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  • Natural treatment of tooth decay

    My teeth hurt.  And it’s not the first time.  I have had tooth problems my entire life.  The fewest cavities I’ve ever had at a dental appointment is five.  Yes at one time.  And yes that is the fewest at one time.  It seems like my childhood revolved around the dentist’s office. Traditionally, scientists believed […]

  • Monthly Do List for July

    Your Desert Garden – Monthly Do List for July Grass Plant your Bermuda lawns if you haven’t already. Fertilize Bermuda grass lawns with 1/2 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. Apply iron to your lawn once per month. If it’s time to dethatch, do it during May through August. Dethatch every two or […]

  • Canning peppers

    How to Make Your Own Home Canned Peppers (easy, complete directions with photos, ingredients and costs You think making and canning your own peppers is difficult or expensive? Not at all! The only trick is, you really do need a pressure canner. So, here’s how to can peppers! The directions are complete with instructions in […]

  • Time To Plant for Fall

    Most people don’t realize that gardens are a year round deal.  Typically we think that we plant in the spring and then that’s it.  If you miss the spring planting, you have missed the boat and have to wait until next spring for a garden. THAT’S NOT TRUE Gardens are year round.  There is a vegetable […]

  • Giveaway!

    I have had the fortune to be given three copies of Joel Salatin’s CD Getting Your Hands Dirty: How to Teach Your Children to Love Work.  I’m going to keep one and figured why not share the love?  Three winners will be chosen to receive one of these. Keep reading to find out how to […]

  • Funny Farm

    Tonight we went to the movies with a good friend of the family.  We also took Joachim, our newest intern who is from France.  Poor Joachim.  He hadn’t even gotten to the ranch before he got a full dose of Flip Flop humor and hospitality.  We picked him up from the bus stop and took […]

  • A Dutch Wwoofer in Lucerne Valley

    This is a guest post by our recent Wwoofer (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms-an organization that connects volunteers to farms throughout the world).  Herma is from Holland and we really loved having her here. A few days ago I posted a picture on my Facebook of a beautiful orange-pink sunset with the caption: “I don’t […]

  • Who turned the thermostat to hell?

    Yes, the past week has been hellish temperatures.  Sunday hit a high of 115 degrees of drenching, sweaty humidity and it has only slightly come down since then.  Fortunately this misery is very uncommon.  Last summer we only had a handful of days above 100 degrees and only slightly above 100.  While we retreat inside […]

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