May 2009

Top Bar Bee Hive

by Daisy Barnyard

I remember the family beehives from childhood– smoldering cotton sending puffs of smoke from granddad’s smoker, jars of comb submerged in amber, chewing the honeyed wax like gum. I always knew I wanted to continue the tradition but I thought living in a subdivision meant no bees for me. I was happy to learn I […]

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Succession Planting Planner

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

SUCCESSION PLANTING is the term gardeners use to refer to planting something else in place when a previous crop is all finished. To pull this off effectively, you need a few things: 1. A diagram of your garden with zones marked off and numbered/lettered/named for old boyfriends, whatever…The one above is of four of my […]

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Easy Organic Garden Plant Food

by Daisy DIY

picture from Tomatocasual.com Sometimes our plants go yellow. Or brown on the leaf edges. Or just generally unhappy in a well-watered, pest-free, yet-some-how-still-unhappy way. The plant is probably hungry. You can go CRAZY trying to figure out if it’s missing calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, what-have you, OR you can just use this: Veggie Plant Food (Enough […]

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Three Sisters Flop Alert

by Daisy FLOPS

Who knew the Three Sisters method of planting corn, beans, and squash would get so much press all of the sudden? From community education gardens to the White House, everybody and his dog is planting a Three Sisters garden. How can I put a new spin on it that will make throwing my hat into […]

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Easy Organic Garden Bug Repellant

by Daisy DIY

See those aphids? They killed that plant. But I mixed up some voodoo and I haven’t seen one since. Allium Tea 6 cloves garlic 1 onion 1qt warm water 3T liquid soap* (not detergent) Buzz first three in blender. Add soap. Steep overnight and strain. Spray directly on bugs as a killer or use in […]

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Whole Wheat Crepes

by Daisy Breads

I may be crunchier than I thought because I think these taste even better than the ones made with white flour. Whole Wheat Crepesmakes about 10, 8″ crepes 3 eggs1 cup milk1/4 cup water1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour1/2 tsp. salt2 T. melted butter Wisk all ingredients together or blend in blender or food processor. […]

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Free Garden Plan: Squash Garden

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

Gourds (squash, cucumbers, zucchini) are one of the few families that play well with other members of their own family. However, squash get the worst bugs imaginable: Squash Vine Borers and Squash Beetles. (That’s why they’re not in my Beginner Garden Plan at all.) So, placement of beneficial plants is VERY IMPORTANT. I don’t care […]

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Strawberries and Spinach: A Love Story

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

Don’t you just love love? You know, when two very different souls unite to form a greater whole than the sum of their parts? And then, you toss them together in a delicious salad drizzled with a tangy-sweet vinaigrette? That’s my kind of love story. Spinach and strawberries don’t just make a handsome and delicious […]

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Free Garden Plan: Beginner Garden in a Day

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

When I first started gardening, I had no idea what to plant, where to plant it, or what grew well with what! So, for you beginners, we’re going to skip all that and just give you a recipe. It’s all worked out for maximizing your companion plants and all that good stuff, so relax and […]

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Clothesline Time

by Daisy Green Up

It’s time for me to start using the clothesline again. Some stalwarts dry clothes sans dryer year round regardless of the temperature but I’m a fair weather clothesliner. I’m opening up this post to your best tips and advice for air-drying laundry, indoors and out. Technique, anecdotes, advantages and everything else. Do you let your […]

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Companion Planting Made Easy-ish: Part 3 of 3

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

As we’ve said before, companion planting is like seating your guests at the wedding reception. 1. Members of the same family shouldn’t be seated together. 2. Hatfields and McCoys must be kept across the room from each other. Today, we cover Rule 3: Sometimes, somebody dated someone else’s sister and it ended very badly, so […]

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Companion Planting Made Easy-ish: Part 2 of 3

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

We’ve already covered Rule One: Separate Family Members. If you missed that one, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention a particular plant family. So go back now. Learning this stuff for each and every species will make your ears bleed. Seriously. In this part we cover Rule Two: Separate Hatfields […]

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Companion Planting Made Easy-ish: Part 1 of 3

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

When I was describing all of this to TL, she made a wise remark. Companion planting is just like planning the seating at your wedding reception. 1. Too many members of the same family shouldn’t be seated together. 2. Hatfields and McCoys must be kept across the room from each other. 3. Sometimes somebody dated […]

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Easy Homemade Sour Cream

by Daisy Dairy Foods

1. Put 4 tbsp cultured buttermilk in a bowl (introduces protective, delicious, lacto-bacteria found naturally in all unpasteurized milk.) 2. “Splash in” 2 cups half and half. 3. Cover and leave out 12-48 hrs to achieve desired thickness and sourness. FOR THE LOVE OF PETE DON’T STIR IT!!! 4. Refrigerate to stop lacto-bacteria growth and […]

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No-Measure Whole Grain Pancakes

by Daisy Breakfast

Technically, yes, you have to measure, but they are the kind of measurements I can hang with–approximate. I make these all the time because I don’t have to get a cookbook or recipe card out. I just scoop, dump and stir. The measurements are approximate and that’s the beauty of ’em. No measuring spoons or […]

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How to Hide Edibles in Your Front Yard

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Edible Landscaping, when you have a homeowners association, is all about distraction. When you look at the above picture, do you see my crops? Would you notice them if I hadn’t told you? That’s what I’m talking about. Behind my pansies, behind the fence, is fifty strawberry plants and five asparagus in a mulch bed […]

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How to Buy Goat Bedding

by Daisy Barnyard

Goats don’t ask for much. A roof over their heads and some bedding on the ground. Unlike dogs, they feel no need to come in at night and sleep soundly until morning. For bedding, I suggest straw. Cheap, fluffy, and makes great mulch or compost after it’s all peed upon. However, you do need to […]

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Zucchini Pie

by Daisy Main Dishes

Gardeners—get ready. Summer’s almost here. Can the squash harvest be far behind? Zucchini Piemakes one 11-in. pie 1 large or 2 smaller zucchini, sliced3 eggs1 cup milk4 oz. grated cheese like monterey jack, mozzarella, cheddar, or any combo1 tsp. each chopped fresh oregano and rosemary1/4 tsp. salt1 T. chopped roasted poblano peppers (or a similar […]

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Cinder Block Compost Bins

by Daisy DIY

What can you do with: a gillion cinderblocks an ever-growing piles of organic trash an ugly hidden part of the yard begging for a purpose Something so ugly and at the same time so beautiful…. Here are the pdf instructions for constructing this bad boy, minus the ‘doors’. I don’t like my compost spilling out, […]

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How to Feed A Goat

by Daisy Barnyard

Before I get to the feeding part…Guess who gets to keep her goats???? ME! Feeding a goat in your yard requires two things: Fiber and Feed 1) FIBER–always available, never let them run out. Keep lots of hay (~$6 a bale, lasts long time) around to make sure they get enough fiber. However, if you […]

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