This past weekend I made about 25 pounds of sausage. I really had not conceptualized how long that would take, because the normal Italian sausage I make (and posted about last week) is simple (salt, pepper, coriander) and I freeze without stuffing into casings. It took a lot longer than I was expecting, although my… Read More Smoking Sausage: Andouille, Linguica, and Pork/Apple
Saturday morning was cold. Sunday morning felt even colder. And it struck me, as I am taking my tiny little plants out of the greenhouse, that this is a little strange. Aren’t you supposed to only transplant in the spring with the warm season ahead, not in the fall, in the cold, with less and… Read More Transplanting For Winter
In September, I prepped some beds for Fall/Winter harvest and since I was basically planting the same seed (or seed type) in each bed, I decided I would just scatter seed them. Rather than draw lines within the bed and seed along the row, I just scattered and raked them in a bit. Easy peasy and… Read More I Will Trust My OCD and Never Scatter-Sow
This is something I have been doing for over a year now, and so I thought I would just put a post about it. It is a part of homesteading, I thinking – doing things yourself, cheaper, and more delicious to boot! I started out making sausage using a grinder attachment to our kitchen aid,… Read More Homemade Sausage
Growing sweet potatoes is another first for me, and so I really did not know what to expect. Would the harvest be large or small? Am I harvesting at the correct time, or should I wait? Were there enough nutrients in the soil? Did they get enough water? So, the vines grow and grow and… Read More A Sweet Potato Harvest!
When I started growing beans last year, I thought only of green beans. That’s what you want from your summer garden, right? Raw, pickled, sautéed, casseroles, etc. But it only takes one season of beans to realize you will get shriveled up pods with dried beans. You can’t keep up with them all. Or at least… Read More Dried Bean Harvest
I say first real row covers because last year I put them over my raised beds in October and then started my seeds. Nothing grew, of course. This year I am more educated and I am using the covers to protect the plants that are already growing and maturing. I didn’t really need to put these… Read More My First Real Row Covers
For the past few weeks, the weather has been a bit cooler, but there has been a lot of rain. This has been great news for the garden, and I have not seen any pests on the plants. It has been about 10 days since my last treatment of Neem Oil, and I am wondering if… Read More Fall is Here