Planning The 2018 Garden

Raised Rock Beds

Raised Rock Beds

Planning the 2018 garden is already in the beginning stage. Our garden this year was a waste. Except for the food we ate from it like lettuce, tomatoes, kale and herbs. Larry had too many projects going that he couldn’t stop doing to work in the garden. Bugs were extremely bad and I am not one to whine about them too much. I got some pretty bad stings and bites. In one of the raised beds I uncovered a yellow jacket underground nest! I stayed away from that area. We also had numerous mice and moles digging everywhere. Our two cats were killing at least two a day for awhile. That is reason enough to leave the garter snakes alone. They like to eat the mice and moles, but I wish they would leave my frogs alone! I once rescued one from a snake in the process of eating it.

Wood Raised Beds Removed

Wood Raised Beds Removed

When Larry finished some of the major projects we had going on (I’ll share them with you in a future post), he removed the wood raised beds on the side of the house. I was sad to see them go, as I had spent many happy days in those beds. I remember the cats out there with me or even longer ago when I had my pet red hen, Lil’ Red, following me around the garden while I worked. A very peaceful way to spend a day. It was just too much for us to manage. We had fifteen total beds, seven wood ones on the side of the house and  six rock ones in the backyard. Then there are two block ones where the guy wires for the wind turbine are anchored. Add in the fact that I am having trouble getting around and my poor husband ends up doing all the hard work. He doesn’t complain though. At least not to me.

The Jurassic Bed

The Jurassic Bed

Some of the rock beds in the garden are huge and keeping the weeds down in them is a major job. We plan on changing one or two of them into a hoop house so we can get a head start on the gardening season here in NY. The area where the wood raised beds was is going to be a small fruit orchard with fruit trees and some berry bushes. We have talked of doing this for some time now and next year is the year. No more excuses!

The Snake Bed

The Snake Bed

As I have been analyzing our garden and what we want to grow, I found these ideas to implement in the garden next year:

  1. Two soil test kits. One for the PH and one for minerals.
  2. Find a good method to start the seeds in the house that keeps them warm.
  3. Fruit trees and bushes in the side garden area.
  4. Order “Blight Free” tomato seeds (NON-GMO hybrids) or we will never have any growing again.
  5. Use Ruth Stout’s “no dig” method of growing potatoes.
  6. Mulch all the beds and make them as “weed free” as possible.
  7. Next fall (2018) plant a cover crop in them and maybe in the paddock too.
  8. Plant a strawberry bed in several hanging baskets or bags.
  9. Build trellis for vine plants.
  10. Tomato cages and red mulch for the tomato plants.
Going to Seed

Going to Seed

It sounds like a lot to do but I think buying the items needed will be the most difficult. So going to buy them little by little over the winter so in the spring we are prepared. Once that is accomplished our gardening time will be much more enjoyable. Especially harvest season!

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Cats In My Garden

Rocks In Bed for Cat Protection

Rocks In Bed for Cat Protection

Cats in my garden! Yikes, they are my own too! Cats are my biggest pest in my raised beds. My own cats! I had to figure out what to do so I could replant them after the cats ruined most of the plants I planted earlier. I got a lot of ideas of what I could do. One of them that I really like is the idea of using hardware cloth laid down on the top of the bed. Then plant each seed in one of the little squares. That would work. But at this time I needed something I already have. What do I have plenty of? Rocks, of course! An unlimited supply. I knew my cats, being elderly, are quite lazy. They don’t want to have to go to a lot of trouble to dig. I put the small rocks around each plant so there wouldn’t be enough space for them. These cats dig DEEP holes! Even if you chase them out of it when you are out there or see them, they will come back to it later. It is a never ending battle with them.

