7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins

Today I am going to share with you why I think everyone should grow Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins! One of my most favorite foods to grow, are the beautiful blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins. Everyone who has a vegetable garden should grow them! If you don’t, you will see them at your neighbors house and wish you had some of your own! Really! It is almost seed buying time, so definitely put these on your list! OK, here we go, these are the reasons why you need to grow blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins! And be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for a great list of other fun pumpkins to grow! You might also be interested in these other related articles: How to Preserve Pumpkin and Winter Squash by Roasting and Freezing Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats Recipe Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! 1. They are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! Just look at them! They are a gorgeous blue-green-greyish color. They contrast beautifully with the traditional orange, or also look great with white pumpkins, for a more modern farmhouse design! Stack them in alternating colors on your front porch, and you will be the envy of your neighborhood! 2. They are a great investment! If you are trying to get a lot of bang for your buck in the food department, you need to grow these. If cured correctly, (let sit in the sun for 7-10 days after harvesting, which allows the skin to harden) they can last up to 12 months in a cool dark place in your home like a closet or unheated room, even under a bed. On average, mine have weighed about 15 lbs each, some get much larger than that even! That is easy peasy long lasting, whole…

June Homestead To Do List

Please keep in mind, I live near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, and this list is my personal June Homestead To Do List. Your list may need to be slightly altered depending on where you live and your homestead needs. Please check out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! June Homestead To Do List for Gardening: You might have thought that you were done planting now that May is over. HA! Nope! Still more to plant this month!  Here is my list for this month: Veggies: These veggies can be sown earlier than June, but can be sown again in June for a longer staggered harvest: Root veggies: carrots, beets, parsnips and radishes Greens: lettuces, spinach, mustard, kale, collards, swiss chard These veggies are typically planted in May, or after night time temps are above 50 degrees and also known as warm season crops. If you have already planted them, they can be sown again this month for a staggered harvest, if you have not planted any yet, get some in as quick as you can: Legumes: pole beans, bush beans and dry beans Corn Cucurbits: cucumbers, melons, summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins Herbs: All of them such as basil, thyme, dill, cilantro, sage, oregano, parsley, lavender, mint, lemon balm, etc. Vegetables for Winter Harvest: Sow these this month indoors and plan to transplant them into the garden in August Brassicas (Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale) Onions and Leeks for overwintering Flowers: Sunflowers Zinnias Snapdragon Nasturtium Marigold Cosmos Petunias Coleus Fuchsia Lobelia Alyssum All. The. Flowers. Never enough! There is also harvesting to do in the garden in June. I am still harvesting a bit of asparagus right now. Rhubarb as well. Greens, Peas, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Strawberries! My garlic scapes need to…

May Homestead To Do List

May is Plant All The Things Month! I keep thinking I am getting ahead of the planting, but I realized this week that I am not! I still have so much to plant, and have been so busy planting, that I completely forgot to do my monthly May Homestead To Do List post earlier this month. So here it is, better late than never! Please keep in mind, I live near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, and this list is my personal to do list. Your list may need to be slightly altered depending on where you live and your homestead needs. Please check out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! May Homestead To Do List for Gardening: What am I planting, you might ask. Some of these may have been planted last month, but can be sowed again this month as well. This list includes things that I am direct seeding and some that I have started either via winter sowing or in typical plant flats. See what I planted this year using the Winter Sowing Method. I have also purchased some too. Be wary of night time temperatures. When they are safely above 50 degrees, heat loving plants such as tomatoes and peppers are safe to be planted outdoors. Don’t forget to harden off your starts first! Here is my list for this month: Veggies: This first group should really already be in. But if they are not, go ahead and plant asap, and next year, try to get them in earlier! All veggies in the first two groups, are known as cold season crops: Onions (from starts only, not by seed) Peas Potatoes (if planting this late, go with a short season type such as Yukon Gold) Brassicas if…

Simple Easy No Work DIY Composting (step by step instructions!)

