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Sowing, Growing, and Harvesting Echinacea

Sowing, Growing, and Harvesting Echinacea

Echinacea, also known as the Purple Coneflower, is a perennial flower that is known for its beauty and medicinal purposes alike.  When in full bloom, Echinacea will attract both butterflies and bees and will make you want to spend countless hours in the garden watching all of the action!  In the fall, while you wait for the seed heads to…
How to Make Tomato Powder

How to Make Tomato Powder

It is officially the Time of Bounty again.  You've sown your seeds, cared for their sprouts, transplanted and top dressed the healthiest growers and are now harvesting a bounty of tomatoes and squash and corn and maybe even peppers from your garden several times a week if not every day. This wonderful process leaves you full of pride while feeding…
How to Pressure Can Your Own Pinto Beans

How to Pressure Can Your Own Pinto Beans

Growing up, I never even thought about canning my own pinto beans.  Every bean I ate, unless I was at a restaurant or a friends house, came from a can. They were good and they were fast and easy.  Open a can, add some salt, pepper and garlic powder and you're set! All you had to do was open a…