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August 2015 Blog Posts (7)

Oven Canning the correct way.

The correct way to can fruits and vegetables using the oven method is to :

 1)  Set the oven at 300 degrees F.

 2) Place the oven rack at its lowest level.

 3) Place the lids only (not the screw rings) in boiling water to sterilize them.

 4) Line a heavy-duty cookie sheet (strong enough to hold up to twelve quarts of product) with several layers of newspaper, SOAKED COMPLETELY through with hot water, and at least 1/4 inch of water on top.  This will keep…


Added by Theodore on August 31, 2015 at 12:51pm — 1 Comment

What's Your Garden Style?

Originally shared at Mary's Heirloom Seeds
I have somewhat of a crazy style of garden. I plant all over the place and mostly in raised beds. Companion planting is key within each garden beds.…

Added by Marianne Smith on August 28, 2015 at 7:35pm — No Comments

House Saving Plan: Start with energy

Being a homeowner is about more than being able to purchase a house. It is about being able to pay all the dues that home brings as well as being able to make it into a habitable place. Now what all these factors have in common is that they require a substantial financial investments as well as a lot of work and effort. The first step towards improving all of these aspects lies in improving the energetic situation in your home. Here are some ideas of how to achieve this.…


Added by Sophie Andersen on August 25, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

Murphy's Law of Canning

I firmly believe there's a Murphy's Law of Canning. You know Murphy's Law, right? Anything that can go wrong will go wrong? I believe that is statistically true over time.

[I had an ultrasound by an OB/Geneticist--yeah, not too many of those around, I'm…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on August 15, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Growing Tips, Tricks, Tutorials and Articles

Originally shared at Back to the Basics

I went a bit LINK CRAZY in our latest e-newsletter...There is SO MUCH info available here!…


Added by Marianne Smith on August 12, 2015 at 12:20am — No Comments

FALL Planting Guide Part 1

Getting ready for FALL Planting?…

Added by Marianne Smith on August 12, 2015 at 12:16am — No Comments

The produce is coming fast and furious, and from all sides.

That glorious eggplant shown in the first photo got me ruminating--if all you know how to do with an eggplant is to make Eggplant Parmesan, what do you do when you get several each week, every week, in midsummer? With that in mind I reached out to my fellow food bloggers asking for their recipe links using eggplant, to boost my …


Added by Kirsten Madaus on August 4, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

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