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    Is Self-Sufficiency Just a Fad?

    Late last year, a friend asked me if I thought that the push to a more self-sufficient lifestyle, spurred by the onset of a global pandemic, was just a fad. That once things returned to “normal”, would people give away their chickens and turn their gardens back into grass. This, of course, came on the heels of a seed shortage and a time where it became harder to source chickens for their property. Oh – and let’s not forget the perceived shortage of goods supplied to us via the industrial food supply chain. My answer? I hope not. Every time there is some sort of crisis, there is an urge…

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    Putting Your Garden to Rest During Winter

    As the days cool and winter draws near, I like to put my garden to rest. Of course, we grow some kale here and there and usually our garlic is planted in October, but I use December/January/February to really take a step back from gardening. As much as I love gardening, it’s nice to have a respite from it, though I typically use that time daydreaming and planning the next garden. We start the process of putting our garden to rest by removing any diseased or mildewed plants. We take extra precautions by burning any diseased material. We’ll pull up any dead plant material (like tomatoes or cucumber vines) after…

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    Let’s Talk About Okra

    I feel like people who don’t like okra are the ones who have only experienced it being slimy and gross, similar to snot. Not very appetizing to most of us, right? But I LOVE okra. I love the gorgeous flowers that appear on okra plants. I love how quickly they grow. I love eating them fresh, pickled, preserving them. The only thing I don’t like about okra is how the plants always make my arms break out when I’m picking. One of my favorite ways to eat okra fresh is by roasting them.  Heat your oven to 400*F and slice the okra pods length wise. I toss them with just…

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    Our 5 Favorite Toddler/Preschool Gardening Books

    I have a book addiction. It started when I was just a child myself – we had a spare bedroom at our house with built-in bookshelves and I made it almost a mission to fill them. When a used bookstore opened locally, the children’s section was well stocked thanks to me. I want to make sure that my son enjoys reading. While he doesn’t necessarily have as much of a love for reading as I do, I want to make sure that he does find pleasure in having a book in his hands. So we make it a point to read at least one book every day. I like to…