Old Fashioned Blueberry Crisp Recipe

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Blueberry Crisp Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE fresh blueberries! In addition to growing blueberries in our backyard {we have 12 blueberry bushes} I also like to stock up when I can find a deal and freeze them for use throughout the year.

Fresh produce rules, there is no doubt about it!

Here is my favorite Blueberry Crisp recipe, I hope you like it, we sure do.

Ingredients for the filling

6 cups fresh or frozen blueberries {I used frozen berries}
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup all- purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped into bits
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Ingredients for the topping

2 cups old fashioned oats {I used quick oats}
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, melted

Old Fashioned Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl combine blueberries, butter, flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Pour into a 9×13 buttered baking dish.
Place the ingredients for the oatmeal topping in bowl and using a fork, work the ingredients together for a minute or two until they are nice and crumbly. Sprinkle over blueberry mixture, cover with foil and back for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook an additional 20 minutes or until the juices are bubbling.

Serve warm with ice cream.

For more rustic recipes, be sure and check out Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More. I own a copy of this cookbook and I love it!

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Travel Tip – Convert Your Hotel Sink into a Makeshift Cooler

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Travel Tips

One of the ways I like to save money while staying at a hotel is to turn our hotel sink into a makeshift cooler.

We live in the northwest corner of the United States, so most of our vacations involve hoping on a plane. And since the HH isn’t really keen on hauling a cooler on an airplane, then on to a subway and then into a hotel room, {really? C’mon, it would be fun!} I make do with the resources I have.

Mainly, the bathroom sink.

How how do I convert the hotel sink into a makeshift cooler?

Easy. Once everyone is done brushing their teeth, I wipe down the sink and then head on over to the hotels ice machine. Having ice cold milk for cereal, TEA ;) and coffee the next morning is not only a money saver, but it saves time as well.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather enjoy a quick breakfast in my hotel room before heading out to see the sights, than spend my time listening to “I’m hungry. What are we going to eat? When are we going to eat?”

I simply grab some easy food supplies the night before on the way back to our hotel room at a local market.

Do you do this too… or am I just weird?

~Mavis

Looking for more Travel Tips? See the full list of Travel Tips HERE!

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Potato Tower Update

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potato tower

Well, the potato towers we planted this spring are still hanging in there. I kind of wish I could knock them over to see what’s inside but the leaves are still thriving and everything is green so I better not. {Plus, I know if I wait, the potatoes will get bigger!} ;)

potato tower

Potato Tower #1 - I covered the potatoes with 6 inches of dirt. My plan with tower #1 was to add additional dirt {but no more potatoes} as the potato leaves begin to pop through the soil.

I’ve only added dirt twice so far and since the stems are not super huge, I just decided to stop there and see what happens. This is the only tower with leaves growing straight up.

potato tower

Potato Tower #2 - I covered the potatoes with 6 inches of dirt, then added 5 more potatoes. I ended up doing this 3 times. Someone had suggested I try this method to see if it would grow more potatoes.

So far so so good. Nothing to exciting to report other than leaves are popping out of the sides and I am starting to see a wee bit of yellow. I’m not sure if it’s from lack of water or if this spud plant is on it’s way out.

potato tower

Potato Tower #3 - This tower was planted with alternating layers of potatoes, dirt, potatoes, straw, potatoes, dirt. Again, someone suggested this growing method because it had worked for them.

This tower surprised me. Because we packed so much soil and straw inside of the wire , I thought for sure we’d suffocate the plant and nothing would grow but I was totally wrong. Potato tower #3 seems to be doing the best out of all of the towers.

potato tower

And then we have the compost bin made out of recycled wood pallets. What a show off. Do you see how dark and green those leaves are? Monkey Boy and the HH have been adding grass clippings to the bin each week after they mow.

Basically these potatoes have been drugged with whatever fertilizers they’re using on the grass {I don’t as questions because I have nothing to do with lawn maintenance}.

I think when it comes time to harvest these babies it will be interesting to see how they compare with the ones grown in the towers. I have a feeling thought that the potatoes will be huge. What do you think?

~Mavis

Are you growing potatoes this year?  How is your crop coming along?

DIY How to build a potato tower

To find out how I built my potato towers go here: How to Build a Potato Tower

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Tutorial: Hot Water Bath Canning

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Hot Water Bath Canning TutorialBecause canning comes second nature to it me {I swear I could do it with my eyes closed} it never occurred to me that someone might actually want a step by step tutorial on HOW TO CAN using the hot water bath canning method until I received an email from One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Emily asking if I could post a picture tutorial.  Um, yes, absolutely!

