How to Plant, Grow, Harvest, and Store Garlic (plus how make garlic oil)

Garlic is among the easiest of all plants to grow.  The homesteader can simply top a bed with compost that has been recently harvested of its crops in October and plant a few heads of garlic. Any garlic will do (organic always preferable).  One does not need to pay exorbitant prices for “planting garlic.”  Choose…

Garlic; How to Use as Medicine and How to Make Infused Honey

Garlic is one of the most important plants.  It is easy to grow, easy to find, and easy to use.  The garlic bulb is unassuming but let us not forget its amazing qualities. Garlic is still one of our most important antibiotics in the fight against the scariest of diseases being spread in our unstable…

Spring Produce and Lemony Spring Soup

It is easy to find dinner inspiration when it is not the dead of winter!  The garnet orbs caught my eye as I was watering.  One might have thought I had found gold the way I danced over and started pulling those beautiful earthy radishes from their bed.  The first crop.  Lettuce, lamb’s quarters, lemon…

How to Make Ear Drops

Shyanne often had ear aches when she was little.  A lot of children do.  Ear infections, ear aches, swimmer’s ear, and in dogs and cats we have yeast infections and ear mites.  One single ear drop can take care of it all. Take 1 clove of garlic (more is not better) sliced in half and…

What to Plant Now (4 weeks before last frost. Hallelujah!)

It’s approximately four weeks before the last frost date.  As I sit here rather cold this morning again, I am sure post-frost date is going to feel pretty darn good. I used to plant everything May 12th.  Which of course endured one last frost.  I planted all the seeds for cold crops and summer crops. …

Family Harvest

We settled into the hot car and left our mini-farm in the country.  We drove over an hour to the harvest site…in Denver!  Seems funny to leave the country to head to the city to get delicious produce, but that is what we did.  Over the rivers and through the woods to Great-Aunt Donna’s house…

Early Crops for Spring

“Take me home, country roads, to the place…I belooongg!”  I was belting out my favorite John Denver song while tilling the sweet ground.  The few inches of leaves (from my neighbor’s trash last fall) and compost that I put on before the fierce winter weather did the ground good.  It is dark and fragrant.  The…

Making Extracts (cold medicine and vanilla)

One for cooking, one for health: For Health: Garlic and Herb with Echinacea Extract Feel a cold coming on?  You will only have to start taking your new cold extract and you will feel better in no time!  The herbs in this mixture are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-biotic, and specific to the lymphatic system and to…