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Pulses Recipes: Cooking With Beans, Peas, Lentils, Chickpeas
Here are 12 delicious recipes using pulses—lentils, peas, beans, and other dried legumes. What are ...
Beautiful Orchid Pictures and Growing Tips
Ready for a tropical interlude? Luckily, I only had to go as far as our state’s Orchid Society’s...
Upcycling Ideas: Reuse and Repurpose
Look at some of your regular household items differently! Here are ways to repurpose, reuse, and...
Winter Sowing Vegetables
Ever tried sowed seeds outside in the hard winter ground? My friend, Jackie Caserta told me about...
The Earliest Spring of our Lives
Spring will be off to a very early start in 2016, thanks to leap day weirdness! Have you noticed...
Carrots: Health Benefits
Carrots offer even more health benefits than the Vitamin A you might know about. Plus they’re...
How Crows and Jays Save Trees
Have you read the latest science news? “Jays and crows act as ecosystem engineers”? These birds...
Yes, There Will Be a Winter!
It’s now February, 2016. With the strongest El Niño on record taking control of our weather,...
Overwintering Rosemary: Growing Rosemary Indoors
Find out how to overwinter rosemary and grow rosemary indoors to keep this wonderful herb growing...
Catalogs: Read Between the Lines
Between the cold weather and the football games on television, I have had lots of time to pore over...
How to Care for and Sharpen Gardening Tools
Where would we be without our trusty gardening tools? Treat them to a little bit of TLC and they...
How to Preserve Herbs, Vegetables and Fruit in Vinegars
Preserving crops in vinegars is a great way to capture the aromas of herbs and other home-grown...
Household Uses for Winter Snow and Ice
It’s winter! In central New Hampshire where I live, snow from the first big storm of the season is...
The Almanac Garden Tour: An Inside Look!
I had the great fortune to participate in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Tour in June, 2015 and...
Thanksgiving: Slow Food, Slow Down
Everyone has heard of fast food but Thanksgiving is a time to think about slow food. No, I don’t...
How to Preserve Herbs
Fresh herbs can transform meals into something really special, but many herbs die back in winter so...
Fast Growing Trees for Your Yard
You don’t have to wait a lifetime for a newly planted tree to grow big enough to hold a bird feeder...
Holy Moley! Moles and Lawn Damage
Moles have the potential to ruin your lush-green, meticulously manicured lawn. Chances are, you don...
How to Save Your Tomato Seeds Successfully
Growing heritage or heirloom tomatoes helps preserve this fantastic diversity of fruit for future ...
Grab an Apple
I’ve blogged about apples before, but it’s time for an update since it’s apple harvest season. Find...
Why Native Plants Matter
Native plants are a natural choice for a low-maintenance, sustainable landscape. Learn more about...
Firescaping Your Yard and Garden
What can you do to protect your home if you live in an area prone to fire? Learn about “...
Not Just Weather Lore: Bears in the Backyards
Mom! There’s a bear in the backyard! Californians are beginning to learn why their state flag has a...
Seed Starting and Planting Date Calculator
Find seed-starting dates for your first spring planting. These dates are based on historical frost...
How to Build a Root Cellar
Our ancestors knew how to preserve food—they had root cellars capable of storing large amounts of...
Parsley: Don’t Leave It on Your Plate
Ah, parsley. Its lovely green leaves dress up a plate but often return to the kitchen sink soggy....
5 Ways to Control Potato Blight
Potato blight first shows itself as brownish-black spots on leaves, but before long the potato...
Summer Corn Chowder
I love a lot of things about summer, but one in particular is the sweet crunch of fresh corn on the...
Preventing Pests and the Big Bug Hunt
After weeks of care, having your harvest destroyed by a sudden influx of pests can be extremely ...
How to Water Plants for Healthy Growth
Keep plants hydrated and happy on hot days! It’s sounds easy, however, it’s very important to know...
Cooking Fresh: Summer Squash Bake
Garrison Keillor once said that July is the only time of year when country people lock their cars...
Great Garden Ideas: What's Old is New Again
Add interest to your garden with ideas that repurpose old things and make them new again. Where to...
Helping the Bees and the Butterflies
Bees and butterflies have been experiencing drastic declines in the past few years. Many believe...
How to Fix Composting Problems
Does your compost sometimes have a slimy texture, bad smell or decompose slowly? Here are some...
5 Steps to a Highly Productive Garden
Whether you’re starting a new garden or working with the same space as last year, a few simple...
Kale Salad Recipe From The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Guide
Today, we are making a fantastic kale salad recipe from the new 2015 edition of The Old Farmer's...
How to Freeze Spinach and Other Greens
Here are tips on how to freeze spinach, swiss chard, and beet greens so that you can enjoy them at...
Travels of a Country Mouse
When a Country Mouse heads to the city to visit family, he tries to act metropolitan. He obeys...
How to Store and Use Extra Garden Vegetables
After putting so much time and effort into raising healthy plants, it's important to make use of...
If, like me, you grow or receive more zucchini in August than you know what to do with, this post...
Garden Pests: Controlling Slugs and Snails
Slugs and snails are often named as the gardener's worst enemy, but there are many ways in which...
The Night Sky Garden
I love attending garden tours and shows. This past summer, I was entranced by an astronomy garden...