Preserving the fruits and vegetables of summer

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Just like my mom and my grandma, I preserve the harvest, but I use the freezer instead of the water bath method. I do tomatoes many ways, and can’t do without my sister-in-law’s absolutely delicious refrigerator pickles. Continue reading

Plant volunteers: what’s not to love? (Hint: it’s blue)

rufus + daisies

Volunteer plants that seed themselves in your garden are often considered a nuisance, but they offer a lot to love–such as bloom where you never expected it and a welcome cover for bare spots. Continue reading