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3 Reasons You Should Can Tomato Juice

By Galen Lehman, Lehman’s Hardware A few nights ago, we canned our own tomato juice. We found out that it is very efficient and easy! Discover the three reasons why you should can tomato juice every year. REASON 1: TOMATOES ARE EASY TO GROW. You can even grow them in containers if you don’t have room for a garden! In […]

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Paper Gardening: How To Grow A Successful Garden Now

by Patrice Lewis, Lehman’s Hardware January and February – traditionally the coldest, bleakest months of the year – have one highlight, something like the gardener’s version of the swallows returning to Capistrano: the arrival of seed catalogs in the mail. The timing of these catalogs is no accident. Amidst the snow and wind, these beautiful, […]

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A Primer For Extended Power Loss

    It’s the emergency situation no one wants to think about: An extended power outage lasting two or more weeks. The thought of losing lights, refrigeration, heat, washing machines, and hot water understandably leaves some people paralyzed with fear. If you’ve never lived without these resources, then their long-term absence is not just inconvenient, […]

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Herbs and Honey Bees

The buzzing of pollinators in a garden—it’s a sound every gardener loves to hear in the spring. It means healthy plants and vegetables will soon arrive, and our little bee friends are helping us along the way. Bees are essential to any homestead. In fact, they are like tiny herbalists that create natural concoctions that […]

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Lessons Learned From My First Sauerkraut Ferment

By Mark Spigos, Lehman’s Hardware Taking the great leap into home fermentation can be an intimidating proposition. The prospect of throwing a bunch of vegetables into a container for weeks on end can be, well, disconcerting. If you’ve left berries in your refrigerator too long, you know what fermented foods can look and smell like, […]

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10 Tips for Maple Syrup Rookies

By Scott Ervin, Lehman’s Hardware There is an abundance of sources for information on how to tap trees and make maple syrup. How-to guides are readily available on line and in books. I picked up a great book at Lehman’s that was very helpful. I recommend that anyone interested in making maple syrup for the first time study this readily available […]

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The Woman HomesteadHER and FarmHER

  Over the past 10 years, and more so in recent years, the face of farming has changed drastically. While it has changed in ways of gmo vs. non-gmo, it has also changed in relational, age, and “gender” ways. The average Virginia farmer is now 68 years old, and unfortunately his grand-children aren’t necessarily trying […]

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