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Italian Herb Vinegar Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Herb Vinegar Recipe – On The Fire

Italian Herb Vinegar Disclaimer: I don’t always follow recipes. This recipe for Italian Herb Vinegar is great but feel free to use it as a starter if you’ve never made herbal vinegar. If you’ve got fresh herbs that go well together, mix them up to suit your tastes. Italian Herb Vinegar is a nice addition to holiday baskets or as a hostess gift. You can make the bottle look nice by dipping the neck of the bottle in melted paraffin…

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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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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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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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Homesteading Today – September 29, 2016

Homesteading Today – September 29, 2016

Homesteading Today – September 29 There are a million things to do in this house – scrub the toilet, lug ripped out wallboard from the bedroom to trash bins outside, vacuum and wash floors, back screws out of 2 x 4’s – and little of it will get done. I’ll deal with the screws and wallboard, the rest will wait. It’s too nice outside to be indoors. I thought I’d bring you with me through homesteading today. The Poultry Shuffle…

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Gardening at Sunrise

Gardening at Sunrise

Gardening at Sunrise Tree tops swayed in a breeze before sunrise this morning. I watched them while still curled up beside Steve, reluctant to leave my cozy spot but eager to go to the garden. It’s August in Maine – hazy, hot and humid. Today’s forecast calls for 85°, the dew point around 60°, and the humidity at 80% and rising. Ugh. We’ve had a welcome break from the humidity that sparked a yearning for autumn, but it moved back…

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Lemon Balm Sugar Cookies

Lemon Balm Sugar Cookies

Lemon Balm Sugar Cookies Until this spring my love of sugar cookies was satisfied only in Christmas. I love a good cookie or two with a cup of tea or coffee, even in summer when it’s hot. The lemon balm is growing like crazy in the kitchen herb garden, so fast that I can’t keep up with it some days. It’s hanging in paper bags to dry and tucked into wild flower arrangements. I love the aroma of lemon balm…

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