Farming Advice and Folklore: Homemade Honey, Leftover Soap and Peat Pot Substitutes

Farming advice and folklore from MOTHER and her readers, including a recipe for homemade honey, using leftover soap and peat pot substitutes for tomato seedlings.

| April/May 1996

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    Skip McKibben making homemade honey.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers share their farming advice, fun tips and country folklore, including a recipe for homemade honey, how to keep using leftover soap and using peat pot substitutes for tomato seedlings. 

MOTHER's Country Farming Advice and Folklore

Homesteader's Fireweed Honey 

Recently, I went to visit my friend Skip McKibben on the small beautiful island of Rangell, the oldest established island in Alaska. One day I watched him gather some fireweed and clover on the island and proceed to make the simplest most delicious honey. I thought I'd pass along the recipe.

Homemade Honey Recipe
10 cups sugar
1 teaspoon alum powder
2 1/2 cups boiling water
30 white clover blossoms
18 red clover blossoms
18 fireweed flowers, or red rose petals

Boil sugar, alum powder, and water for ten minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover and steep for ten minutes. Strain. Pour into warm jars. (They do not need to be sealed.)

—Judith Miller
Elizabeth, CO

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