Tag Archives: Spring

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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Using Repurposed Denim To make Backyard Game Bags

by Tammy Taylor~

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As y’all already know, RancherMan & I wanted a personalized Ranch-Themed Cornhole game for our annual family reunion (ie: RanchFest) that we host each year.  We bought the materials and RancherMan got busy building the customized ranch-themed cornhole game.  Although we could have simply *purchased the bags to go with the game, I wanted to make the cornhole bags myself using my stash of denim scraps from RancherMan’s ripped jeans.  Luckily it was super easy even for a novice seamstress like myself.  (Oh c’mon, I don’t think I can’t call myself a seamstress, even a NOVICE one!)   But if I can do it, ANYONE can!  Come see how easy it is to whip up these cornhole bags yourself.

We needed 8 bags to go with our custom Cornhole Game. Look how easy it is to make your own Cornhole Game Bags - they turned out GREAT! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Build Your Own Cornhole Game

by Tammy Taylor~

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Cornhole games – all of a sudden it seems they’re EVERYWHERE!  It’s a fun game where each team stands 27 feet away from a tilted platform with a hole cut in it and tosses a corn-filled bag at the platform trying to make it go into the hole.  The team that reaches 21 points first wins!  RancherMan & I attended a festival recently with my brother & SIL and we saw there was yet another Cornhole game there, so we all joined in on the fun and it was a super-fun evening.  After that experience our wheels started to turn.  We host an annual family reunion at the ranch that we’ve named ‘RanchFest’ and it always involves competitive games.  We always make our games ranch related, so we sat out to make our own customized cornhole game.

We wanted to make our own custom Cornhole Game for our family reunion. Thankfully it was EASY and it turned out way cute! Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Dehydrating Fresh Spinach To Enjoy All Year Long!

by Tammy Taylor~

I love fresh spinach, and I love that during early spring it produces so prolifically.  We like to eat as much spinach as we can while it’s fresh and crisp but I also want to preserve that delicious, healthy spinach to enjoy later in the season – way after the plants have bolted and are gone.  I experimented with dehydrating fresh spinach this year and I loved the results.  I wrote this piece for one of my favorite publications, Mother Earth News. C’mon y’all – check it out!

Mother Earth News Post - Dehydrated Spinach. I dehydrated fresh spinach to enjoy later in the season - I loved the results! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Mother Earth News: Fenceline Weaning

by Tammy Taylor~

I recently wrote a post for Mother Earth News about the benefits of fence-line weaning.  Any animal caregiver knows there’s more to weaning than simply separating mama & baby.  Fenceline weaning helps reduce the stresses on both mama and baby and helps the transition go smoother, but there are important steps to be taken before weaning ever begins for it to be successful.  Come see how we prepare calves and dams for this transition and reduce their stress at the same time.

There are important steps to be taken before weaning ever begins for it to be successful. See our tips on successful fence-line weaning #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Repurposed Items As Plant Markers

by Tammy Taylor~

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Well garden season is in full swing in NE Texas.  Before I ever planted my garden I first laid out what would be planted where using my multi-year spreadsheet.  It allows me to take advantage of past year’s garden successes, avoid past year’s failures and even take advantage of companion planting.  Then I used my indoor greenhouse to plant my heirloom seeds so I could get a head start with seedlings in the ground when planting time came.  When the danger of last frost had passed I dropped those tender seedlings into the ground, being sure to mark their base with a stick (great homestead hack from last year) so I’d know what foliage was veggie plant & what needed to be weeded away, as well as the location to water when the vines get to rambling.  But I’ve found an easy way to repurpose items I already have in my home for the actual plant markers.  Using these markers helps me to remember what I planted where without having to look it up. Check it out!

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Vegetable Garden Update: May

by Tammy Taylor~

Well, well, well – here we are in May.  Now here in NE Texas we’re in planting zone 8A so typically this time of year my garden is really starting to fire up, but this year’s garden has stumbled along due to both circumstances beyond my control as well as a comedy of errors.  Come along and see my successes and my…  well my not-quite-so successes.

Come along and see how our veggie garden here in NE Texas (zone 8A) is growing! What succeeded? What failed? #TaylorMadeHomestead

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