Making It Yourself: Why Bother?

Kathy's homemade soap. Find the supplies you need to make yours at Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Kathy’s homemade soap. Find the supplies you need to make yours at Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

I recently taught a workshop on soapmaking at our local folk school. I was telling a friend about it and she asked a pretty profound question: Why do you bother? Continue reading

What to know before you grow

The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener Book

The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener Book

It’s the dead of winter here at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio (Zone 6a for you gardeners out there). As I write this, we’ve had two of the coldest weeks of the year with temperatures hovering near zero. And what is long-time Lehman’s employee Kathi doing? “Looking for sun,” she said with a smile. Not to improve her tan, or even warm up cold fingers and toes, but for her garden.

“When I mentally plant my garden, I look outside to see when and where the sun hits. Vegetables need sun to thrive,” she explained. Kathi, a Ohio Master Gardener* with years of practical experience, offered to share advice for First Time Gardeners with Country Life. Continue reading