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Q and A: Gardening and homesteading questions — 5 Comments

  1. have read articles on your saving seeds and thought you might be interested in the article “seed saver’s exchange, svalbard, and corporatism” – don’t want to be in the magazine and don’t need a reply – just thought you might be interested to look it up on the web.

  2. A note to Laura in Washington – try looking into “cordwood” building. I entertained the notion of building a cordwood home myself, though have since settled into a ‘suburban homestead’ outside of Vancouver BC. Cordwood building can be done as time allows, and from all I have read, it is possible for one person to complete a project – with occasional help if it is available due to the height of the walls. You’re basically using cordwood like bricks, and running mortar to add the next run of wood on top of the last. If you’re looking to build a small home anyway, there are lots of ways you can adapt what you have – even working in some cob construction, which is also in use here in the Pacific Northwest. Artistic builders can work bottles and found windows into the design for light, and added interest, and the insulation value is high.

  3. Some one wanting a Christmas Pickle recipe This may help it is reallly pretty.
    Spiced “apple ring” pickles
    1 gal large cucumbers, peeled, sliced and cored, I cut mine in sticks like french fries
    1/2 cup vinegar
    2 oz red food coloring
    1/2 Tablespoon powdered alum
    2 cup vinegar
    2 cup water
    8 cup sugar
    4 sticks cinnamon
    5 oz red hots candy
    Method, Soak cucumbers 24 hours in l gallon of water with l cup poowdered pickling lime. Drain wash in clear water, soak in cold water 3 hours and then drain.
    In a large kettle combine the 1/2 c vinegar food color alum and enough water to cover cucumber slices. Simmer 2 hours and drain. Make a syrup of 2 cups vinegar, 2 cup water, 8 cup sugar stick cinnamon and red hots. Boil and pour over pickles repeat the process three days Third day put picles in canning jars and seal. Makes about 7 pints of “spiced apple rings” They are bright red and pretty on a Christmas relish plate

  4. I too have always wondered why my onions did not get very big. This year I heard they need several applications of fertilizer, spread between the two rows of onions (about 8″ apart). It worked…my onions this year are the biggest I’ve ever had…will try even harder next year.

  5. About growing onions. I grow them in Mississippi. I get sets and usually put them in in February. The problem I had was that when I first planted I listened to someone who said they knew what they were doing and told me to plant the entire bulb in the ground. Works for shallots, not so much for regular onions. Only plant the root part in the ground, leave the rest of the bulb above ground and you will get better and larger onions.