Keeping Landscaping Mint Plants CONTAINED!

by Tammy Taylor~

I love mint but although others have always warned me that it was invasive, I’ve never been able to get it to grow.  I’ve planted various kinds of mint over the years but none of them last over a few months.  Than my aunt shared her mint with me. I carefully planted it in an area of our landscaping that was notoriously hard to get anything to grow due to the fact that it faced west and the brutal Texas heat makes all but the scrappiest of plants succumb. But c’mon, its mint – surely it will grow!  So I planted it and watched as it grew beautifully.

Keeping Mint Plants Contained In Landscaping - Come See How We're Enjoying Fresh Mint Without Worrying About It Going Wild in the beds. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: Obedience Training

by Tammy Taylor~

WHEW – this is such a busy time of year here on the ranch.  We have spring calves being born and the garden chores are really firing up too, but we finally made it to Friday, y’all!  So sit back & I’ll share a Fall-Back Friday post with you – I’ll fall back into the archives and bring back to the surface a post that’s proved very popular with our readers.  Today I’m sharing the importance of obedience training for a ranch dog.  We adopted our mini-schnauzer Bailey and discovered she really needed obedience training to keep her safe.  Think about it – if she sees a skunk, or venomous snake, or encounters an angry mama cow – she needs to turn her curiosity off NOW and come when we call to keep her from getting into potentially life-threatening trouble!  We were concerned that we might not be able to get her trained as poorly as she responded to our commands initially, but she came through beautifully!  Come on y’all, check it out.

Obedience Training for the Ranch Dog WATERMARK #TaylorMadeHomestead(read more)

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Homestead Hack – Killing Weeds

by Tammy Taylor~

Now that we have free-range hens again I’m using up those fresh eggs in many various ways.  RancherMan loves for me to boil them up & have them for him in the fridge ready for a quick high-protein snack, and I’ve been making Egg Salad Sandwich Spread to replace his traditional purchased peanut butter sandwich preference for lunch.  Since I’ve found out how much healthier free-range eggs are compared to their commercial counterparts I find I’m always boiling eggs, (thankfully I found an easier way to peel those very-fresh eggs.)  But egg salad isn’t the only benefit of boiling up fresh eggs, I’m also killing weeds in the bricks of my sidewalk.  How you say?  Y’all know my battle cry: “Use Whatcha Got!”  This isn’t a new idea, but it’s a great one to keep in mind.

Killing weeds in the bricks of my sidewalk. Y'all know my battle cry: "Use Whatcha Got!" This isn't a new idea, but it's a great one #TaylorMadeHomestead

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3 Simple Ingredients for Less Toxic Weed Control

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve re-worked my vegetable garden this year by ripping up the raised beds, splitting the fenced garden area in half and making 1/2 of the area into the chicken run, the other half remaining for my veggie garden.  Although the garden has less space than before, it’s set up more efficiently so it should grow roughly the same produce with less maintenance – gotta love it!  In an effort to finally win the war against Bermuda grass I’ve lined the perimeter of the garden with flattened heavy-paper feed sacks and topped those sacks with thick layers of Bark Mulch I Got For Free.  But since we plopped our garden area right into a cattle pasture, Bermuda grass can still encroach from all around it.  My hope is that any Bermuda grass runners will have to run the entire width of those walkways to reach my garden and perhaps I can keep the grass eliminated that way.  I’ll just spray grass killer around the perimeter of the garden when needed.  Whaaaa….???!!!  Grass killer sprayed around our food??!!  Are you CRAZY??  Read on, dear friends…

Bermuda grass is notoriously hard to control. I wonder if I can use a less toxic weed & grass control... As it turns out, YES! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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Remaking Leftovers: Quick Quesadillas from Meatloaf

by Tammy Taylor~

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The other day RancherMan & I celebrated a special occasion by going to the Cheesecake Factory.  But they always serve so much food that we decided to split the entree so we would still be able to enjoy a piece of super-decadent chocolate cheesecake for dessert.  Oh we got the cheesecake alright, but even splitting the entree there was no way we could eat it all and then enjoy cheesecake too, and that specialty cheesecake is the reason we picked THIS restaurant to celebrate in the first place.  So RancherMan suggested we stop eating our entree, put the leftovers in a to-go container (thankfully I always bring my own GLASS reusable to-go container!) and move on to dessert right then.  So we bundled up the leftovers to bring home and enjoyed that cheesecake!  But I’m going to make sure these leftovers are not wasted, I can remake that meatloaf into something new and delicious.  Tonight I’ll  make them into quesadillas!

