An Apple a Day (is not enough!)

Autumn. There are many things to love about this most anticipated of seasons (yes, even more anticipated than Christmas, 'cos winter's after that). Everyone will say it's the sweaters, the layers, the changing colours and the casting off of sweaty, sand scoured mosquito bites that they love most; but for me, it's always about The … Continue reading An Apple a Day (is not enough!)

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How to Save Your Seeds

If you've grown some varieties that you really love, be sure to save a bunch of their seeds, both to grow again next year, and to trade with your friends/family.

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Compost Tea: How to Brew It and Use It in Your Garden

Some people get high tech and use a fish tank aerator for their compost tea, but I just use my stick to slosh everything around for about an hour until it's properly frothy.

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DIY Insect Repellent

DIY repellents such as these can be quite effective alternatives to their more toxic counterparts, and use essential oils to fend off mosquitoes, black flies, and more.

Pickles!

If you don't love pickles, don't bother reading this one. Seriously, it's all about beloved pickled vegetables, from gherkins and bread-and-butter pickle slices to spicy pickled beets, cauliflower, and sauerkraut.

Regrow These Vegetables in Your Kitchen

It's said that necessity is the mother of invention, but it's also incentive to do some research about which vegetables can be re-grown on a countertop. It's really quite startling to see just how much can be grown from leftover scraps: all you need is water, and a sunny spot to place the plants, and within a week or two you'll have a fresh batch of edibles to enjoy.

Yalda: Midwinter in Iran

by MK Martin There are one or two mentions of Pagan solstice festivals in the facebook feed these days. Midwinter is a 'trend', and did you know that Santa was really tripping on mushrooms? But one I've never heard of, until I went looking, is Yalda. I'll only give some brief details, as it's worth … Continue reading Yalda: Midwinter in Iran

Have a Holly, Jolly Meatball

by Pamela Capriotti Martin We’ve been blessed to have friends who love to cook as much as we do. Sally, Luke, and Sophie are great friends and Sally is a marvelous, creative cook and baker. And the cooks in our house, and the cooks in their house have a tendency to talk smack about whose … Continue reading Have a Holly, Jolly Meatball

Have Fun and Get Weird with Your Holiday Present Wrapping

There was a time when wrapping presents was tedious to me but for the last decade I just let myself have fun and be weird with the wrapping and my family has come to look forward to seeing what strangeness I put under the tree every year.