Dandelion Jelly

A new use for those misunderstood plants.

Grannie Appleseed

Spring is coming and dandelions are starting to pop up in my garden.  The dandelion’s official name is Taraxacum officinale which means “the official remedy for disorders.” The whole plant is actually edible; flowers, leaves, stems and roots.  My Slovenian grandfather used to make dandelion wine.  Our family has enjoyed tender dandelion greens in salads, but dandelion jelly?!  Never heard of that.  Of course there are a lot of things I’ve never heard of and dandelion jelly is one of them until this past week when I got an email from Sharon Peterson’s delightful Simply Canning newsletter.  She sent out instructions on making dandelion jelly.  Here is the link in case you want to give it a try!

http://www.simplycanning.com/dandelion-jelly.html?inf_contact_key=bb9493b1be621348fc191714253d7160a8535ee189626b8b4e7cd429b1cdc2e8

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What Mushrooms Can Do For You

Mushrooms are great. We love them here in my house. My 4 year old eats them like candy and her favorite food is cream of mushroom soup.  What if I told you that mushrooms (fungi) could do everything that companies like Monsanto do with chemicals? What if I told you that with fungi, you could permanently remove termites from your home? We don’t HAVE to be so dependent on these chemical companies. Want a new fuel?

Wonder what I’m talking about? Check out this article about Paul Stamets. Remember that name folks. This man could help save the planet.

Find the article HERE. Its a great article and a fantastic TED Talk. Watch and learn.


Paul Stamets holding Fomitopsis officinalis
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One Spark // Water Me Green

Great information for urban homesteaders. Those of us that are apartment dwellers can especially benefit from vertical horticulture.

Somewhere in the City

Plants are growing up–literally. The reason behind this vertical shift is because agriculture emits more greenhouse gas than planes, trains, and automobiles combined.

Come again?

With manufacturing fertilizer, storing, packaging, shipping, and delivering food, the entire process of getting that food to the table involves an awful lot of greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture also consumes plenty of land; but, thanks to an innovative new technology, plants can now skip out on the farmland and move into apartments instead. The solution behind this cozy downsizing is an aeroponic tower that even Rapunzel would love.

One Spark is right around the corner, and so is Tito of Water Me Green. When Tito’s son was born, he and his wife realized that their son couldn’t grow to be all he can be while munching on potato chips and hot dogs. They knew that their son needed and deserved wholesome, nutritious food. This desire to…

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7 Factors That Prolong Your Food Storage Supply

A lot of us know how to store food, but do you know how to prolong your storage supply? Find out here in an article from Live Well Utah.

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Author – Carolyn Washburn

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Getting in the habit of storing food has many benefits. These benefits range from financial savings to having a balanced diet throughout the year. Above all, learning how you can get the most out of your food storage will help eliminate stress and ensure peace of mind.

Storing food is a traditional domestic skill that has been used for thousands of years in time of plenty to prepare for times of famine or when food is in short supply. Wheat found stored in vessels in the tombs of Egypt was still edible after 4000 years. Regularly, food is preserved and stored to be eaten from harvest to harvest as families strive to be self sustainable. It is interesting to note that food is stored by almost every human society and by many animals. Maintaining a food supply often insures savings of time and money and provides…

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How To Compost Citrus Effectively

I didn’t know this about citrus! Great information to know!

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For gardeners, composting their kitchen waste is a habit that pays off with beautiful fresh compost every year. It’s natural, amazingly beneficial to the garden and, most importantly, free! However, there is a lot of debate about what can go into a compost bin and this leaves many new gardeners feeling confused and unsure when they first start out.

Should I Compost Citrus or Should I not?

Many experienced gardeners will recommend not adding citrus peelings. There are a variety of reasons given for this, from the acidity of the waste to the fact that citrus peels take an unusually long time to break down.  Here we take a look at each of these possible problems and the steps you can take to avoid them.

Speed Up Citrus Composting

Turning out your beautiful new compost onto the ground at the end of the season can be spoiled by having to…

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Self-Seeding Crops You’ll Never Need to Replant

Great information about Self-Seeding crops. Why buy new seeds every year when they can seed themselves? It’s better for your wallet and also a great gift idea for friends and family!

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Some crop plants are self-seeding. With a bit of light management each generation can be coaxed into providing seeds season after season.
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Letting crops flower and go to seed also supports beneficial insects!

ILLUSTRATION: ELAYNE SEARS

One of the characteristics of a truly sustainable garden is that it produces at least some of its own seed. This is most often done when gardeners select, harvest and store seeds until the proper time for planting the following year. But some self-seeding crops produce seeds so readily that as long as you give them time to flower and mature, and set seed, you will always have free plants growing in your garden. You can simply let the seeds fall where they are, or toss pieces of the seed heads into the corners of your garden, or whichever area you want them in — no harvesting, storing…

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How To Build A Simple Aquaponics System

Great information here about building an aquaponics system!

Experiments In Aquaponics

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Aquaponics is a technique enabling the sustainable production of edible fish and plants in a re-circulating system. Fish waste acts as a natural fertiliser, the plants absorb these nutrients, and the water remains clean and stable for fish. The only input is food for the fish.

Water from the fish tank is pumped into the grow beds and solid waste is removed by the addition of filter media at the water exit points. The water then travels through the plant grow beds where plants uptake the nutrients, and the water returns, purified, to the fish tank. The grow beds become a natural biofilter for bacteria to convert fish waste into accessible nutrients for plants.

The Biological Components of Aquaponics: The Nitrification Process (See Top Diagram)

The process of nitrification prevents the water from becoming toxic with harmful…

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Bottle Raising Baby Goats

Here’s a great article for all you folks with goats out there. I know several of you are already getting babies, and in case this is your first year, this article may have some good information for you. Even if you’ve been doing this for a while you may learn something new, so check it out and enjoy!

Mid-South Homestead Education

HowToBottleFeedBabyGoats    Step 1: Let them play on your furniture.

I am a big advocate for dam raising. I believe it’s the best practice for healthy and happy goat kids and goat mamas. I also believe it’s important for the mama goats to teach their kids how to be goats. Some people choose to routinely bottle raise either to practice CAE (Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis) prevention or as the simplest way to make kids friendly. However, practicing CAE prevention in a herd like mine where all the goats are tested CAE negative is not necessary. It’s also not necessary to bottle-raise in order to create friendly goats. The key to having people-friendly goats is to spend time with them at a young age, whether that time is spent giving them a bottle or simply sitting with them and letting them use you as a trampoline.

IMG_12472 This is my first bottle kid, Wybie.

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