Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

orange cayenne pepper jelly

Pepper Jelly —- I say this all the time, there is nothing I can’t stand more than when people make false claims online.  It’s why I have an issue with many marketing techniques of today.  It’s also why I started to blog my Realistic Recipes. Nestled in my vegetable garden…

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Zinnias…. and a personal confession….

red zinnia

At the beginning of Spring 2017, I received a free packet of zinnia seeds with something I purchased.  I can’t even remember what it was.  At any rate, I don’t like clutter so I didn’t want the seed packet sitting around, so I put the seeds in some little expanding…

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Creative and Inexpensive Garden

garden boxes for deck

Garden Deck Decor I love to upcycle or repurpose. I’ve been wanting some containers to grow some lettuce and small carrots near the house.  I noticed when I had my gourmet lettuces growing in the garden, I would forget about them and not use them until they got too big…

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Harvesting Again – Perennial Seeds

seed harvest

Perennial Seed HarvestSo adding to the typical busy season, it’s busy at home as well!  Perennial Seeds!  So much to do for the end of the growing season.  I am just about finished harvesting some flower seeds.  While I am all about perennials, I have some areas  I would like…

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Canning Tomatoes

canned seasoned diced tomatoes

Canning or Preserving Tomatoes What do I do with all those tomatoes! When I was growing up, my mother canned everything – every kind of pickle (we even had a dog named Pickles that had puppies and they named the runt Gerkins…) you can imagine, peaches, pears, jellies, jams, tomatoes…

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Lavender

lavender garden

Lavender Lavender Lavender For many years, I have used lavender scents for everything. If there is a detergent, air freshener, oil, you name it, I will immediately choose lavender.  If you have never tried lavender citrus incense, you must!  It definitely rivals a good dragon’s blood or patchouli (I know…

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Old Windows…DIY Greenhouse!

how to build small greenhouse

Building a Greenhouse I’m not sure what possessed me to do this.  I have been enjoying gardening so much this year that I wanted to extend my growing season.  I also wanted to plan ahead for germinating seeds very early.  My biggest mistakes this year while gardening was not getting…

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Birdhouses…. in Your Soul

unique birdhouse

Birdhouses – Designs Birdhouses – who knew?  Well, after building custom designed rabbit hutches, I started to look around and realize I had so much leftover material.  I didn’t want to throw it all out or burn it (especially when I have nasty neighbors who called the police stating we…

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Growing Hops on a Garden Obelisk

Building a Garden Obelisk I’ve always liked garden obelisks.  I purchased a metal one a few years ago and loved it – in fact, this is the one I purchased.  It was perfect for my clematis near the front porch – a nice focal point to the entryway. I’ve recently…

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Backyard Chickens and Gardening – Part Two

how to grow mushrooms

Gardening — If you just got here, don’t forget to read part one – backyard chickens – revisited. As I mentioned, I re-purposed wood from an old deck into raised bed gardens for gardening in our chicken run and then decided to purchase chickens.  Gardening and chickens do not go…

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Backyard Chickens and Gardens – Part One

yellow sex link chicken

Backyard Chickens Again Life has a funny way of changing or “circling back”….. When I was growing up, gardening was a normal part of life.  My father had a huge garden sitting in the middle of an acre in the suburbs of Baltimore County.   I remember spending hours picking…

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