Saturday, April 28, 2012

April Garden Showcase

Ah, April!

Whether you have a huge garden, like I do, or a small container garden, and whether you're growing food or flowers, April is the month where, for most of the Northern Hemisphere, things really get going in the garden.

My own garden is still mostly in the planning stages.  I do have the lower herb garden ready to go, and have two rows of garlic in.  I've started tilling the main vegetable garden, and hope to have it ready for seed by Tuesday.  On Friday we went to the big city to go to Home Depot to pick up some floor tiles for the kitchen, which will be my project after the garden goes in, and I couldn't resist stopping by the garden department there!  I picked up another packet of Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin seeds, in the hopes that I'll be able to let the preschool and kindergarten kids at the school in town come pick up some pumpkins for Halloween.  I also picked up some herb seeds that I couldn't get locally.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

April on the Homestead

In one word, our April on the Homestead has been busy!

The kittens have been growing up.  They hit the eight week milestone, and four of them went to new homes!  I'll  miss their cuteness, but I know their new owners will love them and take care of them.  This is Underdog.  She got hurt early on before we separated the mama cats.  They were literally fighting over her, because one of the mamas wanted to move the kittens and one didn't.  We moved each mama, with her own litter, into individual carriers for a few weeks, with plenty of out of the cage time, to solve the problem.  The vet said she would probably pull through, but we were worried!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

For the Love of Garden Dirt

Freshly tilled lower herb garden, 4/18/12
I spent a good portion of yesterday on my knees in the garden, getting my hands dirty.

We moved to our little homestead-wannabe-farm almost a year ago.  We were in a hurry to get a garden going, because part of the reason we had looked for so long for property was to be able to grow our own food.  We had grand plans of gardens and animals and being completely self sufficient.  By mid May we were sleeping here, although some of our stuff was still at our old apartment.  We spent some time going back and forth, finishing that move out cleaning that never seems to end, but mostly, we were here, making this place our home.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Meal Plan 4/16/12

It's Garden Time!

Wait, what does that have to do with the meal plan?

Well, I'll be in the garden a lot this week, getting ready to get everything planted, and putting those precious little seeds in the ground.  Our weather forecast at Accuweather says that it won't go below freezing again for the rest of the month, and it very rarely dips that low in May, although technically our date of last freeze is May 16. However, we don't have much of a Spring. By the end of May, we'll see temps in the high 90s, and last year we had 80 straight days, starting in early June, of temps over 100 degrees.  My plants need to be well established before the temperatures get that high, so this week I'll be working my butt off.  Which means a week of being sore, and pretty close to exhausted by dinner time.  So this week, I've planned pretty easy dinners.  By the end of the day today, I hope to actually have my garlic in the ground in the herb garden, and potatoes getting busy lengthening their sprouts to form viable plants.  Plus I have to put together my new laundry sorting system, as my old one completely fell apart.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Methods of Food Preservation

I've been talking a lot about food preservation lately.  That's mainly because my focus right now is getting everything I'll need to preserve my garden goodies together.  Preserving seasonal food has been around since our ancestors discovered fire, and was a game changer in terms of long term survival.  Not only could early man be assured of eating through the cold winter when hunting was harder and nothing fresh was growing, but he could insure that he was getting a better variety of nutritious foods throughout the year, thus expanding his overall life span.

For humans today, nutritious food is available year round, either (relatively) fresh in our meat and produce aisle or canned or otherwise preserved on the store shelves.  But as I've discussed previously, I think we should preserve our own food, grown in our own gardens or bought in season when it's at its peak for freshness, and at its lowest prices due to market saturation.  I think that many homemakers today would find nutritional food choices easier to make if they were preserving their own food.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Changing Plans on a Homestead

Photo Credit: Oakley Originals
I'm supposed to be planting my garden this weekend.  Or at least a good part of it.  This week I've been hauling soil around and spreading it around and adding manure to make it richer, all under a cloud drenched sky.  You can really tell the difference between the soil I've brought in and what's native to my area.  Our particular Backwoods are in the high desert, and the soil is dry, and while it supports weeds fairly well, I'm not so sure how it will support the crops I intend to plant.  Since our compost isn't ready, I brought in soil.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Meal Plan 4/9/12

I can't believe it's Monday already! I hope you had a fantastic Easter Holiday!  Ours was pretty quiet, as usual.  This year we didn't have snow, which was quite a blessing, because we had three acres to hide Easter eggs on!  That made it a great time for the kids-and much easier on mom and dad, who didn't have to find creative ways to hide the eggs in a small yard!

This week I'm excited to once again be hooking up with Menu Plan Monday over at  I love looking there for new meal plan ideas!  I hope that you hop over there and check out some of the other menu plans that are available.  Last week, over 230 bloggers joined in at Menu Plan Monday!  That's a lot of inspiration for your meal planning.  The best part is, there's a little bit of everything!  Need quick meals because you're working or planning a super busy week?  You're covered.  Looking for crock pot meals?  Done.  Looking for whole food recipes?  Gotcha.  Brown bag lunch ideas for you or the kids?  All taken care of over at Menu Plan Monday.  Go, check it out!  Really!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...