A Glimpse in the Garden

Well, the chickens munched down the spinach, but it bounced back, and the chard is doing well. (We’ve had some for supper already.)

It looks like the carrots need thinning. The squash was just replanted (the first batch froze in the spring), and I spied blossoms on the tomatoes this morning.

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Backyard Chickens

A special element of our life this past year has been our ever-changing flock of free-range chickens.

We were blessed with the original flock (mostly older hens) from friends, and then we added a few new ones, which we raised from baby chicks. Those little pullets are now beautiful, full-grown black-and-white Barred Rocks, who regularly

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The Dandelion – A Medicinal Cornucopia {And Edible}

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Never would I have thought I would come to appreciate, even admire, the common dandelion (i.e., “Taraxacum officinale”).

What I once called a stubborn, defiant, nuisance of a weed, I now describe as a timeless, medicinal cornucopia – a medicinal plant with no rival – with an impressive recipe

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Top 10 Choices for a Medicinal Herb Garden

Our family tends to move often, but at each place we’ve lived, I’ve tried to grow a bit of a garden- whether it is in little pots or a garden patch. Medicinal herbs are a valuable asset to your growing space, alongside all those delicious edibles!

If you are wondering where to start, here are

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4 Things the Reluctant, First-Time Gardener Should Know

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Post by Contributing Writer, Holly

Some want to start a garden, but are hesitant … reluctant … fearful of what they don’t know that might cause them to FAIL.

If you identify with that statement, my hope is that after reading this post, you’ll be encouraged, motivated, confident, and

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Pruning Roses – Why, When, What, and How

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Ideally, I would have had this post ready for February (the month of Valentine’s Day). But, that’s okay. It’s definitely not too late to be thinking about rose pruning. It might actually be too early to prune. It depends

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Poison Ivy Natural Remedies

Post by Contributing Writer, Holly

Most people have gotten into poison ivy at least once, and suffered the consequences. However, some have been blessed with a natural defense against poison ivy’s urushiol oil. They seem to experience no allergic reaction.

My grandpa is such a person. As a young boy, … I shudder

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Calendula- A Soothing Medicinal Herb

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Who would know that such a beautiful flower is such an amazing herb! Calendula (calendula officinalis) or Pot Marigold is one of the most popular herbs used to treating in skin problems.

Skin concerns often crop up during the blustery winter months, with dry skin, wind-burn, and other irritating rashes.

Calendula can be found

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Garden-Ready Checklist

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January is the time of year when we think about what we plan to accomplish in the year to come. For today’s post, I decided to focus on one specific goal: planning for the spring garden.

I think I’ve mentioned before how I LOVE planning stuff, almost as

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A No-Waste Pumpkin

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There are countless ways to put to good use all parts (rind, pulp, fibrous strands, and seeds) of a pumpkin. Here are just a few ways. We’d love to hear how your family uses pumpkins. Be sure to share your ideas in the comments area.

Pumpkin Rind

Compost Worm

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