  1. First, pop over to my canning essentials post to make sure you have everything you need.  
  2. Wash all of your canning jars {I use the dishwasher, mostly because I have a sanitize function on it, and I am lazy.}
  3. Fill your canner  with water.  The water will need to completely cover your jars and lids, so how full you fill the canner with depend what size of jars you use.
  4. Pour a 1/2 cup or so of white distilled vinegar into the water.  This will help keep your canner and jars from getting a film from minerals in the water.canning lids in pan
  5. Bring the water in the canner to a boil.  You will want to do all of these steps BEFORE you start prepping whatever you are canning, because it takes forever for the water to boil.  Seriously, wars have been won and lost in the time it takes to get my canner to come to a rolling boil.
  6. After you have prepped whatever you will be canning, heat a small sauce pan with water.  When it reaches a LOW simmer, drop your lids into the pan and turn the burner off.  Leave the lids to sit until you are ready to use them.dilly-beans-canning-recipe-dill (1)
  7. Fill your canning jars, leaving the appropriate amount of head space {space between whatever you are filling the jar with and the top of the jar}.
  8. Now wipe all of the rims of the jars with a wet clean washcloth or paper towel.  This is to remove anything that might cause the lid not to seal properly.how-to-can-pears-recipe (1)
  9. Place the lid on the jar and screw a ring onto the jar.  Don’t over-tighten the rings, just screw it on like you are putting it away in the fridge, not like you are hoping to ask Ryan Gosling to help you open it later.
  10. Now, fill your wire canning rack with jars and gently place the rack into the canner.  The water will stop boiling the second you submerge the jars.  That is normal. Make sure the jars and lids are completely covered and will be the entire time you are processing {boiling the jars}.Hot Water Bath Canning
  11. When the water reaches a rolling boil again, start your time.  This may take awhile, don’t be worried.
  12. While the jars are processing, lay out towels on your counter to place the jars when you remove them from the canner.canning pears
  13. Once the timer goes off, grab your jar lifting tongs {the jars are, I’m pretty sure, as hot as the sun, so the tongs are a must} and gently lift the jars out one by one, placing them on the towels you laid out.  Be careful to give each jar plenty of space on all sides, placing the hot jars too close together can result in the jars breaking.  Also, accidentally hitting the hot jars on another jars equals breaking, or so I’ve heard.  Ha.
  14. You may hear a popping sound as the jars cool, that is the lids sealing.  Yeah!  {You may not hear that noise, either, but that doesn’t mean they are not sealing.  No noise good.  Noise good.  Everything good.} After the jars have cooled, check the seals by pressing the middle of the lids with your finger. If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.  You can further test it by removing the rings and lifting the jar an inch or two holding only the lid.  If it stays sealed to the jar, you did good.
  15. Now remove all of the rings for storing your canned goods, the sealed lids are good enough.  Clean your jars with a wet cloth {stickiness on the jars is pretty normal, but you don’t want to store it that way, it will attract ants, etc.} and store them.

That’s basically it.  In a nutshell, water bath canning is just boiling your jars of canned goods for a designated amount of time.  Sheesh, I should have just said that instead of breaking it into 15 steps!  Ha.

Happy Canning,
Mavis
basic canning set
Need a Water Bath Canner?  Amazon has them in stock and ready to ship.

A few of my favorite canning books:

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook
Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Put ‘em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide
Tart and Sweet: 101 Canning and Pickling Recipes for the Modern Kitchen

See More of my Canning Recipes HERE

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Pallet Gardening – An Abundance of Strawberries!

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pallet garden

Last night after I watered the pallet garden I snapped a few pictures so you could see how it’s coming along. To be honest, I think I get more bang for my buck with the pallet garden in the spring and fall.

Using the pallets to grow cool weather crops like lettuce is not only a space saver but it looks better too. And you know when your’e a gardener living in suburbia, you gotta have that cool factor. ;)

pallet garden strawberries

I’m not sure what happened, but the strawberries are growing like crazy all the sudden.

wood pallet garden strawberries

This is just one strawberry plant and as you can see it’s loaded.

strawberries in wooden basket

I ended up picking a little more than a half quart of juicy berries. They may not look as good as the ones they sell in the grocery stores, but let me tell you Bob, they taste a heck of a lot sweeter.

pallet gardening celery

After a little pruning, the celery is starting to come back to life. This won’t be picked until fall anyway so it still has plenty of time to grow.

pallet gardening swiss chard

And the Swiss chard I transplanted from the greenhouse last month is looking good as well.

pallet garden

And last but not least, the green beans! I should be picking them by this time next week!

