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
The first time I experienced cabbage worms was on my kale plants. I planted them in May right after my last frost date and by June I was finding holes riddled throughout the leaves.
If you’ve had cabbage worms on curly kale before, you know the crop is pretty much done for. Finding those worms in the folds is about impossible and the idea of accidentally eating one never really appealed to me. My husband often says “it’s extra protein” and while he’s right, I just can't do it. At least not on purpose.Read More
Cameron spent two years living in Korea before we got married. He loved the food there and decided to take me to a Korean restaurant. He ordered a bunch of food for us, but my favorite was the Bulgogi (Korean Beef BBQ).Read More
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