Small Rocks Around Plants

Small Rocks Around Plants

It is not just the stone beds that they are attracted to. The wood beds they destroy too. I am fortunate when I have any plants coming up. Next year I will make sure to plant with the hardware cloth. This year though, I took smaller sizer rocks, but not too small, and put them around each plant. I wish I had done this before I planted another bed of bush beans. If I had, I would have made a circle of rocks and put the seed in the center. Anything else I plant from now on, I will do in that way. Trying to make it uncomfortable for Patches and Hobo to use it for a litter box. Cats in my garden is not a good thing at all. My biggest regret is that I allowed our cats, since we moved here in 1999, to be indoor outdoor cats. Before that my cats were always indoor only cats. It is okay until they get old and you feel it is safer for them to be inside only. They get stressed over you trying to change that status so late in their lives. I gave up on trying to make that change. So I end up living with a lot of stress caused by the choice of so many years ago.

Rocks Keep Plants Safe

Rocks Keep Plants Safe

Over the years, we have saved rocks and stones in a big pile. The paddock is full of rock, big ones too. Our three horses uncover them running around all the time. We try to pick up the rock often. Keeping it stored in one central place makes it easy to work with it when you need various sizes for a project. The cats in my garden is one project that I am hoping will be accomplished with our rocks. When my husband originally built the bed I call the “snake bed” (due to its shape and size, not that it had snakes, though it does), he took the rock out of the area on the house that he hand dug to add a room onto our cellar. These rocks were huge and he had to carry them up a ladder and all the way to our backyard. I should add, without me knowing what he was doing. I was right in the house and he did it without me ever seeing him do it. Then he built that bed and came in to get me to come outside to see it. I was amazed, to say the least.

Cats in my garden

Here comes Patches!

 

Hopefully, I have solved this problem of my cats in my garden and ruining all the new plants. Once the plants get to a larger size, they are pretty safe. We don’t even have wild life in our garden and to think the biggest problem is our own pets is unbelievable to me. My father always had wild animals destroying or stealing his plants and produce. I live in the state forest and don’t even have that problem with any wild critters. We’ll see how this works.

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Our Old Heirloom Apple Tree

Our Old Heirloom Apple Tree

Our Old Heirloom Apple Tree

Old heirloom apple trees are growing all through the state forest land around us. We were fortunate enough to have a few on our property. They were really old though, and most of them have rotted and fallen over through out the years we have lived here. One was left in our back yard. Originally there were two others right near it. We lost the two of them around 2005 or so. The funny thing is that they were loaded with apples and then one day, apples and all, they are on the ground. Sad to see. 

Apple Tree On Ground

Poor Apple Tree

This tree has given us a lot of apples. Just this year, my husband was gathering apples from this tree and the one along the front of the paddock. That one is not an old one, but came up on its own a few years ago. Last night we had some strong wind. We have it pretty often around here, nothing unusual. This morning when my husband went out to do the chores, he called me and said to look out in the backyard. I thought there was a bear out there. Nope, our little apple tree had fallen over. Not all of it, but the part that still had nice green leaves on it. And apples! Lots of apples! Even on the parts that looked dead and had no leaves, still had apples. We were planning on taking the dead side down soon anyway. But not the whole tree!

Woodpecker in the tree

Woodpecker in the tree

Now we have decided to just take the whole thing down. The trunk was badly rotted inside. The cherry tree next to it will be coming down soon (like within this next month), as the roots are growing underneath our house. We want that area behind the house to add on to the house, so that has to come down anyway. Now the little apple tree will be gone too. It will open up our backyard a lot and there is a lot of things we are planning for it. This will make it much easier. But I will sure miss that tree. As soon as we were out there looking at it, a woodpecker came right close to us onto the tree. He wasn’t too happy about losing it either.

Cat Checking out fallen tree

Hobo checking it out!

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Bush Beans Are Finished

Bush Beans All Done

Green & yellow beans are done for 2015.

Bush beans in our garden are finished for this year. I didn’t plant as many as I usually do. The reason for that was I have a huge amount of them canned from previous years. I have to admit that I thought I’d get more than I did. I usually do. This is one of our worst garden years yet.I did get some though, so I will not complain. Some is better than nothing. Today I picked what was left, half a basket. Then I pulled up the plants. They had turned yellow and didn’t have any flowers left. 

