Beekeeping: Catching A Bee Swarm In A Tree

by Tammy Taylor~

Ya know how you start your day with an idea of the tasks at hand? Work on blog stuff, finish honeysuckle jelly, strain the honey from the comb we had to remove from a hive yesterday. You know, that kinda stuff.

Well that’s how my day started, then everything changed. RancherMan came in from the pastures & told me it was time to suit up, we’ve got a bee swarm to catch. Woo-hoo!  Apparently he saw a swarm of bees about 15-ft up in a tree right near our pasture gate.  We’ve never captured a swarm before so here’s yet one more opportunity to learn something exciting about beekeeping!  And maybe get to add a new hive of bees to our group as well.

We recently got the opportunity to catch a bee swarm high up in a tree. But we were able to stay on the ground! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Keeping Landscape Mint In Control

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all remember I planted mint in the flower bed in front of my house?  I loved it, but I was SO afraid it would get out of control. So I asked my dear Facebook Followers for their advice and I was properly scared by their responses.  WHEW! I needed to do something to make it play nice in the landscape. So I decided to dig up the mint & amend the planting area in a way to keep it within its bounds.  Yes.  Mint.  In its bounds!  And to celebrate Fall-Back Friday I’ll fall back into the archives & bring it to the surface for ya. If you (like me) are afraid of mint-gone wild, check it out.

I love mint but was afraid it would get out of control. I amended the planting to keep it within its bounds. Yes. Mint. In its bounds! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Growing Your Own Food Is Like Printing Your Own Money

by Tammy Taylor~

Wordless Wednesday - Think About It: Growing Your Own Food Is Like Printing Your Own Money! Gotta Love It. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Think about it.  Isn’t it true??  Growing Your Own Food Is Like Printing Your Own Money!

~TMH~

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How To Make Clover-Blossom Jelly with Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

We’re just starting our second year of beekeeping this year.  Although we often plant winter rye and clover for early grazing opportunities for our cattle herd, we planted clover heavily in the pen right next to the beehives.  It’s beautiful in full bloom! We’ve kept the cattle off of this piece of land to allow the bees to do their thing with the clover blossoms.  I suspect there’s not a much sweeter delight than home-grown clover honey #amiright?  I can’t wait for our first real honey harvest in July!  But as we were walking through that paddock recently I commented to RancherMan how fragrant those blossoms were.  Wonder if I can make jelly from them?  Hummmm…

We have lots of clover blossoms in the pastures. Why not make Clover-Blossom Jelly with those fragrant blooms? It is delicious! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fall-Back Friday: FREE Wood Mulch!

by Tammy Taylor~

Spring is in full swing y’all and what a glorious time it is!  Everything’s green and lush.  Blooms of every shape, color and scent abound. Our beehives have been split and expanded.  We’ll be adding honey super boxes soon!  And it’s time for us to finally get our chickens for the year – Fresh eggs, anyone?  YES!  Oh, and the garden?  The garden is giving me much joy as I see all the nutritious potential for the season.  I’m spending lots of time in the garden these days but it’s all enjoyable with very little weeding since we put a wide walkway perimeter around my planting area.  That perimeter was covered with repurposed paper feed sacks and topped with thick wood chip mulch.  Grass hasn’t been able to infiltrate my garden area.  YEA!

But wait a minute Tammy – isn’t that expensive??” you might exclaim?  Oh no, it was very inexpensive.  How inexpensive?  Howzabout FREE!  Did the wood-chip fairy visit?  Nope, but just as good.  And there was no mountain of plastic bags to dispose of like there would have been if we had purchased mulch.  But don’t fret, you might be able to get your wood mulch free too.  Today I’ll Fall-Back into the archives & bring this post to the surface for ya – check this out, y’all!

Fall-Back Friday: We scored tons of wood mulch for FREE and you can too! Check out today's Fall-Back Friday post. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Brand New Baby – Y’all Name The Calf!

by Tammy Taylor~

Well, well, well, April-the-Giraffe’s baby was finally born. Have y’all watched the live video for the past month? I popped in from time to time but didn’t have enough time to watch too much. But now they’re having folks submit suggestions for the baby’s name.  Guess what – this pretty girl was born on that same day too!!

We're excited about a brand new baby calf. Howzabout a little fun? I'll let one of you name her! Just go to our Facebook page & name the calf. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Plant Your Compost! Written For Mother Earth News

~Tammy Taylor

You buy produce with the good intentions of enjoying it with your family.  But THEN it happens…  Your produce goes past its prime.  Now back ‘in the day’ I’d sigh and toss it into the compost.  Yes composting it is better than just tossing it in the trash, but these days I go one step better.  I PLANT my compost!  That too-far-gone produce then produces fresh food for my family.  MAGIC!  Recently I wrote a piece for Mother Earth News about just that.  Check it out, y’all!

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Wordless Wednesday: Still CANCER FREE!

by Tammy Taylor~

Today's a special day for me, since April 12th, 2013 was the day I Kicked Cancer To The Curb! Praise God, today I'm still cancer free! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Today’s a special day for me, since April 12th, 2013 was the day I Kicked Cancer To The Curb!  Praise God, today I’m still cancer free!

My prayer today is for strength & healing for those still struggling with this awful disease, and to remember those gone way too soon because of it.

~TMH~

 

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Recipe: Rosemary Crackers with Olive Oil and Garlic

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