"Joe, I have crunched those numbers before on the O2 absorbers, been a couple years though as they do not store well. I think I read they are good for about a year. This is before they are used. I had some before I knew this and they were not good.…"
"For drying in the sun I have a bunch of plastic bread racks. I cover the rack with cheesecloth, or any other similar material, then lay out what I am drying. A lot of veggies need blanching first. Then I cover with another piece of cheesecloth and…"
"I did not know about the sprouting seeds. Makes sense as they are 'alive'. I think I processed my extra in the vacume seal bags. Will have to go check, open a package and see how they do. Should have thought they'd be the same as…"
"I have been using mylar bags and O2 absorbers from Sorbent systens for about 5 years now. The mylar bags work great. they do have the specs for each type of bag. They are especially good in the plastic buckets. I have been using an iron to seal mine…"
"Are you wanting to can apples to cook for pies or sauce? I see you have some kids, my advice, if you want it, is to dry as many as you can. I always peeled and sliced them in the evening and the kids would help to lay them out on the drying trays…"
Well this year my hot peppers turned out to all be sweet peppers. I can only eat so many thin walled peppers. I picked all that were ready, red and green and inbetween. Was a 2 gallon bucket full. Also had about a gallon of tomatoes. And since we are getting the garlic beds ready I pulled up a few tomato vines and picked off the green tomatoes with the intention of pickling them. Decided to put the red and green tomatoes in the food processor with all the peppers. Went through the onions…See More
"I have also done sweet corn. It rehydrats just as if it was fresh. Also I dehydrate mushrooms, cabbage, apples, pears, banannas, broccoli. When there is a sale on mushrooms or bananas I buy some and put them in the dehydrator. Oh, also have done…"
"From the picture it looks as if it is only a few plants that are brown. Did you check to see if the are broken at ground level. An animal could have run through and broken them. My beans have strange white spots that seem to have covered all the…"
Inviting all Well-Fed Neighbors to the First Annual Well-Fed Neighbor Picnic Saturday, May 15, from noon until 8:30 pm, at Larry and Jackie Melton's Farm north of Springfield on HWY KK, directly across from N Farm Road 181. Go North on Glenstone to KK and go right or go North on 65 to KK and go left. Right at the Intersection of KK and 181. We are going to have a great day! The plan is to have Joe Maxwell and Russ Kremer on site, a pig in the ground, donated by Joe, processing donated by Russ,…See More
"Rob, No I don't have a contact. Heard about it and during Xmas season happened to be down that way during a week day. I had heard that a person needed to call and get put on a waiting list. I just stopped in. They had them and asked how many I…"
Thank you to all the warm welcomes. Charity, things are going pretty well. Thinkin I need to start building an Ark here soon. We've been here a year now. I probably won't start a group up here. I work full time and when I get home there is plenty for me to do. But I take advantage of the work environment and teach and encourage as needed. Have a pretty good network going and most the locals know I am willing to give not just take. I was able to get several coworkers to put in a group order for potatoes, onion, and seeds. As word got around others would come and ask if they could order also. This week will be picking up 200 pounds of potatoes along with everything else we ordered from Hummerts. I will find out what a pound of beet seed looks like :) Can't wait.
It is always with a pang that i leave a well-established garden, and start all over again.
One way to get the resource networking going up there is to start a Well-Fed group of your own. Working together, we can do so much more than on our own. Let me know if I can be of any help.