We had leftover meatloaf but I'll make sure those leftovers aren't wasted by remaking it into something new and delicious - quesadillas! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Wordless Wednesday: Full Nest

~by Tammy Taylor~

Our barn swallow's gonna be busy with her 5 little ones soon. She'll catch lots of flies to keep 'em all fed, to which I say: "HUZZAH!" #TaylorMadeHomestead

Our little barn swallow mama’s gonna be busy with her 5 little ones soon. She’ll need to catch lots of flies & mosquitoes to keep ’em all fed, to which I say: “HUZZAH!”

~TMH~

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April Vegetable Garden Update

by Tammy Taylor~

WHEW!  April is traditionally a busy gardening month anyway but since RancherMan & I changed up our whole garden area this year it’s really busy at the Taylor Household!  As you know, the tenacious Bermuda grass was creating way much more weeding work than necessary by growing underneath the boards of our raised beds where they were neigh impossible to dig out.  RancherMan always says “Work Smarter, Not Harder” so last fall we ripped out the raised beds, split the garden almost in half (now sharing with the chicken run) and started over.  It’s making for lots of work for us, but the efficiency of this layout should give us close to the same production with a fraction of the daily maintenance required and hopefully, finally, allow me to win the battle against Bermuda grass!

Planting zone 8 I had to purchase some veggie plants this year but was still able to plant some heirloom seeds directly into the garden #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Cheap (Or Free) Mulch Options For The Garden

by Tammy Taylor~

 

So y’all know RancherMan & I changed up my garden this year.  We split the garden almost in half and integrated the chicken coop and run into one half, my vegetable garden into the other half.  We ripped up the raised beds we had built in there since Bermuda grass would simply grow into the garden from the outside of the garden fence and under the raised bed boards and into my veggie patches, where it was almost impossible to remove.  I fought (and lost the battle) against Bermuda grass every year.  If raised beds are going to be a problem we will just go with rows from now on.  RancherMan tilled the area last fall, and had tilled several times since then to chop up any vegetation. I raked and raked to get out as much of the grass runners as I could. But how will we keep that Bermuda from coming in through the perimeter of the fence? I decided to make a walkway around the entire perimeter of the garden.  I’d line the area first with paper feed sacks RancherMan has saved for me since last year so that nothing will try to grow there and I’ll top it with bark mulch to make it look nice as well as give me a walking surface.  But I needed a cheap (or even FREE) source.

Don't assume your only option is to buy mulch! Check with your city, utility company or local extension agent & you could get it FREE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Easy Baking Measurement Reminders

by Tammy Taylor~

As a matter of routine I make my handsome RancherMan his favorite sandwich bread since I’ve FINALLY been able to nail down a homemade bread recipe that resulted in a light fluffy loaf.  Since I make bread often I have come up with some Bread-Making Shortcuts so that I’m not starting out from scratch each & every time.  One of the shortcuts involves amending my 2-loaf recipe to three loaves since my oven will hold 3 loaf pans at one time.  But y’all know how confusing it can be when you’re changing a recipe and wondering how many cups you’ve already added… I started using today’s Homestead Hack waaaaay back when my children were young & were constantly coming into the kitchen breaking my concentration while I was baking.

HOMESTEAD HACK: EASY MEASUREMENT REMINDERS. I'd often stop and ask myself "Was that 4 cups or 5 that I just dumped in the bowl?" but NO MORE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Hitting the Road: Amarillo, Texas

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I love our home in our Northeast Texas paradise.  But sometimes a road trip is in order and we love to travel to West Texas to visit our favorite aunt and uncle. Recently we had just the opportunity after viewing our calendars and seeing it’s about to get super busy at the Taylor Household.  So we prepared our animals for our brief absence and headed west for a weekend of fun in Amarillo, Texas.

We recently took a road trip to Amarillo, Texas to visit famil. Come see what a great time we had including the Amarillo Little Theater #TaylorMadeHomestead

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