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Planting Potatoes For EASY Harvest!

by Tammy Taylor~

Here in NE Texas it’s the time of year when many gardeners are thinking about planting those potatoes!  I’m a big fan of growing potatoes, especially since they’re such an easy crop to grow.  In past years I’ve planted potatoes in a raised bed right in my garden.  Of course that worked fine but this year I’ve decided to do something different.  Remember I’m a big fan of growing an Edible Landscape?  Well not only will this different way of planting potatoes give me some effortless beautiful greenery on my back porch during the summer months but it will also help make harvesting those potatoes so easy.  C’mon, I’ll show ya!

I've planted potatoes in the ground, but this year I'm planning for not only a more bountiful harvest, but an easier one too! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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5 Frugal Things We Did To Save Money This Week

RancherMan & I are self employed.  As any self-employed person knows, the toils are more meaningful but c’mon it’s true – the time requirement is much higher & the income is much less.  We’re both very frugal minded though, and that helps bunches.  We’re mindful of ways to save money (and even more importantly ways not to waste money).  Having this mindset allows us to live & work right here living a life that speaks to our hearts because our income requirement stays low. It’s just a state of mind, y’all!  Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save money.

Come see 5 Frugal Things (and even MORE) that we did at the Taylor Household this week to save money. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Garden Update: February Chores

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s been a very strange winter indeed this year.  Oh we’ve had some blustery cold days alright but for the most part it’s been very mild.  Heck here it is the middle of February and it was 80 degrees with sunshine today!  But such wonderful weather lends itself well to working in the garden.  I want to prepare it for a super-productive harvest this year.  Come see what my February chores entailed.

To prepare my vegetable garden for full production, I must take advantage of warm-day opportunities. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Wordless Wednesday: First Bloom Of Spring

by Tammy Taylor~

These pretty blooms will disappear soon. I planted them just off our back porch so I could see the 1st bloom of spring from our window #TaylorMadeHomestead

I have no idea what these are! My aunt shared many bulbs and other landscaping plants – only the bulbs survived the drought the last few years. These pretty blooms will disappear soon enough but I purposely planted them just off our back porch so I could see the first beautiful blooms of spring each year from our windows.

~TMH~

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Chicken Pen In The Garden Is Best Of Both Worlds!

by Tammy Taylor~

Last year RancherMan & I decided that housing our free-range hens in the coop of our 1880’s barn just wasn’t protecting them.  Oh they were safe in the coop overnight, but when we let them out to free range each morning, predators were taking the entire flock time & time again.  We needed a modified free-range setup.  So we decided we’d amend our garden to include the chickens.  But our fenced garden offered some layout challenges.  I recently wrote a piece for Mother Earth News, come see how we were able to successfully incorporate the chickens into our garden area.  We have been able to protect the chickens from predators as well as the garden from the chickens.

Combining chicken pen w/veggie garden in a modified free-range setup protects chickens from predators & the garden from the chickens #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Texas Heat Superstar: Growing Malabar Spinach

by Tammy Taylor~

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I love fresh spinach & I’m sure to plant it every year in my edible landscape garden.  It’s beautiful, leafy-green and makes a lovely border.  Oh, and you can EAT it!  What’s not to love??!  But in our part of NE Texas the window of opportunity in enjoying fresh spinach is short.  In no time our spinach bolts and becomes bitter.  But I’ve recently been introduced to a completely different kind of spinach.  One that grows vigorously in a vine.  In the heat! Malabar spinach!

Malabar Spinach - Texas Heat-Loving Superstar! Dark-green heart-shaped leaves that grow in a vine even in the Texas summer heat. Beauty, edibility and heat-loving staying power. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze

by Tammy Taylor~

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My veggie garden did very well this year.  Usually by the middle of July the searing sun has wiped out anything that struggled to remain during the hot summer months.  But even though it’s been hot this year my garden has provided garden deliciousness well into the fall months.  Yea!  One of the fall feast-or-famine goodies from the garden is cantaloupe.  Now I didn’t plant cantaloupe this year, the vines volunteered from my compost.   But I let them grow to become a living mulch for the rest of the garden.  RancherMan eats only a modest amount of fresh cantaloupe & although I love it, how’s a girl to eat that much by herself??  I wondered if there was something I could do with all the excess cantaloupe – as it turns out, there is!

If you have extra fresh cantaloupe, make this Sweet Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze. DELICIOUS and so easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Thriving Plants When You Live In The Botanical ‘Hole Of Death’

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve said it before and I can’t say it enough.  I love it here!  I love living in the country and the small-town feel.  We’ve made good friends and feel a true sense of community here.  And there’s that old 1800’s Barn that just speaks to my heart!  My life here is perfect in all ways except one. I struggle to get plants, trees or shrubs to live in our yard!!  Apparently we built our home right in the middle of the Botanical Hole of Death.

A short list of some beautiful yet very hardy plants I've been able to get to thrive in our Botanical Hole Of Death. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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