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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 Much Space Does a Chicken Need, Anyway?

How Much Space Does a Chicken Need, Anyway?

We began our backyard chicken keeping experience in the spring of 2010 with five chickens and a much smaller coop (similar to this coop) than we have now without really thinking about how much space chickens need to be happy, healthy and productive.  At the time, we were simply very excited and proud of what we had built and our new…
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…