Tag Archives forReal food tips and recipes

Mexican Tarragon

Mexican Tarragon

About a 4-5 minute read
14th Mar, 2022

It took me a while to begin to appreciate the sheer beauty of the Mexican tarragon in my garden. Then I learned almost by accident what a delicious iced tea it makes, and from there I discovered its huge array of potential uses in the kitchen, the medicine cabinet, and the garden. 

I’m so glad I started learning more about Mexican tarragon. Here’s what I’ve discovered so far.

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Home Dairying, Banana Milkshakes, and Spare Egg Whites

Home-Dairying, Banana Milkshakes, and Spare Egg Whites

About a 3 minute read
14th Feb, 2022

This super-short post is not an in depth how-to post. It has commentary on home-dairying, a tongue-in-cheek recipe for raw-milk banana milkshake, and something easy and useful to do with your egg whites when you only need the yolks. There are also a few links to related resources that I hope you'll find helpful.

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Farm Update: In the Garden

Farm Update: In the Garden

about a 3 minute read, lots of pics
7th Feb, 2022

Pictures and commentary from our garden. Plants that get a particular mention are pawpaws and sweet potatoes, and there are brief references to quite a few other food plants/herbs, most of them with links to further reading if you're interested..  

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Bananas for Mulch Production and Erosion Control

Bananas for Mulch Production and Erosion Control

About a 5 to 6 minute read, lots of pictures
24th January, 2022

The possible uses for bananas--the fruit, the foliage, and the trunks--seem almost endless. In this article I share lots of images and ideas for using banana patches as mulch producers and for an erosion control project.

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​​1 Garden Meal per Day: Simple Strategy, Abundant Benefits

1 Garden Meal per Day: Simple Strategy, Abundant Benefits

About a 6-7 minute read
17th January, 2022

I'm convinced that the best way to get more effective at growing your own food is to make it as easy and simple as possible to eat something--anything--directly from your garden on a daily basis. Here are 5 categories of low-maintenance food plants (or plant parts) you might have been overlooking, along with strategies for using them to build more food sovereignty into your life.

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Ginger in a RealFood Garden

Ginger in a RealFood Garden

About an 8 minute read
6th December, 2021

Ginger has thrived at our place since I learned to think about what it gives and what it needs in terms of its connections to the other plants around it, to me as the ginger-grower, and to me and my family as the ginger-users.  

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Herb Pesto (and Mulberry Milkshake)

Herb Pesto (and Mulberry Milkshake)

about a 4 minute read, lots of pics

Not that I have anything against basil, but pesto can be made with any edible green leaf or leaf combination. When all you see in your garden is edible leafy greens, pesto is a great way to serve up all that nutrition in a form that's easy and appealing to eat. In this post, I share my recent successful parsley pesto experiment.

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2 Ways to Preserve Leafy Greens From Your Veggie Garden

2 Ways to Preserve Leafy Greens From Your Veggie Garden


Text: about a 1 minute read. Lots of pictures.

In my experience, leafy greens are among the easiest kinds of veggies to grow. But they don't keep for very long and after you've given basketfuls of them to your friends and eaten stir-fried leafy greens, leafy greens in soups, in stews, and added to salads, and they're still coming, what do you do with them next?

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Okinawa Spinach

The green and purple leaves of okinawa spinach

Okinawa Spinach

About a 4-minute read, tips on growing and eating, lots of pics

Okinawa spinach is not a spinach at all, but a perennial leafy green.

The tops of the leaves are dark green with a striking purple underside. With frequent pruning (harvesting) it forms a handsome, dense, non-vining ground-cover.

You could landscape your front yard or your sidewalk with this plant and no-one need know, unless you tell them, that it’s edible and nutritious. The best part is that the more you eat it, the better it looks.  


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