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How to Make a Trellis for Your Potted Plants

Trellis in a pot and some towering support Every year I lose potted plants to freezing temperatures. Like Charlie Brown, I never learn.  Just as...

How to Peel Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds

As a big fan of Saveur.com, I'm here to spread the word, sharing their video on how to peel garlic in less than 10...

Lilies: How to Make Lily Flowers Last Longer

oriental lily
Boz and I share a love of lilies; me for its beauty and perfume; Boz for its vertical nature. Lilies, Oh Won't You Stay Just...

Vermiculture: Tom’s New Can of Worms

vermiculture worm castings
How to Make a Cheap and Portable Worm Compost Bin Black Gold, Tall Clover Tea: Homegrown worm castings and compost are in your grasp My interest...

How to Make Ketchup & Blue Ribbon Redemption

As good as it gets: homemade ketchup from homegrown tomatoes via some lessons learned. My culinary redemption is complete. As some of you may recall, my last attempt to...

Tasty Odd Couple: Strawberries & Balsamic Vinegar

fresh strawberries in a clamshell
There are two types of strawberries: those grown locally and those at home in a plastic clamshell. Local berries: soft, juicy and bruised by a simple indiscretion. Store-bought...

How to Make a Tomato Trellis: A Cagey Alternative

Tomatoes need our support.  (You trying maintaining vertical with 10 pounds of green, red orbs hanging off your branches. ) Some people cage them...

Daffodils: How to Encourage Next Year’s Blooms

In late winter, drifts of daffodils punctuate my property like streams of sunshine. They are a welcomed sight and a needed reminder that better weather is...

How Not to Make Ketchup

kitchen disaster: burnt batch of ketchup
I fancy myself as someone who is pretty handy in the kitchen, a man able to smoke a brisket, assemble a tart, craft a...

How to Know When a Fig Is Ripe and Ready to...

Knowing when a fig is ripe There's nothing like a fresh ripe fig and there's nothing like a fresh unripe fig.  Ripe delivers a juicy, succulent and...