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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April Homestead To Do List

April Showers Bring May Flowers! We have a few flowers blooming right now, and lots and lots of showers. I have been sick, so I am going a bit stir crazy and not much is getting done. I am just itching to get outside and get started on our spring to do list! It is miles and miles long. Here are a few of our pretty blooms right now: April Homestead To Do List for Gardening: As always, our to do list is ginormous. Especially in the spring. Let’s start with our little seedlings. I have 8 trays (36 plants each…..gulp) of peppers and tomatoes, that need transplanting, or up potting into larger pots. A lot of those will be sold at the end of the month. But for the ones I am keeping, I have to wash and sanitize 100+ large pots to prepare for their final transplant. The greenhouse also needs a final cleaning before I move everything out there later this month. There is still quite a bit of veggie garden winter clean up to do and a few more kale and broccoli transplants to put in since the rabbits nibbled down the one’s I planted previously. I sprayed the rest with deer and rabbit spray, and they seem to be leaving it alone now. We may also have to replant more peas, at last look, I didn’t see any coming up yet. The fava beans and kohlrabi and some swiss chard I planted by seed has all germinated.  I need to put a bunch of compost down and need to plant my beets and carrots and transplant all my onion starts. And start some lettuce and spinach. And put more mulch down in lots of place. Egads, that…

Tamara


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March Homestead To Do List

So much to do in March! Our March Homestead “To Do” list here at The Reid Homestead is getting pretty long. It has been dry and warm outside for the last 3 days, and that means work needs to get done. Here in the PNW, a dry day is rare and today the sky is the prettiest shade of blue, the sun is out again, and it is supposed to be about 50 degrees! I had intended to work all day today on the blog, but woke up to sheer beauty outside. So. Yeah. I have got to get myself outside to get stuff done! But I snapped a few photo’s, and thought I would share with you a glimpse, or a little tour, around the homestead here, and share my March Homestead to do list with you all. Maybe it will help me stay on track! March Homestead To Do List for Gardening:   So many things, not quite sure where to start! Lets go over the state of the seed starting. I still need to start my own tomato seeds, write up an advertisement for tomato & pepper seeds to sell, and take orders for those. If you need tips on starting your own seed indoors, check out my Seed Starting 101 Series. I have more Winter Sowing to do, mostly annuals at this point. Maybe a few perennials. Outside, I need to plant my peas and fava beans right away. By the end of the month I would like to have planted by seed, greens, carrots, beets, radishes. I planted potatoes last fall when I harvested, but haven’t done that before, so need to check on them and plant more if there’s any doubt they aren’t coming…

Tamara


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