Gardening · Homesteading

August On The Farm

It's been so busy that I sat down today and realized it was already halfway through September. And the start of the third week of school for the boys. August slipped by quickly. I showed up a couple times at the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market. With freshly dried herbs from our farm. I really… Continue reading August On The Farm

Gardening · Preserving

Handcrafted Pasta Sauce

I found this recipe via a package of Sweet Roma Pasta Sauce Mix from Ball/McCormick, which is highly overpriced at $2.49 a card. You get the dried spices and a recipe card, that is it, for that price. You can easily replicate this at home, however, I don't process the tomatoes like the card calls… Continue reading Handcrafted Pasta Sauce

Gardening · Preserving

Spicy Salsa

I adapted the recipe for this salsa out of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, on page 203 (Fresh Vegetable Salsa). I don't like cumin or fresh cilantro, but otherwise I followed the recipe. The recipe doesn't call for salt, so you may want to taste it before canning and adjust as needed. Spicy… Continue reading Spicy Salsa

Gardening · Homesteading

July On The Farm

July was a mixed bag this year, really a common theme this entire year so far. It started chilly, and many days were overcast till at least mid-afternoon, before it warmed up. The evening temperatures were rarely above mid 50's. This stunted crops but everything kept plodding along, trying its best to grow. If anything,… Continue reading July On The Farm

Gardening · Homesteading

Building My Dream Strawberry Bed

When we lived in a suburban setting I long fantasized about having the space to have my dream alpine strawberry bed. This year it occurred to me it was the perfect thing to put in near the fruit orchard, where it wasn't feasible to put in "normal" crops due to being so near the well… Continue reading Building My Dream Strawberry Bed