Tag Archives: Gardening

Garden Update: April

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know I have to have my hands in the dirt.  Wanna know a secret? I don’t really enjoy gardening (I know, REALLY??! gasp!)  But it’s true. I don’t enjoy the planting, weeding, watering, maintenance, etc.  But I really love the harvesting and that makes it all worth the toil.

Harvesting fresh veggies from my own garden minutes before supper is healthier than veggies traveling all those miles to get to my supper table. Plus food this fresh just tastes better!  And I’ve often said that planting a garden is like growing your own money.  Pounds & pounds of fresh, organic produce for just the price of a small packet of heirloom seeds?  Yes please!

Wanna see how my garden is doing?  C’mon in, I’ll share my April garden update!

April Garden Update. I've had some powerful setbacks to planting my veggie garden this month! Come see how I overcame the adversity. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Cardboard In Compost

by Tammy Taylor~

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Y’all know I have a compost tumbler and I’m a big advocate for making your own compost.  It’s healthy for your plants, cheap to make & a great way to make good use of kitchen scraps and paper trash that would otherwise just be wasted.  And it’s super easy too, you just make sure to have a proper mix of browns & greens.  Add a little water, do a little compost turning and BOOM!  Black gold for your garden. You can see my Compost Post Here.

For ‘greens’ you can use grass clippings, vegetable peels, etc.  And for ‘browns’ you can use dried leaves, paper, twigs, etc.  I often use corrugated cardboard boxes to fill my ‘browns’ requirement.  But ugh, tearing all that cardboard requires some elbow grease #amiright?  Come check out this Homestead Hack to see how I make it easy.

I use cardboard in my compost. But it takes lots of grip to tear up all that cardboard. Come see this Homestead Hack that makes it EASY! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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4 Ways Vegetable Gardening Can Change Your Life

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s true I have to grow a garden every year.  I mean *HAVE* to!  It’s something that’s in my blood and not having a veggie garden is just not an option for me.  But recently I got to thinking, there are several reasons I love to garden – it’s not just a hobby.  It’s good for me in so many ways.  I mean, flower gardens are beautiful and manicured lawns are lovely too.  But I’d rather put my outdoor effort into something that will benefit me in 4 important life-changing ways.  And here’s the good news – it can be life-changing for you too.   Come see!

There are several reasons I love to garden - it's not just a hobby. It's good for me in 4 important life-changing ways. And here's the good news - it can be life-changing for you too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Eat Your Compost! Becoming A Food Waste Ninja…

by Tammy Taylor~

Food waste – we all hate it.  We work diligently to make sure none of that food we’ve paid our hard-earned money for is wasted.  But are we doing all we can?  Maybe…  But maybe not!  Have you ever thought about eating your compost?

Stay with me now, I’m not suggesting that you root through the compost heap and snack on its contents.  Today I’m talking about food destined for the compost heap.

Can you eat your compost? Come see ways I've saved food previously destined for the compost pile for delicious use in my kitchen. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Keep That Broccoli Fresh!

by Tammy Taylor~

My baby sis and her hubby came to spend the weekend with us recently.  RancherMan & I planned to grill out since the weather was nice.  I’d also planned to roast some fresh veggies that I had in the fridge.  As my sis & I were in the kitchen I opened the refrigerator door to fetch the broccoli leftover from our dinner party several days ago.  My sister saw how it was contained and exclaimed “That’s BRILLIANT!”  Come see this Homestead Hack for keeping your broccoli fresh.

Keep broccoli fresh and crisp for several days during its storage in your refrigerator. Check out this simple Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Hiding Ugly Planters in Winter

by Tammy Taylor~

It was gonna get into the low 20’s overnight so I brought in 6 plants I’d had outside.  At least they’d be safe from the cold.  But they were planted in repurposed red plastic coffee cans. I needed to put them at a southern window in our guest bedroom.  But ugh, such ugly planters for inside! Check out this easy Homestead Hack for making it all look nicer…  Use Whatcha Got!

When you bring your plants inside for the winter, are you embarrassed by ugly planters? I was! See this Homestead Hack for hiding ugly planters when you bring your plants inside for the winter. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Rehydrating & Enjoying Previously-Dehydrated Carrots

by Tammy Taylor~

Remember recently I ended up with a boatload of fresh carrots?  Now there was no way to consume that many carrots before they went bad.  So I was frantically sharing as many as I could with friends, family & neighbors but there were Still.  So.  Many.  Carrots.

So I dehydrated a huge bunch of them so I could enjoy them all winter long in our hot soups & stews. (you can read about dehydrating carrots here) These dehydrated carrots look awesome in my pantry in shining glass jars.  And they take no additional energy to store such as a refrigerator or freezer.  But I wanted to know how they would taste if I reconstituted them to enjoy as a veggie side dish.  Let’s check it out, shall we?

 

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Preserving Apples Deliciously: Fruit Leather Roll-ups

by Tammy Taylor~

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Apples, apples everywhere!  My aunt shared ten whopping bushels with us this year!  As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, there were many delicious things we did to preserve the apples but I tried something new this year:  Fruit Roll-Ups!  I made the fruit leather using nothing but homemade unsweetened applesauce.  There was no need to add sweetener, the apples were sweet enough all by themselves! And then I made another batch where I stirred in about a tablespoon of cinnamon & made apple/cinnamon roll-ups.  It couldn’t have been easier!  I share many of the ways I preserved these fresh apples at the bottom of the post, but for now let’s check out these fruit roll ups!

In preserving all the fresh apples my aunt shared with us, I decided to make fruit leather roll ups. It was easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Dealing With Discards: Exactly Where is ‘AWAY’?

by Tammy Taylor~

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Recently RancherMan & I were talking about things that have impacted us strongly over the years.  I recounted how an article I’d read decades ago kick-started my fledgling environmental bend into high gear.  Oh yes decades ago, way before worrying about the environment was the fashionable thing to do!

I’d read a story about how people throw things ‘away‘ never thinking about where AWAY actually was.  Yep, that broken whatzit is chunked into the trash as you tidily dust off your hands & walk off.  Then the trash bag is bundled up and placed on the curb.  A large garbage truck comes & takes it away.  Yep, it’s gone.  Taken care of.  Cleaned up.  It’s taken away.  But where is this mythical place of AWAY?

As I explained the premise of that article to RancherMan he shook his head enthusiastically and said that’s a viewpoint not often thought about. Everybody thinks they’ve taken care of a problem by throwing things away without really thinking about who really deals with the problem you’ve just passed on.  He begged me to write this post, so this is for him…

A garbage truck comes & hauls your discards away. Yep, it's gone. Taken care of. Cleaned up. But where is this mythical place of AWAY? #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Carrots

by Tammy Taylor~

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I was given a boatload of fresh carrots recently and I didn’t want them to go to waste.  Now I’ve written before about turning ugly carrots into beautiful carrots by chopping ugly carrots into uniform pieces.  But these carrots were already beautiful and there were WAY too many for us to eat fresh.  And I didn’t want to waste any of them so I decided to dehydrate them.

In past carrot dehydrating I’d steamed the carrots instead of blanching them.  Then I dehydrated them using my small household-sized dehydrator.  But now I have a 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator.  I can really do some damage to that mountain of carrots now!  Come see what I did.

I was recently given way too many carrots to eat before they went bad. So I dehydrated them, now I have lots for winter enjoyment. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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