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Ten and the Giant Beet

beet cake, and pink smoothie, here I come

Look what I pulled out of my garden!    Tennyson is holding  a beet, the size of a cantaloupe, now washed, peeled, and cut into chunks in my freezer.   I love fall, when we can pull all the produce out of the garden and put it in jars (fermented) or in the freezer against […]

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gardening does so much more than provide food

Is there anything better than garden tomatoes?   Twenty years ago, we used to make my sister-in-law, when she was a college student, sing a John Denver song before we gave her any of our garden tomatoes: “Only two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love and home-grown tomatoes!” Yesterday, Apr. 5, I […]

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More Winter Produce

I had a similar experience.   This picture was taken 3/2/06.   I covered up my strawberry plants for the winter.   When I uncovered them, I found a couple of heads of green leaf lettuce.   I had grown lettuce in this bed the year before and it obviously reseeded!   It was the […]

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blooming garden in the dead of winter

After DH built me some winter garden boxes (removable, on top of my square foot boxes), I planted them with onions and chard and spinach last fall.   I meant to go out and water them, but, well . . . it’s been a bitter winter here in Utah.   I’m kind of lazy and […]

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Who you gonna call, Part IV: network-marketed juices, pills, candy, and skin creams . . .

The juices . . . Xango, Noni, Pharmanex, and some brand-new ones . . .   I’ll get some furious emails for this one, because the juice folks are plentiful and have absolute religious fervor about their $30 bottles of juice from the tippy tops of mountains half a world away.   There’s a new […]

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Freebie composting (also, Bob dies)

We’ve had a beautiful  Indian summer in Utah, and the last couple of weeks, I’ve come home from my Saturday run past my neighbors bagging their leaves.   I asked them to drop the bags off at my house instead of the dump, and we layered them in our compost boxes as the “brown” layer […]

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It just keeps giving! On extending the life of the garden—

It’s going to freeze any night now, and I’m leaving town, so we undertook a family project today  to bring  in most of the remaining garden crops.   Since I quit  putting up  sugar-added, processed food in jars years ago, I’ve learned new ideas to preserve nutritional value in my garden’s yield.   Here’s how […]

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