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  • Sourdough Benefits
    November 1, 2014 PJ Jonas

    Sourdough Benefits

    Ever wonder if sourdough bread is really that different from "regular" bread? Other than the fact that sourdough bread and sourdough bagels use a sourdough starter to leaven the dough (make the dough rise), while most "regular" breads use yeast, are they really that different? And if they are different, does it really matter?
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  • Harvesting and Preserving Vegetables
    July 4, 2014 PJ Jonas

    Harvesting and Preserving Vegetables

    In years past, we have spent many hours canning, dehydrating, fermenting, and freezing our fruits and vegetables.  Lately, the children are eating more and more of the produce straight from the garden, so I find there is less need to preserve.
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  • Perennials in the Vegetable Garden
    July 3, 2014 PJ Jonas

    Perennials in the Vegetable Garden

    I am a big fan of perennials because you can plant them once and they come back year after year.  In our vegetable garden, the only perennial "vegetable" that we plant is asparagus.
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  • The Herb Garden
    July 2, 2014 PJ Jonas

    The Herb Garden

    Over the years we have planted many different kinds of herbs. We like to cook with them, eat them raw, and use them in our soap! Some of our favorites are basil, parsley, and rosemary. If you've never done much cooking with fresh herbs, you'll be amazed at the difference. 
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  • The Home Orchard
    June 30, 2014 PJ Jonas

    The Home Orchard

    Having access to our own fruit is absolutely wonderful.  In our orchard we plant not only tree fruit, but berries as well.  At the new house, we're working on establishing our orchard.
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  • Gardening Isn't Just for Summer
    June 26, 2014 PJ Jonas

    Gardening Isn't Just for Summer

    In the past I've had a greenhouse.  But to be perfectly honest, I always found it a lot of work and I never enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed gardening the rest of the year.
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  • Rotating Your Vegetables in the Garden
    June 25, 2014 PJ Jonas

    Rotating Your Vegetables in the Garden

    Once we had all of our garden beds built, we had to decide how to lay out the plants within the beds.  We try to spread out our vegetables so we have a little bit of everything everywhere.
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