No-Till Gardening

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Posted in Garden | Posted on 13-03-2012

The practice of tilling in the Fall is something that I knew people did, but I have never done it myself.  It just seems to be extra work which results in your soil being more exposed to the erosion of water and wind.

I began to wonder if other people felt the same, so I went online and I found several people who practice a no-till method, not only in the Fall, but all year long.

When looking into this no-till practice I found that it has been used for a very long time and for several reasons; such as keeping your good soil from going away (erosion control), helping your soil remain loose and fluffy (soil tilth), maintaining the network of organisms which keep nutrients available in the soil (soil nutrient matrix), and making sure that the soil is not compacted from over-working (soil friability).

The picture to the right is of my garden taken last November.  The snow is covering the walking paths and the mulch is easily seen between them.  This Spring will be my first time trying the no-till garden method which I am hoping will reduce the amount of time and energy I need to spend in my garden by eliminating the need for tilling, and to minimize the amount of watering, fertilizing and weeding required of this method.

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Saving Space in a Garden

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Posted in Garden | Posted on 16-01-2012

Over the years I have been looking for ways to get more food out of small spaces.  Let’s face it, most people today do not have the time, let alone the yard space to have the food growing capacity that they would like.  Growing up gardening was part of my daily life in the summer, we also had a garden that most people couldn’t fit in a city lot; one of the perks of country life.  Now, having the limitations of town living, I have had to rethink a few of the things that I took for granted when my yard was a few acres.  Producing the amount of food I would like in these new town limits has been very frustrating for me, but also has led to some innovations and sparks of creativity that I have been able to implement, thanks to brain storming with friends and people online.

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Using Over-Grown Summer Squash

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Posted in In The Kitchen | Posted on 09-01-2012

 

In an earlier article on summer squash I mentioned that Patty Pan Squash are very prolific, and well, that is so true.  I have had more than enough throughout the summer for fresh eating and several have gotten way over-sized for that so I need to use these monsters for something else.  I like to keep the feeling of summer through the winter months (and I hate to throw out usable food) and one way of doing this is to freeze some very over-sized summer squash for delicious sweet breads during the cooler months of fall.

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Stir-Fried Summer Squash

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Posted in In The Kitchen | Posted on 12-11-2011

This year we have been inundated with Patty Pan Summer Squash.  With its strange oblong shape and little ridges, it looks like it may have landed in your yard from outer space, but this summer gem is anything but alien to many gardeners.  While it is quite prolific, a fortunate circumstance to be sure, one may wonder what to do with all of them.

They are versatile and a summer staple, but I don’t like to prepare them the same way all of the time.  I found this recipe and decided to tweek it a little and it turned out to be delicious.  All you will need is;

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How to Dry Herbs

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Posted in Garden, In The Kitchen | Posted on 27-08-2011

This time of the year gets pretty hectic around the “Farm”.  Herbs are ready to be cut and preserved, and there are so many ways to do this, but which method is best?  Well, that will depend on the herb you are looking to keep.  Some herbs are best dried and stored in air tight containers, some need to be frozen in ice to preserve their delicate flavor.  Let’s look at a few ways to keep the herbs that you spent all summer tending from ending up in the compost pile.

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