Yee-Haw, backyard gardening is cool.

How about YOU? Have you ever tried growing anything in a wood pallet before?

~Mavis

heat treated wood pallet

Want to learn more about wood pallet gardening and how I put mine together? Click on the pallets above and it will take you to my first pallet garden post of the year. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing a pallet.

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Mornings with Mavis – Baking Mats, Stylus Pens, Rain Boots, The North Face, Hot Camera Deal + More

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lucy puggle puppies

Yesterday I was in the backyard watering and all the sudden I noticed 3 pear cores on the ground and Lucy munching on one of them. I asked The Girl if she new anything it and she said “Ya, I wanted a snack so I picked a few pears.”

What a stinker! The pears aren’t even ripe yet and she’s picking them because she misses eating them. Ha! Well now I know Lucy likes them too. Kids and dogs are funny. :)

 ~Mavis

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Vornado 154 Whole Room Tower Fan on sale for $59.99 shipped.

baking mats

Nordic Ware Bakers Half Sheet, 13 by 18 by 1 Inch $10.97 {I use these ones!}
Artisan Silicone Baking Mat Set {2pk.} $16.78
USA Pans Mini Loaf Panel Pan, 8 Wells $22.44 {perfect for mini loaves of zucchini bread}
Kitchen Supply Paper Loaf Pans $15.29 {Perfect for gift giving!}

stylus-pens

Need a new stylus pen? Grab 5 silver and black stylus pens for only $1.52 shipped.

children's rainboots

Zulily has kid’s rainboots on sale for as low as $8.99 in their Puddle Lover’s Sale. Perfect for this fall!

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

Pearl Izumi Aurora Lightweight Hoodie

REI Outlet Deal of the Day - Woman’s Pearl Izumi Aurora Lightweight Hoodie on sale for $39.73 {was $85}

The North Face Sale

There are lot’s of deals on The North Face clothing this morning in the 6pm Outdoor Explorer sale. Plus you receive FREE SHIPPING too!

eating well magazine

Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Eating Well Magazine for only $7.50 a year as well as Arts & Crafts Magazine for $6.99 when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 7/25 at midnight EST.

DIY Living wall sedum succulent planter

Are you as obsessed with succulents as I am? Check out my DIY Sedum and Succulent Living Wall Planter.

Testing the pH Level of Soil

Have you tested your soil lately? Amazon currently has the Luster Leaf 1612 Rapitest pH Soil Tester on sale for $6.47.

Testing the pH Level of Soil – See my results.

groupon deals

Groupon has some great deals today, here are my favorites:

Andis 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron $24.99
Hot Wheels Mega Loop Mayhem Track Set $29.99 shipped {Beats Amazon by $6}
Samsung 14.2 MP 18X Zoom WiFi Smart Touch Digital Camera $149 shipped
400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Comforter Free shipping

New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

photo mug

Get an 11 OZ Custom Photo Mug for just 99¢ {Save $9} When you use code: 99MUG at checkout

#StJudeorBust

Last night we opened more packages for our road trip to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be uploading the pictures this morning. Only 14 days to go. Can you believe it?

This week you can expect to find 2 coupon inserts  in your Sunday paper. 1 Smart Source and 1 Red Plum. See all the coupons that should be in the inserts HERE.

Don’t get the Sunday paper? Check this site for great deals for newspapers in your area. In many areas you will be able to subscribe to only the Sunday paper if you’d prefer.

Find More Printable Coupons

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Grilled Plum Salad

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Grilled Plum Salad

Got plums? The Girl and I picked up some plums today at a local roadside stand. Luckily by the time we got home there were still four left in the bag so we could make this grilled plum salad.

If you have never tried grilled plums before, you are in for a real treat. This salad is not only easy peasy to make, but it’s good for you too!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil
4 medium black plums, halved and pitted
2 large limes, zested {reserve juice for dressing}
1 head radicchio, sliced
1 head butter lettuce, sliced
8 oz. jicama, sliced thin
2 serrano chilies, sliced thin

Lime Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons agave syrup
2 large limes, juiced
salt and pepper to taste

grilled plums

Directions

Oil the grates of your stove top or outdoor grill and preheat for 5 minutes on high. Sprinkle plums with a little salt and pepper and place cut side down on hot grill leave in place for a minute or two until your have some nice grill marks and then set aside.

