Preserving the Harvest

I have had a lot of questions lately about how do we extend the harvest, so I thought I would do a quick over view of different methods to do this. There are a few different methods: freezing, canning, dehydrating, or storing properly. I have and do all four of these methods depending on my different needs. I determine these needs with a simple question…how do I use this item throughout the year?

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What is wrong with my garlic?

Garlic is one of the easiest things to grow. We have always grown garlic, and love growing it! Garlic gets planted in the fall, so that it dies back a bit over winter, and then shoots back up in the spring. Then you harvest it again in the fall. BUT all of a sudden in the summer, around this time, something starts to happen to the garlic…they are called scapes.  Continue reading “What is wrong with my garlic?”

Mother’s Day Week on the Homestead

Mother’s day is this Sunday! Did you know that mother’s day ends up making me think of a few things: flowers in bloom, annuals about to be planted, and the last frost! Last frost means time to plant all those things that have been growing in my basement for weeks! This is the time we get to see if the tomatoes, peppers, celery, basil, peanuts, etc. will grow and thrive! Unfortunately, this year has not been the best year growing seedlings. Some of our tomatoes look AMAZING, but our celery is tiny, the peanuts either grew well or didn’t grow at all, and our peppers in our soil blocks look WAY better than the one that grew in the 3×3 cells.  Continue reading “Mother’s Day Week on the Homestead”