Cleaning Your Water Garden and Preparing for Winter

Cleaning Your Water Garden and Preparing for Winter

Organic Gardening, Sustainable Landscaping
Like any outdoor water source, a water garden collects organic matter that needs to be cleaned out. The best time to do this is when the water temperature is cooler, such as in the fall. This helps minimize any stress to fish that may live in your water garden. A few basic steps to cleaning your water garden and preparing it for winter include: Get a holding container for the plants or fish, being sure it is large enough to hold the amount of water needed to sustain the plants and fish for several hours while you are emptying and cleaning the water garden. It is best to keep the holding container in the shade during this time, also. Fill the holding container with water from the water garden, then…
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The ideal emergency preparedness food: Sprouts

The ideal emergency preparedness food: Sprouts

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Healthy Eating, Self Sufficiency
Sprouts are THE ideal emergency preparedness food! Given the rapidity with which critical global events are unfolding, preparedness just makes good sense. The question isn't whether or not to be prepared - it is what to be prepared for? Earthquakes, nuclear accidents, tsunamis, power outages and gasoline shortages have been on this week's menu. Each, of course, has its own specific type of preparedness protocols. But, no matter what kind of unexpected event looms large, there is always a need for food. Food shortages could result from any of the aforementioned potential scenarios, as well as from any number of scenarios that I haven't mentioned. There are any number of ways to approach food shortage preparedness, but my preferred method is sprouts! Sprouts are, in my mind, the number one,…
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Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Community, Our Homestead
Only a few regions of the world are fortunate enough to have a beautiful display of fall foliage when the leaves of the trees change in the fall - Oklahoma is one of them. Some areas of the our state are known for especially beautiful areas. I live in "Green Country" and this is certainly one of them. This is one area of the United States with just the right combination of tree varieties, temperature, and moisture. Temperature and Daylight Make the Difference The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar is called photosynthesis. Did you know that means "putting together with light"? A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen. The reason leaves of some deciduous trees change color is because variations in temperature and…
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Cooking with Fire Cider

Cooking with Fire Cider

Healthy Eating, Using Herbs
To make this perfectly clear, I am NOT a food blogger. I enjoy and make good use of all the many food blogs and recipes sites out there, make NO mistake, but I never intended to blog about the food I make... until today. Interested in finding out how to cook lamb shanks, I hit the internet. Tough meat, lamb shanks, I mean, this animal walked on that leg all day every single day of its life on our farm; every single day of its life. So that meant long cooking time. Many recipes I looked at called for a balsamic vinegar (which I didn't have) or a number of other ingredients not on the list of what I was trying to clear out of my fridge. But vinegar kept…
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Veggie & Fruit Superfoods to Enjoy in the Fall

Veggie & Fruit Superfoods to Enjoy in the Fall

Healthy Eating
Everyone loves festive foods. Fall time foods are some of the most exciting foods that people look forward to every year because of the special occasions that they represent. With so many great things for everyone to try, it might become difficult to make a choice about what you will make, or this might your first time making a dish for a family meal. If that’s the case, you’ll be excited to know that this article has been put together so you can get a few ideas about what you can share with your loved ones. Brussels Sprouts [caption id="attachment_3530" align="alignright" width="284"] brussels sprouts grow in a unique way![/caption] These tiny cabbages are a wonderfully versatile and delicious food that can be incorporated into wide variety of dishes. Brussels sprouts…
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