If you’ve kept chickens for any amount of time, I’m sure you know the heartbreak of raising chicks to adulthood only to have them nabbed by a predator just when they’d started laying eggs.
Losing even a few chickens from a small backyard flock is enough to make any homesteader sad, mad and determined to outsmart those wily predators!
In more than four years of raising backyard chickens, we’ve discovered snakes, a possum and a raccoon in our chicken coop. We’ve also had trouble with foxes and hawks.
Our three-acre homestead is situated at the top of a hill with few trees, and hawks are definitely our worst predator.
At least they were.Read More
All spring long, I needed a good way to use up lots of lettuce. We’re talking buckets and buckets full.
It was growing like crazy in our garden! It was way too much lettuce to eat, even if we’d had salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I hated to waste it, but you can imagine how salad three times a day would go over with the youngest people at my house.
So I searched the internet for great ways to use up lots of lettuce. I found ideas like “lettuce soup”. It tasted just like you’d imagine. Mr. Native Texan said lettuce soup reminded him of an appetizer at a fancy restaurant.
If you’re a true foodie, you may love it. My family did not.
There were a few other good ideas for salads and stir fries and tossing lettuce into smoothies. We fed lots of lettuce to the chickens and even gave bags away to family, friends and neighbors.
Still, none of this put a dent in our lettuce supply.
So I did a little experimenting, and found a brilliant solution…Read More
Avoiding all chemicals on your veggie crops can be a challenge, but it can be done. We haven’t used chemicals in our garden in years! One of the best tricks for the organic vegetable gardener is companion planting. Read More
This Home Canned Tomato Soup is a great way to add some veggies to your family’s meal plan. And during those long winter months, what could be better–or easier–than popping open a can or two of fresh garden goodness, heating it in a pot with a few other ingredients and serving it to your family for dinner?Read More
It’s tomato season, y’all! I’m dropping in from a long summer break to share a few of my favorite tomato canning recipes. Stay tuned over the next week or so for a few more recipes, including salsa and tomato soup. Here’s to that last great tomato harvest of the year–may yours be a bumper crop!
Roasted Tomato Sauce is amazingly versatile–use it in recipes that call for tomato sauce, make it into Tomato Soup, add it to soups or meats, add ground beef and seasonings to make spaghetti sauce, etc.
Are you looking for a simple, effective, and chemical-free spray to use in your organic garden? You’ll love this Easy Garden Spray with Essential Oils!
Our square foot garden consists of 4 large wooden boxes separated and surrounded by a grid of substantial walkways, which means we’ve experimented with several options over the years for keeping those areas mulched and free of weeds.
Based on our own experience, here are my top three tips for creating affordable walkways in the vegetable garden…Read More
Until last week.Read More