I can’t believe we are already approaching June! My kids are out of school now and I’m glad to have them home. They can be good helpers when they want to be and I am grateful for the help! We had another tornado warning this week but thankfully no hail and no tornado after all.Read More
#1 Maintains More Nutrients Than Other Food Preservation Methods
There are only small amounts of nutrient loss in comparison with other food preservation methods like canning and freezing. I found a chart HERE that compares nutrient values. It says that dehydration has a 3-5% nutrient loss after preservation. Freezing has a 40 - 60% nutrient loss and canning has 60-80% nutrient loss.Read More
It’s been difficult to do my usual cooking and preserving since we are remodeling and have no kitchen. I still managed to make sauerkraut, and we haven’t eaten out yet. That’s an accomplishment. Honestly, I don’t know how I could eat out at a restaurant with so much abundance in the garden. We’ve been doing a lot of cooking on our outdoor propane cooker that I usually use for canning.Read More
I’ve been trying to grow strawberries organically for the last ten years. Eight of those ten years have been complete failures. I had one good year, my second year where I was taking in bowls of healthy strawberries but every year after that I was dealing with major diseases.
I finally had a BIG breakthrough this year! I did all these things on my list and it worked! Where we live in Arkansas there is a multitude of diseases because the heat, humidity, and rain. If you are struggling with healthy strawberries just follow these tips and you will have success.Read More
It feels like this week has gone by so fast. The heat is finally here, with a few 85 degree days.
The bad news is that my daikon radishes have gone straight to seed along with one of my napa cabbages. I’ve never had my napa cabbages go to seed but it’s definitely happened with the daikon radishes before. I think both of them are more suited to be fall crops and I’m going to try them again in fall.Read More
When it comes to growing a lot of food in a small area, I have so many tricks and tips to share with you! My own garden is 5000 square feet right now but it wasn’t always that way.
And to tell you the truth, since we are growing a year’s worth of food for six people, I still constantly employ all my methods for growing a large amount of food in a small space. If you check out my Guide on How Much to Plant Per Person for a Year’s Worth of Food, you will see that you need to be creative to make that happen with the space you have.
Want to know the first BIG secret to growing more food in a small area?Read More
This week has been so rainy and cold here. It’s supposed to get down to 40 degrees tonight but thankfully move up from there. I have the majority of my warm crops already in the ground so I hope it doesn’t get any colder than forecasted. We are two weeks past our average last frost date!Read More
Mmm. Lettuce. I know, I know, it’s not something we often crave but it can be delicious. It just depends on the variety, when you harvest, and how you dress it up. The main lettuce in this salad is Little Gem. Find it HERE. And by the way, it is a Gem! Once it gets full grown it has tasty leaves and an crunchy sweet heart. This is a must grow on my list every year. If you’re sick of bitter lettuce leaves, Little Gem takes the cake for sweetness.Read More
This week we had flooding (not in the garden just locally) and lots of storms and rain. Cameron and I did a late night tomato mulching to prepare for the wet weather. My tomatoes usually get one disease or another by the end of the season so I mulch to try and keep the soil borne diseases at bay for as long as possible.Read More
When I set the goal to eat only the veggies from my garden for a whole year, I had one big problem. I had no idea how many plants we needed to grow for a years worth of food! Since I grow for six people in a 3500 square foot garden with some space allocated for fruits, my amounts needed to be precise.Read More
We got 6 new chicks at the local farm store. 2 Buff Orpington, 2 Rhode Island Red, and 2 Easter Egger.
In the garden:
We planted cucumbers directly in the garden. Homemade Pickle and Tendergreen Burpless.
Cameron built me 2 new arched trellis’. A friend gave me some extra wire fencing she had and it got put to good use!
Every year I spend many, many hours in the garden and in the kitchen. I think knowing the why behind the task can be motivating and enlightening. Why should you strive to grow as much food as you can? You’ll find the answer in the 10 reasons below.Read More