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
The garden is officially in full swing! These are the days when I wish I had a wagon or big basket with different compartments for all the produce. I always find myself in the garden not really planning on picking anything and then making my shirt into a pouch to carry a bunch of cucumbers or peppers or whatever I end up with!Read More
I’ve never been naturally thrifty. It takes a conscious and consistent effort for me to be frugal. However, it is something that I find important to because we have a budget that we need to stick to and I want to keep our homestead garden profitable. And by profitable, I refer to the money I “make” by saving money at the grocery store. I like to keep a tally of garden expenses vs. garden returns.Read More
The harvest is increasing and I’m so excited! I love this time of year! I’m always surprised at how much the kids eat from the garden on a daily basis. It’s a good problem to have, but I keep telling Cameron we need more acres and space to grow if we are going to keep up with the appetites of the kids.Read More
If you are growing an organic garden, prevention of diseases and pests is so important. We have several preventative tools to use. In last weeks post, I talked about the importance of cover crops in the home garden. The next step in maintaining a healthy garden is crop rotation. Crop Rotation means moving different crops around the garden in set time intervals. A common practice is to rotate crops yearly. However, if you have a long enough season to do some succession planting, rotating crops may happen more often.Read More
Last night as we were putting our chickens in the coop, I noticed that in our coop the plywood that made a floor in the nesting area completely collapsed. A steady dripping from rain and years of rot and aging finally made the floor give in. It brought down with it some of the hardware mesh which crumpled to the ground under the broken plywood (this is an A frame coop). And to top it all off, Cameron wasn’t home to help at all.Read More
We often hear of cover crops used on large scale farms but what about the home garden? I’m here to tell you, you can do this as a home gardener and it will improve your garden soil and as a result your yields. I personally have used several cover crops in my home garden and they are worth the effort and not hard to do.Read More
This week we’ve finished a few garden projects. The most important being we got two of the blueberry trellis’ with netting over the top built. I will finally have some blueberries! Yay! I’m working on a blog post with more details and some tips on how we built the trellis.Read More
Fresh seasonal food has maximum flavor and nutrition. My goal is to eat as much garden food as possible while it’s in season and with the excess preserve for when there isn’t as much abundance. This year, I’ve been working extra hard to meet my goal of a year of homegrown vegetables. It’s had me thinking of all the ways I need to preserve for winter, my hardest season to complete 100% vegetables from my backyard garden.
I wanted to give you some ideas on how to preserve what you have right now. In some parts of the US you may already be done with your spring harvest and others are just beginning. I’m right at the tail end of these early crops.Read More
I’m about to hit a bit of a lull between crops. The cool season crops are just about finished and the warm season crops have yet to arrive. I harvested garlic scapes today and still have plenty of peas. I also have some fennel bulbs that are almost ready. I hope it’s enough to cross the bridge until the warm season veggies are ready! I could also harvest new potatoes to eat if we needed.Read More