Toss the radicchio, butter lettuce, lime zest, chilies and jicama in a large bowl and set aside. Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together all the lime vinaigrette ingredients.

Pour dressing over salad mixture and toss until coated, add grilled plums to the top and serve.

132+ Delicious Salads, Dressings And Dips

Looking for more delicious salad recipes? Check out 132+ Delicious Salads, Dressings And Dips by Gabrielle Raiz, it has crazy good reviews.

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Sunset Magazine Headquarters Menlo Park, CA

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A few weeks ago my online boyfriend Ryan and my buddy Harriet and I went to San Francisco to tour a bunch of gardens. One of the many stops we made was to the Sunset Magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

orange garden trellis

I guess I never really though about how garden magazines get their photos. I always assumed they had a team of photographers that toured all over the place snapping pictures in other peoples gardens. It never occurred to me that Sunset Magazine {or any magazine for that matter} would have their own garden.

sugar baby watermelon

Seriously. Not only did they have all sorts of plants, flowers and trees growing at the Sunset Magazine headquarters, but they had fruits and vegetables growing too!. How cool is that?

don't eat the berries sign

But if you think you can pick the fruits and vegetables they’ve got growing while on tour, you’d be wrong.

blackberry

The need them all ripe and juicy so they can take pictures for the magazine. :(

ryan schmitt botanical interests

Nerd Alert. This is Ryan, pointing out Gammagrass. If you have never gone on a garden tour with a plant geek before, brace yourself. It’s like taking a kid to a candy store.

gamagrass

I mean I like flowers and everything, but I certainly don’t go around calling them by their botanical name. {Okay, so maybe I don’t know their botanical name, but still}.

hollyhocks

Hollyhocks! I love these. More brides should use them in their bridal bouquets.

how to support cucumbers

And check out this rusty panel. It’s perfect for cucumbers {or other vining plants} to grow on. Note to self: Find some for next years garden.

garden containers

And look at this picture perfect head of lettuce growing in a planter. Now why didn’t I think of that? Don’t you think it would make a great hostess gift?

Sunset Magazine Headquarters Menlo Park, CA

Yep, Sunset Magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, California was an awesome place to visit.

Even if you don’t get to eat the berries.

How about YOU? Have you been anywhere cool lately?

~Mavis

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How to Peel Tomatoes

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how-to-peel-tomatoes-picturesIf there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s how to peel a tomato quickly. After all, when you grow boatloads of food in your backyard every summer, you tend to pick up a few tricks along the way.

How to Peel a Tomato.

Step 1 – Wash your tomatoes. If you bought your tomatoes at the store {Gasp!} then be sure and remove any pesky little stickers as well.

Step 2 – Bring a large pot of water to a boil

Step 3 – While you are waiting for the water to boil, score the bottom of your tomato {I cut the skin with a little x on the bottom of each tomato}

Step 4 – Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set it aside {I always put mine in the sink}

Step 5 – Once the water is boiling, with a slotted spoon, carefully place about 3 or 4 tomatoes in boiling water for about 30 seconds {or until the peel splits.

Step 6 – Once the peel on the tomato has split, using the slotted spoon carefully remove the tomato and place it in the bowl of ice water.

Step 7 – Let the tomatoes sit in the ice water for a few minutes to cool down, then core and peel the tomatoes.

That’s it. Wasn’t that easy? Now you know how to peel a tomato. :)

Canning-101-Heirloom-Tomato-Salsa-Recipe

Heirloom Salsa, it rocks! {You can use store bought tomatoes too } ;)

 

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How to Grow Your Own Food – 7/24/2013 Garden Tally

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mavis butterfield

This year I’m on a mission to grow 4,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in my suburban backyard. In 2012 I was able to grow 2,028 pounds, and in 2013 I’m going double or nothing. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll be able to achieve my goal. But, as with any adventure, half the fun is getting there.   ~Mavis

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organic vegetables

Now we’re farming! Last week we were able to harvest a little over 45 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from our backyard garden. Peas, cabbage, beets, and raspberries were the big winners and we were also able to harvest our first beans of the year too. Life is good!

I’m hoping we’ll be able to harvest our first zucchini this weekend {the slugs set us back a bit} and we are all looking forward to more fresh beans and tomatoes. The chickens are loving all the kale and Swiss chard, and actually, I think I may be giving them too much because egg production has slowed down a wee bit. Does anyone have any insight on that? This is my first year counting eggs so I’ve never really noticed before if that can play a role or not.

