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July 2012 Blog Posts (21)

Saving Sugar Snap Pea Seeds

Sugar snap peas growing on pea fences.

There are very few things as rewarding as growing vegetables from seeds you have saved. For the last four years I have been growing and saving sugar snap pea seeds. From my experience, saving sugar snap pea seeds can be a fairly simple process.

For starters I only grow one open pollinated variety of sugar snap pea in my garden. This helps eliminate the possibility of…


Added by Matthew Riland on July 31, 2012 at 8:05pm — 2 Comments

Gardening tips: how to hand pollinate tomatoes for larger production of your container garden

Gardening tips: how to hand pollinate tomatoes for larger production of your container garden. Many gardeners leave pollination to the bees, but if you want to see the best harvests, you can take matters into your own hands.

In this video I am going to show you the best way to hand pollinate your tomatoes. All you need is an electric toothbrush…


Added by Robert Brennan on July 30, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Yukon Gold Potatoes

Several weeks ago we harvested our Yukon Gold Potatoes from one of our front yard plots. Our total yield was about 15 pounds of the creamy succulent potato. 

With the pitch fork in hand we pulled out the tiny potatoes. This is our…


Added by Cajun Chef Ryan on July 30, 2012 at 11:13am — No Comments

Eco-Studio Idea

As I'd said in my last post, I'd been looking around a lot at different options for the future. Thinking about what I truly need, and I can do without. In reality, I really pretty much live 80% of my indoors time in this bedroom with attached bath (about 12x10, 5x7 bath). We've got a 32" TV, Roku player, laptop, books, etc in here. Otherwise, we cook, eat dinner at the table, and generally come right back in here! We've also got completely useless vaulted ceilings as…


Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on July 29, 2012 at 10:44am — No Comments

Shagbark Hickory Syrup

A bottle of shagbark hickory syrup.

Syrup from bark? What is this about? That was my first reaction when I came across a stand selling Shagbark Hickory Syrup at the Ned Smith Festival today. What I found was a small, local, husband and wife business that produced a sweet syrup from the bark of a Shagbark Hickory tree. Now they…


Added by Matthew Riland on July 28, 2012 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

My journey as a cheese maker.

I am a cheesemaker. I didn't plan on being a cheese maker...it just happened. I fell in love with goats, then I fell in love with goats milk, then I started playing around with heating milk to make it into cheese and now I'm a cheese maker. 

I come from a long line of farmers. My father's side of the family were all farmer's, ranchers. It was a western thing. Oklahoma, Texas. But then, the family moved east for some health reasons and settled in the New England area. They turned to…


Added by Dyan Redick on July 27, 2012 at 9:37pm — 2 Comments

Planting a Fall Garden

Planting rows of beans. Depending on your location it may be time to start thinking about planting for a fall garden. I have been growing a fall garden for the last six years and I have really come to enjoy gardening in the fall rather than in the heat of summer.

Growing a fall garden is a great way to extend your harvesting season. It is also a great way to grow more vegetables in less space. With a little planning you…


Added by Matthew Riland on July 27, 2012 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Sum Sum, Summertime!

Wow!  Getting cauliflower, carrots and broccoli galore from the garden.  The peas didn't set well but we get handfuls every now and then.  Planting more of them for a fall crop.  Beans are almost ready and beets are growing.


We purchased a backhoe and have started the right of way into the property.  Meanwhile we fixed the bridge on the other way in that the beavers were having fun with last year.  We haven't figured out where they went to or why they left but it is less…


Added by barbara Russell on July 26, 2012 at 8:14pm — No Comments

How to build a self-watering container for your vegetable gardening.

In this DIY project, I will show you how to build a self-watering container for your vegetable gardening.

There are many benefits to container gardening and this project takes it one step further. An internal reservoir allows the soil to naturally wick up water to the roots of the plant. Top gardening tips will tell you to never let your plants get…


Added by Robert Brennan on July 26, 2012 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

Funny Garden Story

Hey folks!

Wanted to share this funny garden story with y'all. 

