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Whole Grain Wheat Bread – Fresh Ground Flour

Whole Grain Wheat Bread – Fresh Ground Flour

Whole Grain Wheat Bread I’ve been kneading to make bread. I’ll stop for a moment while you groan at how punny I was. Okay. I’ll stop now. I did need to make bread. I threw away what was left of a store bought loaf yesterday. You know those days when all you want is a piece of toast with a little butter or jam…or both? That’s what I want. It’s chilly and drizzly today. Having the oven on for a…

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June 23 2017 – In My Garden

June 23 2017 – In My Garden

June 23 2017 – In My Garden Where did the week go?!? I worked a few hours in the high tunnel this week. I’ve overfilled one raised bed and planted it. It’s overfilled to make up for settling as the organic matter breaks down, water swishes the sandy loam around, and the soil finishes settling. I planted three more pepper seedlings, and then I seeded bush beans, carrots, over seeded basil, and reseeded chamomile. A free range tomatillo plant was…

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Homemade Barbecue Sauce – Natural Sweetener, No HFCS

Homemade Barbecue Sauce – Natural Sweetener, No HFCS

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Who doesn’t love homemade barbecue sauce! This basic recipe is a one-pot sauce, easy to make, delicious and adjustable to suit your tastes. It’s a great addition another one-pot recipe, Baked Beans, and a dipping sauce even kids who usually only like ranch-style sauces will like. I can’t eat a lot of the commercially made barbecue sauces. They contain high fructose corn syrup, an ingredient that makes my blood sugar soar. If you’re avoiding HFCS you’ll need…

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Blueberry Muffins Recipe – Sweet Crunchy Tops

Blueberry Muffins Recipe – Sweet Crunchy Tops

Blueberry Muffins Recipe Faaaaavorite blueberry muffins recipe! I made a batch before going to our camp for a few days this week. I went out to the dock to watch the sunrise at 4:25 am with a cup of steaming coffee (it was 45°!) and a gigantic blueberry muffin. Washington County, Maine produces something like 95% of the world’s wild blueberries, though these days they’re a highly cultivated but still wild in nature plant. The plants are low bush, growing…

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June 16 2017 – In My Garden

June 16 2017 – In My Garden

June 16 2017 It’s quiet in the vegetable garden this week, June 16 2017. Chickens are jerks sometimes. They found their way into the tunnel and feasted on the Ministro cucumber seedlings. They killed three and left enough of two to grow, but the growth is stunted. To be sure we have cucumbers asap, or at least as soon as possible considering our late start, I planted a few seeds in the empty spots. The chickens are now locked in…

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Pruning Young Tomato Plants – Control Space, Help Prevent Disease

Pruning Young Tomato Plants – Control Space, Help Prevent Disease

Pruning Young Tomato Plants Pruning young tomato plants starting with the first branches and again as soon as the first sucker appears will help concentrate the growth up the vine rather than from extending branches. This is particularly important in helping to prevent late blight. Late blight can start as early as June here when the conditions, humid and windy, are right. Late blight travels in the wind. Pruning helps air flow to keep the leaves and soil dry. The…

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Growing Tomatoes on Twine- Getting Started

Growing Tomatoes on Twine- Getting Started

Growing Tomatoes on Twine I’ve been growing tomatoes on twine since my market farming days. I don’t think it’s anymore work overall than cages. Our tomatoes are grown in the high tunnel on twine that is tied to the purlin. You can build a frame, tie twine to nails on the back porch, or do whatever works for you. Tomatoes don’t care what you use for the frame as long as they get enough sunlight (at least six hours a…

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Egg Rock Light – Seal Pups & Lobsters

Egg Rock Light – Seal Pups & Lobsters

Egg Rock Light House We’ve been to Egg Rock Light House before but we enjoy the ride and the wildlife we see so much we went back again on our anniversary weekend. This was part of the lobster tour out of Bar Harbor. Steve grew up lobstering so it wasn’t anything new to him but for me, in spite of marrying into a lobstering family decades ago, it was a first.  (We also went to Asticou Azalea Garden.) Harbor Seals…

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Asticou Azalea Garden – Photo Tour

Asticou Azalea Garden – Photo Tour

Asticou Azalea Garden Steve planned a day on the coast for us when we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. We took a short cruise to Egg Rock Light House to see wildlife (seal pups…so sweet) and then went to Asticou Azalea Garden. The garden was in full bloom and stunningly beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous. It was inspiring. I have a half acre of former market garden space to turn into a perennial garden. We can’t do anything like the azalea garden…

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June 9 2017 – In My Garden

June 9 2017 – In My Garden

June 9 2017 – In My Garden Are you gardening? Tiny or huge, urban to woodland, if you’re growing something, join us In My Garden.  Instructions on how to join are in that link. Basically, you’ll leave a link to a blog entry about your garden. We’ll visit your link and leave a comment. Building community one plant at a time! Join us. June 9 2017. It’s dry. So very dry. Yesterday afternoon I dragged the hose from the high…

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