Ways to Feed Your Soil – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#12)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured post will give you some great ways to feed your soil! Feeding your soil is SO important for healthy plants and nutritious food, so don’t forget this important step in your gardening efforts! Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants Good healthy soil is super important for healthy plants, no matter what type of garden you have. But if you want your home grown food to have the most nutrition possible, it is a super important step! If your plants are stressed, missing nutrients and just plain struggling, then they are not going to be the healthiest food for you to eat. In fact, I believe feeding the soil, is much more important than feeding the plants! Below, I will briefly share my own quick and simple personal tips on ways to build healthy soil. Please see our featured post below, to find out much more information on this topic! MULCH My first tip, is to MULCH! Not only does mulching cut down on weeding and watering, but as it breaks down, it turns into compost! So in the end, that mulch is not only making your day to day gardening jobs easier, but it is also feeding the soil! Check out my article The Secret to Easy Gardening, NO WEEDING with Mulch! COMPOST Compost is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to feed the soil. So many people over think compost. Just think of it as natures way of organic material decomposing. No matter how you do the composting, it benefits plants like nothing else. Check out my article Easy Simple No Work Composting. MANURE Manure is also a sure way to feed your soil, and it is one of the main reasons we keep chickens and…

How to Use Your Berry Harvest – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#11)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts will give you some great ideas on how to use your berry harvest, and how to go berry picking with your kids! Scroll down to find out more! Tips on Growing Your Own Berries I grow a lot of berries on our homestead. So far, we are growing Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackerries, Honey Berries, and Currants.  So I thought I would share a couple of my own tips on growing berries here, before I share ideas from our featured posts on how to use your berry harvest! Mulching Your Berries   My first tip, is to MULCH! Mulching really really cuts down on weeding and watering! It basically makes your job growing berries, easier! And you will get a bigger berry harvest! Check out my article The Secret to Easy Gardening, NO WEEDING with Mulch! Protect Your Berries from Birds and Deer My second tip, is to protect your most valued crop of berries from birds and deer. We finally had to do this for our blueberry bushes. You can do this by using a simple bird netting. However, when I used that cheap one, be forewarned, the birds can get caught up in it very easily and die. Especially if it is just draped over the pushes. It is best to build a framework over your berries, that supports the netting. This can be made quite simply with PVC or 2×4’s. But if you want to really protect the birds, consider using this Deluxe Bird Barricade Netting which is designed to prevent the birds from getting caught in the netting. Freezing Your Berry Harvest My third tip, is grow as many berries as you can, and FREEZE THEM! It is so easy to…

Harvesting and Curing Onions – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#10)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured post is all about harvesting and curing onions! Scroll down to find out more! Growing Onions How often do you buy onions at the store? I know that before I started growing my own, I bought them almost weekly! Onions are just one of those vegetables that a lot of people don’t think about growing. If people do decide to grow onions, they just stick a few in and eat them fresh! I do that with sweet onions, but I personally like to grow enough onions to keep our household in home grown onions for most of the year. How do I do that? First, I grow onion by seed, rather than by sets. I go into more detail about why in this article about How to Plant Onion Seed. In this article I explain exactly How to Plant Onion Seedlings. Choosing the Right Onion Varieties for Long Term Storage If you are also interested in growing the majority of onions that your family uses, it is super important to choose the right variety. Sweet onions have a lot of sugar, and don’t keep well. You need to choose an onion variety that is known for being a long keeping onion or storage onion. These are the ones that store the best. I go into much more detail in this article about How to Store Onions from the Garden Through the Winter. In order to store onions properly, first they must be harvested and cured properly. That is why I chose my featured post this week, since I haven’t really covered that on my blog yet in fine detail. Our Featured Posts This Week: Harvesting and Curing Onions When I saw that Kathi…

