Category Archives: Gardening

The End of …..

Now that we’re nearing the end of winter our focus is shifting towards the upcoming season, but there are many loose ends to tidy up before we move on.  We’re starting to run out of a few stored foods, or … Continue reading

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Winnowing out the Chaff

Last week we finally finished the winnowing of our grain crops for the season.  We had amaranth and sorghum that had been threshed earlier this fall that needed final cleaning to be of table quality.  Here’s a link to a … Continue reading

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Thankful

We traveled across the river and north to Arkansaw in Pepin County, Wisconsin yesterday to gather with close friends and family to celebrate the harvest.  And bounty we had, despite the many challenges, starting with the fruit tree blossom freeze … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Tasting

Sweet potatoes aren’t usually thought of as a successful garden crop in Minnesota or Wisconsin.  If you’re of this opinion, you may have been missing out on some terrific, home-grown eating.  This past Sunday, we gathered with a few friends … Continue reading

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Our Garlic Stinks :>(

Yet another casualty of this growing season’s weird weather was our garlic crop.  Normally garlic is something that we plant, mulch, rarely water, weed maybe once, and harvest – all without any great effort on our part.  But this year … Continue reading

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Green Corn Ways

For many years we have dehydrated sweet corn to store over the winter season.  Recently I ran across a mention of making chicos which prompted some thoughtful exploration into the traditional ways of preserving green or immature corn.  There were … Continue reading

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Snow Peas Anyone?

For many years we’ve been growing Oregon Giant snow peas.  We started harvesting on June 9th from an April 2nd seeding, only a few days earlier than most years in spite of the warm start to spring.  They’ve always been … Continue reading

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The Heat, My God, The Heat!

Another month had passed since our last posting.  So much for our resolve to post twice a month, but a lot has happened in the interim.  The Midwest Renewable Energy Fair consumed time and focus in getting ready for presenting … Continue reading

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Summer Breeze

With the bulk of the spring garden planting completed, June is time to enjoy the early, newness of summer before the novelty wears off.  There’s lots of maintenance to do in the garden – weeding, watering, and bug patrol.  But … Continue reading

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May Day – M’aidez, maybe?

It’s been a while since we updated the blog, mostly because of spring busyness keeping us occupied. The sheep finally got sheared from their annual wool coat, much to their relief, and can happily scamper around the pasture again. Enough … Continue reading

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