Tag Archives: Spring

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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April Garden: Planting At Last! **Plus FREE Seed Giveaway!**

by Tammy Taylor~

I have to get my hands in the soil, y’all.  I don’t know what it is, just a part of me.  I don’t necessarily enjoy garden planning or bed preparations.  I don’t relish in the toils of actually planting.  I certainly don’t like hands-and-knees weeding.  And standing out there watering on a hot Texas summer day?  Ugh.  But gardening is something that I must do every year nonetheless.  It’s not an option.  It’s just embedded deep into my soul.  There’s something special about growing your own food.  You realize the toils that went into that tomato.  And you can delight at the special taste of it because it was picked at the peak of freshness & served with supper 10 minutes later, #amiright? I’ve been preparing the garden for weeks. And I’ve planted the indoor greenhouse with my heirloom seeds and now, now at last!  It’s time to plant!

Spring is here, in NE Texas it's time to get busy in the vegetable garden! Come see the progress in my April garden update. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Adding Temporary Protection For Wild Rabbit’s Nest

by Tammy Taylor~

Planting time is almost here & I’ve been in my veggie garden a lot lately.  A LOT!  Unfortunately with all my coming & going I accidentally left the garden gate open for a few days.  In a golden moment of opportunity, a mama rabbit got into the garden, made a nest and had babies.  As I was clearing away some mulch I first saw some fur balled up.  As I tenderly checked deeper I found a rabbit’s nest. It’s my fault, that’s what I get for leaving the gate open!  

A Rabbit's Nest Guard to protect the baby kits from our Mini-Schnauzer's instincts until they're old enough to fend for themselves! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Easy Low-Tech Way To Kill Weeds

by Tammy Taylor~

Something with a single long taproot seeded itself prolifically in my front ‘flower bed’ last year. Now that spring is just around the corner, they all sprouted with a vengeance!  So that it doesn’t become a bigger problem I started digging out the plants that I could reach.  But I was dismayed to see how thickly they were sprouting in my rock feature at the downspout.  That digging stick wasn’t as effective in the rocks as it was in the soil.  And ugh, my aching back.  What a pain!

 

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Repurposing Empty Feed Sacks In The Garden

by Tammy Taylor~

Spring is on its way, y’all!  I’ve already planted up my Indoor Greenhouse with my heirloom seeds.  That way I’ll be able to put seedlings in the ground come spring.  And I’ve also been out in the garden preparing it for planting too.  If you’ll remember, last year we divided our fenced-in garden area in half.  In one half we still have the garden, although we ripped up our raised beds.  In the other half we placed our chicken run.  It’s been an awesome and very positive change.  But now it’s time to get in & prep the garden for a new planting season.  I’m a big fan of repurposing items wherever possible using my battle cry “Use Whatcha Got!  See how I use these empty heavy-paper feed sacks

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Beekeeping: Doing A Walk-Away Hive Split

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know last year we became NewBEES when we bought our very first hives of bees.  There are many ways you can obtain your first set of bees.  You can buy a Nuc which is a queen with a small amount of bees, or you can buy a package of bees to put into a full hive box.  But we found a local beekeeper who sold established hives.  Her hives were sold complete with a deep hive box containing frames of honey, brood, bees and a queen.  It’s recommended that you have a minimum of 2 hives so we bought two and started our new beekeeping endeavor.

Our hives made it through the winter fine. Now that spring is around the corner production is ramping up. It's time to do a hive split! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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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