Amazon Prime Day Deals for Homesteaders and Gardeners

Christmas in July is almost here! In this post I will be sharing and keeping up to date, all the Amazon Prime Day Deals for Homesteaders and Gardeners! Are You Ready for Prime Day? Amazon Prime Days this year are July 15 & 16 2019. This is like Black Friday on Amazon folks! Deals are offered all day to Prime Members, and this year it is for two whole days! 48 Hours of Deals folks! Beginning at 3:00AM Eastern time on July 15th! I will be checking in here often to keep a list of ongoing Prime Day Deals for Homesteaders and Gardeners! So check in often! Also, drop me a comment if you are looking for anything specific and I will keep it on my radar! Don’t have Prime? Sign up here today for a 30 day free trial! Now is the perfect time to try Prime out if you haven’t yet before. Get all those food preservation gadgets you need, gardening tools you wish you had, stock up on winter supplies, power tools and get the kids ready for back to school, all with a free month of Prime! Oh, and participate in Prime Day for the best deals of all! Maybe even start your holiday shopping? Related Articles You May Be Interested In: Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Homesteading Moms Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment List Our favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! Finding the Deals I plan to update this post, everyday between now and until the end of Prime Days. The deals are overwhelming, and so I will be trying to track down the best ones for you and keep this post updated! If you see a deal…

Planning Dinner from the Garden Harvest – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#9)

Do you need some ideas on what to make for dinner using fresh ingredients from the garden or from your CSA box? Than you are in the right place! Today I will be sharing several ideas to help you in planning dinner from the garden harvest! Meal Planning and Garden Harvest With our first real garden harvest picked just the other day, I was trying to figure out how to use it for dinner. As a result, I was inspired this week to share as my featured articles on today’s blog hop, other recipes shared in our Farm Fresh Tuesday’s blog hop that used farm fresh ingredients in a dinner recipe! Having some recipes using your fresh homegrown veggies in your repertoire, will make summer meal planning simple and easy! Hopefully, the following ideas might help with your meal planning this summer! Be sure to check out ALL the articles shared in our blog hop posts, to find more recipes shared throughout the summer using farm fresh produce. The best places to acquire in season veggies are from your own garden, a CSA box subscription or your local farmers market. Before we get to those featured articles this week, I will share my recipe from the other night using my first real garden harvest this year! Be sure to check out my article about how I track my Garden Harvest Tally each year! Using in Season Ingredients for Dinner Sunday I harvested what I would consider our first real harvest from the garden. This included kale, swiss chard, and our first cucumbers and bell peppers! I brought it all in the house washed it up and started planning dinner from the garden harvest. With all the greens I had, I figured a salad would be a…

How and When to Harvest Garlic

When is it time to harvest your garlic? Today I will share the clues you need to know it is time! Today we are talking all about how and when to harvest garlic as well as how to cure and store garlic! How Long Does Garlic Take to Grow? For the largest garlic cloves, garlic seed which is actually just garlic cloves, should be planted in the fall, before the first hard freeze. Because of this, I like to think of planting garlic, as the beginning of a new growing year. In our neck of the woods, zone 8b outside Seattle, Columbus Day is usually the target date, or mid October. For the best selection of garlic, it should be ordered online mid summer. Most places run out quickly of favorite varieties. Here is a page showing what Amazon currently has in stock: Garlic Seed My absolute favorite variety is Music Garlic. Great flavor and huge cloves! Big cloves are key to being one of my favorites. I have grown varieties where the cloves are teeny tiny and it is no fun peeling them! You can plant it later and it will do fine. In fact, you can plant it in early spring if you like. However, you will get much smaller garlic cloves as a result. Around here, harvest time is usually late June to early July. So that makes it around 8-9 months for it to grow and be ready for harvest. Related Article You May Be Interested In: How to Store Onions Thru the Winter The Benefits of Freezing Your Tomato Harvest How to Freeze Your Green Bean HarvestOur favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! Pros and Cons of Hard Neck vs Soft Neck Garlic What’s the difference between these two…