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

Portable Electric Burners and Other Heat Sources for Canning
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites   Whether your kitchen has all the modern conveniences or you live off the grid, for canning purposes, some heat sources work better than others. When I …

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How to Safely Use a Pressure Canner
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Low-acid foods must be processed at a temperature that is hotter than boiling water. Compared to water bath canning or steam canning, which processes jars at 212ºF, …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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