Cooking jerky in the oven

Most of the time when I make jerky, I cook it in my smoker.  Cooking jerky in a smoker tastes better to me than cooking jerky in the oven but if it is windy or nasty outside, the oven can work in a pinch.

First steps on the new property

As many of you know, I bought 9 acres of property next to my house.  The plan for this property is an eventual home site plus a sustainable farm.  I am planning to do most of the farm design work by hand and source materials from the property as much as possible. 

Saving marigold seeds to replant for next year.

This year was my first year attempting to grow a few flowers from seed.  One of the flowers that I picked was the marigold.  Marigolds are easy to grow, last all season and are easy to start from seed.  All of the above attributes are awesome however the best thing about marigolds are they are very easy to save seeds from the flower.

The Metro Pioneer runs in to a roadblock.

Those of you that have followed me over the past few years know that my goal was to turn my suburban yard in to a productive food system using edible gardening.  Unfortunately for me and my family, we hit a roadblock.   In late June, I was sent a letter from my HOA saying my yard was not up to code.  The exact wording was that I had obviously failed to maintain my yard.  

Learning how to fish.

I have been getting a lot of emails recently from people asking me some very basic fishing questions.  People have been asking me how to use a spinning feel, what the best fishing knot is and even how to put on a worm on a hook. 

Making homemade strawberry jam

My strawberry plants are really coming on.  I planted a strawberry patch 3 years ago and this year has been the best year yet for strawberries.  I have picked at least 15 quarts and there is still at least a week to go.  Not too bad for a ten dollar investment!

Garden update late spring 2015

It has been very busy around here this spring.  I added two new flower beds last year and completed my fourth garden section along my backyard fence.  It is starting to become a challenge to keep up with everything.  That is okay though. As the original beds mature with perennial plants and flowers, things will get easier.

The final section of my backyard suburban edible landscape

This past weekend, I completed the final section of my backyard edible landscape.  The section I completed was the 4th side of my fenced in backyard.  I am very excited to be able to expand my garden this year.  I will be planting veggies as well as herbs and beneficial bee flowers in this bed.