Spinach Pies

Spinach Pie

Spinach pies are one of my favorite ways to use fresh spinach. In fact I never met a spinach pie that I didn’t like. With the usually cool wet spring we’re having here in the US this year, we may be looking at a bonanza spinach crop in home gardens all across America. The recipe…

A Beginner’s Guide To Fruit Tree Grafting

Cambium Layers Of An Apple Scion

Grafting is a basic homestead skill that’s easy to learn. If you don’t already know, most modern apple and other fruit trees; as well as some grapes, are grown from two parts: a “root stock” and a “scion”. For the purpose of this discussion we’ll refer to all hand-grafted plants as “trees”. The root stock…

Why A Canning Jar Will Break During Canning

Broken Canning Jar

  Last week I had a canning jar break in my pressure canner while I was canning bone-in chicken. Sometimes you can hear a jar break in the canner during processing and sometimes you can’t. Often when you’re not expecting it, a bad surprise and a big mess is in store for you when the…

Do You Know Which Way Vines Grow?

Morning Glory Vine

It’s an interesting natural phenomenon that 92% of all vines and plants that twist and climb, do so in a counterclockwise direction. People living in the northern hemisphere at one time believed that vines growing in the northern hemisphere twisted and grew in a counterclockwise direction; and that vines growing in the southern hemisphere twisted…

Propagate Plants With Stem Cuttings & A Mason Jar

Day 1 - A Newly Planted Stem Cutting with A Mason Jar

One of the fastest and easiest ways to reproduce certain types of plants is by a method known as “stem cuttings”, “truncheon(s)” “striking” or “cloning”. It is an asexual method of plant propagation that usually requires only a small leafy section of stem from one parent plant. When the stem section from a parent plant…