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Here you'll find my most most recent blog posts. Explore everything from companion planting and vertical gardening to raising meat birds and water glassing eggs. Don't miss my farm-to-table recipes!
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Raise Chickens

Can Chickens Eat Apples? What About the Seeds?

If you have some extra apples (or leftover cores!) lying around, you’re probably wondering “Can chickens eat apples?” You’re not alone! I get asked this question all the time. The short answer is YES, but they can be high in sugar. So, how much is too much? What about the seeds? Don’t they have cyanide

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Farm-to-Table Recipes

Fermented Honey Garlic (Plus, Tips to Avoid Botulism)

Making a batch of fermented honey garlic is one of the best things you can do to get ready for the upcoming cold and flu season. A little bit goes a long way in boosting your immune system! Raw honey and garlic are well known for their immune-boosting properties and the best part is that

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Preserve Your Harvest

How to Braid Onions for Long-Term Storage

Learning how to braid onions is fun, easy and very functional! Braiding them allows for great airflow (reducing the risk of them rotting or getting moldy) and they are easy to hang for long-term storage. No need for storage bins! I always feel like I’m tapping into the old frontier days when I’m sitting on

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Grow Your Own Food

Cucumber Leaves Turning Yellow? Here’s 5 Reasons & Solutions!

Are your cucumber leaves turning yellow? This is a common occurrence in backyard gardens and can be disheartening. You’ve been taking care of your plants, and then boom!  The leaves change out of nowhere and you’re left wondering if your plant is a goner or not. Those vibrant, green leaves are not just for show;

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Topping Tomato Plants at the end of the season with pruners
Grow Your Own Food

Topping Tomato Plants (Why, When & How to Do It)

So you’ve been hearing about people topping tomato plants, but it seems like such a drastic measure, doesn’t it? When your tomato plant is large and prolific it can feel counterintuitive to prune it back at the height of the season. Hear me out! Topping your tomato plants might be one of the best things

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A close up view of a pumpkin growing in the garden
Grow Your Own Food

Do Deer Eat Pumpkins? Plus, 6 Tips to Deter Them!

With your beautiful pumpkins ripening, you might be wondering “Do deer eat pumpkins? Are my pumpkins safe from them?” Then, you’re in the right place! Few things are as disheartening as dedicating months to caring for your cherished pumpkin plants, only to have them ravaged by hungry deer right before you can reap the rewards.

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