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Paige's Highlight(s)

1. Food Storage--Vacuum Sealed Jars.  Where Dan and I live now, we are short on space in the regular kitchen.  Much of it is next to our fridge, which is in an attached garage.  As compared to the main house, this garage isn't particularly bug and/or vermin proof and we have to be careful to store only canned goods out there.  I had quite the mess to clean up with a partial bag of birdseed a few months ago. I was reading the other day about Vacuum sealed jars on Granny Miller (a wonderful, practical blogger--and frugal!).  She has a great blog entry on these jars and uses plain old canning jars and used lids--an excellent reuse for those purists out there who buy new canning lids each year.  She was given a Food Saver vacuum sealer set (you might have seen them on those infomercials) several years back and basically only ever uses the Jar Sealer function.  Like she says, check on Ebay or garage sales for one--they still run upwards of $200 for a new machine!  An excellent way to store dried beans, extra flour, sugar, candies, dehydrated foods, nuts, and the like--in rodent-proof fashion!

2. Cover Crops.  I am getting so antsy to have my own house, farm, and garden!  As the growing season comes to a close, the itch to have my own garden is getting especially ferocious!  For those of you lucky enough to have your own places right now, it's time to plant some cover crops for the winter.  And I have definitely heard that fall is the best time to lay out a new garden as you can mow down the lawn and lay down all those thick leaves (or set them aside for mulching next summer!) and/or newspapers.  But, back to the cover crops, Mother Earth News has a great article on them--good enough that I think I've posted on it before! :)

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