Watering Solutions – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#6)

Are you watering your garden properly? Many people don’t. Today, I will be sharing all about watering solutions for your garden via my own personal tips, and those solutions found in our featured post! How to Water Your Garden Properly Now that the summer heat is settling in, watering your garden is essential. If you are a beginner gardener, this post is for you! I participate in a lot of online gardening groups, and one thing I see time and time again, is people incorrectly watering their garden. And then they wonder why their plants are struggling. I saw a post on last weeks Blog Hop on this topic on how to water your garden, and decided to feature it this week as it is very timely! Watering Tips for the Garden My personal tips on watering your garden the correct way are these: water deeply, every few days on an overcast/rainy day if you can to prevent extra evaporation when you think you are done watering, dig down 6″ or so and check to see if the soil is wet down there, it should be! do not water briefly every day: this only waters the surface roots, which dry out very quickly due to the heat of the sun your goal should be to water the deeper roots, you want the water to go as deep as possible, so the plants will send their roots deeper plants with only surface roots will struggle and not produce well for you plants with deep roots will be happier healthier plants MULCH! It conserves water, prevents evaporation AND prevents weeds! See my article on mulching: The Secret to Easy Gardening, Use Mulch for No Weeding! Our Featured Post This Week: Watering Solutions This week I chose to feature…

Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop (week 5)

Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! We have had a lot of fun the last few weeks with this brand new Blog Hop! We will be posting this every Tuesday so we hope to see you all here each week posting! Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share this blog hop where ever you like! Featured Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Posts: Please remember, for a chance to be featured next week, PLEASE LINK TO OUR BLOG HOP in your post! It has been difficult to find articles that had followed thru with this the last few weeks! Also, it helps to have your own featured image in your post, other than a pin! Especially in round up posts! Thank you! And on to this weeks featured posts!! I have crafting and the 4th of July on my mind I guess, because I chose two craft that are suitable for the upcoming holiday! First I chose this cute rustic DIY craft project, just in time to make it before the 4th of July!  DIY Rustic Wooden Patriotic Stars from Tiffany at TeeDiddlyDee!   And I also chose this awesome Reversible Patriotic Table Runner from Kristie at Love My Little Cottage! I hope these featured posts will help you get your crafting groove on before the 4th arrives!   Your Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Hosts Are: AnneMarie from 15 Acre Homestead How to Make Money from Your Produce at Market by Annie at by 15 Acre Homestead Shelle from Rockin W Homestead Six Ways to Preserve and Store Produce by Shelle at Rockin W Homestead Lisa from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre Fresh Pack Garlic Dill Pickles…

DIY Tutorial Tomato Support System (Cheap, Easy & Strong!)

Staking Indeterminate tomatoes is a must. Today, I will be sharing with you how to stake tomatoes cheap and easy with this DIY tutorial on how to build a tomato plant support system using wooden stakes and chicken wire! Tomato Cages, Stakes and/or Trellises Not Working For You? Than you are in the right place! I got tired of my tomato support cages falling over, my wooden tomato stakes not being tall enough, the trellis system not being big enough, the twine or string breaking in a weave system. So my husband and I set out to build something that works! This DIY tomato support system uses inexpensive 2x2x8 wooden posts and chicken wire or welded wire, whatever you might have on hand will work. It is an excellent support for tomatoes in pots, or in the ground! Related Article You May Be Interested In: The Benefits of Freezing Your Tomato Harvest How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato SeedOur favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! How to Stake Tomatoes in Pots Living in the PNW, in our cool short summer growing season, I grow my tomatoes in pots, both in the greenhouse, and outside. It helps keep the plants & roots warmer, and I find that I get a bigger harvest growing them in pots. But I struggled to find a way to support the indeterminate tomato plants while growing them in pots. That is how this system was born. How to Stake Tomatoes or Support Tomatoes in a Greenhouse After unsuccessfully growing tomatoes outside, we invested in this greenhouse. It is rather large, at 10×20 and is my favorite gardening purchase EVER. (I secretly want a second one, to expand my Making Money Growing Plants project each spring&#8230…

Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop (week 4)

Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! We have had a lot of fun the last few weeks with this brand new Blog Hop! We will be posting this every Tuesday so we hope to see you all here each week posting! Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share this blog hop where ever you like! Featured Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Posts: Please remember, for a chance to be featured next week, PLEASE LINK TO OUR BLOG HOP in your post! It has been difficult to find articles that had followed thru with this the last few weeks! Also, it helps to have your own featured image in your post, other than a pin! Especially in round up posts! Thank you! And on to this weeks featured post!! This week I chose this Salted Cinnamon Shortbread Recipe from New Homesteaders Almanac, because CINNAMON and SHORTBREAD! Two of my favorites!   Your Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Hosts Are: Lisa from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre How to Make Cherry Jam From Scratch by The Self Sufficient HomeAcre AnneMarie from 15 Acre Homestead How to Preserve Oranges On Your Homestead by 15 Acre Homestead Shelle from Rockin W Homestead 5 Ways to Preserve Onions by Rockin W Homestead   And myself! I’m Tamara and I blog here at The Reid Homestead   Share Your Farm Fresh Posts This Week! Homesteading, homemaking, sustainable and green ideas, DIY, healthy living, and self-reliance posts are all welcome. Share up to 4 family friendly posts. You may share older posts with ‘in season’ information, but please don’t share the same posts each week! If you share your posts…

How to Freeze Your Green Bean Harvest

Today we are going to be talking about different ways to preserve string beans, with a tutorial on how to freeze your green bean harvest! Beans are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Therefore, it is a good idea to know how to preserve them so you can enjoy them for a long time to come, fresh out of your garden! Preserving Your Green Beans In this article, I will share a tutorial on how to freeze your green bean harvest. I think this is the easiest way to preserve them, and the method that retains some of their crisp fresh flavor the best. You can also can them or pickle them. I will talk about each of these methods in more detail below. Other articles you may be interested in: The Easiest Way to Preserve Berries, Freeze Them! The Benefits of Freezing Your Tomato Harvest How to Preserve Pumpkins & Winter Squash by Roasting and Freezing Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Fresh Green Beans vs Dry Shelling Beans Just to be clear, when I say green beans, I am talking about string beans vs dry beans. Varieties of string beans that I am talking about are Provider Green Beans, Yellow Wax Beans, Kentucky Pole beans and many others. These are also referred to as snap, green and wax beans. I am not referring to beans that you grow for dry shelling beans, such as Black Turtle Beans, Cannellini Lingot Beans or Dark Red Kidney Beans. Dry Shelling Beans, are grown for the seed inside the string bean, whereas string beans, are grown for the whole bean , where you eat the shell and the seed beans inside. Preserving Dry Shelling Beans These are the easiest beans of all to preserve. You let the beans…