Do I need to buy a canner?

When crisis looms, a lot of us look to securing our food supply. I’m hearing a lot of people saying they want to get into canning these days, but are concerned about the cost of equipment, storage space, and availability of materials. And frankly, just buying “one more thing” for an endeavor that might notContinue reading “Do I need to buy a canner?”

Salsa Recipes for Canning

It’s extremely important to use tested salsa recipes if you plan to water bath can them. With the mix of acidic and non-acidic ingredients, if you get the blend wrong, your final product could have an unsafe pH and harbor botulism. The problem is, most canned salsa recipes taste far too strongly of vinegar forContinue reading “Salsa Recipes for Canning”

How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: FAQ

These are the most common questions I see about raised bed gardening, along with my answers. Though I try to be comprehensive and not just relate my experience, you may find other things work better in your situation and location. How tall should I make my beds? If you can work on the ground andContinue reading “How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: FAQ”

Microgreen Kit Comparison

Microgreens are all the rage, and for good reason. They are 4-40x more nutritious than their full-size counterparts, can be grown indoors without lights in any season, and are beautiful and tasty to eat. And, as we’re all hunkering down waiting for COVID-19 to burn itself out, lots of people are realizing a little greenContinue reading “Microgreen Kit Comparison”

Flavor Garden

This garden is designed for maximum flavor – taste you literally can’t buy. Garlic – ranges from sweet to peppery to downright hot! If you want garlic scapes, too, be sure to buy “hardneck” varieties. Tomatoes – there are hundreds or thousands of kinds of tomatoes to suit every palate. Every color, every shape, everyContinue reading “Flavor Garden”

Money-Saving Garden

This garden is designed to grow some of the most expensive crops you buy. Sadly, I’m writing for a Michigan audience, so avocados aren’t on the list! But here are some things to try. In April (in southern Michigan), plant these things: Lettuce – surprisingly pricey per pound. Most of the price comes from theContinue reading “Money-Saving Garden”

How to start a garden in a hurry

March 2020, and the US starts to be shut down due to Coronavirus. Even if you’re not officially quarantined at home, you’re not going out much, maybe not drawing a paycheck, and the store shelves look like this: The good news is, this is a perfect time to start a garden in most of theContinue reading “How to start a garden in a hurry”

Three-week quarantine shopping list

Ok, so you’re starting to get worried about the possibility that you might need or want to hole up at home for a couple weeks to help slow the spread of coronavirus. But it’s overwhelming and scary and stressing you out and thinking about it makes it more real and you don’t want to goContinue reading “Three-week quarantine shopping list”

Vitamin Garden

[Part of the¬†What Should I Grow in my Garden?¬†series] This garden comes closest to the intent of the 1940s Victory Gardens in the US. I hadn’t realized until recently that those gardens were not about growing all your own food – they were designed to free up resources (vegetables, metal, train space, and processing labor)Continue reading “Vitamin Garden”