Category: Recipes

All Hail Kale!

Kale is a cool-season leafy vegetable that resides in the Brassicaceae family (mustard family) along with cabbage, broccoli, and broccoli rabe. It’s a native to Asia Minor and the eastern Mediterranean, and the Greeks were growing several varieties by the 4th century BC. Kale became quite the world traveler and was a common vegetable in Europe until the end of the 15th century, and then it even found its way […]

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Beautiful and Nutritious Lupinus

Have you heard of this little beauty?  Most likely you have but just didn’t know it. Lupinus, also called Lupine, Lupin, Lupini beans, bluebonnets, and several other names, is both an agriculture crop and a smaller scale garden plant and ornamental. There are many species of Lupinus, but all hail from the legume family (Fabaceae, Leguminosae or Papilionaceae), and like all legumes can fix nitrogen, which benefits the soil and […]

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Grow a Little Sunshine in Your Garden

It’s true, gardens need plenty of sunshine. Plants thrive on its energy and we love its warmth. So how do you capture and show off that vitality in a garden plant? Simple, you grow sunflowers! These beautiful, bright flowers, with delicious and nutritious seeds, turn any garden into a sunny oasis. Steady as the Sun(flower) Properly known as Helianthus annuus L., the sunflower is a member of the family Asteraceae […]

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Tomatoes for Your Little Tomatoes

Tomatoes for Your Little Tomatoes My favorite thing about gardens is that they are blank canvases that you can paint anyway you want to.  Put in some hard work and creativity and you have a beautiful picture come fall.  However, to create beautiful works of art, we must be inspired.  Often we get bogged down into organization and toil and forget to remember why we do what we do.  When […]

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Stop and Smell the Roses… And Don’t Forget To Eat The Fruit!

The only limit to your garden is your imagination. You can cultivate both beauty and function all in one space. A plant that can be grown in most gardens or flowerbeds, that adds stunning beauty and bears beneficial fruit, is the rose. While we don’t typically think of this as a fruit bearing plant, it indeed is. The beautiful rose produces the rose hip fruits, aka rose haw or rose […]

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Watermelons: Summer at Its Finest

Summertime is a season that fills all of our senses. When thinking of summer, I picture beautiful evenings sitting out on the porch, listening to cicadas, while soaking up the last rays of the day. I can often smell the chlorine still in my hair and the suntan lotion on my skin. Although the one thing that brings to mind summer most of all, is the sweet juicy taste of […]

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Blueberries: A Garden Must Have

Nothing says summertime like fresh ripe blueberries.  Their taste, texture, and color are all pleasures to behold.  Blueberries are a culinary delight with overwhelming nutritional benefits. They can be added to almost any meal or eaten straight from the garden.  With their unique sweetness and high nutritional profile, blueberries offer an attractive and useful addition to your garden. Origin Until the 20th century blueberries as we know them did not […]

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Prickly Pear Perfection

Prickly Pear Perfection

The prickly pear cactus is a common name used for a variety of species of cacti within the genus Opuntia. Being a true cactus species, it is native to Mexico and the Americas. It is even featured on Mexico’s coat of arms. However, it has been introduced around the world, with one of the earliest records of introduction being in Australia in 1788. Some species of cacti introduced to Australia, […]

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Helpers of the Garden

When we garden we typically can use all the help we can get. We can always use an extra set of hands, cooperative weather, more hours in the day, and a whole lot of luck. Often though, we forget that the very thing we are growing can be our most important partner. One such vegetable that can help out in the garden is the leek. The leek is a member […]

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Homestead Sausage

I recently was interrogated by a reader about sausage and mushrooms we grow on our homestead. I thought they were right, and I needed to write about one of our biggest sources of fast food SAUSAGE. So, thank you Twiddlebug. When I say sausage, I don’t generally just mean pork. I just mean anything you want to grind and mix up. I generally use some sort of meat, but you […]

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Make your garden Unique with Chayotes

Looking like a yellow-green pear, tasting mildly sweet, and offering a crisp texture, the chayote is a one of a kind squash.  Pronounced “chi-oh-tay”, this fruit is known by many names such as vegetable pear, christophine, chocho, and mirliton.  It is a member of the vast Cucurbitaceae Family (cucumber family), which also includes cucumbers, watermelons, zucchinis, and pumpkins.   The chayote, (Sechium edule) originates from Mexico and Central America and its […]

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All About the Beet

Feeling the Beet When I think back to when I was a young, I recall flashes of warm happy summer days.  Many of those memories are of sowing and harvesting beets with my mom and sister.  I also have fond memories of my mother preparing those same beets.  After scrubbing the beets and trimming the tops and bottoms off, my mom would give them a 15 boil, slice them and […]

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