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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!
Gluten free rhubarb crumble freshly baked and out of the oven
Farm-to-Table Recipes

Garden Fresh Rhubarb Crumble (Gluten Free!)

I’ve been making this gluten free rhubarb crumble for YEARS and it’s a classic in our home. Not only is it gluten free, but it’s a reduced-sugar recipe that you can feel good about using over and over. Rhubarb is delightfully tangy and a classic addition in any garden, large or small. Rhubarb is one

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A photo of a row of tomato plants in a garden
Grow Your Own Food

Determinate vs Indeterminate Tomatoes

Understanding the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes can bring your gardening game up to a whole new level. While they may seem similar from a distance, they are actually quite different! Determinate and indeterminate tomatoes differ in how they need to be supported for proper growth, their pruning needs, and even how they produce

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A close up view of bumblefoot on a chicken pad
Raise Chickens

Bumblefoot in Chickens – Causes, Treatment & Prevention

If you have chickens, then the chances are good that you’ll have to deal with bumblefoot at some point. Bumblefoot is a common staph infection that can develop after a simple cut to a chicken’s foot pad. If left untreated, this can develop into an abscess and eventually death in severe cases, so early intervention

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A photo of a group of chickens pecking at the ground while out foraging
Raise Chickens

Don’t Feed These Foods to Your Chickens!

People often ask me whether it’s safe to give certain foods to chickens. I’m glad to see chicken keepers being responsible! Thankfully, chickens have a pretty good sense of what they can and cannot eat, but there are some tempting plants (and human foods!) out there that should never be offered to your flock. I

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A close up view of a vertical garden kit with brassicas
Grow Your Own Food

The 5 Best Vertical Garden Kits in 2024

Vertical gardening is rapidly becoming a popular way to grow food and utilizing vertical garden kits makes it easier than ever! Vertical garden kits are a great solution for those living in an apartment or city lot who are short on gardening space. It’s also ideal for avid gardeners (like me!) who like to keep

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Grow Your Own Food

The BEST (and worst) Vegetables to Grow in Raised Beds

Are you eager to start your raised bed garden but aren’t sure which vegetables to prioritize? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the best vegetables perfectly suited for raised beds (and which ones to avoid!). Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, discovering the ideal crops for raised beds can

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