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How to make fresh fruit cordials (vodka infusions)

By | 2018-05-14T09:50:43+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Gardening|

Cordials are my new favorite thing. Although the ingredients—fresh fruit, sugar, and vodka—have all been my favorites for quite some time. Ahem. These vodka infusions are so easy to make, yet no one will believe you made them yourself. Just grab your favorite fruit, but if you don't know where to [...]

How to harvest and dry herbs

By | 2017-05-17T09:35:22+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Blog, Gardening|

Is it just me, or are herbs expensive? It seems like I have to pay $5 for a little itty bitty container, and if I want organic, the price is almost double. Honestly, I'd rather buy an entire plant for $5 and have it produce for me year after year! I just threw my herbs [...]

Preserving your onion harvest by freezing

By | 2017-05-17T09:35:28+00:00 May 3rd, 2014|Blog, Gardening|

I harvested my first crop of sweet onions today, and boy was it satisfying! I planted in fall 2013 and harvested late in spring 2014. First and foremost, I learned that onions need loose soil to grow large bulbs. I'd planted straight into the ground and mixed in some compost with the native soil, but [...]

What the heck is a hugelkultur?

By | 2017-05-17T09:35:29+00:00 April 8th, 2014|Blog, Gardening|

Hugelkultur, or hugel beds, are an old German gardening method. The basic concept is very simple: bury wood in the ground, then cover it with earth. As the wood rots over the course of time, it will create a spongy, water-retaining, nutrient-filled interior. You plant directly on top and on the sides of the hugel [...]