http://learningandyearning.com Creator Worshipper / Creation Student Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:37:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Using Wood Chips in a Vegetable Gardenhttp://learningandyearning.com/wood-chips http://learningandyearning.com/wood-chips#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:36:02 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9514

Four or five years ago, we had to have a tree in our yard cut down. We asked the arborist to chip the smaller branches, and we used those chips to mulch the paths in our raised bed garden. A year later, we discovered the documentary, Back to Eden, about Paul Gautschi and his method […]

Using Wood Chips in a Vegetable Garden

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10 Ways to Reduce the Need for Irrigation in Your Vegetable Gardenhttp://learningandyearning.com/reduce-the-need-for-irrigation-in-your-garden http://learningandyearning.com/reduce-the-need-for-irrigation-in-your-garden#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:03:26 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9494

Did you know that you can train your plants, and reduce the need for irrigation in your garden? It’s not a matter of the plants needing less water, but a matter of conserving the water they are given by reducing evaporation, retaining water, and watering in a way that encourages their roots to go deep. I […]

10 Ways to Reduce the Need for Irrigation in Your Vegetable Garden

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How to Make Crabapple Jellyhttp://learningandyearning.com/crabapple-jelly http://learningandyearning.com/crabapple-jelly#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:00:44 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9449

Do you remember when, in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book, Farmer Boy, Almanzo’s parents went away for a week and left the children at home to look after the farm? Mother kept a barrel of store-bought sugar in the pantry which was to last the year. One of her instructions to them while she was away? Don’t eat […]

How to Make Crabapple Jelly

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How to Grow a Pumpkin Piehttp://learningandyearning.com/grow-a-pumpkin-pie http://learningandyearning.com/grow-a-pumpkin-pie#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:00:01 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9357

Ask a kindergartener if it’s possible to grow to a pumpkin pie. I LOVE this age. They are old enough to understand, and young enough to still be magical in their thinking. And while they get that a pie won’t grow in the garden, they’ll still likely answer a resounding yes to your question. Especially after […]

How to Grow a Pumpkin Pie

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Backyard Maple Sugaringhttp://learningandyearning.com/backyard-maple-sugaring http://learningandyearning.com/backyard-maple-sugaring#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:00:25 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9199

It’s as though our yard knew just what we’d need before we ever moved in. Space for a garden. Two black maple trees to tap. And a big ole fireplace for boiling down the sap. Sugar maples have the most sugar content, and our black maples come in second. But any maple will do. Or black walnut […]

Backyard Maple Sugaring

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20 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow From Seedhttp://learningandyearning.com/medicinal-herbs-you-can-grow-from-seed http://learningandyearning.com/medicinal-herbs-you-can-grow-from-seed#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:28:57 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9266

Have you been dreaming of getting your garden started? Me, too. You’ve spent the winter with your nose in those seed catalogs, and you’ve probably placed an order or two (or three). Do those dreams include an apothecary in your backyard? You know, a place where you can grow healing herbs to dry and store. To use […]

20 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow From Seed

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Little House on the Prairie® Prize Package Giveawayhttp://learningandyearning.com/little-house-on-the-prairie-giveaway http://learningandyearning.com/little-house-on-the-prairie-giveaway#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:42:30 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9317

Little House on the Prairie® Has a Website! I’m afraid I’m in serious trouble. Let me explain. I’ve spent countless hours watching the “Little House on the Prairie” television show. Any many more hours reading the “Little House” books. I can still remember the laughter as I read these books aloud to my children when they were young. […]

Little House on the Prairie® Prize Package Giveaway

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Make Your Own Loofah Soap (Moisturizing and Exfoliating)http://learningandyearning.com/make-your-own-loofah-soap http://learningandyearning.com/make-your-own-loofah-soap#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:17:47 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9206

Sometimes our skin, particularly our feet and elbows, need a little extra lovin’ care. Moisturizing and exfoliating them goes a long way in keeping them soft and smooth. Sure, separate soap, loofah, and moisturizer work, but where’s the fun in that when you can make your own moisturizing and exfoliating loofah soap. And they make […]

Make Your Own Loofah Soap (Moisturizing and Exfoliating)

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Can’t Forage? 10 Foods and Medicinals You Can Buy Dehydratedhttp://learningandyearning.com/cant-forage http://learningandyearning.com/cant-forage#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:00:46 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9188

As much as I’ve enjoyed learning to identify new plants over the years, I’ve been rather nonchalant about foraging, and especially about foraging enough for winter use. My interest has piqued over the past year or two, however, and I’ve found myself in the position where I’ve grown to rely on certain foods, like elderberry, […]

Can’t Forage? 10 Foods and Medicinals You Can Buy Dehydrated

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Tips and Resources for Your Hardiness Zonehttp://learningandyearning.com/hardiness-zone http://learningandyearning.com/hardiness-zone#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:00:55 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9083

What’s a hardiness zone and how do I find mine? The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners can determine which plants are most likely to thrive in their location. The map divides the United States and Canada into zones based on the average annual minimum temperature for that area. This information is […]

Tips and Resources for Your Hardiness Zone

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Supercharge Your Elderberry Syruphttp://learningandyearning.com/supercharge-your-elderberry-syrup http://learningandyearning.com/supercharge-your-elderberry-syrup#respond Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:59:08 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9137

You know I’m a big fan of elderberries. We’ve talked about them in the past. And they grow wild here in NEPA, so that’s a huge plus. But, even if they don’t grow in your area, you can purchase them dried pretty reasonably right here. Elderberry Syrup is well known for it’s ability to boost the immune […]

Supercharge Your Elderberry Syrup

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Saying I Love You . . . Naturallyhttp://learningandyearning.com/saying-i-love-you-naturally http://learningandyearning.com/saying-i-love-you-naturally#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:52:58 +0000 http://learningandyearning.com/?p=9111

If you’re like me, and I think you are, the traditional Valentine’s Day gift of pesticide laden roses from South America just isn’t your thing. And those heart shaped boxes of chocolate? More pesticides, and lots of questionable ingredients. Chocolate is wonderful, but make sure it’s organic and fair-trade, k? Or better yet, try this Chocolate […]

Saying I Love You . . . Naturally

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