The Easiest Way to Preserve Berries, Freeze Them!

Don’t let your berries go to waste! If you can’t use them fresh, simply freeze them! Berry season is right around the corner, and in this article we will teach you the easiest way to preserve berries, freeze them! Freezing berries this way allows you to grab just what you need, when you need them, all year long, and it is super simple to do. Learn how to freeze raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and more! Other articles you may be interested in:The Easiest Way to Preserve Beans Benefits of Freezing your Tomato Harvest How to Preserve Pumpkins and Squash by Roasting and FreezingCheck out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Berry Season Preserving: Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries! Berry season begins here in the PNW in June. Starting with strawberries, than raspberries and blueberries. These are the 3 types of berries we have had for years and always enjoy. But we are trying to broaden the types of fruit we have on the homestead. So last year we planted some currants, elderberries and golden raspberries. This year we planted some honey berries and I have my eye on Josta berries too but haven’t found them locally yet. Benefits or Freezing Berries Having loads of homegrown berries in the freezer is an excellent way to preserve them. They are great for adding to smoothies, cereal or ice cream toppings, pies, crumbles or what have you. Another benefit is you can pull them out to can jam, jelly or pie fillings, in the dead of winter. There is also a lot of cost savings freezing your own, vs buying fresh or frozen berries thoughout the year. Sometimes I find we are just too busy at harvest time, to get all…

How to Harden Off Your Seedlings

This post explains how to harden off your seedlings and why it is very important to do so before planting them in the garden! Have you grown your own vegetable starts by seed? Or flowers? Have you spent months taking care of them? Are you excited to plant them out in the garden? DID YOU HARDEN THEM OFF FIRST?!?!? Please read on to find out more about this critical step that many new gardeners are not aware of. Other related articles you may be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing How to Build a Straw Bale Cold FrameOur favorite gardening and homesteading equipment in our Amazon Shop! What Does Hardening Off  Your Seedlings Even Mean? Simply put, hardening off is the act of slowly allowing your baby plants, to grow accustomed to living outdoors. Here they have grown up so well indoors, being pampered by you for months! They have had just the right amount of heat and light. Just the right amount of water, the right soil, everything is so perfect! And now you want to plant them outside in your garden where there is wind, fluctuating temperatures, harsh UV rays from the sun! If the baby seedlings go from one extreme to the other, they will not fair well. They need time. They need a slow introduction. They need to acclimate. This is what hardening off is. What to do Before Hardening Off Your Seedlings Outdoors: OK, before you even begin hardening off your seedlings outside, there are a couple of things you can to inside to help them begin their adjustment to moving outside. One thing I like to do is place a oscillating fan on my seedlings once they have germinated and I remove the dome lids off…