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…

Mid July garden

Some pictures of the garden in mid-July….   Zucchini seedlings, below, for a second planting…. And below, a lesson in being adaptable.  If a tree falls, where is it going to fall?  Probably right in the butternut squash patch….  But no worries….nobody was hurt, and the squash is recovering!  Those plants are amazingly resilient…..

Growing New World vegetables in Vermont

Most people who garden tend to have favorite plants, and I admit I tend to be slightly obsessed with New World vegetables.  The plants of the New World, native to the Americas, are numerous and varied, many of which were brought by ship long ago to Europe.   Though we associate the potato with Ireland,…

Mid June Garden update!

The garden is officially all planted! (though i’m sure i’ll manage to sneak a few more calendula, or tuck a few more runner beans in somewhere!) The chickens are a laying, so alas, we are swimming in eggs. This season is the first time we are using a seeder machine, and aligned our back field…

June 1st- (bless this mess) – planting in progress!

Planting in progress….but, almost done!  We still have to get in the potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, and cabbage.  But the rest of the vegetables are in the ground, getting situated, and just about ready to take off.  We pretty much rearrange the garden every year, moving the nightshades to new pasture, finding better spots for…

May 15th – garden in progress, and early canning!

Gardening progress!  We went from winter, straight to summer this year….and though its a bit early (with a few weeks until our last frost date..)  It just seems time to plant!  Below are some pictures of the earliest plants that come up in the spring garden, starting with nettles, below.    Yep, stinging nettles. They…