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Wordless Wednesday: Beekeeper’s Delight

by Tammy Taylor~

Ever since beginning our beekeeping endeavor, I can no longer just merrily bounce across the grass. Now I'm taking very deliberate steps to assure I don't step on one of our honey-makers! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Ever since beginning our beekeeping endeavor, I can no longer just merrily bounce across the grass.  Now I’m taking very deliberate steps to assure I don’t accidentally step on one of our honey-makers!

~TMH~

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Vegetable Garden Update: May

by Tammy Taylor~

Well, it’s been a pretty strange spring so far for us in NE Texas.  Pretty strange indeed!  Many areas all around us have received plenty of spring rains but for some reason it always seems to miss us here on the homestead.  Although May is our rainiest month of the year we have areas in our backyard that are pretty bare where the ground is parched & cracked.  Scary!  Hopefully that’s not a sign of things to come this year.  I’ve been watering with a 2-gallon watering can which takes a lot of time and doesn’t water as thoroughly.  But RancherMan set up the cistern pump for me today so I’ll be able to use that rainwater captured in the 18-ft deep cement cistern from now on.  If we get any rain at all in the coming weeks that cistern will fill back up!  With the cloudy & cooler weather we’ve had, the garden has really been slow in taking off.  But I’ve had some successes too.  C’mon along with me for a stroll through our garden.

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Homestead Hack: Cute Container For Herb Cuttings

by Tammy Taylor~

The herbs are going well in my Edible Landscape so I thought I’d take a few cuttings & try to root them in my kitchen window.  I have a repurposed wide-mouth jar that I can use.  So I went to the ‘flower bed’ and trimmed a bit of Stevia, Sage, Oregano, Basil and Rosemary.  I brought them inside and removed the bottom leaves from each of the stems.  I sat those leaves aside so I could use them.  I’ll wash them up & chop all but the Stevia into small pieces & mix them into a bit of olive oil to make my favorite Herb Bombs. Then they’ll be ready & waiting to use this summer in my quick pasta dishes.  I’ve never grown Stevia before so I’ll probably just pop those leaves into my sun tea jar so they can sweeten RancherMan’s tea as it brews.

But I’ve always heard that when you’re rooting cuttings, the jar should be dark.  A dark jar keeps algae from growing in the water and also helps the roots do their thaaaang.  Some suggestions are to paint the jar or to wrap it in scrapbooking paper or something.  Hummm…  So what did I decide to do?  Say it with me kids: “Use Whatcha Got!”  That’s right. 🙂 Check out this Homestead Hack.

I took some herb cuttings to root in my kitchen window. But the jar needs to be kept dark. Check out this cute Homestead Hack idea! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beekeeping: Catching A Bee Swarm In A Tree

by Tammy Taylor~

Ya know how you start your day with an idea of the tasks at hand? Work on blog stuff, finish honeysuckle jelly, strain the honey from the comb we had to remove from a hive yesterday. You know, that kinda stuff.

Well that’s how my day started, then everything changed. RancherMan came in from the pastures & told me it was time to suit up, we’ve got a bee swarm to catch. Woo-hoo!  Apparently he saw a swarm of bees about 15-ft up in a tree right near our pasture gate.  We’ve never captured a swarm before so here’s yet one more opportunity to learn something exciting about beekeeping!  And maybe get to add a new hive of bees to our group as well.

We recently got the opportunity to catch a bee swarm high up in a tree. But we were able to stay on the ground! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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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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