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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!

I've found a cute and easy way to repurpose an item I already have in my home to use as veggie plant markers in my vegetable garden. #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

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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Repurposed Coffee Can To Cute Planter

by Tammy Taylor~

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Recently I was chatting with a friend about those little red plastic coffee containers.  I love them and use them often for storing various things when we’ve consumed all the coffee from them.  I use them to store short-term quantities of chicken feed, for my gardening things, as a compost container to collect items destined for the *compost tumbler, etc.  But after a while you’re run out of things to do with them.  I sadly told RancherMan to just go ahead and start putting them in the recycling bin, there was no other use I needed them for.  But in chatting with a friend she said she uses them for pots on her porch. Humm…. 

See how to easily repurpose those empty plastic coffee cans into cute planters, even suitable enough for porch decor! Quick. Easy. CUTE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Keeping Landscaping Mint Plants CONTAINED!

by Tammy Taylor~

I love mint but although others have always warned me that it was invasive, I’ve never been able to get it to grow.  I’ve planted various kinds of mint over the years but none of them last over a few months.  Than my aunt shared her mint with me. I carefully planted it in an area of our landscaping that was notoriously hard to get anything to grow due to the fact that it faced west and the brutal Texas heat makes all but the scrappiest of plants succumb. But c’mon, its mint – surely it will grow!  So I planted it and watched as it grew beautifully.

Keeping Mint Plants Contained In Landscaping - Come See How We're Enjoying Fresh Mint Without Worrying About It Going Wild in the beds. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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3 Simple Ingredients for Less Toxic Weed Control

by Tammy Taylor

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I’ve re-worked my vegetable garden this year by ripping up the raised beds, splitting the fenced garden area in half and making 1/2 of the area into the chicken run, the other half remaining for my veggie garden.  Although the garden has less space than before, it’s set up more efficiently so it should grow roughly the same produce with less maintenance – gotta love it!  In an effort to finally win the war against Bermuda grass I’ve lined the perimeter of the garden with flattened heavy-paper feed sacks and topped those sacks with thick layers of Bark Mulch I Got For Free.  But since we plopped our garden area right into a cattle pasture, Bermuda grass can still encroach from all around it.  My hope is that any Bermuda grass runners will have to run the entire width of those walkways to reach my garden and perhaps I can keep the grass eliminated that way.  I’ll just spray grass killer around the perimeter of the garden when needed.  Whaaaa….???!!!  Grass killer sprayed around our food??!!  Are you CRAZY??  Read on, dear friends…

Bermuda grass is notoriously hard to control. I wonder if I can use a less toxic weed & grass control... As it turns out, YES! #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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