Home /Homesteading /Geothermal Blooper: Some Geyser ActionWhen it comes to construction, particularly remodels, surprises are part and parcel. That said, nothing could prepare me for a geyser in my front yard.After picking up my son from school, we headed to the farm to see how the geothermal installers were progressing.
Home /Homesteading /Gratitude in ActionThis time of year, there’s a lot of focus on what we’re thankful for in life—on our blessings. The call to give thanks is blasted on commercial jingles and plastered across greeting cards. Many of my Facebook friends’ timelines are filled daily gratitudes counting down to Thanksgiving Day.
Home /Recipes /Caprese SaladThis easy, elegant salad is versatile and beautiful to serve as an appetizer or starter salad any time. Summer produce is best, however, because the rich flavor of the tomatoes with the crisp basil leaf and creamy mozzarella are a taste symphony.IngredientsTomatoesBasil leaves or sprigsFresh mozzarella cheeseExtra virgin olive oilSalt and pepper (optional)PreparationSlice the tomatoes and mozzarella into the same number of thick slices.
PHOTO: Ben McLeod/FlickrI remember the first tomato I ever liked. I was probably 7 years old and visiting my grandparents’ small home in the rural islands north of Seattle for the weekend. I was wandering the garden while the adults chatted. My grandpa had planted his heirloom beefsteak tomatoes against the west side of a white-painted, concrete-block garage wall.
I have been building raised garden beds for over five years, mainly to grow vegetables. I recently branched out to build ornamental beds. Grow Melons And Pumpkins VerticallyBy now, you probably know that you can grow melons and pumpkins on a trellis. You also probably realize that melons, in particular, need extra support on a trellis, in the form of slings, bags, or hammocks made of nylon pantyhose.