Here come tomatoes!

It is tomato season people! I am spotting my first ripened tomatoes and am looking forward to all the great things I will be making with them this fall!

My favorite tomato products to make are salsa, roasted tomato soup, crushed/diced tomatoes, tomato paste and all sorts of experiments. Some of the experiments we have tried in the past are barbecue sauce, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce! Continue reading “Here come tomatoes!”

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When Procrastination Hits

I started my year off very ambitious, got my calendar all set, the seeds all started, things in the ground (on time or early), but now we are at the end of June and that umph is already starting to wain. Well now we are a little behind on the calendar that was planned, but I am playing catch up this week.

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Farewell Final Frost

The last frost has officially past! This means it is time to plant those warm weather crops (tomatoes, peppers, basil, peanuts, etc.) outside! I have officially hardened off my plants, so they are ready to be transplanted. To transplant, I make sure the soil the seedlings are in is semi-dry so it doesn’t turn to mud when trying to remove from the containers, but also not so dry it just crumbles.

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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”

April showers bring May flowers

 

Spring keeps moving forward and fast, though the weather hasn’t made up its mind between snowing, raining, sleeting and sunshine. I have a hard time keeping straight the days and weeks so it is a good thing I planned out my calendar over the winter. Below is a little checklist I put together for this first week of April… Continue reading “April showers bring May flowers”

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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This Week on the Homestead

Summer is gone, fall is hear and first frost of the year is right around the corner!

This week on our homestead is getting ready for winter! CRAZY!!!!

This will include pulling up the potatoes still in the ground (so I am not doing this in the cold later) Continue reading “This Week on the Homestead”