Cacao beans and powder
On the food calendar, there are days for celebrating chocolate in various forms: dark (February 1; the whole month is devoted to chocolate and has multiple observance days), cake (January 27), candy (December 28), to name a few. This Friday, October 28, is a general yay-for-chocolate day. In recent years, […]

National Chocolate Day


Backyard Farming Jack-o-lantern
The large jack-o-lantern pumpkins we carve in the fall do not make great pies. For that you need to Harvest them when they are small. But there are wonderful additional uses for your carved pumpkin leftovers! Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe Nothing beats homemade roasted pumpkin seeds. Half of the reason […]

Pumpkin 3 Way: Uses for Your Carving Pumpkin


raised garden beds
Raised garden beds are extremely popular these days, however, some beginning gardeners ask themselves why they need raised beds at all. At first glance, they do not seem to offer much advantage over planting directly into the ground. If one conducts a quick search on the internet to try to […]

Raised Garden Beds: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives




dog in bathtub with DIY shampoo
In this article, we will make a really luxurious homemade dog shampoo. Using some simple ingredients, one can craft a very high quality dog shampoo that smells wonderful, cleans effectively, and moisturizes your dog to cut down on itching. You will want to use it on your own hair and […]

Homemade Dog Shampoo: Luxurious Cheap and Easy


Hugelkultur in home gardens
What is Hugelkultur? Hugelkultur is a method of raised bed gardening perfected by Austrian permaculture guru Sepp Holzer. Another Permaculture expert, Paul Wheaton, has a good summary of Holzer’s work on his website richsoil.com. You can also check out Sepp Holzer’s English website here as well as search the web for […]

Hugelkultur in Home Gardens