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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!
3 tomato plants in a row along a building. Planted in black grow bags.
Grow Your Own Food

Growing Tomatoes in Grow Bags: A Comprehensive Guide

Growing tomatoes in grow bags is rapidly becoming a popular way to garden in small spaces while reducing disease pressure.  As someone who has never been able to grow a tomato due to heavy blight in my area, using grow bags has made growing tomatoes possible for me! In this article, we’ll discuss which grow

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A half gallon glass mason jar filled with eggs and a lime mixture
Preserve Your Harvest

Water Glassing Eggs for Storage

Have you made the dreaded “trip of shame” to the grocery store to buy eggs when your ladies have slowed down in the winter? Ugh. Me, too! That is, until I discovered water glassing eggs! Water glassing eggs is a simple, old-fashioned way to preserve eggs for long-term storage.  In this article, we’ll discuss everything

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A spoonful of refried beans in front of a copper pot
Farm-to-Table Recipes

Homestead Refried Beans (Plus, Canning Tips!)

No journey toward self-sufficiency is complete without cooking and canning refried beans! Dried beans are inexpensive, shelf-stable, nutritious and complete meal on their own! They just take a little preparation, but it’s totally worth the effort. In this recipe, I’ll share how to properly soak beans and make the BEST refried beans you’ll ever have.

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