Bush Beans done

First Bed Done

The bush beans I plant are two different types, the contender and yellow wax beans. I can these and they are still crisp and fresh when I open the jars. They smell fresh picked. I cook them often and we love them. I can’t remember my mother making green beans that often when I was growing up. I know my husband’s mother probably didn’t either, because one time when I asked her if she wanted some fresh from the garden, she said they didn’t eat those. We certainly do. I fix them with a bit of bacon grease or Italian salad dressing. But you can use all types of seasonings or salad dressings to make them appeal to the fussy eaters in your house.

Working on Bush Beans

Working on Bush Beans

These two beds contained only bush beans, but the other beds have cherry tomatoes (that I did not plant! They are volunteers that come up all over the place every year.). There are also carrots, kale, three different kinds of cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, herbs, zucchini and some other things that I have probably forgotten. Gardening is fun for me and it is a good excuse to get outside. Otherwise, I’d probably be on the computer most of the day. In winter, I hardly ever get outside. As you can see in the pictures, I just move my chair along the beds and it makes it easy for me since I can get down on the ground to work in the garden. 

Bush Beans Cleaned Out

Both Beds Cleaned Out

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Dual Purpose Planters

2014 Butternut Plant

2014 Butternut Plant

Dual purpose planters are all around my forest homestead. Many containers I end up planting in serve another purpose or did at another time. My husband built two planters with rock that he mortared together. These are really meant to keep the guy wires attached to our wind turbine safe. Nobody can accidentally back into them unless they hit the planters. These planters are a good size. Last year I had planted butternut squash in them and it gave us a good harvest. 

Boothby Blonde Seedling

Boothby blonde Seedling

This year, I have planted cucumbers in these dual purpose planters that are deep and warm. Filled with our own compost that has set a number of years to become a rich black dirt. Our plants do well in this dirt.  My idea is to get the plant to attach itself to the wires that go to the turbine. So far the planter out back is doing the best. The one out front seems to be growing in the wrong direction, away from the guy wire. I will have to force that one a bit. 

Mortared bed out back

Mortared bed out back


The type of cucumber I planted in this bed is the heirloom, Boothby Blonde, that I purchase from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds every year. I also buy their Lemon Cuke Cucumber and we like that quite a bit too. They are both good producers. So much so, that we usually eat them for a snack freshly picked from the vines. 

Cucumber plant climbing the wire

Cucumber plant climbing the wire


Every time I checked it, I tried to steer it toward the wires from the turbine which are cemented down deep in this bed.I left the clover growing in here for feeding to our pet house rabbit. A bed like this would be good for a root crop as well. 

Still climbing attached to wire

Still climbing attached to wire

As you can see in this photo the plant attached to the wire and was climbing up the wire. All I did was to check it daily and if was not attached yet, I’d push it closer to the wire and cable. Pretty soon it had attached to the wire. This is not a big cucumber at all and neither is the Lemon Cuke. So when they start growing, they should hang off the plant. If they are hidden on the ground, they rot or are missed when we are picking them. Now if I can keep it doing this! 

Cucumber on Turbine wire.

Cucumber on Turbine wire.

 

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Buttercup Squash

Ripe Buttercup Squash

Ripe Buttercup Squash

Buttercup squash is one of my favorite varieties of winter squash. This year we had a nice crop of it growing in the garden. The seeds I plant are an heirloom variety of Buttercup squash. The squash was still growing when the plant itself looked to be dead. I left it in the garden as long as I could, until we had some frost and I had to harvest it. Then I left it to cure on the front porch for a week or so. If you have a brown, dried up looking stem, then it usually means that the squash is ready to be picked. I know some of the information I read says to leave it in the garden even if you have frost, but I don’t trust doing that. I’d hate to lose it.

Picked Buttercup Squash

Picked Buttercup Squash

The buttercup squash didn’t look real big, at least not compared to my Hopi Pale Gray Squash and Butternut, but it gave me sixteen quarts. I am quite happy with that. If you can your winter squash and pumpkins, you have to can them cut up in cubes. Don’t puree it, as that is not safe for canning. I have been canning all my winter squashes for a long time now. I know it good to store them fresh in a root cellar or wherever you have space, but I like to can them so we can eat them over a longer period of time. We don’t have to hurry up to eat them before they go bad. Because they never go bad!

