There is no reason that when the plants you put in the garden in the spring start to give up you have to be done. If you start planting as we get to August you will have another bounty in the fall. I’ve found some space in my garden, some for happy reasons, some not so happy. But it was time to plant the next round.
An important skill for any homesteader is to be able to preserve the harvest. I’ve written some about canning in the past, but once again, if you are going to do some canning you’ll want to do it safely. I would recommend taking a look at the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving . It has a ton of information on the best way to safely can a large number of different items that you might have grown.
As many of you know there was a solar eclipse that was visible for a large chunk of the United States. We were not in the path of totality, but we did get to see a partial eclipse. I know that my photo line up isn’t the greatest ever, but I would like to share with you a series of photos that I look from the Hootenanny Homestead.
Last year was our first year with really having a garden and as such there was a lot of figuring things out and trying to determine the best way to do things. That hasn’t really changed dramatically, as we are still learning different approaches. One should keep learning through out one’s life. However, I am happy to say that I have remembered an improvement that we’ve implemented. Last year we grew stuff and didn’t really have a good tally at the end of the year.
It is rather relaxing to go out at the end of the day and just take in the birds. It is fun to watch them run about, especially in the evening when they get really excited by chasing beetles about for a pre-bedtime treat. But there is that other bit that comes with having various kinds of birds. The eggs!
It’s summer time and that means that there is quite a bit to do on the homestead, battle squash bugs and vine bores, harvest potatoes, sell duck eggs and other such wholesome homestead type activities. It generally means that by the time there is some free time to do some really awesome blogging or practice the fiddle, I’m probably a little bit beat.
I have a bunch of ideas for different posts, I just need to get caught up on getting them written and published. So, for the time being, I apologize for the low number of articles. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, there will be a more steady stream of material shared here and we can work on growing the community.
For now, though, I leave you with this picture, I hope you enjoy.
So one of the things that I’ve been growing in the garden is tomatoes. Last year we mostly grew big beefsteak ones, but the majority of what we did with them was can them and make spaghetti sauce. This year we switched it up some and have more sauce varieties. Well, they have started to come in and that means there is but one thing to do, make sauce!