Judy Mimranek shares her father's time-tested tip for digging a root pit and covering it with layers of straw and cow manure in order to store fruits and vegetables through the winter.
Cobbler is not the only solution to a bumper crop of berries. If you can boil water, you can turn the juice from big-flavor berries into tasty beverages that are naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Make extra juice to freeze or can for year-round enjoyment.
Take plain old raspberry jam to the next level with the complex flavors of white chocolate and coffee liqueur.
Don't want your tomatoes to rot? Treat the problem here!
Go Greens - Super Fruits and Veggies supplies the natural antioxidant power of 6 servings of vibrantly colored organic fruits and vegetables in every handy “stick” pack. To Go Brands plans to continue to expand the Healthy To Go® product line.
Growing fruit trees in a home orchard requires some study as well as some prep.
Simple suggestions on preserving vegetables and herbs
A gourmet guide to preserving the last harvest from your garden.
Drag them... pull them... tie them to a chair! Whatever you have to do to get your family to sit around a table and eat healthfully--do it! We are losing the simple act as gathering as a family a sharing a meal. Do you hear the dinner bell? Let's go!
I'm going to the old Kerr canning book for this tried and true recipe for making simply wonderful pickled beets.
This blog post discusses growing enough produce for canning.
Cooking pumpkin for pie is as easy as, well, pie! Make your own homemade pumpkin purée with this simple recipe calling for either pumpkins or squash.
"Local" is always the best answer, even when it comes to fruit trees.
A woman recalls her childhood memories on Three Mile Creek Farm including horses, a pig pen and a one-room school.
In some circumstances, fruit pulp can be a good food for livestock. Here are a few examples of how it can be used.
After a terrible tart cherry season in 2012, Cheribundi was forced to expand their product line.
Cheribundi adds new Refresh Juice Blends to Rite Aid Stores.
Follow these easy instructions explaining how to make a fruit picker, and you'll never be tormented by out-of-reach fruit again.
Maddy Harland describes the canopy layer of a temperate forest garden and shares some useful tips on designing and planting useful and edible tree crops.
Grow organic fruit trees and harvest bug-free, chemical-free fruit by covering your fruit with homemade bags made from row cover. Use row cover bags as an alternative to plastic bags. Row cover bags are more effective and have fewer issues than plastic bags.
Painting tree trunks white can help you reduce the effect of erratic temperatures on the trees’ bark.
Avoid frost damage to your fruit crops by following these tips for planting fruit trees and protecting them from frost.
Quick and easy recipe ideas for preserving radishes!
No juice extractor? No problem! This easy method for making fresh, delicious apple juice will have you sipping in no time.
A great recipe for the holidays or any time of the year!
Preserving herbs from your garden is easy, whether you freeze or dry them.
Another easy way to enjoy the fresh taste of gourmet garlic year-round is with these convenient cubes!
Preserving meat at home by making pork confit.
A profile of Japanese and American persimmons, excellent trees for the deep south.
Use freezer-damaged fruit to make tasty fruit sauces.
Maddy Harland introduces the shrub layer of a forest garden and gives six useful tips for establishing a low maintenance and healthy garden.
A favorite for adults and children alike, fruit leathers are easy to make.
My favorite graft for these tree makeovers is known as a bark graft and the time to do it is just as leaves are beginning to poke out of recently dormant stems and the bark easily separates from the wood. Which is now, early May, here in New York’s Hudson Valley. Ideally, foot-long scions of one-year-old wood (last years growth) have been gathered a few weeks previous and have been kept dormant with refrigeration.
With no care on my part, persimmons bear in abundance while mocking my empty efforts with my apple trees.
Espalier allows a gardener to grow a dwarf fruit tree along a wall or fence, binding it for support, and sculpting the branches to follow certain lines, as Japanese artists do with bonsai trees.
Sam Benowitz and Tara Bittler are joining the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Blog Squad, and they break down the types of gardening and fruit-growing information they will share with you each week.
People are often apprehensive about preserving their own food, whether they're intimidated by the process, or concerned about the safety of the finished product. As Sherri Brooks Vinton explains, it's time to bring canning back to the home kitchen.
