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In “permaculture” language, this is an area planted with mainly perennial plantings of differing heights including trees, bushes, herbs and flowers that are arranged so they all benefit each other. The idea is that the grouping provides a good assortment of food, mulch crops, insect pollinators, etc. with minimal outside inputs or on-going planting. I’ve had this project in my head for years and even had an area set aside and cover cropped with rye for two years. Finally, I’ve started in with the shovel to make it into reality.
The area I chose on the farm already had a snow peach tree, a young sweet yellow cherry and locust tree growing so that gave me a foundation to start with. I may add a few more small fruit trees in the future as I see how the space develops. Continue reading →
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During my Thursday garden demos in Lehmanâ€™s retail store in Kidron, Ohio, I stock my table display with conversation starters and educational tools from our farm. Churning butter prompts stories from folks who churned many a batch in their youth. On the plate of freshly harvested veggies, people often inquire about the bright yellow pattypan squash or the unique Mexican Sour Gherkins and in the bouquet of flowers, Bells of Ireland are the main attraction.
Even with all these fun things, the most popular display is likely my humble plate of edible weeds. Unless you have a perfectly landscaped and chemical-sprayed yard, everyone grows weeds and is curious to learn which ones they can safely put on the supper table. Continue reading →
Itâ€™s time for a tasty and versatile seasonal goodie – kale! Cold weather is when kale comes into its glory and following our recent holiday feasting, it is a healthy addition to the menu.
Kale, like most greens, is happiest in cool weather and a frost will make it much sweeter as starches turn to sugars. As late as last December, the Red Russian Kale was still flourishing in my various cold frames (see photo) and depending on the temperatures, I normally can continue harvesting this hardy green through the dead of winter. Continue reading →
I am a big fan of letting our food be our medicine and winter is a great time to put that into practice. When dealing with minor ailments for family members, my first choice is searching for things in my kitchen cupboards or from the garden rather than unpronounceable chemicals found in drug store aisles. Since it is the season for â€œwinter yuck,â€ I have gathered some of the basic remedies our family uses this time of year. Continue reading →
Our organic gardener, Karen Geiser, is sharing this recipe during her frequent seminars at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio. For those of you who might not be able to make it to the store, here’s her easy recipe for flavorful fermented sauerkraut. If you’ve been curious about fermented foods, but aren’t sure where to start, this is the ideal recipe for you!
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The other evening our family made a quick trip to Italy. No pricey airline tickets, just a quick ride around the corner to the home of one of my veggie customers who built an outdoor cement oven. But the food tasted like we were an ocean away. Continue reading →