Paring Buttercup Squash

Paring Buttercup Squash

I cut the buttercup squash in half, then scoop out the seeds. I was able to peel the skin off with a peeler. The other squashes, Butternut and Hopi Pale Gray,  I couldn’t do that with, because their skins were too tough. Then I cubed them up and put it in a stock pot with enough water to cover them. Jackie Clay’s canning book has the instructions I used. She said to boil them for 2 minutes, then follow the directions for canning them.

Buttercup Seeds

Buttercup Seeds

 I spread the seeds out on a paper towel lined tray to dry out, after removing the strings of squash from the seeds. The buttercup squash seeds will dry out over a period of days and then I can put them away to use in my future gardens. Don’t put them in an oven or on another heat source. I dry them in the open air of my house. Keep them dry, labeled and separate from all other seeds. 

Canned Buttercup Squash

Canned Buttercup Squash

After canning the buttercup squash you will have a supply all ready to eat. Just heat it up or use it in a recipe. Winter squashes can be substituted for pumpkin or sweet potatoes. We love it! How about you? Did you plant any buttercup squash in your garden this year?

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Fall is in the Garden!

Fresh Vegetables

Just picked!

Fall is in the garden! Gardening time for us is winding down. Fall is definitely on the horizon. The leaves are changing colors and some are falling. Our plants in the garden are still producing, but they are almost done. The leaves of my best producers this year have turned color and are wimpy now. I am sad to see them go. They have given us an endless supply of yellow squash, cucumbers, bush beans, and soon to be harvested, winter squash and pumpkins. I can’t complain. Even the robins have abandoned us and are in the forest behind us now. Blue Jays are making noise all day long with the chickadees. That is a sure sign to me that fall is almost here. I am not sad about it. I enjoy fall and the cooler weather.  

Squash plants dying

One of my best producers this year!

The squash plants I planted this year were all non-GMO heirlooms and they provided so much for us, and for my son. I carried bags of squash and cucumbers to him. He loved it and so did the others who live in his apartment building. I’d rather give it to him to share, than for it to go bad because we can’t eat it all. This summer was a strange summer. I think we watered our garden only once. There were no bugs or pests in the garden at all. Even the one rabbit who visited the garden, only grazed on the clover in the grass surrounding the raised beds. He never once crossed that line. 

Bee in Squash Flower

Still have bees in my garden!

We had an abundance of bees in the garden this year. Not only there, but around the wild plants surrounding our property. Plenty of bumble bees, as well as, the hated yellow jackets. The yellow jackets made a nest in a stack of firewood, and my husband and one of the cats, I think, got stung by them. My husband was stung twice at the same time.

Always one more basket full!

Always one more basket full!

Every morning I go out to the garden with the intention of pulling up the plants that look like they are done. Instead, I see baby squash and cucumbers all over them. I end up lugging a basket full of squash and cucumbers, that I just picked. Not complaining at all. My cupboard is full of home canned squash and beans, ready for winter meals. Now I am getting prepared for tomato canning this week. What about you? How did your garden do?

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I write this blog based on my experience living an off-the-grid life as a modern homesteader. Some of the links you may click or products I recommend may or may not compensate me for including them in my post. Be sure to read my disclosure page if you are concerned about that.


From the Garden to the Table – Summer Squash

Produce From The Garden

From The Garden – Summer Squash!

“From the Garden to the Table – Summer Squash,” is the first blog post in my “From the Garden to the Table” series. I will be writing posts on various fruits, vegetables and wild plants that grow around my Peaceful Forest Homestead. This way I can share with you how to grow various plants, and how to preserve them and  serve them. I will show you how to make them become a part of your homestead food plan.

When I first started out in this lifestyle, I canned sweet jellies, jams and pickles too. Did we really eat all of them? Over time, we did. Only because we do not waste any food at all. I have stopped doing that type of canning long ago. For one thing, we never put jelly or jam on toast, especially now, since we both eat low carbs. If I am going to eat something that is a high carb, I’d much rather buy some ice cream! No way am I going to waste it on jelly or jam. I want to research and hone in my skills on growing, preserving and preparing foods that we love and want to eat again and again. That is what this series on my blog will be about. 

