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Author Archives: Jen

Lentil and Ham Soup

As the temperature drops, soups become a staple in our home. Full bodied flavor, hearty and satisfying…that is the way we roll. Simple to prepare and budget friendly are also high on the list. Since I am a northern transplant in the south, some things are new to my hubby to be. When we sat […]

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Confessions of a seed hoarder

I must confess…I have a hoarding problem.  I hoard seeds.  What started innocently with buying some different varieties to grow (food should be fun, you know!!) move on to trading extra seeds for some additional different varieties.  Then the seed catalogs come in December.  I welcome their arrival like old friends.  We nestle under a blanket […]

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It’s all a matter of perspective

I have spent quite a bit of time this week reflecting on how others perceive fibromyalgia.  Not only perceptions about the illlness, but also others ideas about those who have it.  I have experienced the entire guantlet this week.  From those that know someone with it and understand the difficulties that accompany it, to those […]

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Sepp Holzer earthworks workshops about to begin

I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the California and Montana workshops which Sepp Holzer will be leading and in which we will be implementing Holzer style earthworks. I was asked to translate what I meant by Permaculture Earthworks Courses in a post that I put up on facebook, so I decided […]

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Determining soil type with your hands

I am reading the book Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture.  In the book he talks about a quick, in the field way, to tell what type of soil you have with just your hands.  Pretty interesting, I thought.  Here is what he wrote… To perform the test, take some fresh soil (not dried out) and roll it […]

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Beginning to build a forest of food

Welcome to my enchanting forest.  Well, what will become my food forest.  See those wire cages?  Right now it resembles the begining of an orchard, but that will change over time and the addition of many more plants. What is a food forest?  Wikipedia’s formal definintion is “Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production […]

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Noticing what ails me

In an effort to determine what the main culprit of my pain is caused by, I cut out wheat/gluten, almost exclusively, several weeks ago.  After doing that, little by little, I have noticed my daily inflamation lessening.  I have reduced my medicine to once per day and I seem to be holding my own. What […]

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Top work grafting

Oh what a glorious day it was!  Taking full advantage of the sun and warm weather was top of my list.  I have been looking at a bag of various left over scionwood from my grafting onto rootstock projects.  Knowing that I had access to a peach tree and my crabapple tree, I decided to […]

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Grafting experiments

 I was working on trying to learn grafting today.  I did some last year but could not tell completely my rate of success (or lack of it) because the deer kept eating off the leaves on the rootstocks and ended up killing the large majority of them.  I did have a graft take for a […]

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Spring cleanup

In preparation for repotting and re-homing the seedlings that I have started inside, I had to do some minor repairs to my greenhouse.  Over the winter a panel on the roof came out and blew away.  I did a seach through my yard and surrounding neighbors yards for it, but did not find it. Since […]

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