Sourdough Benefits

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sourdough bread
Ever wonder if sourdough bread is really that different from "regular" bread? Other than the fact that sourdough bread and sourdough bagels use a sourdough starter to leaven the dough (make the dough rise), while most "regular" breads use yeast, are they really that different? And if they are different, does it really matter?

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Processing Jewelweed

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Processing Jewelweed
Last week I talked about how we harvested jewelweed to be used in our jewelweed soap and jewelweed salve.  Once Greyden and Emery collect all of the jewelweed, it's time to process it. Jade does "quality control on it first".

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Harvesting and Preserving Vegetables

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gardening
In years past, we have spent many hours canning, dehydrating, fermenting, and freezing our fruits and vegetables.  Lately, the children are eating more and more of the produce straight from the garden, so I find there is less need to preserve.

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Perennials in the Vegetable Garden

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perennials in the garden
I am a big fan of perennials because you can plant them once and they come back year after year.  In our vegetable garden, the only perennial "vegetable" that we plant is asparagus.

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The Herb Garden

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herb gardening
Over the years we have planted many different kinds of herbs. We like to cook with them, eat them raw, and use them in our soap! Some of our favorites are basil, parsley, and rosemary. If you've never done much cooking with fresh herbs, you'll be amazed at the difference. 

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The Home Orchard

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orchard homesteading
Having access to our own fruit is absolutely wonderful.  In our orchard we plant not only tree fruit, but berries as well.  At the new house, we're working on establishing our orchard.

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How To Build a Cattle Panel Trellis

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How To Build a Cattle Panel Trellis
There are a lot of vegetable plants that benefit from being supported.  For our tomatoes, we generally use tomato cages* that are strengthened with t-posts*

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Gardening Isn't Just for Summer

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planting garden seeds in the winter
In the past I've had a greenhouse.  But to be perfectly honest, I always found it a lot of work and I never enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed gardening the rest of the year.

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Rotating Your Vegetables in the Garden

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Rotating Your Vegetables in the Garden
Once we had all of our garden beds built, we had to decide how to lay out the plants within the beds.  We try to spread out our vegetables so we have a little bit of everything everywhere.

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The Importance of Building Your Soil

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gardening with rabbit manure
One of the main reasons that I have a garden is so that I can have a reliable source of healthy vegetables for my children to eat.  I have found that even organic vegetables aren't necessarily grown in nutrient-rich soil.

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