Oct 28, 2013
As you know we are backyard chicken keepers. We love our little flock, and we try to let them free range as much as we can. I’ve posted before about how we use temporary fencing to expand their run out into the yard and garden. Until last week we’d only had one predator incident where we lost a bird.
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 25, 2013
Ever find yourself with too many tomatoes and not enough time?
It can happen so quickly. It seems to take forever to get that 1st ripe tomato out of the garden, but once you do, they all start coming on like crazy.
Like any good homesteader, I hate seeing those beauties go to waste. Instead of tossing them to the chickens (they get their fair share!), I freeze them for future canning projects.
Here's how to freeze tomatoes:
Sep 9, 2013
Aug 26, 2013
One of my garden goals last year was to have enough basil to make and freeze pesto to last us through the winter. It was a bust, though - my seeds didn't start well and I only ended up with a few basil plants. I tried again this year and, to my surprise, I ended up with a whole row of basil I started from seed.
Aug 4, 2013
On average, I cook with onions about 5 days a week. They are a staple in our diet and, until this year, they have been one vegetable we have never had luck growing.
Last year, because our harvest was a bummer crop (the exact opposite of a bumper crop!), I went to the local farmer’s market to see what I could find. The farmer there who I just love, Richard, had big beautiful onions and I asked how he grew them that big. He said he never uses the onion sets. You know those little teeny onions you see in bins and bags everywhere at the first sign of Spring. He, instead, uses onion plants. They come in a bundle like this, often refrigerated.