Recently we stood at the fenceline overlooking the pastures to plan our fall crops. We noticed the strange attention that our farm dog was giving to the tomato plants. To our surprise, she pulled a tomato hornworm off of the plant and ate it! Gross!! First of all, we were surprised that there were ANY … Continue reading China eats Tomato worms
Wild yeast starter is the same name as a sourdough starter. I've begun to refer to it this year as a wild yeast starter because of my deliberate changes (listed below) to arrive at a levain with a less sour taste. For years I fed a "plain" sourdough starter. Gradually our mature starter accepted the … Continue reading Wild Yeast Starter 2017
Salt is a powerful ingredient working with the science of osmosis and diffusion to change the flavor and texture of both our vegetables and meats. Although I have a certain formula that I use for fermentation, I usually use between 1% and 1.5% of salt to vegetables (dry weight) to brine them for their next … Continue reading Brining vegetables
In February we began 25 tomato plants in our mini greenhouse. There were 5 "Sweet 100s" cherry tomato plants and the remaining 20 plants were a heirloom variety named "Tigerella". This tomato seed was a gift from our granddaughter who thought this bicolor striped tomato looked "cool". She bought the seed packaged as a gift … Continue reading Tomatoes 2017
One of the most important rules of successful gardening is rotating your crops' garden plots. The plants need a fresh place to live from season to season to avoid the spread of disease that may have gone dormant in the soil from last year's growth. Here are the vegetable family names and members most commonly … Continue reading List of Vegetable Families
The following is an photo collection of the veggies we grew or are presently growing.
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Isn't this a beautiful photo of a Norland potato blossoms? This is the first year I've planted red skin white potatoes, and there was so much to learn. Thankfully, I dug a decent harvest and plan to pressure can most of these potatoes. The total harvest yield is 13 pounds. The potatoes in the mesh … Continue reading Potato Harvest Spring 2016
We have about 5 acres of forest with loads of limbs on the ground in various stages of decay as well as dead branches needing to be trimmed off of trees. Additionally, we have about 2 acres of partial woods/cleared pine stands that need "stuff" removed. Our options for cleaning up the hardwood pieces are … Continue reading Mini Hugelkultur
I am amazed with the effective protection of creating a garden microclimate. Water and stones (cement) are the most effective heat/cool holders added in a garden. For example, we put blocks in the front border of one of our gardens. This garden is also against the house where there is a stone foundation.We used these … Continue reading Make Garden Microclimates
We can plan our gardens more successfully by knowing particular sunrise/sunset times and how our buildings/trees cast shade in certain areas. Here are some great yearly interactive forms for almanac-type information that you can customize to your own town or pinpoint to your own location: Rise and Setting of Sun Hours of Daily Sunlight/Darkness It … Continue reading Planting Times and Locations
We planted some Winter Bor Kale last fall 2014 with the hope that we'd have fresh greens throughout the winter. These plants far exceeded our expectations! It is nearing the end of June and these plants are still going strong. They are not only only surviving 100 degree days recently,they are very fruitful and show … Continue reading Sourdough Fermented-Vegetable Starter