Successful Micro Farm – The Market Gardener

Small scale farming can be productive, fun and profitable. If you think you need a lot of land to earn a decent living from farming, we’ve got good news. You don’t! We learned so much about what’s possible with the small scale micro farm from “The Market Gardener”, Jean-Martin Fortier, who’s known for earning six … Read more

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Best Picnic Tables for Summer Fun

Few things say summer like picnic tables and picnics. Picnic tables are a slice of American summer nostalgia. Plates of grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, (or veggie burgers, if you’re vegetarian), with all the toppings, potato salad, ice tea and watermelon. There’s just something about a picnic table that invites a hangout. Perhaps it’s the memories… … Read more

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Your Mother Was a Hamster…

…and your father smelt of elderberries! It never fails. Whenever we share about anything elderberry, people chime in with this infamous line from the British TV show, Monty Python and the Holy Grail “Your mother was a hamster…” Recounting of various renditions and scenes typically follow along with a rip-roaring ruckus of fond memories ensue. … Read more

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Bamboo Teepee for Beans – Vining, Pole and Bush

In the photos and video below, Coleman shows how he’s making a teepee for beans using bamboo we’ve harvested from our own bamboo patch.  Teepee Trellis for Beans Easy to make and cheaper than store bought, we’re loving these bamboo teepees for beans. We’re using them for our purple bush beans and for our new … Read more

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Pruning and Staking Tomatoes with Biodegradable Jute Twine

staking tomatoes

We’ve been too busy gardening in between wrestling tech tigers to write much on this, but you know the saying: “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” So… maybe a video is worth 10,000 or so, when it comes to sharing about staking tomatoes. 🤔 Our approach to tomato growing has shifted. We have adopted a … Read more

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Battery Powered Garden Sprayer with Shoulder Strap

  Coming from a background in landscaping, I’ve used backpack sprayers for pesticides and herbicides for years. This year, I finally decided to try a battery powered garden sprayer. This is one of those “should’ve done it sooner” kinds of things. It’s not that I mind having to pump the spray pump back pack sprayer … Read more

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Horseradish Benefits and Uses – it’s a Lot More than Relish!

Pungent, Punchy and Potent  If you’re not yet growing horseradish, you may want to. From leaf to root, the horseradish benefits are numerous to boot! Pungent, punchy and potent, you can use the roots, leaves and flowers of the humble horseradish plant.  Horseradish, (Armoracia rusticana), is a pungent root often used as a relish. Fresh … Read more

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Best Air Cookers for Oil-free Cooking – Are they worth it?

Air Fryer, Oil-Less Cooker or Air Cooker?   Though the names are used interchangeably, we think “Air Cooker” is the most descriptive term because these oil-less cookers don’t only “fry” foods… nor are they only “oil less”. They also cook foods similar to a roaster depending on the recipe and the settings you use. Whatever name … Read more

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What do Toads Eat in the Garden?

Beneficial Garden Guests What do toads eat in the garden… and what do frogs eat? And is a frog’s diet the same as a toad’s diet? We love seeing frogs, toads and turtles in and around our yard and garden. In fact, we even have a frog, toad and turtle relocation plan. Whenever we see … Read more

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Uses and Benefits of Calendula

Calendula, the Little Plant that Could The benefits of calendula are many. Calendula officinalis, is a perky little flower from a very worthy family of plants. Related to—and sometimes confused with—Marigold (Tagetes), they’re both little cousins of the Sunflower family (Asteraceae or Compositae). Calendula, a.k.a. Pot Marigold, is hardy as an early spring plant that lasts … Read more

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