Easter Lilies = A Silent Killer…MUST READ!!

An important reminder to share with our readers, whom we ask to please help spread the word as widely as possible at this time of year.  Please take care not to share your chocolate with your cat or dog, and to take the sad message of this post to heart.  Wishing everyone and their cat…

Wintering Over Honeybees

Originally posted on A farm for all seasons:
As we’ve updated you earlier, we winterized our bees this winter by wrapping roofing paper around the hive and supplementing them with some hard candy. We’ve had some very frigid days but recently we’ve had some record high days in the 60’s. During one of those unusually…

New Year, New Tactics

Originally posted on Strawberries in the Desert:
My potted fig is thriving. It’s just over two years since I planted it and it’s taken to the wall down the skinny side of the house like…well, like a slug takes to lettuce. We can squeeze past to prune it because it’s pinned to the wall. Espaliered. Branches…

Cute as a Caterpillar!

Originally posted on A farm for all seasons:
We see a lot of the Woolly Bear Caterpillars up here in Wisconsin and supposedly the harshness of the coming winter can be forecast by the width of their banded coloring. The Woolly Bear Caterpillar is a fuzzy black caterpillar with a tan/orange band down the middle.  Folklore has…

Farmhouse Cheddar for Beginners

Originally posted on How to Provide:
Farmhouse Cheddar By Ricki Carroll Ingredients: 2 gallons whole milk  (You can use raw milk or store-bought) 1 packet direct set mesophilic starter or 4 ounces prepared mesophilic starter 1/2 teaspoon liquid rennet (or 1/2 rennet tablet) diluted in 1/4 cup cool, unchlorinated water 1 tablespoon cheese salt Cheese…

When April Showers…

Originally posted on thehopefulherbalist:
This I saw on an April day: Warm rain spilt from a sun-lined cloud, A sky-flung wave of gold at evening, And a cock pheasant treading a dusty path Shy and proud James Hearst (1900 – 1983) ~ March closed with a beautiful warm, dry day; a day for weeding, hoeing,…