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  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Mar 2 2018 - 4:10pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    One of the chores you can do in the winter season is to inventory your stored food. Whether  it's dehydrated, canned or frozen, it all has an expiration date. 

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Jan 5 2018 - 11:18pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    I've not bought or used a freeze dryer but a friend just did, and she's very happy with it. Has anyone here bought or used a freeze dryer?

    Here's the one she bought.  

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Dec 31 2017 - 4:26pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    In the dead of winter, while you're at least partially living off last year's harvest, is the time to plan out next year's plantings and fill in any holes left by your seed-saving. I cannot tell you what to order in your location, for your climate or the mini-climate that is your garden, but I can suggested avenues of interest, 

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Nov 19 2017 - 6:47pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Is anyone else in this group using a cold frame? It's a great way to grow simple greens in the winter, using free solar energy. They require very little work to set up and not much work to maintain. We built one out of a sheet of foam insulation, cut up with a sheetrock knife, four $10 thrift window sashes, and duct tape.  

    But you can make a more permanent structure. Here's one with a brick base (source - Roedale) 

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Nov 11 2017 - 9:48pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Here's a great article from the Old Farmer's Almanac on protecting your garden during autumn frosts. 

  • newsbuoy's picture
    Oct 21 2017 - 10:57am by newsbuoy


    Site location:  Le Souf, Erg Oriental, Wilaya d’El Oued, Algeria

    Area of GIAHS: 52 911 ha

    Population working for this system: 44 968 pers.

    Topological Characteristics: non fertile lands with aquifers

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Oct 8 2017 - 9:31pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Show us some of your harvest this year in this thread. No mater how small, it matters. It's much, much better to be 5% ready to grow your own food than not at all. 

    Example: Above are just some of our pickled, canned homegrown jalapenos. We also made cheese-stuffed ones that are in the freezer, and there are more on the way. Lots of seed saved for next year.

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Sep 24 2017 - 9:46am by Wendy S. Delmater


    The Old Farmer's Almanac, which is uncannily accurate in its weather predictions (based on sunspot activity), is a resource I use all the time. 

    Here is a list of their first and last frost dates for 2017 for the USA. Look for your state, then the closest city.

  • Adam Taggart's picture
    Sep 14 2017 - 3:17pm by Adam Taggart

    Nick Papadopoulos (aka Nicky Bobby), founder of CropMobster, is in the process of releasing season 2 of CropMobster TV -- its mission is to highlight best practices in sustainable food production.

    He's currently on a trek visiting every county in California and reporting on the success stories he's discovering in each one.

    The first three episodes can be watched below:

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Sep 7 2017 - 1:02pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Flooding in farm country after Hurricane Harvey. 

    Two Octobers ago my home state of SC was the recipient of rainfall maybe half as bad as that from Hurricane Harvey. Here are some lessons learned from that storm that may apply to situations like future hurricanes.