5 Things Friday – 4/27/18

Welcome back to 5 Things Friday 4/27/18! I hope you all had a great week! Lack of Posts this Week I apologize for not getting any other posts up this week, but it has just been super duper busy here and I haven’t been feeling great on top of that, so things are getting behind.  I only have about a 1/4-1/3 of my 365 tomato and pepper transplants done and I thought I would be done by now! ACK! So that is taking up every spare moment right now. I hope you will have a look see at some of my other posts in the mean time such as Gardening with NO WEEDS, How to Use Eggshells in the Garden and How to get a Massive Potato Harvest from Pots. 🙂 New Posts Coming Up I do have 3 “how to” posts lined up, How to Can Tomato Sauce from Frozen Tomatoes, How to Transplant your Onion Seedlings and How to Transplant your Tomato Seedlings. But all three are super photo intensive and my usual photo editing site has been down as they prepare to launch a huge upgrade. I will have more time next week and hopefully my photo editing site will resolve their problems, so I can get them all up for you guys soon! If you have any other post ideas, feel free to share! I am always looking for ideas that will help people with their gardens! 5 Things Friday ANYWAY, every Friday I aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets…

Tamara


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5 Things Friday – 4/20/18

Welcome back to 5 Things Friday 4/20/18! I hope you all had a great week! Every Friday I aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well! Homestead Gardening Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening thing is finally having time to up pot all my tomatoes and peppers! Starting later today, my weekend is almost clear, and it is time to get these babies into their forever pots! Hoping to move them all into the greenhouse next week. See my previous posts about how to grow peppers and/or tomatoes by seed. Homestead Critters Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite critter thing is that we are starting to collect eggs for hatching! Our breeding pens have been set up for a little bit more than a month now and I am so excited to get our first hatch going this year. We will be collecting eggs from our Blue Ameraucana pen, our Blue Laced Red Wyandotte Pen and also some of our Blue, Black & Splash Marans pen. We will follow that with another hatch with Olive Eggers. After trying out several incubators, this is our favorite one by far Genesis Hovabator 1588. I highly recommend it if you are just starting out with hatching your own eggs. We like it so much, we actually have two of them! So excited for fluffy little baby chicks again. 🙂 Homestead Kitchen Favorite: My 5 Things Favorite Kitchen…

Tamara


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Benefits of Freezing your Tomato Harvest

Today I will share the many benefits of freezing your tomato harvest. You may ask, why post this now, in the spring, instead of late summer, when the harvest is rolling in? Well, last week, it was finally time to make some room in my freezer, and I pulled out the remaining nine one gallon size zip lock bags of frozen tomatoes. This was only about half of my tomato harvest from last year. I pulled out the other half back in November. Using up my frozen tomatoes, I thought now would be as good a time as any, to share all the benefits,  before it comes time to harvest the tomatoes, so that you will freeze some too! And maybe you will want to plant a few extra tomato plants! If so, check out my article on how to grow tomatoes from seed. Now let me tell you all the reasons why I freeze my tomatoes. Reason Numero Uno The main reason is, I don’t have a lot of time to deal with the tomatoes at the time of year when most of them are harvested. SO MUCH goodness is coming out of the garden at the same time, it is very difficult to try and preserve it all at the same time! The last week of August and first week in September, is one of our busiest times here on the homestead. My kids have shown at fair for over a dozen years, and those two weeks are fair weeks. Throw in the start of school, and the weeks before fair prepping everything. I am lucky if I have time to actually harvest the tomatoes! This is the main reason why I freeze the tomatoes. How to Freeze Your Tomato Harvest Before I move on to…

Tamara


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5 Things Friday – 4/13/18

Welcome back to 5 Things Friday 4/13/18! I hope you all had a great week! Every Friday I aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well! Homestead Gardening Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening thing is our pair of Rainier Cherry Trees are in bloom. They are one of the reasons we bought this lot when we were shopping for a piece of land to build our home on. They frame our view of the valley and Mt Pilchuck and I love when they are in bloom! Homestead Critters Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite critter thing is having chicks in the house again! We didn’t hatch these, they are one of my daughters’ FFA projects and we picked them up last night. They are meat birds for the livestock auction, but it is still fun to have chicks again! We love this little brooder and use it in place of a heat lamp. Homestead Kitchen Favorite: My 5 Things Favorite Kitchen item thing this week was getting my pressure canner out again and using it. It has been way too long! I pulled out a ton of frozen tomatoes from the freezer, and made a huge batch of sauce and canned it all up. Made a bunch of room in the freezer and restocked the pantry a bit too! Stay tuned for a post coming up very soon on canning…

Tamara


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How to Get a Massive Potato Harvest from Pots

The last few years, I have been trying to grow a massive potato harvest from pots. I’ve even tried these potato crates. I was getting an ok harvest, but the potatoes were always small, and never as big of a harvest as I had hoped. A little over a year ago, I stumbled upon someone on YouTube, who was having absolutely amazing results. Dan from Allotment Diary who is from the UK. The video I watched, he harvested over 25 pounds from a 13 gallon (50 liter) pot, and some of these potatoes were HUGE! The Tutorial to Grow a Massive Potato Harvest from Pots Thankfully Dan from Allotment Diary, has made a lot of videos on his process. This is the video I originally watched: Please be sure to Subscribe to Dan’s YouTube channel here to get more awesome gardening tips from him! He has a bunch of video’s on growing potatoes this way, as he makes a new one every year. He also has a lot of video’s showing his potato harvests, so if you want to see more, go check him out. You can also find him on Facebook. 🙂 My Results Last Year So last year, I grew my potatoes his way. The results were AMAZING! I actually had, that massive potato harvest from pots that I had been trying to achieve! So I am here to share how I did it, following Dan’s advice. I did not weigh all my food harvested last year, but I did weigh my best pot. It was only a small pot, about 10″ wide x 12″ high, so approximately 2-3 gallons I am guessing? My harvest from that single little pot was 12.8lbs!!!! And the potatoes…

Tamara


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5 Things Friday – 4/6/18

Welcome back to 5 Things Friday 4/6/18! I hope you all had a great week! Every Friday I aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well! Homestead Gardening Favorite: This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening thing is this Cobra Head gardening tool. It is hands down my most favorite garden tool. It gets out those big weeds so easily, and turn it on its side, and scape the hook along the top of the soil, and it pulls out all those newly germinated weeds. Use the hook to dig your small holes for transplanting small plants. So easy to use, it is my go to tool when doing garden bed clean up. It will certainly be getting a lot of use this month as I tackle my April To Do List on the homestead. Homestead Critters Favorite:   This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite critter thing is our very small remaining flock of Blue Laced Red Wyandotte’s. We are down to just a trio for breeding. Last year raccoon’s got in several of our coops and took out a lot of our birds. We will be working on building this flock back up for sure. Wyandotte’s are a great breed for families to start with and they are the perfect bird for a homestead. They are docile, relatively quiet and dual purpose, which means they are great egg layers but…

Tamara


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