Another Wednesday in the books at school. I got the most amazing compliment today! It is that I have encouraged others to take the plunge into gardening and preserving their harvest. Amazing!!
We still are harvesting loads of tomatoes! We are well over the the 200 lb mark! So much spaghetti sauce/salsa/crushed tomatoes! And I’m still giving away the extra cherry tomatoes!
I have 2 sides weeded and mulched. I’m thinking I’m going to be growing some pumpkins in this area next year!
Pumpkins are the biggest things that we are harvesting here! Can’t wait to give one to the hens! They love them!
I had another garden friend today. Well, actually, it is a garden foe. It’s a doe looking right at me while I garden. There was a buck over there too!
Fall is creeping up on us and my newest goal is having my garden cleaned up and ready for the spring. I will be doing more crafting and less gardening as the weather cools! So, I will be sharing some craftiness in the future!
This weekend was cooler and I swear I could smell fall in the air. And, the leaves were blowing through the air! I have a love/hate relationship with that season. I love the cool and crisp air, apples and fall activities. But, knowing winter is on the way bums me out!
I started off by spending at least 6 hours pulling weeds, putting down newspaper and putting mulch on top. So much work, and I have 3 more sides, but it’s looking so much better!
I transplanted so many, like 60 strawberry plants into their new home. I probably have at least 60 more plants that needs a new home! 🙂
I harvested another pumpkin, and I love the shape of this one! This one has potential for being chosen as the carved pumpkin. I like having lots of extras because the chickens love pumpkins and they especially love them when it’s cold outside and it’s something different.
I found this praying mantis in the garden. It was a big one for sure! Don’t worry, it went right back to where it was captured!
I took the last of the tomatoes and turned them into spaghetti sauce. This will taste so much better in winter instead of the store stuff!
We are huge weekend warriors here on our tiny homestead!
I’m going to be honest here… I came home from work, made dinner, worked on a sewing order, went to my Granny’s to pick apples, came home and checked out the garden quickly and ended the evening with homework help. It was a busy but good evening!
I started off the day by dropping off some yummy tomatoes to one of my awesome neighbors! I have some awesome neighbors! And she always reminds me that I was born 100 years too late! It’s true! 😉
I then went through the stuff that my neighbor throws into our yard over by the woods and found that he was throwing all of these out! At least 12 of them! Yes, the chickens will love them!
One of my favorite parts of the day was going to my Granny’s to pick her apples. She told me all about how my Pap Pap planted the yellow apple tree and how he would’ve loved to have seen how huge the apples were. I love hearing her talk about my Pap. They just loved each other so much! I get a lot of my gardening love from my Granny and Pap Pap!
At the end of the evening I picked all of the bigger beans off of the trellis and ended up with almost 2 pounds of beans! Yummy!!!
So, not a big gardening evening, but it was pretty good!
It’s been a while since I posted anything on my minimalism journey! I basically try to purposefully live with less. I think that prior to the past couple of years, I had become a big old consumer!
One thing that I have majorly tried to cut out are disposables. There was a day when I thought that when we ran out of paper towels that I needed to run to the market to buy more. That day is over! I make my own from leftover fabric and serge the edges.
We usually just throw them in with whatever we are washing! And the funny part is that we only have a retractable clothesline! Works great for us! We have certain napkins for lunches, others for everyday use and some for cleaning the countertops. Then, after washing and drying the towels, I just shove them in the towel house!
I really like this set up because they don’t require much effort. I just shove them in the top of the towel house and when we need them, we pull them out of the bottom.
We also have cut back on cleaning supplies. We make our own cleaner and I have sewn up some wet jet refills!
They just stick onto the bottom of the wet jet and I wash and dry regularly. I think that they work even better! And the best part is that they last for years! See! Living with less can actually be fun! (At least to me!)
We are still harvesting a lot from the garden! Most days we get over 4 pounds of tomatoes and about a pound of green beans every other day!
And that apron I made for myself is amazing! It makes picking green beans a breeze! Just yesterday I had 2 lbs of green beans in the bottom and 2 lbs of cherry tomatoes in the pocket!
While picking those green beans, I had a little buddy that kept trying to bite me! He was very feisty and liked the looks of my feet in flip flops! It eventually slithered away!
I have harvested 4 pumpkins already, but many are still growing! Our goal is to have at least one for carving during Halloween! The chickens are going to love eating all the extras!
I started gathering up the sunflower heads to dry in the basement. I’m sure the hens will like them in the middle of winter!
And lastly, my neighbor threw these back up into our woods. The hens were beyond thrilled when they got a few! The will get the rest tomorrow. Lucky ladies!!!
Until next time!!!
I’m sure back in the day, they had more time to preserve their food. But, today where we both work full time, it takes weekends and evenings to get that work finished. The weird thing is that I find this kind of work so rewarding and it seems a lot less like work. And, I also know that I will be thanking myself when I don’t have to buy some of my produce from the market! I can just open the cabinets! We have canned and canned the past couple weekends!
We snapped pound after pound of beans! I can honestly say that I am tired of bean snapping!
We did end up with 14 pints of green beans and they were all grow in our garden. We also had lots leftover so we froze them to put in our doggie food. Our Sherman dog is allergic to something in all dog food, so we make him his own food.
This was my first year growing these! To be honest, I didn’t even know what they were when I got the seeds with my heirloom seed collection. After research, I decided I would give them a try. I started the seeds indoors along with my tomatoes and peppers way back in April and they did nothing! Or so I thought. When I went to plant my peppers, I noticed that they had sprouted roots. So, I gave them a shot and put them in the garden. They were slow growers, but I did end up getting 3 delicious melons from those 2 plants!
I normally don’t even like cantaloupe, but it turns out when it’s really fresh and right out of your own garden it tastes amazing! Even the Mr. likes it!
After this season, I believe that they have earned a spot in the 2015-2016 garden! I still can’t believe that Fall is almost here! I have saved some seeds and I will see how they grow next year!