How to make fresh fruit liqueurs (vodka cordials)

By |2019-02-05T21:45:59-06:00May 14th, 2018|Gardening|

Cordials are my new favorite thing. Although the ingredients—fresh fruit, sugar, and vodka—have all been my favorites for quite some time. Ahem. These vodka infusions are so easy to make, yet no one will believe you made them yourself. Just grab your favorite fruit, but if you don't know where to [...]

Preserving your onion harvest by freezing

By |2017-05-17T09:35:28-06:00May 3rd, 2014|Blog, Gardening|

I harvested my first crop of sweet onions today, and boy was it satisfying! I planted in fall 2013 and harvested late in spring 2014. First and foremost, I learned that onions need loose soil to grow large bulbs. I'd planted straight into the ground and mixed in some compost with the native soil, but [...]

What the heck is a hugelkultur?

By |2017-05-17T09:35:29-06:00April 8th, 2014|Blog, Gardening|

Hugelkultur, or hugel beds, are an old German gardening method. The basic concept is very simple: bury wood in the ground, then cover it with earth. As the wood rots over the course of time, it will create a spongy, water-retaining, nutrient-filled interior. You plant directly on top and on the sides of the hugel [...]

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