Thursday, September 14, 2017

The best dehydrator recipes to preserve the harvest

As summer winds down so does the garden. Now all that's really left to do is battle the occasional pest and harvest, harvest, harvest! If you're like me you have fresh fruit and veggies absolutely everywhere!

Preserving food is kinda my thing so I did a lot of canning and freezing this year. I mean A LOT! I wouldn't want all that lovely garden produce to go to waste after all. Just when I was at my wit's end for places to put more canned jellies, sauces and pickles...I remembered the dehydrator!

dehydrating fruit and vegetables

I've had this dehydrator for a few years but haven't used it much for food. I use it constantly for herbs and flowers but food? Nope. I have like 3 things I make in it. Which is really silly because dehydrated food takes up much less space to store it then preserving food using any other method!

I only have a few dehydrator recipes myself but luckily, I know the right people! So I called in the big guns and asked my favorite homestead bloggers what their best dehydrator recipes were. While I was waiting, I grabbed some peaches and whipped up a batch of homemade fruit roll ups in the dehydrator.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

How to keep spiders out of your house (naturally)

As summer ends I find myself confronting wildlife in my personal space more and more. First it was a mouse taking up residence in the back of my ATV. Now, it's spiders in the house. Nothing creeps me out more then spiders and seeing 3 in one week inside my house sends me into a panic! Unfortunately as temperatures turn cooler, they're looking for a warmer spot to hole up for awhile and a house seems like a good deal to them. Luckily there are several things I can do to keep spiders out of my house.

spider repellent

I'm well aware that most species of spiders are completely harmless, yet that gives me no peace of mind whatsoever! If I see a spider in my house I'm either squishing it, or sucking it up with the hose attachment on my vacuum. That works really well for spiders that have gotten themselves up to the ceiling. As a bonus you can vacuum up the web at the same time!

First things first, you need to stop them from getting into the house! To keep spiders from getting in, make sure your window screens don't have any holes in them and the frames fit tightly in the windows. Bugs hang out by windows because they are attracted to the light. Spiders like bugs, so it just makes sense that spiders are hanging out outside your windows. Make sure there are no holes they can slip through and no spaces between the frames so they stay on the outside of the window.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

5 reasons why plants love garlic

Quite awhile back I wrote about all the uses for cinnamon in the garden and have been surprised at how many times that post has been viewed! It would appear that organic gardening is very popular right now and many people would rather use natural remedies then chemical, store bought ones. 

garlic for gardens

Well I thought it was time we talked about garlic! Garlic (Allium sativum) can be used in lots of different ways in the garden also. Garlic is well known to have antimicrobial properties, but did you know it can inhibit certain fungus too? From chasing off herbivores to curing fungus, garlic is very versatile and of course...organic.

Friday, August 11, 2017

How to use Red Clover

Red clover is one of my favorite herbs to use. Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is often thought to be a weed since it has the tendency to show up in unkempt areas like roadsides and empty lots. Since it tends to grow wild, it's easy for me to find on my foraging walks. It is a perennial plant and is a member of the legume family. It's often used as a cover crop or grazing crop and helps to improve the soil.

Truth is, red clover has a ton of wonderful uses! Red clover is high in many vitamins and minerals and it has a long history of uses in herbal healthcare. Also, the flowers are edible and make a lovely garnish for desserts.

uses for red clover

Red clover is one of the first herbs I tried when I started using herbs back in the early 90s. I had read in a little booklet called Historical Uses of Herbs that it was good for certain female issues and for stress. I had both of these problems so I started drinking red clover tea daily and the problems sorted themselves out in a few months.

After that I was hooked! I read everything that little booklet said and tried every herb I thought I needed. Over the years I've used many herbs but my love affair with red clover has never waned.
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