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…

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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…

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Simple Easy No Work DIY Composting

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. Please check out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Equipment Needed 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 Collect kitchen scraps such as vegetable and fruit trimmings, egg shells, coffee grounds and tea bags. For quicker composting, cut things up smaller, or, even blend them. I keep a 5…

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How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings

How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings 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. If you need a tutorial on how to plant tomato seed, please see my article Seed Sowing 101: Planting Tomato Seed. I will show you how to plant tomato seedlings in pots, the traditional way in the ground, or how to plant them in the ground in trenches. Be sure to plant extra tomatoes, because there are many Benefits of Freezing Some of your Tomato Harvest! Please check out all of our 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. Preparing the Tomato Seedlings for Transplanting Once the seedlings have been hardened off, it is time to prepare them for their transplanting. Prior to transplanting your…

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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…

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How to Plant Onion Seedlings

This article will teach you how to plant onion seedlings for a healthy robust onion harvest in late summer. To learn how to grow your own onion seedlings, please see my How to Plant Onion Seed article from my Seed Starting 101 Series. In that article I discuss the pros and cons of planting onions by seed or by sets, and talk about different onion varieties you can choose to grow.  If you have any other questions after reading, please feel free to comment below! Please check out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! When and Where to Plant Onion Seedlings Onions are a cold hardy crop, so they can be planted much earlier than your warm season crops. Here in the PNW, I like to get mine planted in early April. Make sure that your soil is workable and not too wet by doing the squeeze test. Grab a bit of soil in your hand and squeeze. If the soil stays in a muddy ball when poke, then the soil is too wet. If it crumbles and falls apart when poked, you are good to go. Planting seedlings in soil that is too wet, will cause them to rot. When determining where to plant your onions, choose a sunny location with loose, well draining soil. Remove any weeds from the area prior to planting. Please don’t use commercial weed killer, you really don’t want that stuff anywhere near you or your food! Fertilizing the Onion Seedlings If you are new to gardening or starting a new garden, it is probably a good idea to test your soil to see where it is lacking in nutrients. I follow a no till method in my garden, so all supplements and organic…

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