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Phil Williams

Chestnuts

Harvesting & processing
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 4:29 PM

I planted 4 chestnut trees in 2010. This past fall was the first time they produced any nuts. There wasn’t a ton, but I wanted to try harvesting and processing the nuts by hand to see if it was a viable convenient human food source on a permaculture homestead. Also, I’d never even tried chestnuts. » Read more

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How to Grow Wine Cap Mushrooms

A simple way to grow wine cap mushrooms
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 5:02 PM

A wonderful article on how to grow wine cap mushrooms and add a new delicious crop to the Spring and summer garden.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/how-to-grow-wine-cap-mushrooms-ze0z1602zhou.aspx

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Seed Saving Tips

An instructional video
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 11:29 AM

A simple and informative video about the basics of seed saving and other resources to look at as you get more advanced and begin sharing those seeds.

http://www.groworganic.com/organic-gardening/videos/seed-saving

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Storing your Harvest in a Root Cellar

The right setup and conditions for proper storage
Monday, January 19, 2015, 1:51 PM

When it comes to storing your harvest, you have a couple of options. Freezing, dehydrating, canning, and storing fresh in a root cellar. I prefer freezing berries, corn, beans, peppers, peas, tomato based vegetable soup and eggplant. I like to dehydrate my herbs, early season apples and pears. Canning is great for pickles, tomato based soup (which can also be frozen), and beets. The root cellar is a great place to store your late season fruits, root vegetables and pumpkins for the winter. Onions, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, turnips, cabbage, pears, and apples do well in a root cellar. » Read more

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4 Vegetables you can plant now for a fall harvest

Get those last minute garden veggies planted
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 4:37 PM

With Fall upon us, there is still time to get in a few fast growing crops into the garden.  Here are 4 ideas to get you started.  Don't forget about your kale!

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/4-vegetables-you-can-plant-now-fall-garden-harvest.html

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Phil Williams

How to Preserve Tomatoes with Dehydration

Preserving your tomoato harvest for future enjoyment
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:14 PM

The end of the summer is the time for tons of tomato production, and preservation becomes necessary. There are many ways to preserve tomatoes, but dehydrating is definitely my favorite because it is simple and dried tomatoes taste great in soups, on top of winter salads, or even plain as chips.

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How to Harvest and Store Potatoes

A simple way to store your spuds
Monday, September 1, 2014, 4:19 PM

Potatoes are an excellent source of calories that can be easily stored up for the winter. All you need is a cool, dark, humid place free from any rodents.

1. Dig up your potatoes after the plant has died back. Pick a dry day, and use a potato fork to carefully uproot your mounds of potatoes.

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How to Preserve Sweet Corn

Putting up your harvest
Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:32 PM

I really like sweet corn, but most of my corn comes ripe around the same time, so I can only eat so much fresh. The rest, I think blanching and freezing is the easiest and best way to preserve that sweet corn taste.

1. Pick your sweet corn at the proper time, not too late, and not too early. The best time to pick the corn is when the silk on top of the corn husk is brown and dry. » Read more

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Harvesting & Storing Onions

Harvesting & Storing Onions

It's harvest time - here's guidance on how to best cultivate & keep onions

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Washed Garlic

How to Harvest and Store Garlic

Methods and tips for saving your crop
Monday, August 4, 2014, 6:12 PM

I actually almost forgot to harvest my garlic this year. Thankfully, I wasn’t too late. I was probably a couple of weeks later than I should have been, but most of the garlic was still good. One could say it is a resilient crop. 

When do you harvest garlic?

It really depends on the garlic. I harvested towards the end of June, but it should have been mid-June. It is best to observe the tops of the garlic. You should harvest when most of the leaves are still green, but two or three of the bottom leaves have gone brown. This will typically give you a mature tight head. The idea is to pick the garlic when it is mature, but you don’t want to pick it so late that the cloves start to separate. If you pick at this ideal time, the garlic will store well. » Read more