Tag Archives: Summer

Vegetable Garden Update: July

by Tammy Taylor~

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WHEW – the temps have really heated UP here in NE Texas!  As it typically does during our summer months, the forecast has lots of 3-digit temps promised and no rain for weeks on end.  I’m doing what I can to keep everything watered, I’m using a *terra cotta stake using a repurposed water bottle to keep the porch planters watered, my rain barrel is so far keeping the back yard trees watered, but a mishap involving my cistern hose splitting and draining the entire rainwater content of our 18-ft underground cistern means I may have to amend my strict ‘no potable water on the ground’ rule.  So far other than the whole rainwater thing, the garden’s growing GREAT – come check it out!

My Veggie Garden Is Growing GREAT - I'm harvesting fresh produce each & every day! Come stroll through my garden with me. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Repurposed Water Bottle Plant Watering System

by Tammy Taylor~

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WHEW! It’s summer in Texas, and as it typically does it’s turned hot and DRY!  I’m doing everything I can to keep my outside plants watered –  I have an 18-ft deep underground cistern that stores the rainwater that falls on our roof and I use it for watering our vegetable garden.  I also have a 55-gallon rain barrel that attaches to another gutter down spout for hand-watering potted plants and such.  But there are a few footed concrete planters that I have on my porch holding things such as chocolate mint, spearmint and my favorite herb Thyme!  Now the mints do pretty well in their planters because, well you know, MINT!  But I struggle to keep the Thyme healthy & watered and I’ve lost the plant and had to repurchase and replant thyme repeatedly in this cement planter over the years!  Thankfully the Plant Nanny folks agreed to send me one of their terracotta plant stakes to try.

Plant Nanny Watering System uses a porous Terracotta stake & a repurposed water bottle. Take the hassle out of keeping plants watered! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Vegetable Garden Update: June

by Tammy Taylor~

The garden got off to a slow start this year due to family illness and changes in the garden area itself.  We ripped up the raised beds and built a fence separating the garden into 2 parts – one part for a more-efficiently laid out garden and the other part for the chicken run.  I’m loving the symbiotic relationship between chickens & garden and so far it’s working great!  But now it’s June and the garden is really ramping up for the year.  C’mon through my garden gate and see what’s going on…

Veggie Garden Update JUNE - It's June and our Texas vegetable garden is really ramping up for the year. C'mon through my garden gate and see what's going on... #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

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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Preparing For The Storm – Maintaining The Storm Shelter

by Tammy Taylor~

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I have a healthy respect/fear for tornadic storms!  Last year RancherMan arranged to have an underground shelter installed for me so I can feel safe when those winds start blowing.  How much do I love him for that!!?  I’ve written about the installation of our Storm Shelter. So if you’re thinking of having an underground shelter installed be sure to check that post out to see some of the considerations we made.  I also published another post about what we decided to Stock In Our Storm Shelter. If you already have a storm shelter this post shares what we decided to store down there (and what we decided NOT to store).  But now that the shelter’s been installed & stocked, what kind of upkeep does it need?  C’mon & I’ll show you what I’m doing now to prepare for those spring storms!

TORNADO SEASON is right around the corner so I'm preparing our storm shelter for those late-night runs to safety. See my preparations. #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading

No-Bake Sugar-Free Peanut Butter FUDGE!

by Tammy Taylor

We’re all trying to eat healthier these days, but c’mon – you can’t live your life eating nothing but rice cakes and tofu.  You’ve got to keep those taste buds entertained from time to time!  Recently guest writer Ashley shared her experience of going through a full month without any refined sugar at all.  WOW!  But her hubby loves sweet treats so how will she help him stay on track during this long challenge?  She did lots of research into ways to enjoy sweet treats without buckling in their sugar-free quest.

On her post sharing Week THREE she shared a recipe for a delicious Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Fudge that has the added bonus of being no-bake.  What a perfect combination on a hot summer’s day.  You’re NOT gonna want to miss this – check it out.

A NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE RECIPE That Contains NO Refined Sugar! For your guests with food restrictions - Quick. Easy. Healthy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Heat-Free Peeling for Fresh Tomatoes

by Tammy Taylor

 

This time of year we’re often harvesting from our gardens way more tomatoes than we can use.  But there’s so much work that goes into growing those flavorful orbs – all the way from planting tomato seeds or seedlings, weeding and watering, staking and nurturing the plant until it gives up its sweet harvest of summer – the much-coveted garden tomato!  An easy way to peel a fresh garden tomato is to dip it in boiling for a few seconds until the skin splits but a typical summer here in NE Texas involves much heat & humidity and I don’t want to add any of that to our home.  What’s a southern gardener to do?

Homestead Hack: Heat-Free Peeling For Fresh Tomatoes - I don't want to add heat and humidity to our home. What's a southern gardener to do? #TaylorMadeHomestead

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ZUCCHINI Noodles with Leftover Chicken & Herb-Bombs!

by Tammy Taylor

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This time of year many gardeners that are absolutely sick of zucchini.  They’ve already eaten as much steamed zucchini side dishes and made it into every casserole they can think of.  They’ve passed much of their zucchini overload on to friends, family and even complete strangers (why can I never run into these gardeners??! LOL)  My garden was a bust this year so I’ve had to purchase my zucchini but I’ve heard about using zucchini for low-carb noodles and I was intrigued.  Although RancherMan & I don’t specifically strive to eat low-carb, I do try alternatives when I can find a tasty one and we both love zucchini anyway so…  Check it out!

I've heard about using zucchini for low-carb noodles and I was intrigued. I do try alternatives when I can find a tasty one - check it out! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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