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Date registered: December 26, 2009

Latest posts

  1. Special Edition Handmade Soaps Available — November 6, 2017
  2. Pear Maple Bourbon Butter — September 10, 2017
  3. A Year in the Life — June 21, 2017
  4. 2 Americans’ Ireland Experience — May 3, 2017
  5. 5 Tips for Choosing Veggie Seedlings — March 5, 2017

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Nov 06

Special Edition Handmade Soaps Available

They’re back!   Please Note: This is the 2016 picture. The new soaps will have the word Joy on some, and a picture of Holiday Candles on the others. See below: Because we enjoy playing Mad Scientist and mixing essential oils and other natural ingredients, we’ve decided to offer a few exclusive edition soap boxes …

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Sep 10

Pear Maple Bourbon Butter

Gardening Jones takes this recipe to another level by using fresh homegrown pears and locally made syrup.

Here is the recipe from The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving: 1/2 cup bourbon 1/2 cup maple syrup 4 lbs. (2 kg) pears, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped The instructions are likewise simple: Bring  all ingredients to a boil in a 6 quart (6 L) enamel or stainless steal dutch oven; reduce heat …

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Jun 21

A Year in the Life

Gardening Jones shares some thoughts on losing a job, and bouncing back.

One year ago today my job lost me.   I say it that way because at that time, I was considered by many to be the best at what I do in the area. Certainly I had been doing it much longer. There wasn’t a particular reason for letting me go, it was more a …

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May 03

2 Americans’ Ireland Experience

Gardening Jones shares some of the sights and sounds she and himself enjoyed while in Ireland.

    It was 10 years ago that himself and meself boarded a plane and flew across the pond to Ireland. Unlike most tourists, or so they told us, we were not there to discover our family history. We are both of Irish descent though. Himself‘s mother was 100% American-Irish, and while mine was also, …

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Mar 05

5 Tips for Choosing Veggie Seedlings


So your garden plans are ready, now it’s just a matter of time until the local farm and garden nursery stocks their veggie seedlings. And one plant is pretty much like the next, right? Not really. So before you walk into the arms of that gardening high we all feel, make a few notes as …

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Mar 04

Easy Version of Indian Tomato Lentil or Surati Dal

Color Me Delicious.

Unless I specifically seek out ingredients for a recipe, and even then only if I actually find them, can I follow a recipe verbatim. So yeah, that pretty much never happens. This is an example of that, based on a wonderful dish from the city of Surati, in the Gujarati State of India located on …

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Feb 25

4 Ways to Get Tomatoes Sooner

Gardening Jones shares a few tips to help you get your homegrown tomatoes sooner. Yum!

It probably dates back to the Victory Gardens, or even before, that suburban gardeners have unspoken competitions as to who would get that first ripe tomato. For us country dwellers, it is more a matter of feeding the need to taste a sun ripened tomato again ASAP that drives us to find ways to make …

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Feb 21

Garden Planning – 5 Resources

Gardening Jones looks at a few good sites for gardening info, besides her own of course.

Even though I have been gardening for 30 years, and blogging about for over 7, I still turn to others to learn more. Like any good pursuit, the quest for getting better and more successful at it never ends. There are a few sites that I value BAE 😉 that I would like to share …

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Feb 07

Garden Planning – 7 Tips for Stocking the Larder Shelves

Gardening Jones looks at planning a garden with storing the harvest in mind.

Himself and I are about as different as any two married people can be. He’s coffee, I’m tea. He’s salty, I’m sweet. If it is a choice between going left and going right, we won’t go the same way. For years after we got married we would buy two different brands of toothpaste. You get …

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Feb 02

Garden Planning – 18 Tomatoes Making the Cut

Gardening Jones shares which tomato varieties made the cut for 2017.

Seeds from tomatoes can remain viable for 10 years or more, so it’s easy enough to develop a collection of varieties. Especially if you also save your own. When I tell you, and this isn’t bragging, that I have 43 packets of seeds that were given to me, saved, or purchased… well if you know …

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