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In the Garden

 Who can resist a pretty flower? Some of them, you can eat!  Spring and Summer offer many edible flowers; fall has fewer, but they are beauties – and easy to grow. A fun thing to do with edible flowers is to freeze them in ice cube trays for drinks and punch. You can use these… Click to see how to make Edible Flower Ice Cubes – it’s EASY

Rain Gutter Gardening at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

I heard about this new gardening idea – it is called the Rain Gutter Grow System (RGGS). Being a real southern farm girl, I love farming and gardening. Once I read about this innovative growing system, I couldn’t wait to start. Basically the Rain Gutter Grow System is a self-watering container gardening system “on steroids.” … To see Chloe’s Rain Gutter Garden click here:

Pesto Genovese Recipe from Innkeeper at Big Mill B&B

Every summer I grow Basil and it thrives here in eastern North Carolina.What can you do with all this basil? Well, I make Pesto and freeze it to enjoy all year. Pesto will keep a long time in the freezer. It can be frozen in ice cube trays — handy if you only need a… Click to get Chloe’s Pesto Genovese Recipe

Fun Things to Do With Edible Flowers

Did you know that some flowers can be lunch? I grabbed my Edible Flower book and wandered around the yard, tasting. I eat whatever is in the yard that I KNOW is edible, including  pecans, blackberries, mulberries, blueberries, tomatoes, wild cherries, figs and cucumbers. Now I have added Edible Flowers to my “Okay to eat”… Click to see what edible flowers grow all around you.

Fig Jam Is Just So Southern

Figs are so special – they are a real delicacy.  Fig Jam with Less Sugar • 2 ¼ pounds ripe figs* (4 cups prepared figs)• 5 1/2 cups sugar• 2 lemons• Zest from one the lemons• 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice• ½ teaspoon butter• ½ pouch liquid pectin (1 ½ ounces use Certo NOT… Click to get the Recipe for my Fig Jam with Less Sugar and some great photos too …

Easy Blueberry Jam Recipe with Cinnamon & Lime Zest

Blueberries are a gift – they speak “Summer” If you can pick your own blueberries that is the best. I have blueberries growing right outside my kitchen window and I try to use them any way I can. Local farmers’ markets also have good berries. I love cooking with fresh blueberries and this is the… Click to get Chloe’s Blueberry Cinnamon Jam Recipe

I grow blueberries and blackberries here on the farm and I love to use them any way I can. Homemade Blueberry Bread Recipe with Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread • 1 large egg• ¼ cup corn or vegetable oil• ¾ cup sugar• ½ cup fresh (mashed blueberries (about 4 ounces whole blueberries))• 1½ Tablespoons blueberry or… Read more about Chloe’s Blueberry bread

How to Make Strawberry Jam – Step by Step

Canning Jam for Dummies – Step-by-Step How To Make Strawberry Jam How to make strawberry jam – start to finish: Of course, fresh berries are better for the jam, but you can use frozen berries. Spring is berry pickin’ time, so get ready to make Strawberry Jam. My father taught me how to raise a… Read more

How to Save Flower Seeds

It’s time to save seeds for next year’s flower garden.  These datura or Devil’s Trumpet seed pods will dry out and turn brown. That is the time to harvest them. Georgia O’Keefe liked Devil’s Trumpet or Jimson weed as it is often called. ~~~~~~~~~~~ To everything there is a season. It’s late September and, like… Read more

Chloe’s Fragrance Garden at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

Late summer evenings in Big Mill B&B’s garden are filled with sweet scents The show begins in the afternoon at 5 o’clock, when the Four O’clocks start blooming. They are an old flower that my mother and grandmother raised and shared with their friends. It is a wonderful plant and each flower can have several… Read more