheet mulching how much time does it take you do an area about…

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Apple Tart – Baking Early Through Late Season Apples

Apple Tart – Baking Early Through Late Season Apples

Pin21 Share6 Yum5 +11 Stumble1 Tweet Share FlipShares 34Apple Tart – Baking Early Through Late Season Apples I love a good apple, fresh off the tree, sweet and juicy. Baked apples with maple syrup and raisins are a favorite of mine. Applesauce can keep me busy that I bought a fruit strainer attachment for the KitchenAid last year. I’ve been craving apple pie for two weeks but it’s still a couple of weeks too early for even the earliest apples…

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Bear Hunting Season 2016 – work begins

Bear Hunting Season 2016 – work begins

Share19 Pin11 Share4 +11 Stumble1 Tweet FlipShares 36Bear Hunting Season 2016 Bear hunting season, my favorite of all the seasons we use to put meat on the table, has started. This isn’t going to become a hunting blog anymore than it’s solely a gardening blog, fishing blog or foraging blog. Hunting is one of the first methods homesteaders used to put meat on the table way back when. It isn’t nearly as common for modern-day homesteaders to hunt but some…

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