Q and A: Canning questions

Canning peaches  Is there a way to can Brandied Peaches without boiling the peaches in the syrup first? Can I just can them as usual and cut the light syrup 50/50 with brandy? Second: In canning...

Q and A: fertilizing fruit trees, canning peach juice, growing Bill Bean tomatoes, and...

Fertilizing fruit trees  We moved to a new homestead in Alabama this January. It is in Zone 8. I've planted peach, plum, apple, and pear trees. All are doing well and are 4-6 feet tall....

Q and A: All-around homestead rifle and saving corn seeds

All-around homestead rifle Is a 12 gauge shot gun an all around best buy for the money and for survival? Johnny Small Fort Lawn, South Carolina It is if it works for you. When you're talking about survival,...

Q and A: canning in tainted water and canning corn

Canning in tainted water I'm new to canning. I've been at it for about two years starting with jellies and have been slowly trying new things. The problem is that I have small children so...

Q and A: cover cropping and making soap

Cover cropping Most of my vegetables are growing in 4x10 foot raised beds. I have been reading about the benefits of cover cropping after harvest and over winter and would like to know if this...