Backyard Mini-Farm

Two Ways to Preserve Herbs

Two Ways to Preserve Herbs

Our Minnesota temps at night are dipping into the mid forties which means that tender annual herbs like basil are starting to turn. Perennial herbs like sage, thyme, chives and oregano hold out a little longer until it frosts. I like to have nearly everything harvested […]

Pickled Jalepenos

Pickled Jalepenos

Many of you know that I have a fairly large garden for growing fresh veggies all summer long. The trick to gardening is to either limit yourself to growing only what you can eat fresh or to learn what to do with it when you […]

How to Freeze Sweet Corn

How to Freeze Sweet Corn

One of my most favorite experiences of the summer is that first bite of sweet corn on the cob around the 4th of July when the sweet corn is just starting to be ready. The sweet corn crop continues through the rest of the summer […]

How to Preserve Spinach

How to Preserve Spinach

  I was gone for a week camping and getting in touch with nature and upon my return, my once manageable spinach crop was suddenly out of control! The whole garden was really pretty impressive but seriously, check out the ridiculous size of those spinach […]

Preparing the Garden for Spring

Preparing the Garden for Spring

  Standing in the middle of my grandmother’s strawberry patch, I pick up the red fruits eager to make jam with her. To my left are many rows of tomato plants, beans, cucumbers and a lot of other plants that I have yet to learn […]

Raising Spring Chickens

Raising Spring Chickens

Spring is time of renewal and new life. I see new life in the form of buds on each of my orchard trees and witness baby animals of all kinds emerging from the woods behind us. Raising chickens is a unique experience that is linked […]

Sweet Potato Miso Soup

Sweet Potato Miso Soup

Guess what?!?!?  I have baby chicks!  Yes, for real. Live, adorable, fluffy baby chicks! These fluffy little ladies are the start of my backyard egg layers that will provide entertainment, enjoyment, and nutritious delicious eggs for my family.  The breeds are a variety of mostly brown egg […]

Harvest Bounty and The Casual Veggie

Harvest Bounty and The Casual Veggie

Please note this post contains affiliate links Crisp October air and the first frost of the season can only mean one thing: its harvest time! Growing up on a rural farm, we had a huge garden full of your basic vegetables like radishes, carrots, potatoes, […]


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