Archive for the ‘Homesteading’ category

Botulism – A True Story

Posted January 17th, 2015 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

bot·u·lism – ˈbäCHəˌlizəm/noun – Food poisoning caused by a bacterium (botulinum) growing on improperly sterilized canned meats and other preserved foods. Many homesteaders tell me they are concerned about canning their own foods, for fear of getting sick. The concern is valid and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many food born illnesses reported each year. […]

Nanette’s Pasta Sauce

Posted September 26th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Several years ago I was on the hunt for the perfect pasta sauce. Nothing too ketchupy, acidic, or pasty. Convinced it was all in the tomatoes, while on vacation in Italy, I asked every Nonna, produce clerk, and chef I could find. Of course, each had their own family recipe, but one ingredient that had […]

Edible Landscaping and Citrus

Posted March 19th, 2014 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Edible landscaping is one of my favorite topics in homesteading. In fact, much of my yard is edible. I have twenty-one fruit trees, twenty berry plants, and several citrus hedges. The trick with a citrus hedge is to pick the correct size trees and to prune them properly. Make sure to pick a dwarf tree […]

Patio Potatoes

Posted October 24th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

Growing potatoes is one of the easiest homesteading projects you can accomplish. I prefer to grow them in containers because there are no critters to contend with, I can move them around when needed, and harvesting is a snap.

How To Decide Which Type of Apple Tree to Plant

Posted September 19th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

If you have the room, and the sun, then planting fruit trees is a wonderful way to reduce your grocery bill and stay green. You can find the actual “how-to’s” for planting fruit trees on most gardening blogs, but what you often won’t find is how to decide which variety of tree to plant. So […]

Grow Your Own Scallions

Posted May 30th, 2013 by Nanette Heffernan. Comment (0).

I love onions! My favorite are green onions, or scallions, and they’re easy to grow. Next time you buy a bunch from the store, save the root end, and place them in a cup of water. Within 8 days you can reharvest them right from the glass. Or even better, place them in water for […]