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Making progress

Published July 14, 2013 by z24racerchic

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With all the rain we have been getting here I was a little worried about the garden, but everything is doing well except for the corn.  I have learned they need lots of nitrogen and that is why they are tasseling early.  My tomato plants are taller than me (I am 5’6),  I have already picked almost two dozen cucumbers and a good batch of green beans.  I also have harvested our green onions. I have used the onion part and have diced up the green part and put in vacuum sealed bags in the freezer for winter soups. 

Some progress I have made in things I am learning and wanting to do are the following:

-Invested in a freezer.  I put a Kenmore 7cubic feet on layaway at Kmart and picked it up a couple weeks ago.  I am planning on putting pico de gallo in there, possibly some peaches, etc.. Hopefully, some meat also!

-Saved some cucumber seeds and let them dry for next year.

-Harvested the green onions as above.

-Made two batches of refrigerator pickles.

-Have got canning supplies. still need pint jars.

-Have got some seeds for next years garden and put them in an air tight jar.

-Rearranging and reorganizing our garage for more shelving to get more stockpile items.

-We were blessed with two rain barrels, food grade plastic, with spigots that we put on blocks on each side of the garden. This is something we were going to tackle by making our own out of garbage cans. I was so happy when I got a message from a friend that she had a couple extras.

I am excited about the progress in the garden and the blessings of veggies we have had so far. 

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Garden 2013

Published June 13, 2013 by z24racerchic

So for the last month we have been getting the garden done. We have been tilling, raking, mulching, landscaping, planting, etc… I am almost done. Still have a couple tomatoes to go. Here is a picture of the whole large garden
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It is double the size of last year. We have ventured into new crops. I have planted potatoes, onions (Red and white), garlic, cauliflower, shallots, beets, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, 45 tomato plants, 24 pepper plants, a pumpkin, watermelons, green beans, lettuce, wax beans, cantaloupes, midget melons, corn (3 varieties) and sunflowers.

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THey are fairing pretty well so far with the exception of my garlic 😦 I did have to fight some aphids on my tomatoes. We have been having lots of rain. I am praying we don’t have the bad storms they are calling for.

As for ‘landscaping”. I did purchase landscape fabric (and used last years leftovers) and then put grass clippings over it to keep out the weeds. I still have a bunch more to do but have to wait for the grass to grow. you could also use newspapers for this.

Feeling alone

Published April 9, 2013 by z24racerchic

Since I started paying attention to what is in our food, trying to cut out most of the junk, following different homesteading blogs, trying to save and looking at the world around us, I have increasingly got this feeling of being alone. I don’t know if it is the fact that when I talk to people about gardening, how excited I am for ours, the idea of learning how to can and even more the crap that is in our food I am looked at like I have six heads and conversations turn or I have heard the “you can just go to the store and get rolls” or “You can pay $2 for a loaf of bread”.

My mom listens to me, my husband does. My friends no. I try to share Ideas. Try to share the ingredients in foods. I know I am not alone because of what I have seen others post, but I feel it.

I like the way that I have made my own bread, just managed to make homemade sausage gravy, homemade brownies, etc.. Though if I was going to have a career in making homemade rolls, I would fail because for that I have not mastered yet….but I am determined.

I have bought a pressure canner off of Ebay. It is vintage, not ancient, but older. i am excited and nervous to try it. My seedlings are up and I am excited about maybe trying to tackle dehydrating food.

I guess after writing the above and looking back, I am not really alone, maybe if I am alone, I am all right with that. People have their differences.

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