Secrets for Growing Better Tomatoes in Urban Gardens

Tomatoes and vines

Tomatoes are fickle. After a year of great tomato yield followed by a frustrating year of just average yield, I’ve developed 10 techniques, which have improved the success rate in my garden. Most of my tomatoes are heirlooms with the occasional hybrid. Here’s what I am growing this season in climate zone 9b: Ace, Cherry […]

Drying Apple Slices In The Oven

Dried Apple Slices

Drying apple slices in the oven or in a dehydrator, like all dried fruit, are sweeter and provide more concentrated flavor. They make a tasty snack. Pioneer Dad’s kids (and the neighbor kids) eat them by the tray full as quickly as they come out of the dehydrator. Dried apple slices are easy to carry […]

Cooking & Preserving Homemade Applesauce

Preserving Applesauce

Making and preserving homemade applesauce is an easy process requiring only basic canning equipment, a large stockpot and a box of pint canning jars. Kids and adults love homemade applesauce recipe. One taste and they will never go back to commercial applesauce. Homemade applesauce makes a delicious side dish for any meal. Mix sweet and […]