It was so nice — then it snowed

18
After all, this is northern Minnesota, so we expect snow way into April. But after 60-degree days and no freezing at night, all of our snow had melted and the sun was out. The...

We’re planning for spring gardens

25
But last night, it was -40° F! That surprised us, as we'd been expecting (via the weather forecast) temps in the -20s. Boy, did the house ever snap and creak! All houses do that...

Q and A: canning with broth instead of water, fertile eggs, and corn tasseling...

1
Canning with broth instead of water When canning low acid foods, can I use flavored broths instead of plain water for the liquid? For instance, I want to can some pinto beans. I would like...

We had a big freeze, but the harvest goes on as usual

3
You know that "frost" warning I told you about? Well, we did the usual; covered the tomato and pepper plants...I didn't have enough tarps for everything... Then just before dark, I turned on the...

Q and A: Spaghetti squash, trimming tomato vines, and wrong canning time

3
Spaghetti squash and trimming tomato vines The spaghetti squash is beginning to turn yellow. When it is almost ready, can I pick it early and let it ripen in the house? Also, some varieties of...