This week I haven’t done as much preserving and instead have been trying to focus on getting fall crops in on time! It’s perfect because I’m harvesting a lot of peppers. Peppers are my easiest thing to preserve because my favorite method is drying. It’s so easy, all you have to cut into whatever size you want and then set on the dehydrator trays.Read More
I have a very special guest post today by Cameron! He is the builder around here and because he can explain this way better than I can, he is going to give you all the details on how to build a low tunnel. I also made my first ever YouTube video to explain the process if you prefer to just watch rather than read (please keep that in mind as your watching haha!).Read More
Christmas came twice this week. Once was the first watermelon of the season! The kids ran after me when they saw the watermelon in my hands and the excitement in the air was palpable. I was surrounded until I made the first cut into the melon and man was it a beauty. I’ve never picked one so perfectly ripe. The kids patiently waited as I photographed the watermelon and it was gone in a flash when I gave them the green light. See below haha!Read More
Cold Hardy vegetables can be killed anywhere from 30ºF all the way down to -5ºF and possibly lower. It covers such a wide range of temperature that they are usually put into two different groups, semi cold hardy which can take light frosts and cold hardy which can survive to 20ºF and below.
First let's talk about the crops that can take several light frosts. Light frosts would be in the 28-32ºF range. Crops that can handle light frosts include lettuce, swiss chard, arugula, radishes, beets, chinese cabbage, collards, cauliflower, celery, turnips, and green onions.Read More
Last Friday night was a hard day for us. It was the appointed slaughtering day we chose for our three roosters. We knew when we hatched out chicks it was likely we would have roosters and the plan was to butcher them. Unfortunately, we aren’t allowed to have roosters where we live. Otherwise, I think we would have kept our favorite rooster.Read More
Planting a fall garden seems easy enough. And yet there are always a few details and kinks to work out when it comes to planning for any garden.
A fall garden is ready to harvest in fall which means you are planting and sowing seeds in the summer. Do you want to know the secret to success? Psst… the secret is do not miss the planting window.
In years past, I’ve been so busy with harvesting and preserving my summer crops that I miss the window for certain fall crops. This year, I’m already doing better (though not perfect haha!). I made a fall planning chart to help me to plant on time. I’m sharing my fall planner below as well as some tips in hopes that it helps you too!Read More
So many good things have happened this week. Most important is my tomatoes are bearing a lot of fruit. Back in the beginning of the season the tomatoes were struck with awful Septoria leaf spot. It rained here almost everyday from the beginning of May when the tomatoes were planted to the beginning of July.Read More
The first time I had greek salad was only a few years ago. It took me a while to accept the flavor of kalamata olives but when I tried this salad, I fell in love with the combination of flavors.
I’ve tried several versions in the years following and I knew that I wanted to come up with my own recipe that would work for what was growing in the garden. One that would showcase all the fresh vegetables with out being overpowered by dressing or cheese.Read More
We’ve had lots of hot 95 degree days happen this week and I’m melting in the garden. Good thing my plants are more resilient than me! My peppers are just loving the heat and I have them tucked under a thick 5 inch layer of mulch so the soil stays cool and moist.
Tomatoes are coming on. Though a bit slower than last year.Read More
I talked all about the basics of crop rotation in the home garden in THIS article. I wanted to go beyond the basics and address an issue that often comes up with crop rotation. The problem is growing a lot of one crop family, resulting in an uneven rotation of crops. In most cases this is the nightshade family (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, etc.)Read More
I feel like I blinked and summer is half over! How does it even happen so fast?! Perhaps with how busy I am picking, preserving, and gardening it makes it seem like time is going faster.
Seriously, with so much to do in so little time, it can get overwhelming. I know some of you can relate to the lack of sleep from late nights canning and preserving. It is worth it in the end and it’s such a good feeling to be able to open a jar full of summer bounty in the middle of winter.Read More
Zucchini and summer squash are a gift that just keeps on giving. It’s common to feel overwhelmed by this summer crop when you harvest several a day. That’s a lot of squash and usually more than you know what to do with! I’ve put together a list of recipes so you can eat your summer squash and zucchini day after day and not feel sick of it. After all, if you put in all the work why not reap the benefits?Read More