Advice Articles

Last summer we harvested a bumper crop of Anaheim-type chili peppers, many of which I roasted,... read more
Choosing a chicken breed is important. Here’s the second post in a beginner’s guide series to... read more
Want to learn how to raise baby chicks? Here’s a beginner’s guide to bringing up baby! (This is the... read more
Raising chickens for eggs? Let’s talk about how to collect, clean, store, and hatch chicken eggs in... read more
It’s winter! In central New Hampshire where I live, snow from the first big storm of the season is... read more
Preserve your fruits. See how to make jams and preserves. Here are a few canning tips and recipes.... read more
“After the ecstasy, the laundry.”  I’d say that famous zen saying also holds for agony. Yes, the... read more
Since the beginning of time, it seems, people have gone above and beyond to try the latest love... read more
This contest is now closed, but we hope you enjoy these wonderful wedding photos—and we thank our... read more
I’ve blogged about apples before, but it’s time for an update since it’s apple harvest season. Find... read more
Learn how to store your vegetables, fruits, and herbs—so that they keep longer and stay fresher!... read more
This contest is now closed, but we hope you enjoy these wonderful pet photos—and we thank our... read more
I’ll admit to a lifelong coffee addiction. I drink it strong, black, and unsweetened. We buy ours... read more
Our ancestors knew how to preserve food—they had root cellars, storing large amounts of produce in... read more
Ah, parsley. Its lovely green leaves dress up a plate but often return to the kitchen sink soggy.... read more
With canned tomatoes, enjoy that garden-fresh tomato taste in sauces, soups and stews all year long... read more
Scientists have determined that each of us has a unique “odor-print,” as distinctive as our ... read more
In this blog, we are going to explore many various opportunities to raise and preserve our own or... read more
A few years back, my adult daughter moved to a toney Virginia suburb, where she found it... read more
The snail’s got it made—for shelter, at least. The house he’s born with, soft as a baby’s skull,... read more
Decorate your front door with a cranberry wreath this holiday season. Here's how to make your ... read more
Make a glove turkey, a cute decoration for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece. Here's how: Use... read more
Pickling is a way to preserve the bounty of the season's harvest. See our tips, pickling measures,... read more
If, like me, you grow or receive more zucchini in August than you know what to do with, this post... read more
Drying is one of the oldest forms of preservation in the world. Virtually all indigenous tribes... read more
Time to get the house prepared for Thanksgiving guests! The Old Farmer’s Almanac has long been a... read more
My yard is abuzz with bees from early Spring until late October.  Sometimes, I have to swat them... read more
It ain’t easy bein’ green ~ Kermit the Frog, 1970 Green living, green goods, green buildings, green... read more
You can blame this blog on my cat sprawling on my computer when I was trying to write this weather ... read more
It’s easy to find something good to say about every season – except flu season. When the cold... read more
I made my own Halloween Makeup this year and thought I would share the instructions. My son was... read more
A personal observation, a concrete seasonal reference, a pivot word or turning point that... read more
In the kitchen, we tend to waste a lot of food, water, and supplies. Here are some ways to save... read more
Create a sweet-smelling handkerchief sachet with herbs. Give the sachet as a gift, or tuck it into... read more
There’s a lot of competition for the cat food dollar out there, with advertising featuring... read more
 You, too, can understand what your cat is saying—and even talk back in a way that the cat can... read more
Pressed flowers make lovely cards, pictures, pretty boxes, and much more. Here's instructions on... read more
No, I’m not Rumplestiltskin, the cranky gnome in a Grimm fairy tale; I can’t spin straw into gold... read more
I don’t own a clothes dryer, which means using sturdy indoor and outdoor drying equipment. The year... read more
How to keep more money in your pocket? Here are ten money-saving ideas from The Old Farmer's... read more

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