Gardening Tips and Articles

  • Turtle River Pasties at Home

    Dec 4th 2019

    Turtle River Pasties at Home

    For several years Peg and I operated Turtle River Pasties-a mom and pop joint that made and sold our locally famous all-butter crust pasties. When we decided to call it quits in the fall of 2015 we we…

    Published by Mark Schultz

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  • Our Go-To Quiche and Pie Crust

    Nov 27th 2019

    Our Go-To Quiche and Pie Crust

    Marginally in time for Thanksgiving, I was making crusts for our Thanksgiving pecan pie, and for future pies, so I decided to make a video to share it with anyone interested in it. A few weeks ago, I…

    Published by Mark Schultz

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  • Our Convertible Mini Camper

    Nov 5th 2019

    Our Convertible Mini Camper

    It was a real camper conundrum. We had a camping trip planned to Grand Marais, MN in August, and all we had was our tent, which did not sound so bad when we reserved the site back in June. But as Augu…

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  • Our Favorite Pickled Peppers

    Oct 31st 2019

    Our Favorite Pickled Peppers

    We love our pickled peppers on so many foods, from nacho platters, and Friday night Taco Dip, to scrambled eggs, and ramped-up Lula Paste (that's for another blog). Few foods offer so much flavor from…

    Published by Mark Schultz

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  • Hydroponics Unplugged

    Sep 12th 2019

    Hydroponics Unplugged

    We are excited to have the new covers for our new product. Using the same sturdy 18" planters as the ones for our Microgreens kits, our new durable corrugated plastic covers transform these planters i…

    Published by Mark Schultz

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  • Hybrid Hydroponics-What is it?

    Aug 29th 2019

    Hybrid Hydroponics-What is it?

    We have an effective tool in our bag of tricks to get heat-loving plants to produce a crop in a not-so-heat-loving part of the country. Here in northeren Minnesota, most folks are struggling this seas…

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  • How to Build a Sturdy Harvest Basket

    Aug 22nd 2019

    How to Build a Sturdy Harvest Basket

    A couple of years ago I came up with a design for a large-capacity, sturdy Harvest Basket. Now that harvest season is approaching for us northern gardeners, I wanted to share these plans for anyone wh…

    Published by Mark Schultz

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  • Our Poultry Processing Operation

    Jul 29th 2019

    Our Poultry Processing Operation

    Without getting into the actual butchering, which is well described by others, I want to share some of our innovations that help to streamline the process on this unpleasant day. Unpleasant, but neces…

    Published by Mark Schultz

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  • Our Automatic  Chicken Waterer

    Jul 18th 2019

    Our Automatic Chicken Waterer

    Lifting a heavy 3 gallon galvanized poultry font in and out of a mobile chicken cage, before and after every move, got old in a hurry; especially since we do not have a speck of level ground on our pr…

    Published by Mark Schultz

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  • We've Turned Chicken Cage Design Upside Down

    Jul 8th 2019

    We've Turned Chicken Cage Design Upside Down

    Our first mobile chicken cage was straight out of Joel Salatin's book "Pastured Poultry Profits". This was before the internet days, when we ordered the book through the mail, back in the 1990's. The…

    Published by Mark Schultz

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