Fun with Peppers – Pickled Christmas Pepper Rings


I’m an avid backyard vegetable gardener.  I channel my Italian grandpap Pete, who had a half-acre garden and could grow anything.  My scope is not nearly as ambitious.  I plant four 8×4 raised bed boxes,…

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On the Farm – Box Turtles


When I was a kid, we always had a turtle.  Eastern box turtles were plentiful then if you knew where to look. They could be found crossing roads in the woods, or crossing a field…

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On the Farm – Oil Heat


One of the pains of living in the sticks is the relatively inaccessibility of utilities.  You city dweller take for granted things like running water, natural gas, and cable.  Live far enough off the beaten…

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On the Farm – Bunnies


When you think of bunnies, you think of soft fluffy little critters with cute little noses moving up and down, floppy ears, and a sweet disposition. In real life, rabbits are far from sweet.  Go…

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On the Farm – The Homestead


So we bought the farm. One of the best things about the place was the ability to get away.  You could walk into the upper fields and not see a single sign of anybody else…

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On the Farm – Free-range Chickens


I like chicken, but I hate eggs.  Not sure why that is, except I remember getting stomach viruses as a kid and always tasting rotten eggs as I was in distress.  I also hate ketchup. …

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On the Farm – Guns


For the most part, farmers aren’t Second Amendment nuts.  To a farmer, a gun is a tool like any other.  If you have rats in the feed shed and the cats can’t keep up, a…

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On the Farm – Pigs and Twinkies


Pigs and Twinkies I am an avid vegetable gardener.  I refuse to grow anything I don’t like to eat, though.  I put in about 25 tomato plants, 20 pepper plants, a half-dozen assorted squash, a…

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On the Farm – The Last Cows


The Last Cows Late in our farm odyssey, we decided that cows were a little too much responsibility, and really cramped your style for things like summer vacations.  During our last summer with cows, we…

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On the Farm – The Herd


The Herd No farmer is a real farmer without livestock.  After practicing with goats, we made the decision to take the plunge and bought three feeder calves.  This was done partly to qualify for a…

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