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Bread without kneading

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HJSBM 2 December 2010 Bread without kneading Usually bread is made by kneading the dough, which takes a bit of effort, so people tend to buy commercial bread. The method shown makes a nice tasting bread, quickly and effortlessly. Procedure: … Continue reading

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Luffa Soap Cakes. Rectangular Mold

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?ZOVAE 22 November 2010 Luffa Soap Cakes. Rectangular Mold The mold is a drawer organizer from the Dollar Store. It appears to be excellent for forming rectangular shaped luffa soap cakes, and is very easy to work with. Slicing is … Continue reading

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Luffa Soap

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?LFDUQ 21 November 2010 Making Luffa Soap Cakes. Experimental luffa soap cakes were made today. Pictures depict the process. Ingredients are glycerin soap, isopropyl alcohol, dye, luffa, and various molds. Spraying the luffa with alcohol assists in binding the soap … Continue reading

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Making Luffa Sponges

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RQCAS 16 November 2010 Luffa Sponges Luffa require a long growing season about six months, and warm weather. The bottom of the hanging fruit were cut off to facilitate draining of liquid, hoping they will dry prior to freeze up. … Continue reading

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Roofing Garden Shed

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HIJGI 15 November 2010 Roofing Garden Shed The shingles were much deteriorated on the small 6 by 8 foot garden shed. It was decided to replace with Suntuf panels to improved the lighting. The hardware store only had two clear … Continue reading

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Indoor Seed Planting.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?XVSLF 10 November 2010 Indoor Seed Planting. It is too early to get serious about planting seeds for 2011, but I decided to test my new greenhouse as to heat and Sun. Twelve pots, three for each variety, were prepared … Continue reading

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Yogurt

http://www.ehow.com/how_4666202_make-yogurt.html How to Make Yogurt. Details for a more controlled method of making yogurt. Here is how I make my simple plain yogurt. http://www.durgan.org/URL/?WTQEP 10 November 2010 Yogurt. Buy a small container of plain yogurt to use as starter bacteria. … Continue reading

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Building a Greenhouse.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HKERY 5 November 2010 Greenhouse on Deck. I decided to build a large greenhouse on the deck, which doesn’t get much use. The enclosure will be a sun room if appropriate, instead of the canvas structure that use to be … Continue reading

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Making Juice

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?DRIXQ 27 October 2010 Making Juice Pictures depict making juice from produce that is readily available. The produce used varies with the Season, but melon and pineapple are available in my area all year around, and is always used. The … Continue reading

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Nasturtium

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?SBJMG 25 October 2010 Nasturtium. This is the last of my flowers for the 2010 season. Nasturtiums thrive when the weather turns cool. The plant self seeds most years, and it at the base of a clematis plant. The raised … Continue reading

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Applying Compost to the Garden

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?YGHNX 24 October 2010 Applying Compost to Garden Bed This compost is supplied by the city. It was picked up in May 2010, one half yard per day. It was too late to apply in the Spring, so I stored … Continue reading

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Processing Dried Beans.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?BCKVY 23 October 2010 Processing Dried Beans. A variety of dried beans purchased in bulk is very low in cost. This variety is a possible replacement for meat. Two cups (500 ml) enlarges to about four after cooking. The process … Continue reading

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Winterizing the Garden area

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?AHEJP 20 October 2010 Winterizing the Garden area. The garden area has been winterized over the last few weeks. Wood chip mulch was applied to the area around many plants. Some pruning was done. All spent vegetation has been removed … Continue reading

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First Fall Frost

http://durgan.org/2010/October%202010/13%20October%202010%20First%20Fall%20Frost/HTML/ 13 October 2010 First Fall Frost Here are pictures of the first Fall frost. The garden is essentially finished until next Spring. My area will be in hibernation until about the 15 of April 2011, and will not be … Continue reading

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Sweet Peppers.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?AGXKX 13 October 2010 Peppers The last of the peppers (Seven Plants) were picked today, due to expected Frost coming. These are sweet, and two different varieties. They do turn bright red if the season is long enough. There were … Continue reading

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Planting Garlic

http://durgan.org/2010/October%202010/9%20October%202010%20Planting%20garlic/HTML/ 9 October 2010 Planting Garlic. Hardneck Garlic (Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon) rocambole or serpent garlic. This type of garlic produces a curved scape and at the top bulblets form, which are not seed but clones of the main clove. … Continue reading

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Wood Chip Mulch

http://durgan.org/2010/October%202010/8%20October%202010%20Wood%20Chip%20Mulch/HTML/ 8 October 2010 Wood Chip Mulch Nine cubic yards of slightly composted wood chip was delivered to my driveway. Cost was 15 dollars per yard. It took a day and a half to dispense in various locations in the … Continue reading

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Crosne (Stachys affinis) Harvest

http://durgan.org/2010/October%202010/8%20October%202010%20Crosne%20%28Stachys%20affinis%29_/HTML/ 8 October 2010 Crosne (Stachys affinis) About 25 tubers were planted in the Spring about May of 2010. Crosne tubers require a long growing season to fully mature. The harvest of four pounds is below average of previous years. … Continue reading

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Seedling Potting Mix

http://durgan.org/2010/October%202010/7%20October%202010%20Seedling%20Potting%20Mix/HTML/ 7 October 2010 Seedling Potting Mix Seedling potting mix is made using sand, coconut fiber, bedding wood chips, bone meal, garden soil to add some microbes), and the ingredients are mixed thoroughly using the Honda FG110 small high speed … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts

http://durgan.org/2010/October%202010/1%20October%20201%20Brussels%20Sprouts/HTML/ 1 October 201 Brussels Sprouts Brussels sprouts grow well in my area, Zone 5. This is the remainder of 12 plants (Jade Cross). The small cabbages are picked as required throughout the season. There is a persistent view that … Continue reading

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Watermelon Juice

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?FVEMZ 30 September 2010 Watermelon The watermelon patch produced eleven fruit. Some were eaten raw and others given to neighbors. Juice was made from two. The melon was cut into small pieces and boiled for about ten minutes to make … Continue reading

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Russian Blue Potatoes Fall Planting

http://durgan.org/2010/September%202010/29%20September%202010%20Russian%20Blue%20Potatoes%20Fall%20Planting/HTML/ 29 September 2010 Russian Blue Potatoes Fall Planting Noticing over the last few years that potatoes missed when digging in the Fall are in perfect condition, and start growing early in the Spring, I decided to determine if a … Continue reading

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Preparing Garlic Bed

http://durgan.org/2010/September%202010/28%20September%202010%20Preparing%20garlic%20bed./HTML/ 28 September 2010 Preparing garlic bed. A garlic bed was prepared for planting about the 20 of October to allow the garlic to overwinter. It is a raised bed 8 feet by 8 feet, which will contain over 200 … Continue reading

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Boca Noir Grapes

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?UONHC 21 September 2010 Boca Noir Grapes There is one vine in my garden. It produced 11 pounds of cleaned grapes, which I consider an excellent yield. The grapes were perfectly ripe. The cluster harbors earwigs, and some other small … Continue reading

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Long Gourd (Cee Gwa)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HVUSR 20 September 2010 Long Gourds These were grown by accident. I thought they were sponge gourd, but they are pretty anyway. The longest is about 45 inches long, far from any record. Other names: Luffah, Chinese okra, Dishcloth Gourd, … Continue reading

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