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The secret ingredient of Nettle Soup is…

a good helper wearing mismatched snow mittens.

You might want to make your own rose water.

If you could capture the magnificent essence of roses and put it in a bottle, would you? I would.  Even if the gardens weren’t yet all in, even if you couldn’t get in or out of the front door, for the pile of dirty laundry waiting to be walked to the washer.  The roses are ready and are fleeting. With
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Got chickens? Get garlic!

I’d like to pass on to you the very best advice I ever received regarding chickens.  Garlic.  Fresh garlic chopped finely and steeped in apple cider vinegar, when added to the chickens’ drinking water, can cure many a poultry woe.  It’s a real and accessible answer to the panic that sets in when a chicken is down.  And boy, do
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We have to talk about the Market.

I think it’s been four weeks now that I’ve been setting up my little tables at the Poynette Farmer’s Market. Each week I find myself a little more put-together.  That first week, I had only 1 table and a meager selection of unusual, not-incredibly-robust seedlings.  My expectations were pretty low – it’s a small, casual market in a small, casual
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Harvesting bits where we can.

Goodness is popping up all over the place these days, and we’re harvesting what we can.  Lettuce, asparagus, nettles…and our Flower Fairy is keeping us in a steady supply of fresh-cut flowers. Nary a bloom escapes her attention – this morning’s fresh pick was iris.  I hardly noticed they’d opened before she came bursting in the house with a mitt
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Prenatal Home Visit, ungulate edition

Dear Gloria, Garnet, Sylvia, and Irene – I hope this letter finds you well in the last days (weeks?) of your respective pregnancies.  I am so pleased to see your ever-expanding bellies and am hopeful that your offspring will be prolific and healthy.  Surely you understand the importance of good prenatal care as our mutual responsibility.  This, I’m afraid, is
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Chickens We’ve Loved: Daffodilla

We lost a good chicken recently. One chick in last year’s Spring batch clearly stood out from among the rest.  It was mottled black and pale yellow, with a prominent yellow splotch on the top of its head, differentiating it from the rest of the 80-odd chicks brooding in our spare bathtub.  This chick was immediately called out as special
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Learning to soothe ourselves

While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend waiting till the snot runs to make yourself a batch of Echinacea Elderberry Syrup, I have to believe the urgent, very immediate necessity of said syrup combines with the healing essences of the herbs to make a more potent, thereby effective herbal concoction.  Well, that’s my hope at least. Last week was one of those
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Up to my elbows in seeds

I joined the Seed Savers Exchange this year, both the Vegetable and the Flower and Herb Memberships.  And wowee – am I glad that I did.   If little things like heirloom seeds and vast selection and varieties that have been passed down for generations are important to you and your garden, head over there and get crackin’ on your own
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Do you know the Burdock Boy?

Teething is hard, hard work.  It seems to be a perpetual cycle of good days full of non-stop smiles, interspersed with rough days of sore gums, drooling, and extreme tenderness.  It was on one of these tender days when we fell into a soothing solution entirely out of necessity. We had been out on our weekly pilgrimage of errand-running, a
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