Let’s Get Growing – Container Gardening 101

Let’s Get Growing!! No land? Grow a Garden right on your front porch or patioContainer Gardening 101 Sitting on your porch or patio in summer, surrounded by plants, ripening tomatoes, ever bearing strawberries, peppers, flowers, is simple delightful. It is also a great option if you want to grow food or flowers and can’t or […]

Damping Off

What is Damping Off ? Damping off is a situation caused by a variety of naturally occurring fungi which attack sprouting seeds and newly emerging plants. It can also be problematic with plants set into the ground before the soil warms.  The fungi thrive in wet soil.  Sprouting seeds and slow growing or weak plants […]

Seed Starting

On your Mark! Get Set! Grow! Starting seeds indoors 101 Starting your own seeds is a great way to save money, get a jump on the gardening season and a great way to get the kids involved. You can spend a LOT of money starting seeds, but I am going to suggest that you start […]

Growing food indoors in winter

Check out my article on growing sprouts – truly the simplest way to grow food indoors in winter. Growing seeds in soil indoors in winter is a bit more complicated. You can try in a sunny south facing window, but your success will depend on how much sunlight you get. I am located in a […]

Sprouting Seeds

Sprouting seeds is a great source of fresh winter food. Let’s face it, when you live in Vermont, the lettuce you get is not all that fresh. The lively flavor of brand new sprouts is a great source of fresh nutrients to add to your salad or sandwich, especially at this time of year. It […]

5 Bean Soup Mix

Here is the recipe that I prepared as a gift idea on WCAX 4 o’clock News: My daughter and son-in-law gave me a jar of this mix last year and it was so good, I asked them for the recipe. It makes a great vegetarian meal and is also wonderful with some cooked hot or […]

Homesteading with Joyce

WCAX, Vermont’s own CBS affiliate, visited my homestead to talk about some fall topics for their News at 4 program, refreshing segments featuring “news you can use.” Here are the segments we made and links to further information and recipes : Gifts from the Homestead Chocolate Syrup – A family recipe my mother made for […]

Chocolate Bark

Chocolate Bark WCAX News at 4 interviewed me about some gifts you can make at home. Here’s a tasty one to try! Chocolate bark is tasty gift that is fun to make, package, and give! Wrapping it is as simple as a plastic bag, or reusable container with a ribbon and a tag. I tend […]

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Syrup ©Joyce Amsden 2021 Amsden Family Homestead Recipe Collection Growing up on the homestead, we always had at least one Jersey cow and plenty of milk. Imagine a cold winter night, a crackling fire in the stove, hot chocolate made with fresh milk with a big fluffy homemade marshmallow floating on top. This syrup […]