Hootenanny Homestead

A Homesteading Journey

Tag: Farming

First Harvest of the Year: Radishes

I can happily say that I have had my first harvest of things that I planted this season!  Well, kinda the first.  I had gotten some lettuce and kale plants that I’ve pulled off some leaves to add to salads.  But I have some radishes that are ready to be picked.  Mostly I planted them as a companion plant since at some point I remember reading something about the radishes helping to keep away some sort of bug from tomatoes.  However, now I can’t find a darn thing on it, so it might just be that there is nothing to it and I just sprinkled radishes around for having radishes.
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Should I Grow Food in Raised Garden Beds?

So you’ve decided to start a garden?  That’s wonderful.  Perhaps you are looking to eventually build up to the point that you grow everything that you eat.  Maybe you are just on a quest for the ripest tomatoes to make truly excellent tomato sauce.  This could just be your first step into the wonderful world of homesteading.  Whatever your garden motivations are you will at some point consider if you should be growing in raised garden beds.  Well, let’s go through what they are and some reasons for and against them.
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Farm Tour Series: Free State Llamas

So for our final stop on our Farm Tour Series we visitedFree State Llamas.  Now we may have visited primarily due to the fact that my little Bug loves llamas and alpacas, but it doesn’t hurt that Stella is an avid knitter as well.  Plus, just look at these critters, they look pretty darn cool.  As a note, Free State Llamas only has llamas, no alpacas.

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Farm Tour Series: Bean Hollow Grassfed

Bean Hollow GrassfedOur grand farm tour series continues!  This time it takes us to Bean Hollow Grassfed at Over Jordan Farm.  As you may guess from the name, this farm is more focused on grass fed livestock.  But don’t think for a moment that they are just about fattening up animals to get them to market.  They are highly focused on making sure that they take care of the land as well.
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Farm Tour Series: Wits End Farm

Welcome back to our local farm tour series.  In case this is your jumping in point recently we got the chance to visit a few local working farms and homesteads.  I made sure to take some notes and pictures to be able to share them with you.  Today’s featured stop, Wits End Farm.
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Farm Tour Series: The Crowfoot Farm

Crowfoot FarmsThe first stop on our farm tour is the Crowfoot Farm.  This was the most homestead of any of the stops we made in our travels.  They run a micro dairy and a homestead based on permaculture.  The key to their healthy farm ecosystem is a species diversity.
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Corn Harvesting: Hey, I actually grew corn that I could eat

We have been growing corn among other things in our garden.  For Labor Day we had picked some and grilled it up for dinner.  It was quite tasty, just in general I would recommend doing corn on the cob on the grill.  My mother in law decided that it was now time to harvest all the corn.  So this weekend I pulled corn.
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