Yellow Squash Sliced

Don’t slice summer sqush to can it!

 Summer squash can provide plenty of winter meals. I use it in casseroles, as well as a side dish covered in butter. Does your summer squash really need to be sliced to be preserved? No, it doesn’t. Cube it instead. Even if you are not canning it, freezing it this way should prevent it from cooking up mushy. If you need some slices for some of your recipes, like squash chips, you can dehydrate those. Can up the rest of it and it will sit on your pantry shelves until you need them.  

Peeling and seeding squash

Peel and Seed it!

The steps to preparing summer squash for canning is:

  • Wash the squash off  real good. Nothing is worse than getting dirt on your newly peeled squash.
  • Cut each end off and then peel it.
  • I usually cut them in fourths, down the center. Standing up on one end, you can easily slice it right down the middle to the other end. Keeping them together that way, while I cut it in four long slices. Like a cucumber. 
  • Now I take each fourth and scoop the seeds out of the center.
  • Put them on the cutting board and cut in cubes. I put all four on the board at once, if they aren’t too big. 
  • They are cubed! Now wasn’t that easy?

 

Summer Squash Cubed

Summer Squash Cubed

The next step will be how to can summer squash, which will be in my very next post. I have the directions on my old blog, but I am changing that blog and want all my homesteading information on this one. One of the questions people have with canning squash, is that they think it is not safe, due to what the “professional canners” say. They had the recipe in the older canning books, but decided it is not safe to do. You will be using a pressure canner, and you need to use one, as this is a low acid food, and needs to be pressure canned only. Here is what they say about it: 

“Why is canning summer squash or zucchini not recommended?

  • Recommendations for canning summer squashes, including zucchini, that appeared in former editions of So Easy to Preserve or USDA bulletins have been withdrawn due to uncertainty about the determination of processing times. 
  • Squashes are low-acid vegetables and require pressure canning for a known period of time that will destroy the bacteria that cause botulism. 
  • Documentation for the previous processing times cannot be found, and reports that are available do not support the old process.
  • Slices or cubes of cooked summer squash will get quite soft and pack tightly into the jars. 
  • The amount of squash filled into a jar will affect the heating pattern in that jar.
  • It is best to freeze summer squashes or pickle them for canning, but they may also be dried.”
Canned Yellow Squash

Canned Yellow Squash

After reading that you will need to decide what you feel safe doing. As I know, I feel safe doing it and I know my squash is pressure canned properly. I am not new to this and have always followed safe procedures. It is not tightly packed in the jars and I can’t imagine any summer squash becoming tight in the jars. In fact, many times, in the process of making a recipe, I have to use an extra jar, because it didn’t fill the jar completely. My jars of canned summer squash are boiling inside, when I take them out of the canner. I feel that the “canning professionals” are always on the look out for some new rule or regulation. If they had it their way, nobody would be canning their own food to begin with. Though then they might be out of their jobs! Stay tuned for my next post on how to can your summer harvest of summer squash and zucchini.

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The Backyard On Our Homestead

Homestead Backyard

The center of our homestead!

The backyard has become the center of our homestead. We spend a lot of time out there. Not only working, but hanging out and enjoying the forest that surrounds us. It is also an area to work on projects. My husband spends most of his day outside. He mows the lawn and works on the raised beds. I do most of the gardening, such as the planting, weeding and harvesting, though many times he ends up doing that too. He does the hard part……….building the raised beds, hauling compost to fill them and plowing them up with the wheel hoe. That is not all he does in the backyard though. He works on his motorcycle, the lawnmowers, the solar system’s various parts and components, etc. Whatever he needs to do, in the summer, he does it in the backyard.

Stumps are gone

Two stumps that are now just dirt spots.

