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Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries are usually the last berries to ripen in the summer (sometimes alongside some late to the party blackberries). The bushes grow wild across much of southwestern Ohio, but the ones I used for this syrup are from a cultivated patch.  Elderberry syrup is easy to make. You'll combine equal parts elderberries and water in a pot along with sugar in the type and amount of your choice. I usually use honey, adding it as the mixture simmers until I'm happy with the taste. Bring the elderberries and water to a boil, then lower to a simmer until the mixture is reduced by half or a little more. Strain and store in the fridge for adding to all sorts of...

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Planting Potatoes in the Greenhouse

At the farm where I work we have a small, unheated greenhouse. Just as last season ended, I decided to try to use compost to heat the greenhouse just a little - just enough to help along the greens and herbs that were overwintering there.  The greenhouse has three rows: two rows of soil along the outer edges, and a gravel path in the middle. The row on the left I reserved for the compost, and the row on the right held the plants. Every time I visited the farm over the off-season, I piled a little more manure and hay on the greenhouse compost pile. This should be about the time in this post where I tell you that it...

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Six Seed Types You Probably Have in Your Kitchen Right Now

It's funny how we separate things in our minds, isn't it? Even though we know sesame and flax are seeds, since we're used to eating and not growing them, we put them in the "food" category as opposed to mentally classifying them as seeds that we could stick in the ground and grow. We can, though, and each of these seeds produces a beautiful plant. Quinoa Yes, you can plant the quinoa you have in your cupboard right now. It produces a  4 foot tall plant with a strong stalk holding a clustered flower head at the end. Different types of quinoa have differently colored flower heads. The leaves are edible, too! Sesame Plants grown from sesame seeds are tall...

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