Little House on Pine

A plant that prefers damp areas, we planted turtlehead in the wettest area of our native rain garden. 0

Turtlehead

Like its reptile namesake, turtlehead prefers damp woodland soils and can often be spotted by creeks and marshes. Native east of the Mississippi River (excepting Florida and Louisiana), turtlehead attracts pollinators aplenty. Common Name:...

Each bloom on flower-of-an-hour opens only for one day, and closes within a few hours. 0

Flower-of-an-Hour

A type of hibiscus with distinct lobed leaves, flower-of-an-hour is a welcome volunteer that secures loose soil and attracts pollinators. In the mallow family, it’s an edible cousin of okra. Common Name: Flower-of-an-Hour Scientific...

Horehound is a powerful medicinal plant that attracts many beneficial insects. 0

Horehound

Horehound is a wonderfully aromatic herb that attracts the beneficial tachinid fly (Trichopoda pennipes), which guards my pomegranate trees against the leaf-footed plant bugs (Leptoglossus phyllopus). Common Name: Horehound Scientific Name: Marrubium vulgare Family:...

With its adorable violet flowers, creeping thyme gently sprawls a protective blanket over the soil while attracting pollinators. 0

Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme ranks high among my favorite groundcovers. An edible evergreen, it controls weed pressure and attracts pollinators to the garden. Common Name: Creeping Thyme Scientific Name: Thymus serpyllum Family: Lamiaceae Uses Edible leaves...

Tomato sauce 0

Tomato Sauce

With the tomatoes coming in full swing and not enough time to eat them all, we have been experimenting with some new recipes. Tomato sauce is something we can use for pizza, soup, and...

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Salsa Verde

Now that the tomatillos are coming in, the question remains: What exactly do you do with tomatillos? We tried chopping them up and adding them to quesadillas, which didn’t seem to add a lot...

Colchester CSA share - beets, watermelon, bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, watermelon, eggplant 0

Community Supported Agriculture

At the Little House on Pine, we get weekly harvests from the Community Supported Agriculture program at Colchester Farm. Participating in the CSA helps us transition from dependency on supermarket produce to local, seasonal...

A young Asian pear tree guild produces food, habitat, and improves soil fertility using permaculture principles. 0

Permaculture

Permaculture offers a design approach for meeting human needs while improving the health of the planet. And it inspires a lot of our homestead activities. Quick Overview Inspired by the oil crisis of the...

A perfectly soured dill pickle. 0

Lacto-fermented Dill Pickles

Lacto-fermented pickling is an easy way to preserve seasonal food while increasing probiotic value. Unlike vinegar pickles with an indefinite shelf life, these living pickles should be eaten within a few months. Substitute cucumbers with food that is safe...

Cucumber kimchi makes a great snack, side, or light meal 0

Cucumber Kimchi

In the heat of summer, we’re swimming in cucumbers. Some cukes end up in tzatziki sauce with homemade yogurt, some end up as dill or bread and butter pickles, and the lucky ones get...