Debbie Mildfelt shares memories of her grandmother's stories, exploring the life of a large family on a small Kansas farm.
Our books are making a larger impact than we know!
There's no need to be afraid of canning. With basic skills a cook can safely prepare and process excess produce during the summer and have a ready supply all winter. An easy way to start is with dill pickles, with extras like garlic and hot peppers.
A homemade solar food dryer allows you to dry tomatoes and apples for delicious and nutritious winter snacks and addition to your meals.
A profile of the wonderfully tough loquat tree.
A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly ready to reach out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, more often than not are too small, too pest-ridden, and too high in the tree. My fear of heights makes the last deficiency most important to me. Large, clean fruits are for nought if I can’t bring myself to climb a ladder or the branches for harvest.
A look at the wonderful mulberry tree.
Canning is a homesteader essential skill. Sometimes canning can simply be a way to create and spread love and kindness, rather than just putting by necessary foods. Try out this Peach Orange Marmalade recipe for a change of pace.
Self-pollinating apple trees allow homeowners with little space to reap the benefits of this fresh, nutritious fruit. While typical apple breeds require planting at least two trees in the same space so they can pollinate each other, self-fertile trees can produce fruit without another tree around.
Painted rocks or pebbles can potentially deter birds from pecking at ripening fruit. Tell us how this technique has worked for your, plus check out other readers’ tips and responses.
The future of the Pavlovsk Station in Russia is in jeopardy due to a pending housing development project. Find out what you can do to help save the world’s largest holding of rare berries and trees.
Food preservationist Tammy Kimbler teaches you how to make apple pie fruit leather from urban-foraged apples.
Growing organic apples isn’t impossible! Follow these tips and methods for avoiding pest damage and growing apples organically.
You can get twigs to graft onto your rootstock for the price of shipping a padded envelope, allowing you to grow rare fruit-tree varieties for nearly nothing.
Gardeners don't have to live in a semi-tropical zone to grow organic lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus fruits. Proper technique with potted plants can yield a bounty of delicately flavored, vitamin-rich citrus.
Figs, grapes, hazels, rabbiteye blueberries, and gooseberries are among the easiest plants to propagate using cuttings, layering, or just by digging up suckers.
You're not just a beginning gardener - you're also a scientist!
Growing peach pits doesn't get much easier than this.
Roses are easy to grow successfully if you follow a few guidelines: provide good air circulation around the canes and keep the plants clean and not too damp. Roses come in many forms, including bush or shrub, climbing, and miniature.
Urban food forests and public gardens provide communities with an edible landscape for everyone to share. These public fruit forests are the new trend in urban agriculture and play an important role as sustainable local food systems in their communities.
When autumn brings a glut of orchard fruits, capture the goodness as juice by cooking extraction or cold pressing. Juices can be used alone or mixed to produce sweet or hard ciders, wines, syrups, and more.
The process of curing potatoes for winter storage.
The Organic Trade Association is vital to the success of the organic industry and I’m thrilled to serve alongside such a talented and well-respected group of industry leaders.
A permaculture-based, 2,000-acre farm in Northern California integrates grassfed livestock with orchard farming.
Costa Rica's hospitable climate nurtures the most amazing produce, from hearts of palm to starfruit.
Pruning apple trees to a three by three central leader shape for strength against high winds and to prevent fungal infection.
Cole does a sausage-making workshop.
The author figures out a way to outsmart tree-damaging rodents.
It's mid-February, time to start thinking about spring! Ira Wallace helps us make our garden plan, remember our perennials, and Plant a Row for the Hungry this year.
Brown rot is a serious disease of peaches, plums, and other stone fruits. For organic gardeners, spraying at-risk fruits with a milk solution can give good control.
Fall sheet mulching of perennial plantings assists in fertility and weed suppression.
Pruning perennials is essential for plant health and vigorous production.
A travel log of our family's mission to find local food sources on our trip to Puerto Rico.
One of our most common grasses is limiting the bobwhite quail population, killing broodmares and their foals, rotting cow hooves, and cutting milk production.