The Best Tomato Puree

The best tomato puree is... homemade. While making dinner this evening I needed some tomato puree... but had none. Here's a way to make the BEST tomato puree I've tasted... First, take some sundried tomatoes. These are some sundried, organic tomatoes from my garden from last summer: Next, add some good red wine: Simmer this gently for about 5 minutes: Puree this using a blender: Est, voila! Tomato puree! Read more [...]

Lawn to Vegetable Garden, 1 Year On…

One year ago I had a crazy idea to turn the 13,000 sq ft lawn into a vegetable garden. After a little work... One year later and I am feeding my family, canning, pickling, and make chutneys and sauces. I've given food to friends, food baskets to our daughters' school auction, and donations to our local food bank. There is a before and after photo. set at Flickr Front Lawn to Vegetable Garden or as a slideshow below. Read more [...]

Running Out Of Strangers

When we lived in the city (Portland, OR) we were surrounded by people (593,820 strangers at the last count), and one of the main reasons we moved here is because we enjoy our privacy. Peace, quiet, and space awaited us. But as the poet John Donne … [Continue reading]

Gold for the Garden

My dad, Fred, would have loved living out here. Fresh air, lots of space, a big garden with room to grow anything, an infinite number of things to fix or invent, and country smells. As a child I remember that whenever he drove past a freshly-manured … [Continue reading]

What Julia Child Knew About Gardening

Why should you start growing your own food, and how can you get started quickly? In this article I show you how you could be eating your own, home-grown food in less than four weeks, and I also tell how you can get free organic vegetable, herb or … [Continue reading]

The Winner of Our Discontent

I never expected that we'd be the ones receiving the church "charity" Christmas basket. Every year we contributed to our church gift baskets with dried and canned foods, baked goods, and also helped to collect second-hand clothes, games and toys. And … [Continue reading]