Spring is nearly here. That means its time to get gardening in earnest! I have written tons of posts and made lots videos about gardening over the years. So, below, I’m going to detail what I’ve got going on in my garden right now and what’s coming up in the near future. Then, I’ll also intersperse links to some of my related posts. That way … Continue reading Vegetable and Spice Garden Time!
Hi all! Today was the big day! Copies of Grow Your Own Spices started showing up at homes everywhere. Some dear friends of mine spontaneously started sending me photos of their copies as they arrived. It was amazing because it felt like we were together for a moment. But as more photos showed up on Facebook, Instagram, in texts, in emails… I started to think … Continue reading Grow Your Own Spices Arrives – at Homes Everywhere!
Lately, I’ve had several people tell me that they don’t think they can grow spices where they live. I happen to know that’s simply not true. You can grow many spices anywhere if you put in a little effort to create ideal growing conditions. That’s why spices like coriander have literally been grown on all 7 continents, including Antarctica. Here are a few resources I’ve … Continue reading Spice Gardening for Indoor Landscapes, Greenhouses, and Outdoor Gardens
Hi all! First, I have some not-so-good news to share. We had to push back the release of Grow Your Own Spices to January 5th because the first shipment of books was damaged in transit. Now, on the upside, the new copies are all set to be shipped out starting on January 5th. I just received my early copy. So, I can now officially verify … Continue reading An Inside Look at Grow Your Own Spices and the Secrets of the Publishing Process, Plus Personal IOUs for the Holidays!
Hi All! With my new book, Grow Your Own Spices, coming out soon (and already available for pre-order from many booksellers and on Amazon), I’ve been doing talks and interviews to get everyone excited about growing spices in 2021. So, today I want to share a link to a 2-hour course I taught this week on Growing Spices. Free Spice Gardening Course This course was … Continue reading Free Course on Growing Spices
I think food dishes taste better — and nourish more than our bodies — when they are steeped in long-standing traditions and cultural diversity. That’s one of the big reasons that kimchi makes my top ten list of all time favorite ferments. Not only is it easy to make at home, but thinking of those traditional Korean methods of making kimchi collectively as a community … Continue reading Fermented Food Fight Over Kimchi
Saffron is one of the most exotic seeming and expensive spices in the world. Yet I grow an abundant perennial crop of it in a weedy, but compost rich patch of ground in my North Carolina backyard. Okay, so my backyard isn’t exactly a typical yard. It’s a homesteader’s fantasy of organic food production meets ornamental farm meets ecologically managed wildlife paradise – complete with … Continue reading Growing, Harvesting, and Curing Saffron at Home (with Video)
Hi Everyone! I’d like to share a link to The House and Homestead. This is a blog and educational site run by a former city girl turned modern homesteader, living in Canada, named Anna. Anna is a down to earth, thoughtful person with mad vegetable gardening and canning skills. She also does an incredible job of demonstrating effective ways to include young children in homesteading … Continue reading The House and Homestead
Hi everyone! It’s finally fall here in Northwestern North Carolina. After the intense heat, humidity, and heavy rains we’ve had for the last two months, this weather is an amazing gift. I just wish I could wrap it up and share it with the West Coast for awhile to help all those brave people out there coping with this especially challenging fire season. For those … Continue reading Growing and Harvesting Ginger at Home (with Video and a Peak in My Fall Garden)
Sesame is a surprisingly resilient seed and spice plant that many people can grow at home. You’ll just need to give it full sun, a healthy dose of compost, and a long warm growing period to develop those delicious seed pods. It’s also easy to harvest by hand. Just make sure you pick those partially dried pods before they open sesame! If you want to … Continue reading The Secrets of Sesame
As a homesteader, I grow most of our vegetables, herbs, and fruits. I also raise chickens and ducks for eggs and keep goats for dairy. But until a few years ago, I still bought most of my spices. Since I use tons of spices when cooking and making ferments, that meant I still had a pretty hefty grocery bill. So, spice by spice, I’ve started … Continue reading Growing and Harvesting Mustard for Spice
For all you spice lovers, get tips on growing, harvesting, curing, and using garlic. Plus, get a preview of the stunning cover of my new book “Grow Your Own Spices”. Continue reading Grow Your Own Spices (with a Video on Growing and Harvesting Garlic)
Coriander and Cilantro are the same plant at different stages. Learn how to grow and use both. Continue reading Cilantro and Coriander
Learn more about the annatto, achiote, or lipstick tree. Its seeds are used to color food naturally and spice up many food dishes from its native growing areas. It is also a lovely ornamental that can even be grown in pots. Continue reading Annatto, Achiote, or the Lipstick Tree