Foraging Black Trumpet Mushrooms

Foraging Black Trumpet Mushrooms

Black trumpets are a choice edible mushroom, loved by many foragers! This article shares tips for finding and positively ID’ing them, lookalikes to know about, and how to store and dry your foraged finds. I get especially excited talking about black trumpet mushrooms (Craterellus fallax), because they were the very first mushroom I ever found…

Foraging Chanterelle Mushrooms

Foraging Chanterelle Mushrooms

Learn how to find and forage chanterelle mushrooms, plus tips on harvesting, identifying lookalikes, and how to store and cook these prized wild mushrooms! Hot and humid summer weather + lots of rain = tons of chanterelles popping up in our woods! Because of their bright color, they’re fairly easy to spot, if you look…

How to Freeze Peppers

How to Freeze Peppers

Got a bumper crop of sweet or bell peppers, and can’t possibly eat them all fresh before they start to go bad? Do you wish you could eat your lovely homegrown peppers all year ’round, not just when they’re in season? Do you have spare room in your freezer? If so, you might want to…

Rose Petal Jelly

Rose Petal Jelly

Learn how to turn the beautiful roses in your garden into a tasty and gorgeous rose petal jelly! It’s made with reduced sugar pectin, fresh rose petals, sugar, lemon juice, and water. That’s all you need to make this pretty floral treat. Rose petal jelly tastes very good too – somewhat like a mild grape-like…

Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe

Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe

Learn how to make all-natural lavender simple syrup – a sweet combination of sugar (or honey) and water, with a hint of lavender flavor. It can be used anywhere simple syrup is normally used such as homemade lemonade recipes, lattes, mocktails, sorbets, and more! It’s easy to make too – you just need: You may…

How to Grow Ageratum from Seed

How to Grow Ageratum from Seed

Ageratum, also known as flossflower, bluemink, and Mexican paintbrush, is an easy-to-grow, old fashioned favorite in cottage gardens and flowerbeds. Fluffy flowers in shades of blue, lavender, or white stand out in lovely contrast against the rich green foliage. Well loved by pollinators as well as people, this quick-to-bloom annual isn’t only beautiful in the…