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Monday, December 19, 2016

Looking for Like Minded Individuals

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Self Defense - Mountain Posture

Nerf Gun Night Live

First YouTube live video

How to find FREE Straw bales

Winterizing Swiss Chard

Garden Season Extension Strategies

Here's a video on how I use tunnels and bell jars called Cloches to extend my gardening season.

Thai Chop Salad with Kale

Monday, November 7, 2016

Last Peppers & Garden Season Extender Teaser

Experiment! 2 Methods of Chicken of the Woods Mushroom Storage

Cleaning and Trimming Chicken of the Woods Mushroom

How to Cure Sweet Potatoes

Curing Sweet Potatoes is a simple process. You basically put the sweet potatoes in a room that is about 80 to 90 degrees for 5 - 7 days.

I also talk about my plan for the sweet potatoes next year.

24 lbs Sweet Potato Harvest 2016

Sweet Potato Harvest 2016

This is my second year growing #sweetpotato. I #harvested 24 lbs this year which is up from last year.

As a gardener, every year is a learning experience. This year, I learned some more about growing sweet potatoes that will improve my Harvest for next year.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Chicken of the Wood surprise find

I was driving down the road and saw this huge chicken of the woods. I harvested 11.2 pounds of it and left some for later. #chickenofthewoods #mushroomhunting

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Game Cam Setup for Deer Hunting 2016

Help me answer my hunter's dilemma...

Watch the video and put your answer below.

How to get free leaf compost

FREE is my favorite price. Here's a free resource in your community. Some townships collect leaves in the fall and compost it into big pile and provide for free to the local community. It's a great win-win for the gardener with free compost and the township doesn't need to pay for disposal.

Easy Garden Irrigation Unit for Mom

My brother, Steve. and I set up an irrigation system for my mom to automatically water her garden. It's easy to set up and worked awesome. I want one for my home.

Transplanting Pepper and the Attitude of Self Sufficiency

Try this garden hack...

I interplant my pepper plant in the center of my onions. By the time the onions are done, the pepper plants are starting to take off for the season.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Propagating fig trees

We lost a lot of our fig trees two Winters ago so we wanted to add some additional ones. Propagating fig trees it's as simple as cutting a 12-inch twig off the fig tree and sticking it in a pot of soil.

Squash Seeds 2016

I'm getting my squash seeds into the peat starter pots.

This year, I am growing spaghetti squash, acorn squash, yellow zucchini, and black beauty zucchini.

Growing a Chestnut Tree from a Nut

Clucking and Yelping in my blind

Clunking and yelping with my new turkey call from aggressive calls in my ground blind. I was using their Great Horned Owl mouth turkey call.

Friday, April 29, 2016

First Morels Find 2016

I found my first coveted morel mushroom of the season. These morels were found April 25th on south facing edge of a creek bed next to a dead standing tulip poplar tree.

Tomato Plant are too big!

My tomato plant grew too big indoors so I transplanted them to a big pot.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cool Season Garden - Onions, Mustard, Collards, and Cabbage

The weather warmed up a little since my last update so I decided to transplant my onions, mustard, collards, and cabbage into the garden. I'll have it under a tunnel so I don't have to worry if it gets cold again.

Cool Season Crops into the ground!!

The gardening season is moving along this year. It's time to get some of my cool season crops into the ground. Today, I am planting my Spinach, Arugula, and Mache.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cutting the Sweet Potato Slips

Here's an update on my sweet potato slips.

Now that the slips get about 3 to 5 inches high, this video shows me trimming them off and placing them in water.

My 2016 Tomato and Pepper Selection

My selection for this year's tomatoes are Black Cherry, Black Icicle, Amish Paste, and Howard German.

While my pepper selection is Bananarama Pepper and California Wonder.

Happy Planting!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cauliflower & Broccoli Seed Starts 2016

We're "gettin' er done" here. We planted our Cauliflower and Broccoli seeds for our indoor grow lights. This season is looking to be huge!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Snow Peas Outside Planting

The snow peas and snap peas are planted outside.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Pruning my First Year Pear Tree

I am pruning my first year pear trees and getting ready for the season.

Check out the video.

Lettuce Planting 2016

Here's my lettuce selection and indoor planting.

Check out the video

Friday, March 11, 2016

My seeds didn't sprout - Try This!

Did your seeds not sprout? No problem!

My spinach seeds didn't sprout. Watch the video and see what to do.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe

I common recipe for my German side of my family was Stuffed Cabbage.

This recipe is similar but much easier to prepare.

I like this recipe because the cabbage give it favor and the texture is similar to bow tie pasta.

2 lbs. Ground Beef
1 Large Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 Green Cabbage, chopped
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (8oz) Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup Water
1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Salt

In a large skillet, over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook until beef is brown.

Add Garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes, and tomato sauce, cabbage, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 or 30 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.

It's time! - Cabbage, Kale, Collards, and Mustard

It's time to plant our cabbage, kale, collard, and mustard seeds indoors and place under the grow lights.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Starting Arugula Indoors

I planted Arugula for the first time last year in the fall. It's become a must have for my garden. My Arugula is so cold tolerant that eat fresh garden greens until December with some simple garden cloth covering it.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Planting Indoors from Seed - Amish Corn Salad or Mache

Last year, I discovered a wonderful green, amish corn salad. Mache has become one of my favorite garden greens.

