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5 Reasons Rosemary Should Grow In Your Garden

"What's your favorite herb?" This is probably the question I am asked most often.  I couldn't pick a favorite herb- possibly a Top 10 list, but never a favorite. Rosemary is an herb that would ALWAYS be on this list and very likely in the #1 spot.  The reasons are many- from ease of growing… Continue reading 5 Reasons Rosemary Should Grow In Your Garden

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Feeding Your Soil- 101

“Regard your soil as the living, breathing entity it is- to be nurtured, fed and sustained.” – Peter Fossel   Soil is the Soul of your Garden! It doesn’t matter what you plant or where you bought your plants or seeds, if your soil isn’t healthy- you will not be successful.  Soil may not be… Continue reading Feeding Your Soil- 101

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Lettuce Get Planting! How To Grow Lettuce In Texas

Lettuce, Herbs, Green Onions, and Radishes- great fall crops This post in from the archives- and oldie but a goodie! There are some nasty rumors going around about lettuce.  I hear that it is really hard to grow with lots of insect problems.  It has also been said that lettuce grown in Texas tastes bitter… Continue reading Lettuce Get Planting! How To Grow Lettuce In Texas

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The One Thing The Food Industry Won’t Tell You

Slate' Criticizes the 'Home-Cooked Family Dinner': Joel Salatin RespondsBy Joel SalatinTags: Joel Salatin, family dinner, home cooking, SlateVictimhood escalates to stratospheric whining with Amanda Marcotte's recent Slate post titled Let's Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner.The piece concluded more often than not family members (especially the male ones) were ingrates and, generally, home-cooked meals were… Continue reading The One Thing The Food Industry Won’t Tell You

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Swiss Chard- A Power-Packed Beauty In The Garden

Just two seasons ago I had know idea what to do with Swiss Chard.  But, I bought some because it is so beautiful- and it is pretty enough to be grown for gorgeous foliage all on its own.  But it would be just silly to not harvest and eat those beautiful leaves. One cup of… Continue reading Swiss Chard- A Power-Packed Beauty In The Garden

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One. Last. Time…

Old Timers around my part of the country refer to what is called "Good Friday Gardens"  because they never put out warm season crops such as tomatoes before Good Friday- the Friday before Easter Sunday.  Here is why- 9 times out of 10 we will get a freeze or at least very close to freezing… Continue reading One. Last. Time…

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Please Help The Small Farmer- The FDA has a new law that will put many out of business.

What follows below is an overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act- what congress passed left room for the small organic farmer.  The name seems harmless enough and our food should be safe, but there is so much more to it.  In the regulations the FDA is trying to implement All producers, both big and… Continue reading Please Help The Small Farmer- The FDA has a new law that will put many out of business.

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Basil- For A Moment More & How To Make An Herbal Vinegar

As I left out on my morning run, for the first time this year I wore a hooded sweatshirt over my t-shirt and wind-pants with a cap on my head.  For us here in East Texas, that is just almost cold.  I could see my breath but there was no frost on the ground, just… Continue reading Basil- For A Moment More & How To Make An Herbal Vinegar

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How To Make Herbal Tea

Cool weather makes one want a nice cup of hot tea, and an herbal tea will not only warm the soul but it will boost your immune system as well. To Make A Tea: Place one teaspoon of dried herbs in a  tea bag, a tea egg, or loose in a cup and pour hot… Continue reading How To Make Herbal Tea

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Off To Whispering Pines (the butcher)

Today was the day!  We have been looking forward to this for months.  Effie the Pig and the heifer ( and I mean that in EVERY sense of the word) went to Whispering Pines today.  Shortly, we will have a freezer full of good clean meat.  Meat having been raised on love, clean water, lots… Continue reading Off To Whispering Pines (the butcher)