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How to Dry Jalapeno Peppers

How to Dry Jalapeno Peppers

Let’s say–hypothetically speaking, of course–that you left your jalapeño peppers on the plant until they turned red and ripe. And you’d already put all your canning stuff away for the season. Hypothetically, of course. What’s a girl to do with a big bowl of peppers? Dehydrate them, of course! First,... 

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
The Domek Family Chicken

The Domek Family Chicken

Domek Family Chicken Before Cooking
Now that you've finished off the last of those pesky Thanksgiving leftovers -- it's time to get back to some normal eating behavior, right? And, lucky for you, I've got a dish that is just about perfect for anytime of the year...

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VIDEO: Growing healthy habits in local schools

Nov 27, 2014
VIDEO: Growing healthy habits in local schools

Common Vision and Pacific Elementary School hosted a garden party Saturday  November 22nd. Local community volunteers were provided with food and snacks as they assisted with the hands on work in the garden. In late September, the school added on to the garden by adding an orchard. The orchard has twelve fruits trees, and...

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The Blue Muse
Peppermint oil: A rather useless squirrel deterrent

Peppermint oil: A rather useless squirrel deterrent

Damn squirrels have dug up the coleus plants in the three bottom pots repeatedly!I curse caterpillars aloud. I've been known to chase turkeys off the lawn while flailing wildly and I have no compunction against yelling at grub-hunting birds (with appro...

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The Blue Muse
13 things my spring gardener self needs to know

13 things my spring gardener self needs to know

The holy grail of gardening.As the summer gardening season fades away, I've got a bone to pick with myself for the choices I made earlier in the spring. Better planning and conscientiousness could have saved me a LOT of trouble and emotional energy (ye...

Brown Thumb Mama
Worms Eat My Lunch!

Oct 22, 2014
Worms Eat My Lunch!

Does anybody remember the camp song, “Dirt Made My Lunch”? Dirt made my lunch, Dirt made my lunch. Thank you Dirt, thanks a bunch, For my salad, my sandwich My milk and my munch ’cause Dirt, you made my lunch. That’s what this reminds me of. Worms eat my lunch,... 

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Thursday 13: On my mind

Sep 18, 2014
Thursday 13: On my mind

Played grease monkey with my father-in-law last month as he taught mehow to conduct the annual inspection of the Cessna 182. Surprisingly fun!With summer wrapping up in just a day or two, I've been taking stock, a brain inventory if you will. Aside fro...

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Undercover Caterer
Slow Roasted Garlicky Tomatoes

Aug 25, 2014

You didn’t think that tomato season was over did you?  I assure you it is not. Well, it almost is–at least at my house.  I learned a trick a long time ago that if you slow your watering down after the tomatoes were established and on the vines, then they end up more flavorful....

Brown Thumb Mama
The Secret to Stress-Free Gardening

Aug 13, 2014
The Secret to Stress-Free Gardening

Growing your own food doesn’t have to be a headache. There’s a secret to stress-free, easy vegetable gardening that you may have not thought of. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Come discover the secret with my guest post at Kitchen Stewardship, where I’ll share how you can... 

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VIDEO: Irrigation Integration; The Oak Ridge Elementary School Garden Gets an Upgrade

Jul 10, 2014

On Wednesday July 2nd, volunteers arrived bright and early at Oak Ridge Elementary School to help with the upkeep of the campus’s garden. Their assistance allowed ...

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