“A Year of Snow, A Year of Plenty”

It’s a good old weather proverb. And it’s a truism founded upon practical agrarian experience that has been passed down through many generations of farmers and gardeners. I thought you might be interested in knowing a few of the reasons behind the old-time weather adage. Lots of Snow Means Lots More Water One of the…

Plyban Cheesecloth

Plyban Cheese Cloth

I make a lot of homemade Greek yogurt. I don’t know if you know it or not but Greek yogurt is simply regular yogurt which has been drained with cheese cloth to make it thicker. In fact if you drain yogurt overnight you’ll end up with yogurt cheese – but that’s a whole other post.…

How To Plant Asparagus

A Basket Of Fresh Picked Asparagus

Asparagus is a springtime perennial vegetable and is a favorite for many home gardeners. The stalks of asparagus grow upward from the roots or crowns in mid-spring, and by mid-summer asparagus will produce light, wispy ferns that stay on the plant until the fall. After a few hard frosts the tops of asparagus will die…

Oven Temperature Testing

Oven Baked Sweet Bread

Back in the old days great-grandma didn’t have a reliable temperature gauge on her oven. She wasn’t as dependent upon an exact oven temperature the way that today’s modern cooks and bakers are. Great-grandma was a wiz in the kitchen  and even though she cooked on wood or coal fired stoves she managed to turn…

Candlemas Day Proverb

“Half your wood and half your hay you must have on Candlemas Day.” The above is a bit of folk wisdom that’s spot-on. For traditional agrarian people, February 2nd, marks the mid-point of winter in terms of weather. Today is exactly the half-way point from the winter solstice to the first day of spring. For…