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Ajvar Relish

By Fredrica Syren: I love this time of year when our homestead is completely exploding with vegetables and fruit and sometimes even unexpected too much of one or two kinds. It’s a luxury problem I know so you won’t here me complaining and instead I love the challenge of coming …

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Uses for Fresh Herbs

By Kim Robson: At our home, we love to grow our own veggies whenever possible. Fresh herbs top the list for culinary and medicinal uses. Every spring, I start a container garden for the season. Invariably, I pick up a variety of herbs to grow. I usually get mint, basil, …

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Making Compost Tea

By Larraine Roulston: Layering fruit/vegetable peelings with dry yard trimmings makes a great soil conditioner to enhance your garden. When soil is healthy, the helpful microbes greatly outnumber the harmful ones and keep them under control. Finished compost not only feeds the good microbes by increasing their numbers and diversity but also eliminates the …

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Harvested Tomatoes — How to Preserve Them and Eat Them

By Fredrica Syren:  I love this time of the year when our homestead is exploding with ripe vegetables and fruits. My tomato plants are producing like never before, and on top of that, I also received tomatoes from a neighbor who does not know what do with her huge tomato …

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DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

By Kim Robson: Come springtime, I always have a glut of empty mason jars that have been emptied gradually over the fall and winter. They clutter up our gardening shed, clinking around and getting in the way of things. It’s too early in the year to start canning — so …

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Programs for Donated Fresh Veggies

By Larraine Roulston: Many farmers and backyard gardeners who enjoy their freshly picked organic harvest can seize the opportunity to share their excess bounty with those less fortunate. As they see it, they are delighted that soup kitchens, food banks and pantries are able to distribute much more than just processed foods. In Canada, …

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Life on an Urban Homestead

By Fredrica Syren: My family (my husband and our three children) and I live on an “urban homestead.” This term refers to a household that grows, through gardening and livestock, most of the food it consumes. The difference between an urban homestead and a farm is that an urban homestead …

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DIY Seed Pots from Common Household Items

By Fredrica Syren: It’s hard to imagine that soon prime planting season but believe it or not, it’s fast approaching. Now is the time to plant seeds and set them in a sunny window indoors until they grow into plants ready to transplant outside. I like to plant my seeds …

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