Here is what I have harvested so far this year:

fresh basil

Basil – 9 ounces

I LOVE making fresh pesto.

mavis butterfield

Beets - 7 pounds 15 ounces

We harvested a huge batch of beets {this is only a few of them} the other day and I can’t wait to cook them up today. We still have plenty to harvest in the garden box and have planted more seeds for a fall harvest.

bok choy leaves

Bok Choy – 4 oz

Check out this Asian Noodle Salad with Bok Choy I made. It’s pretty awesome.

head of broccoli

Broccoli – 13 ounces

Is it normal for puppies to eat all their vegetables? Why can’t kids be this way?

puggle puppies cabbage

Cabbage - 40 pounds 14 ounce

We are done harvesting cabbage until fall. There are more heads planted alongside the greenhouse and I started more cabbage seeds for a winter harvest so we should be cook for a while.Here is my recipe for homemade sauerkraut.

carrots

Carrots – 3 ounces

This is a picture of carrots we harvested last year. We had to plant our carrots 5 times this year due to slugs. We are just now starting to see a row of green tops. I share a picture soon.

chives

Chives – 1 pound 1 ounce

We are picking about an ounce a week to use in recipes.

fresh eggs

Egg Count – 1,608

The chickens are slacking off again. We only collected 62 eggs. I’m not sure if it’s the heat or if they are getting old. ;)

elephant garlic bulb

Garlic 9 pounds 2 ounces

If you have never harvested garlic before, be sure and read my How to Harvest Garlic post. It’s super simple.

garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes 11 ounces

We used these to make Garlic Scape Pesto. Yumm!

green beans wooden basket

Green Beans 10 ounces

I’ll be picking more today, this time I’ll be harvesting those skinny French beans {I forget the name}. If you have a favorite green bean recipe you think my family would like please leave the recipe or a link in the comment section below. I’m always up for trying new things.

curly kale

Kale – 7 pounds 1 ounces

I’m just not feeling the kale love right now, I just keep picking it and feeding it to the chickens so it doesn’t go to waste.

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi 5 pounds 10 ounces

All out spring kohlrabi has been harvested. Be on the lookout for a kohlrabi recipe soon!

romaine lettuce

Lettuce – 34 pounds11 ounces

I plan on planting lettuce seeds towards the middle of August when we get back from our trip to St. Jude. I think it’s a little too hot to grow it right now and I don’t want to chance it bolting so I’ll just wait a few more weeks.

microgreens

Microgreens 5 ounces

My favorite way to eat microgreens is with egg salad sandwiches.

blueberry jam with mint recipe

Mint 6 oz

I made some blueberry mint jam and also harvested some mint for tea.

oregano container herb garden

Oregano - 7 ounces

square foot gardening onions

 

Onion – 1 pound 7 ounces

We are using our onions as we need them. We harvested 2 more last week. :)

sugar snap peas

Peas – 42 pounds 9 ounces

We harvested the last of the peas last week and pea season is officially over. I’ll plant more pea seeds on August 1st for a fall harvest, but for now we are pealess in Seattle. ;)

red white blue new potatoes

Potatoes - 15 pounds 12 ounces

Would you believe we still have a few potatoes left from last week’s harvest? Crazy, I know.

radish

Radish - 22 pounds 2 ounces

I just planted more of these!

raspberries in wooden baskets

Raspberries – 16 pounds 14 ounces

We can’t pick the raspberries fast enough! This is what a typical daily harvest looks like. The blueberries should be next.

purple sage

Sage – 14 ounces

fresh organic spinach

Spinach - 15 ounces

grow your own sprouts

Sprouts -2 pounds 2 ounces

Here are instructions for growing your own sprouts.

strawberry-pie

Strawberries 9 pounds 6 ounce

The strawberries have slowed way down. I’m not worried though, production will pick up again in the fall. So far this summer we made strawberry kiwi jam, strawberry freezer jam, strawberry pie, and homemade strawberry shortcake.

mavis butterfiled

Swiss Chard 8 pounds

Chickens love it! :) :) :)

cherry tomatoes

Tomatoes 3 ounces

Sun Gold tomatoes are the best cherry tomato on the planet. Nuf’ said.

cut-wheatgrass

Wheatgrass - 7 ounces

Total Food Harvested in 2013: 244 pounds 10 ounces

Total Eggs Collected in 2013: 1,608

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more on the topic of organic gardening, my #1 favorite book is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food By Tanya L.K. Denckla.

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