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3 Things to Make with Dandelion Roots this Fall – Including Caffeine-Free Coffee

Fall is here, and it’s time to pick the dandelions! Oh, folks, fall is finally here; isn’t it lovely? No more back and forth, with one day in the high 70’s and the next – rainy and cold. Fall has settled in to stay. And that means everyone is hurrying to bring in the last few tomatoes and get their winter squash picked and stored. It means you’re nearly done canning, and the holidays are just around the corner.

Harvesting Lavender: A Guide for Harvesting, Pruning and Drying Lavender

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Lavender is a beautiful and fragrant plant. Harvesting and pruning it the right way can improve your plant longevity, and allow it to really flourish. Learning how to dry lavender opens up so many ways to use lavender. In this guide, we will discuss when to harvest it, how to prune, and basic drying methods.

How to Grow Lettuce

Lettuce is an easy to grow, cool weather loving, annual crop that should be included in every spring and fall garden. Learning how to grow lettuce is pretty straightforward, and these tips will have you harvesting an abundant supply of greens within one month, and full heads of lettuce within two. Lettuce is one of my favorite crops to grow because it tastes so much better, and has a higher nutrient content than store-bought alternatives. A packet of seeds can produce plenty of lettuce for your fresh salad needs, and if you harvest from the outer leaves of leafy varieties …

How to Grow Carrots from Seed to Harvest

Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables to plant in the garden. They’re fairly low maintenance, once you get them growing. They’re versatile (even the greens are edible), and they store really well, making them a fantastic addition to any self sufficient garden. Homegrown carrots are delicious. Like most other vegetables grown at home, you have a much larger variety available to you than any you’ll find at the grocery store. Before we started growing our own, I had no idea there were purple, red, white, yellow, and all sorts of shades of orange available in carrots. Each with its …

How to Harvest and Dry Basil

Basil is one of our most used herbs, so I try to grow lots of it in the garden each year. The height of summer means lots of basil ready for harvesting, but we certainly can’t use it all at once. That’s where drying it comes in handy. Learning how to harvest and dry basil fresh from the garden means you can use this fragrant, delicious herb year-round.   When to Pick Basil