I am so happy to share with you today, my Simple Easy No Work DIY Composting method! This is the very same system I have been using for several years and it has been working great for me. Before using this system, the composting just wasn’t happening, because I was not turning the pile enough. This system involves no turning of the pile, that is why it is so easy! Once you get the hang of it, you will always have loads of compost at the ready. Other related articles you may be interested in: The Secret to Easy Gardening, Use Mulch for NO WEEDING! How to Build a Straw Bale Cold Frame How to Use Eggshells in the Garden Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Equipment Needed for DIY Composting A heavy duty plastic garbage can with lid, drill, 1/4″ drill bit and bungee cord. Or three garbage cans. I have 3. I filled the first one up so fast, I bought another. And then another. And three seems to be the right number for me. By the time the 3rd one is full, the first one is almost ready to be used. But you do you. Start with one and see how it goes! DIY Composting Container With the drill, poke lots of holes all over the garbage can. Including the bottom and the lid. Aproximately 8″-10″ apart. Set the can down directly on the earth. Do not set it on anything but the actual ground, you will see why later. Don’t put it up on your deck, or prop it up on some platform. You want the bottom of the bin resting on good ol’ dirt. The “Greens” for Your Compost…

How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings

Today we will be talking about how to transplant those delicate tomato seedlings, in order to have them grow into huge, healthy productive tomato plants! It is that time of the year, where it is time to transplant your tomato seedlings into their final spot for the summer growing season. In this article, I will share with you how to transplant tomato seedlings whether you plan to plant them in pots or the traditional way in the ground. Other related articles you may be interested in: How to Harden Off Your Seedlings Seed Sowing 101: Planting Tomato Seed Benefits of Freezing Some of your Tomato HarvestOur favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Hardening Off your Tomato Seedlings Before moving your tomato seedlings to their permanent location outdoors, they need to be hardened off. This means that they are slowly and gradually allowed to accustom themselves to real outdoors conditions rather than the sheltered and stable indoor conditions that they have been growing in from seed. Start by moving your seedlings outdoors into a sheltered area, away from wind and hot direct sun, for an hour or two the first day. Three to four hours the second day, increasing the time by a little bit more each day until they have been outside all day. Same goes for exposing them to full hot sun. Don’t move them from the sheltered location, into a full day of hot hot sun. They will get sun scald and may go into shock. Slowly allow them to become accustomed to the direct sun as well. For a full understanding of how and why you need to harden off your seedlings, check out my article How to Harden Off Your Seedlings. Preparing the Tomato Seedlings for Transplanting Once the seedlings have…

My 2018 Winter Sowing Results are In!!

Today I am going to share my 2018 Winter Sowing Results! I was pretty hot here in the high 70’s yesterday, so I decided it was the day to open all my milk jug greenhouses that I had winter sown back in February and March. It felt like Christmas opening up all the mini greenhouses! Yay!! Did you Winter Sow this year? If so, please share with us what you grew and how it worked out for you! I have had success every year with this process. It is always fun to experiment, and to see them many possibilities, for growing things using this method! Related articles you may be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing How to Grow Lavender from Seed using the Winter Sowing Method Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment How to Make Money Growing Plants at HomeCheck out all of our Homesteading and Gardening favorites in our Amazon Shop!   Winter Sowing Flowers: Snap Dragons and Zinnias   You can grow sooooo many types of flower using Winter Sowing! Snapdragons on the left, and Zinnias on the right. I grew three varieties of Snap Dragon this year: Black Prince, Tall Deluxe Mix and Apple Blossoms. I grew five varieties of Zinnia: State Fair, Benary’s Giant Purple, Red Scarlet, Lilliput Mix and California Giant. This year I want to add more flowers to my vegetable garden to give it more of a potager’s garden feel. Can’t wait to see these all in bloom! Winter Sowing Flowers: Marigolds   I always grow some marigolds for the vegetable garden, and now collect my own seed from them every year to plant next years flowers from. I grow three varieties every year and they are Star Fire Signet, Court Jester…