Monthly Archives: November 2015

Trench Composting for Corn

I have never really wanted to grow corn since the small amounts I desire for home cooking are readily available at the farmer’s market in season, it takes up a lot of valuable space in an already tight garden plan … Continue reading

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Winter Growing

This winter there will be a lot of focus on my indoor gardens mostly because my outdoor winter garden is a bit of a bust this year.  The collards and spinach I planted were just beginning to grow when an … Continue reading

Posted in Arugula, Basil, Cilantro, Container Gardening, Herbs, Indoor growing, Microgreens, Mustard, Organic, Red Cabbage, Technology, Thrift, Urban Farming | Leave a comment

Store Bought Reboot – Regrowing Veggies

Here at NearlyHomeGrown, food scraps usually end up being frozen for future vegetable and/or chicken stocks or composted to feed the next generation of growing food.  But I have been interested in the regrowing veggies craze and finally had the … Continue reading

Posted in Backyard Gardening, Green Onions, Indoor growing, Pro Tip, Raised Bed Gardening, Regrowing, Resources, Scallions, Square Foot Gardening, Sustainable, Thrift, Urban Farming, Vegetable Scraps | 1 Comment

Glass Gem Corn

It’s not often that a packet of seeds is so exciting that I cannot wait until spring to open the flap and take a peek inside.  Glass Gem corn is a clear exception! The Glass Gem heirloom corn variety hit … Continue reading

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V Keeping Like Why It Magnum

This has to be one the most entertaining examples of auto-generated closed captioning on YouTube! Whether or not you are interested in top bar beekeeping, click the CC button and enjoy:

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Quest For Fire

My tomatoes were troopers this year holding onto green romas, blue beauties and red delicious globes into early November, but I gave up and pulled the remainders two weeks ago just so I could begin cleaning the beds and preparing … Continue reading

Posted in Backyard Gardening, Chiles, Chili Peppers, Food Preservation, Organic, Raised Bed Gardening, Serrano Peppers, Square Foot Gardening, Urban Farming | Leave a comment

Growing Sustainability – Part 2

In Growing Sustainability – Part 1 I lauded the War Commission Gardens and Victory Gardens for what they grew, a lot of food and a more self-sufficient citizenry.  At their height, over 20,000,000 Victory Gardens dotted the American landscape and … Continue reading

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Umami in Progress

Oh sure, we can call it my shiitake block from 100th Monkey Mushroom Farm, but fresh, delicious umami in progress is what it really is and it is a bumper crop this time!

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To Buy or Not To Buy, That is the Question (Dal Fry)

Each year between September and January the question of “what to grow” must be asked and answered by growers everywhere.  This is the time of year when seeds are carefully saved, seed catalogs are perused and garden plans begin to … Continue reading

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Variations On A Theme – Potato Leek Soup

My favorite recipes are the ones that resemble a good canvas – a delicious backdrop that can be accentuated and modified by what is in season and/or on hand.  Having just finished a post about an overabundance of serrano peppers, … Continue reading

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Cooking with Wilbur Scoville

My 3 serrano plants have produced so abundantly this year that even after freezing enough raw and roasted peppers to last until next year’s harvest, giving away dozens more to friends and co-workers and drying many more to save seed, … Continue reading

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