About the Author

Gail Damerow

Gail Damerow is the author of The Chicken Encyclopedia, The Chicken Health Handbook, Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks, Storey’sGuide to Raising Chickens, Fences for Pasture and Garden, The Perfect Pumpkin, Ice Cream! The Whole Scoop, Your Chickens, and Your Goats. She is co-author of Draft Horses & Mules and The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals, and is a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry and Countryside magazines. Gail lives in Tennessee where she and her husband Allan keep Nubian dairy goats as well as poultry, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard and a large woodlot. On their diversified small farm they seek independence and sustainability by growing and preserving much of what they eat and feed their livestock. Gail’s interest in gardening, canning and food preservation, and keeping poultry originated with visits to her maternal grandmother, who maintained a sizable garden and a large flock of laying hens. As a youngster Gail looked forward to having chickens of her own. At the age of ten she thought she was realizing her dream when a department store Easter Bunny handed her a small carton containing a single chick. At the time she and her family were moving cross-country in a travel trailer, and sharing the cramped space with a chick in a cardboard box did not sit well with her parents. When Gail came of age she sought out a place in the country where she could indulge her passion for poultry. She has been gardening and keeping chickens and other birds for more than four decades. Over the years she has raised many different breeds of bantams and large chickens, as well as guinea fowl, pheasants, peafowl, ducks, geese, and swans. She enjoys sharing the knowledge she has acquired over the years via her blogs, books, and magazine articles.
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Articles by Gail Damerow

An Old Fashioned Mustard Pickles Recipe
March 13, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

What do you do with those renegade cucumbers that hide under the vine until suddenly they appear — huge and yellow? You could, of course, relegate them to your compost …

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Foods You Should (And Can) Produce Yourself And Why
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

By Gail Damerow New outbreaks of illnesses and even deaths (an estimated 9,000 annually) due to food poisoning are constantly reported in the news. Most of these outbreaks can be traced …

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Why is Phenology of Plants Important?
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

By Gail Damerow – I started studying the phenology of plants when I missed out on my fresh asparagus harvest one year. Next to my goat barn is an old pear tree. …

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Growing Peas for Winter Greens
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

Growing Peas No matter what variety of vegetable pea plants you are growing in your garden, all parts of all varieties, including the buds and blossoms, are edible. Note that …

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A Guide to Raised Bed Gardening
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

Raised bed gardening is the ideal solution for overcoming both poor soil conditions and seasonal weather. Beds constructed on top of the ground may be filled with the garden soil …

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How to Make a Soil Sifter
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Our Tennessee garden is built on rocks and clay. Instead of continually fighting the rocky hardpan, we decided to construct permanent raised beds and fill them with our own raised …

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Winterize Your Garden with a Cover Crop of Austrian Winter Peas
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

As winter approaches and you harvest the last of summer’s vegetables from your garden, sowing Austrian winter peas is an ideal way to protect your precious garden soil through the winter while providing green manure in the spring. And, as …

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