After taking down another tree, there were three tree stumps in the backyard. My husband had to dig down to the roots to remove them. They were good sized stumps. Now they are in the fire pit for a fire one of these nights. He worked hard on them, as it is not easy work. He didn’t use any type of equipment, except his strength and some manual tools. That was his work-out and he has the muscles to prove it! He likes it to be cleared of stumps so he can mow easily with the lawnmower. It is clear and smooth now, covered with fresh dirt. Soon no one will even know those trees existed.

Fire Pit

Our fire pit

Some people like swimming pools, hot tubs or jungle gyms, but our priority in our backyard is our garden. Raised beds is what I love to look out the window and see. Full of green, healthy plants that will be harvested in a few months and canned or stored fresh for winter meals. Once your garden is in, you can just enjoy the time spent out in it. I do. When I am weeding, I am thinking or sometimes praying. Listening to the birds as they sing and follow me around the garden. The robins are all over the yard all day. I can get pretty close to them, but not too close.

Snake Bed

Snake Bed, not because of snakes, but due to its shape.

I keep telling my husband we need to charge admission and call our backyard a park. It is better than going to one. Especially since we don’t have to drive anywhere. Okay, it would be nice to have a stream or a creek. A pond is nice too. I know that if you have water, you usually have more bugs. I don’t want any more bugs in our backyard than what we already have. That is what the toads are for. They eat bugs. We have more than a few of them, as well as snakes. Though I know for a fact that the snakes will eat the frogs. I had to save one that was being eaten by a snake. I had to take it out of the snake’s mouth. He didn’t appreciate that very much, but the frog certainly did. He hopped away as fast as possible! 

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Garden Made It Through The Storm

Wooden raised beds

Our garden yesterday/

Our garden made it through the storm last night. Actually, when it was happening, I wasn’t even thinking about the garden. I was praying that our house, barn, horses and solar panels and wind turbine would not get hit by the constant lightning. I heard a loud crack and then a crash. I figured a tree had fallen in the forest. It sounded close, but I didn’t realize how close till morning. I looked out the window when I got up early and was sad to see my favorite tree laying on the ground, across my newly planted raised beds!  

Tree split by storm

My Favorite Tree!

This cherry tree is my favorite of all trees. I have always liked looking at it and it’s shape reminds me of a woman dancing. I spend a lot of time in my garden and my tree is right there with me. It is a huge old cherry trees with six separate trees all growing from the trunk. It is awesome and I was just talking about it the other day. I meant to get out and trim the elm trees’ leaves that are growing right behind it. In fact, I had taken my clippers out to do it. I needed to trim back those leaves on the elms because they had created too much shade over the ends of the raised beds. You could see the plants in those beds were stretching toward the sun, and their leaves are smaller than the other plants. I never got to that job before the storm though.

Tree Hit By Lightning

Almost got my plants!

It almost smashed some plants and I am amazed it didn’t. The newest raised bed (that my husband had just completely rebuilt!) was hit hard. Some of the plants were missed by less than an inch. One of my Hopi Pale Gray Squash plants was hit, but survived. Shows you how strong they really are. My husband got to work right away to remove that tree. I am thankful to have a husband who doesn’t put things off. In this case, I needed to get those plants back to normal as quickly as possible. Now I will be afraid of a storm bringing down more trees on our property. Thankful that it didn’t hit our house. 

Tree down on garden

Tree down on garden!

At least the storm caused us to get a start on next winter’s firewood supply. While my husband was cutting up the tree for firewood, I started working on transplanting some of my seedlings that needed to be planted. Then I started trimming the elm trees. Then he told me he could cut those branches off the elm trees faster with the chainsaw. And he trimmed them quickly. Now the whole area is getting more sun. It is opened up nicely. I like it and I think when a certain deer comes back today, I will see him much faster and can chase him away immediately. I think if I keep at it, he will not want to return here, or so I hope.

Tree fell on raised bed.

Tree on the new raised bed!

Maybe this storm caused the tree to come down to get me to work on the trimming around the beds. Now it is not so shaded and that should make the beds produce much more. Even the tree that came down, shaded the beds at that end quite a bit. Now it is really open and nice. But I will always dread the sound of thunder and lightning storms. We lost one inverter and a printer last year to lightning. Scares me to death! But it could have been worse and I am thankful it wasn’t. 

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