Help! Mantis Attack!

Hope you like it!  If you do, please share the link with a friend or post the link on Facebook.  Thanks!  Happy trails from Texas!  bobbi c.

Added by Bobbi A. Chukran on July 26, 2012 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Pollinator Gardens, by Debbie Burns

This article was a guest post on my Earthly Gardener blog this week.  Debbie Burns gardens at the Beulah Land farmstead in north Texas.  Her article has an important message and lots of useful information on designing and planting pollinator gardens.  Happy trails from Texas!  bobbi c.

Pollinator Gardens

by Debbie Burns,…


Added by Bobbi A. Chukran on July 26, 2012 at 1:03pm — No Comments

This sounds scrumptious.

Thanks for the post of the stuffed zucchini.  I can't wait to try it.


Added by Rosemarie Brefeld on July 26, 2012 at 10:55am — 1 Comment

Long Time, No See......

It's been quite some time since I've visited!!!

Last May, we relocated from SE MI to NW OH. For about the last year, we've been in an apartment. I haven't had a garden since the 2010 season now. I'm really missing it, especially the fresh herbs. I had planned on making a small container garden on the balcony, but I got busy, drug my feet, and next I knew, it was already mid-June! 

I know this heat and drought conditions have to be trying everyone's patience. My…


Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on July 25, 2012 at 7:28am — 4 Comments

CSA Cookoff: Watermelon Feta Salad

Move over arugula. This is my new favorite summer salad. So simple, sweet and savory.

The pile.

Watermelon Feta Salad

serves 2 as a meal, 4 as a side


6-8 Cups rip watermelon, cold and cubed



Added by Cornelia on July 17, 2012 at 2:50pm — No Comments

A Raw Menu

We're experimenting with raw foods and decided to create a raw food menu to share with others. The food is very tasty and worth trying! It consisted of appetizers, a main course and double desserts.

Below: Appetizers (Cucumber wraps with veggies), Main course (Gazpacho soup with corn, avocado and coconut cream) and Desserts (homemade cacao ice cream and a watermelon fruit bowl topped with fresh honey). Check out our …


Added by Gabriela on July 16, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Health benefits of Lemon and Basil

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

I love Basil!  It grows like a weed and you can trim a little or hack off a bunch when you need it.  Did you know that Basil is great for people with inflammation or asthma?


Added by Marianne Smith on July 11, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Summer Pickle Platter Recipes

Here in Baltimore, beets are being harvested and the green beans are finishing up. It's time for pickles!

This pickle platter was made recently for a friend's barbeque. The chopped up pickles are great alongside meat and/or veggie burgers. They would also be lovely mixed in a cold pasta, potato, bean, grains, tuna, or chicken salad. Or hoard for winter…


Added by Aliza Ess on July 11, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Coconut and Oats Cookies

For proper digestion, grains, nuts and seeds need to be pre-soaked, including flour. Coconut flour, however, does not need to be pre-soaked because it is neither a grain or nut. Over the weekend, we soaked some organic rolled oats and decided to incorporate them in our new- simple to make- coconut cookie recipe. We also made some more soy milk which we also added to the recipe. Our new soy milk with vanilla recipe is available…


Added by Gabriela on July 10, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Show Your Support for Sustainability in Central New England.

Care about NCSC? Care about Sustainability? Show us how much by coming to a YouTube session Sunday, July 8, 4:00 p.m. Details at www.northcountrysustain.org/BuyIt.html

Added by Patricia Stewart on July 7, 2012 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Stuffed Zucchini

I saw a recipe on Pinterest (one of my new go-to sources for food inspiration) for stuffed zucchini. I’ve dabbled with stuffed vegetable recipes, but usually they tend to feature tomatoes or gross red peppers. After positing this observation to my boyfriendly companion, he mumbled something about asking for stuffed peppers for his special birthday dinner every year when he was young. Great. Not looking forward to October, although I’ll make it for him because I like him and it’s…


Added by Molly Cousins on July 5, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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