Little House on Pine

Honeybees on southern magnolia blossom. 0

Plants for Beneficial Insects

We keep a list of plants that we work with as well as ones that we’d consider using based on their functions in the garden. The more habitat we create for insect helpers, the greater balance we...

Compost with earthworm 0

Composting

Composting presents one way—perhaps the most important way—of supporting the web of life. Compost restores structure and nutrients to the soil, increases the ability of plants to absorb minerals, and boosts biodiversity among beneficial...

Chickweed volunteers as a groundcover on the homestead. 0

Plant Inventory

At the Little House on Pine we try to identify every plant on our 1/4 acre lot. As we introduce new plants for food production and conservation landscaping, we prioritize with plants native to...

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General Tiki Sauce

We have recently figured out how to spice up our stir fry dishes. Introducing: General Tiki sauce! Similar to General Tso’s sauce and our cat Tiki, this sauce is sweet and packs a punch....

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Pear Butter

In addition to an abundance of pumpkins, we have also found ourselves with a prolific pear harvest this fall. Aside from snacking on pear slices and pear spice muffins, we found a great way...

High in protein, the groundnut was an important food source for Native Americans. 0

Groundnut

A lesser known plant in edible landscaping, groundnut serves many important functions across three layers in the forest garden. Groundnuts like to climb and can clamber over unsuspecting herbaceous plants. Common Name: Groundnut Scientific...

A young New Jersey Tea plant gets ready for winter. 0

New Jersey Tea

As a native nitrogen fixing shrub with diverse functions, New Jersey Tea ranks among my favorite permaculture plants to fill out the shrub layer. Common Name: New Jersey Tea Scientific Name: Ceanothus americanus Family:...

Red wiggler worms busy at work! 0

Vermiculture

In the yard, earthworms produce succulent castings rich in nutrients and bacteria that support life processes. Indoors, our frost-challenged red wigglers produce probiotic castings that I use in compost tea for the garden. And like honeybees, the...

Pumpkin muffins made from homestead pumpkins, eggs, and honey. 0

Pine Street Pumpkin Muffins

Fall is here! And so are the pumpkins! At the Little House on Pine, we have found ourselves stock piled with sugar pumpkins from the backyard and huge jack-o-lantern pumpkins from fall festivities. While...

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Corn Relish

Longtime fans of Sandor Katz, we found this gem of his on the New York Times Diner’s Journal. An excellent pairing with homemade tortilla chips, the addicting sweet and sour flavor makes it our...