Friday, July 3, 2020

Freezer Inventory Made Simple

Here is an easy way to keep track of what you have in your freezer. As you add or subtract items, simply move the magnets. It stays on the freezer top, held in place by more magnets, and can be customized to what your family eats.

 No need to find a pen, or wonder where you put that piece of paper. Hope this helps!

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Today's Harvest

Green onions, purple beans, basil, and chamomile. The latter I grew to use as a dye, although I haven't tried it yet. I'm thinking maybe tomorrow I will prepare a concoction with chamomile and lemon juice for my hair, I kind of DIY Sun In. My roots are showing!

We got a lot done in the garden this morning. Lots of weeding, some harvesting, and we planted some more carrot seeds in the section where they failed to emerge. I also trimmed the lower 12 inches or so of most of the tomato plants. That is supposed to reduce disease, plus I don't really want them going everywhere along the ground. I think there are more likely to rot and attract bugs if they are on the ground.

I have to say, there is something intensely satisfying about growing my own food, even while recognizing that the time I spend gardening is out of proportion to the money I save. But it's becoming less about the money and more about healthy food and a feeling of being just a little bit more independent.

Monday, June 15, 2020

House Painting

My husband painted this. It is supposed to be vaguely reminiscent of Van Gogh. I like it because it would normally go on the inside, so to put it on the outside seems whimsical and fun.
I should add that it is not on canvas. It's on wood, over an insipid painting that I picked up from a garage sale years ago. The fact that the color of the frame matches the house is sheer coincidence. The painting has also been sealed with some kind of special sealant. We will see how well it holds up to the elements.

I'm liking it, though. It appeals to my sense of humor.  🙂

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tomatoes planted!

Now to wait, and hope we don't get any storms with hail....

I'm really glad this is my hobby and not my sole source of food....

Monday, May 18, 2020

Tomatoes: Moving Toward Planting

Last week, we ate the last of the 2019 tomatoes. Yes, we harvested and froze enough last year that they lasted us until May! This is not bragging, I hpoe; it is rejoicing in the generosity of the soil and the sun. So it's time to start up again this year.

We've had tomatoes under grow lights for quite a while.

Hear you see Belovedest finishing off putting up the tomato cages.

Does this look like 140 pounds of tomatoes? Or does it look like an experiment? Hopefully, it is both! My husband and I were arguing about the best way to transplant tomato seedlings into the larger milk containers. I wanted to add crushed eggshells. We also disagreed on how quickly they should be hardened off. I wanted to go more slowly. Naturally, this resulted in a little friendly competition. The results are before you, with my larger, straigher tomatoes on your right. Now we'll see what happens when we plant them... I'm thinking eggshells for everyone next year...

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Grarden Totals 2019

This is absurdly late, but here you go.....

Totals in pounds, rounding up or down to the nearest pound:

Lettuce - we don't track, but we do enjoy!
strawberries - 4
purple beans - 1
potatoes - 6
cherry tomatoes - 2
tomatoes - 140
okra - 11
garlic - 4

Total - 177 pounds, 140 of which were from tomatoes.

2019 was supposed to be a small garden.  We were just going to grow the necessities.  Then we decided to plant ALL of our tomato seedlings.....  We had at least 10 tomato plants.  (Honestly, we probably should have had better results.)

Running total:
2014 - 138
2015 - 142
2016 - 140
2017 - 260
2018 - resting the beds, adding to the compost and burying table scraps in the beds
2019 - 177 (mostly tomatoes)

Friday, May 15, 2020

first garden gift

From our 2020 garden and harvested about 10 minutes before eating it!