Gardening

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I have so many updates to post but time is so precious right now.  It just so happens that August and September are the busiest months for my new job as well as harvest/canning/preserving time, not to mention the beginning of the new school year!  Yikes.  This week we picked up(1/2 price windfalls!) nearly 100

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As if adjusting to my new role of working/homeschooling/mom/wife/etc./etc./etc. wasn’t enough in itself, we have had a whirlwind of things going on lately.  Thankfully all those things are good things and we are counting our blessings as we savor them all.  Here’s a quick recap of a few of those things in case you missed

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Our garden continues to grow and produce even though we just experienced a terrible heat wave.  The raised boxes drain so well that I really have to be out there watering every day or they dry out.  Seems to be worth it though.  The tomato plants have grown well above the netted trellis and we

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While making my lunch recently I realized that every vegetable in my salad was grown in my garden.  Leaf lettuce, green pepper, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, kohlrabi and onion.  That’s a pretty good feeling and gives much more meaning to “garden salad” than any salad I’ve ever had in a restaurant.   

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Guess who came to visit.  One night last week I picked 2 peppers off of this plant and the very next morning it was nearly cleaned of it’s leaves from this huge thing.  Very frustrating how much damage they can do, and so quickly.  We could not get him to budge off of the branch

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Here’s a quick peek at what’s happening on our homestead: *Mark moved the beehive up to a new location off the ground.  Weeds were becoming difficult to control around the opening.  In doing so he was able to do a little bit of maintenance and found a great deal of honey but also what we

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After our recent potato harvest I couldn’t wait to taste those cute little spuds.  I used some of the smallest ones that night for a simple side dish.  I cut them in half and put them into a plastic bag, added some olive oil, garlic salt and parsley then shook it all up to coat

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I planted borage for the first time this year.  I read that it was great for bees and a good companion plant for tomatoes.  So far, I’d say both of those ideas are very true.  The flowers are beautiful and I may just try making some tea with it for many reasons as found here

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We compost mainly to cut down on the amount of waste we put in the trash.  Between that and recycling we produce about 1 kitchen-sized bag of trash per week.  We don’t exactly follow all the composting rules and as you can tell we put seeds from fruits and veggies in there too.  It’s been

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Things are growing very well in our garden.  I have cut back most of my lettuce as it is starting to bolt and get bitter.  Still trying to decide what to plant in those spots for the rest of the summer.  I also pulled up some of our snap pea plants.  Those gave us enough