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?”

Onions anybody?

Today is going to be a shorter post, even though there is  a lot going on here at home. Actually, the lot going on probably contributes to the shorter post. If you are looking for projects going on, on the homestead you can follow us on Facebook or any of my social media, and I try to post off of instagram when big things are happening. One thing that happened this past week was planting onions. Onions are an easier crop to grow. Unfortunately, if you remember my onions from seed failed, probably due to bad soil, so I picked up some sweet onion varieties at Jack and Dicks. I purchased walla wallas, red candy, and candy onion varieties. These onions come in a bunch. They are coupled with a rubber band, and you just have to keep the roots moist until they are planted.

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Direct sew vs transplants

Most people who garden know there are two ways that you can get plants to grow. The first way is direct sew where you take a seed, put it in the ground and it grows there until maturity. The second way is transplanting, this is where a seed is placed in a soil block or seed starting mixture, the seed grows and when it is warm enough outside and the plant is ready, you put the plant into the ground. Right now we are in both stages. Most of our transplants are started inside, but we are starting to get into the direct sewing stage as well.

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What a Glorious Day!

The broad fork is done! Steel is cut, welded together, hardened, painted, and the wood handles are in place! This has been a work in progress since Christmas but, Today…TODAY, I USED MY BROAD FORK! Now I do have to admit the broad fork is heavy (probably 30-50lbs), but it works wonders.  Continue reading “What a Glorious Day!”

Holy Week on the Homestead

As a Christian, Holy week is a big deal! It is the great coming of our King into Jerusalem, Him giving up his life for all of us, and ends at the wonderful RESURRECTION! Holy week while it has many big events in my faith, it also marks some events in the gardening community. My husband was always taught by his dad that Good Friday is the day to get potatoes and onions in the ground!

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Welcome Spring!

We probably all have noticed the beautiful weather that is coming about (at least here in Wisconsin!), people are out jogging, dogs are being walked, and today I even saw my tulips were starting to come up! (NO JOKE!) I love these signs of spring! Spring triggers my inner gardener urge to plant stuff and play in dirt!

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Homestead Horrors

I am sure we all have these days where things don’t go quite right. Where animals get hurt, where plants don’t grow, where the dish I made for dinner didn’t taste nearly as good as it smelled…that is what I call a homestead horror.

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