Garden update, almost August!

Garden update, it is almost August!  This summer seems to be flying by faster than usual.  We are starting to harvest our summer squash and zucchini, peas, beans, and the beginnings of the cherry tomatoes…along with the herbs, and we have harvested the garlic.  (around 900 garlic, that was a lot of garlic….our house smells…well,…

Garden update, 4th of July!

The garden season is in full swing, with everything planted (almost)…and the plants finally starting to take off! The greenhouse tomatoes are happy, and growing quickly…I have to clip them up about twice a week now. The container peppers that we started in buckets in the greenhouse are way ahead of the peppers we have…

Garden 2019, the first week of June

What a strange spring it has been!  Cold, rainy….and then more cold and rainy, and now, finally…..warm gardening weather!  We have the garden almost all planted, working in bits of time between bouts of rain.  With a finally tally of 900 garlic, 50 pepper, 84 tomato, 112 cabbage,  90 mounds of winter squash (mostly butternut,…

Rebatching farm to tub soap

So why rebatch soap?  It is essentially remelting and repouring a soap batch, and I do it primarily because the chemical process to make soap can degrade the essential oils and other lovely ingredients one might want to add to the soap to either color or scent it.  Once the original soap recipe has cured,…

Making lard soap

A perfect winter project, transforming the abundance of lard a nice local farmer gave me into lovely handmade soap!  I got the lard in the spring, but with gardening projects, and general summer mayhem, never got around to making the soap.   Lard keeps well though, in the freezer, or rendered and pressure canned.  …

Home grown ketchup

Ketchup was on the canning list this year, being so well loved in this house. Also, it’s pretty hard to find ketchup in the store that’s not loaded with corn syrup. Plus, we conveniently grew most of the ingredients (minus the peaches, hopefully one of the three peach trees will produce next year!) The sweetness…

Herbs for winter

The herbs that we grew this year are all harvested, and either dried, or tinctured, or steeped in oil!  Although some day, I would love an extensive herb garden, right now I focus on just growing a few of my favorites each year.  This year I grew calendula, for skin ailments, and to add to…

Home made Laundry powder

After a recent stint without a working washing machine, I decided that instead of braving hours at a laundromat with 4 wiggly children,  I would try the old fashioned way…and wash our laundry in the tub, and hang dry.   It worked.  And although it was kind of fun to channel my sicilian great grandmothers,…

Tinging

It’s that time again, the leaves are just beginning to tinge….the vegetables are being harvested in leaps and bounds, it’s almost fall. We are busy canning tomatoes, shelling beans for drying, and are back to our homeschool routine. The crafts have come out from their summer hiding, and it feels just about the right time…

I wait all year for this….

Meals 100% from our garden. Our tomatoes simmering on the stove, to be canned up for winter meals. Apples ripening, corn as tall as me, butternut squash getting huge. The gold finches enjoying the amaranth, and hummingbirds sipping from the scarlet runner flowers. It just doesn’t get any better than this. It’s so worth the…

In full swing, late July….

It’s zucchini time! The week of rain and humidity has really helped the garden along….we are getting zucchini, lots of greens, and the beginnings of cherry tomatoes and green beans. The greenhouse tomatoes are incredibly tall, and the butternut squash, which took a hit when the tree fell on it, has bounced back completely…..resilient plants…