Hootenanny Homestead

A Homesteading Journey

Month: October 2017

Happy Halloween

A happy Halloween to all!


Making Salsa

So I would say that the tomato harvest hasn’t been too shabby this year.  Even now into October, we are still getting some that are turning red and ready to be picked.  Sure, we’ve had some split open on the vine or have bugs get to a few.  Last year these would have gone into the compost pile and there is nothing wrong with that, but it is soo much more rewarding to toss them to the chickens and ducks.  It is a lot of fun to see the flock run after them and how everyone tries to get a piece of the treat.
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Garlic and Onions!

I have to say that so far I have failed at growing onions.  Year one I tried growing onions from seeds.  That just didn’t work out so well, I don’t know that I even got any to germinate.  Year two I decided I would take my luck with the little seed onions.  I planted them in the spring and some stalks shot up, but something happened.  They all seemed to suddenly die.  But now it is time for another crack at this one.
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Farm Tour Series: Woolf Lavender Farm

Let’s just start off by saying that I really enjoy lavender.  The smell, seeing a field full of it, it is beautiful.  I have some that is growing in my bee garden and I often find myself wanting to add a little more and a little more.  Well, during the farm tour we got to visit a lavender farm.  Woolf Lavender Farm to be precise and it was quite awesome to see.
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Farm Tour Time

With the coming of the fall, we have the beginning of a lot of fun activities.  Of course, there are hayrides and pumpkin picking and other things, but around here there are a number of farm tours going on.  We talked about some farm tours last year, this year we haven’t visited as many locations, but I wanted to post about at least a couple of them.  At least around here, there is a wide range of places to visit.  Some are more on the large-scale production agriculture model, while others are more of the small-scale, with a family tackling some sort of endeavor.  These are great places to visit to get some inspiration and find out who else is in the local area.
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Just Where Does the Time Go

As you might have noticed I hadn’t posted in a while.  I had some ideas to about things to write about and then the time just seems to have melted away.  Let me wish you all a good Fall and a Happy October!  I hope that all is going well for each of you!