Yesterday my boys went out and picked tomatoes for me. Already we've brought in more than last season, which is nice. Now the trouble comes in having the time to process everything as we need to in order to preserve the food we have grown. I combat this conundrum in a couple different ways. For … Continue reading Bringing in the Harvest
It's a harvest moon tonight. I harvested our basil by it's luminescence. Tell me again how a dusty, gray, dry, rock supposedly reflects this much light? Has anyone witnessed this phenomenon on a smaller scale in nature? Do dry, dusty, rocks reflect light? Asking for a friend... Either the moon is not a dry, dusty, … Continue reading Creation Sings of Her Creator
We have pumpkins ready! Which is odd because we still don't have watermelons ready... Not sure how that happened. But we've harvested them all the same. Today I'm in the kitchen making sweetened condensed milk. It tends to be a kitchen staple around birthdays and holidays as we make most of our desserts from scratch … Continue reading More Harvesting
We've reached a standstill with preserving our harvest. As I'm sure many of you have as well, we've encountered a mason jar shortage. That means all those honey jars and pasta sauce jars I've saved over the years are being put into service. And praise God I bought brands that are compatible with regular mouth … Continue reading Homestead Update
I woke up this morning at 5:30 to go milk the goats... Of course, the baby was hungry, so it wasn't actually until 6:00 that I made it out to sweet Honey and Luna. I had decided last night that after I milked the goats this morning, I was going to begin preparing everything I … Continue reading Canning Day and Other Stuff
So it's one thing when you've got a mess of things coming in on your homestead. It's another blessing when your friends have an abundance to share with you as well! That begs the question: "What do I do with all this food!?" There are a lot of ways to preserve your harvest, and fermentation … Continue reading Food Preservation on the Homestead
We have so many hickory trees on our property we're seriously considering cutting some down to use for lumber. However, we also really love that we get a ton of nuts without really having to do anything but gather them. So, that's what we have been up to. The trees are all well established and … Continue reading Hickory Nuts!
Yesterday, we celebrated American independence by canning our own produce. For the first time, we harvested enough blackberries to make jam. Granted, it was only about a half gallon of jam... But it was ours! And that was the exciting part. We also had enough cucumbers come in to do a small batch of pickles … Continue reading Canning Day! And Other Updates
I thought I'd take you through what we have going on in the gardens this year. At this point, we have 5 distinct areas which we are cultivating: Terrace Back to Eden Garden Hugulkultur swale/fruit trees The Berry hedgerow The Orchard Market Garden terraces half-finished seems to be our trademark... We're working on improving that … Continue reading What’s in the Garden?