It's not only delicious to eat but it's extremely cold tolerant which helps me extend my growing season.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Planting Spinach Seed Indoors Made Easy

Now is the time to plant my spinach seeds indoors. Here's how I do it!!!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Planting Peas from Seeds Indoors Quick and Easy

It's time to start planting seeds indoors. This video shows how to planting peas indoors to get an early start on the season. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Tomatoes and Bacon

Swiss Chard is one of my favorite cooked greens. Check out this recipe of Swiss Chard with tomatoes and bacon. You can eat this as a side dish or it's great as an omelet filling.

1 bunch rainbow chard, leaves and stems separated and chopped
3 strips Whole30 compliant bacon, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
sea salt
black pepper

Place the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Increase the heat to medium high, then add the onion and chopped chard stalks to the skillet. Cook until tender.

Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Toss in the cherry tomatoes and sauté until blistered.

Finally add the chard leaves and a pinch of sea salt. Cook until the leaves are wilted and tender.

Mix in the bacon bits and add black pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Homemade Seed Start Soil Mixture - Sanitized Compost

I had a request from a subscriber to show how I make my own seed start soil mixture from sanitized compost. Watch the video and found out how.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Grow Your Own Sweet Potato Slip

Last year, I had an amazing sweet potato harvest. I kept a few and wanted to grow my own slips. Here's how to grow your own sweet potato slips in zone 6B.

Winter Gamelands Scouting

Now is a great time to scout for the next hunting season because there's snow on the ground for tracking. It's also a great time to find out how many deer made it through hunting season.

So I walked out to my game cam that's been in the woods for a few weeks now.

My game cam showed that there's plenty of deer left at the state gamelands and I got some cool shots of a coyote.

Irish Mashed Potatoes with Kale - Colcannon Recipe

I got a big bag of kale from a food cooperative because the patrons didn't want it.

Since I had some leeks left from the fall garden and potatoes this time of year are on sale and cheap, I made Irish Mashed Potatoes with kale.

5 lbs russet potatoes, cleaned, and peeled
2 stick unsalted butter, divided
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
2 to 4 garlic cloves minced
4 leeks, cleaned and whites thinly sliced
4 bunches kale, stems removed and chopped
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the potatoes in a large pot and fill with water to cover.

Bring the potatoes to a boil on medium-high heat and continue to boil until the potatoes are fork tender, 20-25 minutes.

Place 12 tablespoons of butter, cream and garlic in a small saucepan and bring up to a simmer on medium-low heat. Cover to keep hot.

In a large saute pan melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter on medium heat and saute the leeks for about 1 minute.

Add the kale to the leeks and continue to saute for an additional 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the broth over the kale and leek mixture, stir and cover.

Allow the mixture to cook until the kale has wilted and the liquid has cooked off, about 7 minutes.

Once the potatoes are fork tender, drain them and place them back into the pot.

Begin mashing the potatoes, while adding the cream mixture a little at a time, until the potatoes are smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

Fold the leeks and wilted kale into the potatoes, adjust the seasoning and serve.

Onion Bunches Update 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Starting Onion Bunches in less than 2 minutes

Here's how I start my own onion bunches from seed at home in less than 2 minutes. It's easy and well worth the effort.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bean Soup with Dumplings

Every year on January 6, in celebration of the epiphany, my parents would have a dinner that consisted of this bean soup recipe and donuts with coins in it. The coins represented the gifts of the Magi or wise man to baby Jesus.

My family passed this bean soup recipe down through the generations. The thing I love about family recipes is that they always express the preferences of the family members. For example, my grand mom hated the dumplings so she added the potatoes instead. I believe that this recipe was originally a vegetarian soup because my mom's family lineage didn't eat pork for religious reason. Apparently, my mom add the ham to the recipe for my dad who was a real meat and potatoes guy.

1 lb dried navy beans
2 1/2 - 3 quarts water
1 medium onion, chopped
2 or 3 stalks celery, chopped
2 or 3 carrots, cubed
1 turnip, peeled & cubed
1 parsnip, peeled & cubed
1 14.5oz can tomatoes, diced
1/2 tsp paprika
1 Ham Bone (optional)
Dumplings (see below) or 2 - 3 potatoes, cubed

  1. Sort & rinse beans. Put beans in soup pot and cover with water. Bring to boil, turn off and let sit about an hour. Drain beans.
  2. Put the above ingredients into a soup pot.(Note: You can also put a ham bone in at this point)
  3. Simmer for about 2 hours.
  4. If you added a ham bone, remove it and let cool. Pick meat off of bone and add it to broth. Now add 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt into the soup and continue simmering for at least another hour or longer. Occasionally with spoon mash some of the beans. Note: DO NOT PUT THE SALT IN AT THE BEGINNING OF COOKING, beans may not soften if you do)
  5. About 1/2 hours before you are ready to serve the soup, add potatoes(2 to 3 potatoes). You can also make dumplings. If you do dumplings, you do not need as many potatoes or you can eliminate the potatoes altogether.

1/2 cup flour
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
Water (about 2 or 3 tbsp)

Mix the above ingredients. The consistency should be a little thick, like thickened pancake batter, not runny. Drop a little at a time into boiling soup. (Note: To do this, I used a teaspoon and only put batter on the tip.)

Thickening the Soup

If you would like the soup a little thicker, do the following.

In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons Crisco (or oil), add 2 tablespoons flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of paprika. Add some of the soup liquid to the saucepan. Then add it to the soup.

If you do not thicken the soup, still add the 1/2 teaspoon of paprika to the soup mixture.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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