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Weekend Homesteader: September

Weekend Homesteader paperbackWelcome to the resources page for the September edition of Weekend Homesteader!  Feel free to leave comments on this page to let me know what you loved or hated about the ebook, or to share your experiences with others.  I hope you'll also take a minute to write a review on Amazon so that more readers will consider giving our ebook a try.


Seed saving
Seed germination test.  Don't throw away those old seeds --- use this simple test to determine whether they're still viable.

How many plants do I need to save vegetable seeds?  Read more about outbreeders and inbreeders in the vegetable garden.

Threshing and winnowing.  If you want to save larger quantities of seeds, check out some of the easy methods I've used to thresh and winnow Asian greens, wheat, and amaranth (thresh and winnow.)


Canning
Find a community cannery in your area.


Teamwork
Meetup.com is the most localized social networking site around.  If you live close to a major metropolitan area, you'll have very good luck finding likeminded souls here.

Craigslist is a better choice for those of us in rural areas.  You'll have to post want ads rather than just join an existing community, but you'll also reach a wider spectrum of people in your area.

WWOOF is an international organization that hooks up people interested in working on organic farms with folks who have farms and need helpers.  Our personal experience with WWOOF has been negative --- since no money changes hands, our WWOOFers seemed to think it was okay to change their plans without notice at the last minute.  However, you might have better luck.


Seasoning
Sauteed summer squash with basil.  These two recipes will help you use up your bountiful zucchini or crookneck squash.

Sweet corn, bean, and tomato salad.  This cold summer salad is a meal by itself or the perfect addition to burrito night.

Green bean and potato salad.  Another cold salad, this one a healthier and more delicious replacement for mayonnaise-based potato salads.

Spaghetti sauce.  Learn how to make homemade tomato sauces that are creamy instead of watery.

Homemade ketchup.  Do you have more tomatoes than you know what to do with?  Why not make ketchup without all that corn syrup?

Easy and delicious cooked greens.  Looking ahead to the fall garden, this recipe will help you find the beauty in kale, swiss chard, and other leafy greens.



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