Gardening · Homesteading · Urban Homesteading

In Ground Versus Hanging Strawberry Plants: A Season of Studying

You might ask...why write about growing strawberries on the last day of September? As fall settles in you have time to ponder, to dream, to plan for the coming early spring. You will find the time goes by faster than you think. So start thinking now! And did the prices of strawberries make you blanch… Continue reading In Ground Versus Hanging Strawberry Plants: A Season of Studying

Gardening · Homesteading

Growing Food In An Off Year Of Weather

To say the growing season of 2022 was trying...is putting it lightly. As I have talked about since mid winter in early 2022, this winter/spring and into mid summer was cold and wet (see a post I did end of April "The Cool Spring"). Trees didn't bloom at all for some. The bees came out… Continue reading Growing Food In An Off Year Of Weather

Gardening · Herbalism · Homesteading · Preserving

Air Drying Herbs and Flowers

Drying herbs and flowers is easy to do, and takes little work to put away a years worth. And you don't need a dehydrator either. My method is very simple: Take a clean brown grocery bag outside and pick, tossing into the bag as you do. Then fold over the top to keep light and… Continue reading Air Drying Herbs and Flowers

Homesteading · Prepping · Preserving

Dehydrating Mushrooms

Overall I prefer freeze-dried ingredients for long-term storage over dehydrated, but there are a few things i far prefer dehydrated. Mushrooms are one of those things. The act of dehydrating changes the structure of the mushroom. Freeze-drying mushrooms leaves them intact and raw, but when you dehydrate them, the heat slowly cooks them. It removes… Continue reading Dehydrating Mushrooms

Homesteading

May On The Homestead

It was cold. It was wet. But even then things grew. And if anything, it has been lush due to the cooler month of May that was. The hours of daylight increase even if it doesn't seem as strong this year. Tiny stalks of aspragus. Apple trees blooming. The first bell pepper blooms. Tomatoes in… Continue reading May On The Homestead