This is the first Veggie patch I have made at this house we are renting, after traveling all over QLD we are staying in this house long enough to grow a veggie garden
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One of the most important things that you need to have a good garden is time, and this is where @papa-pepper failed this year.
During the planting season, I was gone far too often for far too long working for me to be able to invest the time in my garden that I should have.
Many pepper seeds got started, and then shriveled up and died. Most of the seeds that I had wanted to plant never made it to the soil. To make matters worse, I did not control the weeds like I should have.
Over a year and a half ago, the @papa-pepper tribe moved to Arkansas from Wisconsin. Since the move
Two years ago, I planted a fruit tree in the backyard. Unable to decide between a peach or a plum, I went with a combination: a Spice Zee Nectaplum (that’s a registered trademark of Zaiger Genetics, but it’s not genetically modified). The Nectaplum is a combination of nectarine, peach, and plum, three closely related fruits which were crossed naturally to create an amazing taste experience. It looks like a nectarine (smooth-skinned peach), but the flavor is more complex.
How do I know? Because today, just two years after planting it, I picked a dozen fruit from this tree. The squirrels, raccoons, and birds already claimed a few more. My family greedily gobbled some of the dozen before I could snap the picture above. The dog got a small piece also.
Note: Pluot, Nectaplum, Spice Zee Nectaplum, Pluerry, and Aprium are registered trademarks of Zaiger Genetics, which we will cover soon.
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This tropical beauty with the red midrib and huge leaves of about 5m long (The Ensete Ventricosum) is a relative of the edible banana and is native to Africa.
In South Africa, they are mostly used as an ornamental plant, growing in many gardens. In Ethiopia, the root of this plant is a traditional staple as one root can weigh as much as 40kg. This plant has been cultivated for nearly 8 000 years and provides not only food but is also used for medicine. It is a lot like sweet potatoes.
*It is an evergreen perennial plant, a herb that grows up to 6m tall. They grow well in mountain forests, near river streams, dams or water features. To thrive they need temperatures ranging between 16 and 24 degrees Celsius. They mature in about 4 years and can then be harvested.
There are about 20 species of these beautiful daisies to brighten up your garden. The name “Calendula” comes from Latin meaning “Little Calendar.” They are used as a herb and also for cosmetic products. It was a very popular plant in ancient Greece as it was used in rituals and ceremonies.
**This is a beautiful double daisy that comes in different shades of cream orange and yellow. This flower originates from Europe and the Mediterranean regions. They are fast growers, long bloomers and bushy. These flowers are edible and give a nice look and taste in salads. The petals can be used when dried in the place of Saffron, it is a colourant t
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A few months ago @wholesomeroots did a video challenge on YouTube asking homesteaders to give 10 reasons why they do it. Lots of great homesteaders answered the call. I didn't have a homestead at the time so I was still dreaming when I made this list, and had no clue I would be acquiring one in the very near future when I made this list. The order of this list was changed from that above to the list below. Here's a link to the video playlist of other homesteaders who participated.
I'm not talking about a zombie apocalypse, I'm talking about having food, water, and shelter in our current world. You can't always rely on government or family or friends or nei
As you may know, we decided to use the Straw or Hay Bale Gardening System this year. Our reasoning behind the change was as follows:
We moved to this homestead two years ago and found the Kentucky soil to be tough, very hard soil, lacking nutrients of any kind.
How we got anything to grow in our first garden here is a testament to sheer determination.
We come from Northern Illinois, up there we had 4’ deep of the richest, blackest organic filled soil anybody could ask for, it was a truly magical to watch vegetable grow in it. There was almost no effort on our part to have a successful garden.
So, after our dismal failure the first year here we set out to figure this Kentucky soil out. We talked with neighbors and vegetable producers, anybody that would talk we talked to. The bottom line for probably 95% of the folks we talked to was “ADD Chemicals”. We are not purist by any means, but the whole ideas of being self-
Attracting butterflies to your yard also attracts beneficial insects and the best way to attract them is with plants native to your region.
Many people either curse or shy away from caterpillars which are the larval stage of butterflies because either they find them ugly or a nuisance due to the foliage they consume. However, once caterpillars mature into adult butterflies people are attracted them and even want to attract them to their gardens.
Surprisingly butterflies are not only attractive but they aid pollination of wildflowers and crops and may even attract beneficial insects that control garden pests. Scientists have long known that buffer zones rich in native plants have been beneficial to agriculture. Now they suspect the butterflies attracted to these zones may be one of the benefits. Currently scientists studying how butterflies, other wildlife such as beneficial insects, and native plants species interact.
Our little garden is my
go to place whenever I want or need to relax and de-stress. Or to just simply take a break. Wanting to grow my YouTube channel as content creator uploading 3 to 4 videos a week is time consuming with hours spent on putting subtitles as I make language lessons. But being outside our small space garden - hearing the wind chimes and the hummingbirds is uplifting. And in our little garden you can find my hobby - miniature gardening.
Getting Into Miniature Gardening
First time seeing teeny-tiny garden decors and getting into online miniature shops feels like a kid in a candy store. I didn't know there's such a thing. Those tiny decorations are so adorable! Seeing how cute they are from photos of gardeners, I wanted to try and experience the fun of it.
This is what drives us to rescue 350,000 pounds of "trash" resources from the landfill each year.
It's incredible to see what people throw away...millions of tons of perfectly good, perfectly useable material is completely forsaken as "waste" every single day, in complete disregard for the massive amounts of time, energy, and manpower that went into manufacturing goods--not to mention the extraction of natural resources they required, as if our one living planet can renew reserves that took millions of years to create at will!!
This is one of the many reasons we love a sustainable lifestyle. We are
This season started my third spring in my new to me house. Last season I had one micro-garden, which grew raspberries (very successful year) and strawberries, that were planted in the first year I moved in. The raspberries were transplanted from The Farm up in the The Mitten. I also attempted 1 grow bag and some corn in a big planter. When last fall came around, I made plans to increase my garden area and try out things to see what would work in my suburban setting. I like to name my gardens. We also named our two decks. The screened in deck is The Oasis and is the wife's, while mine is the open air deck called The Grilling Deck, because that's where I grill things.
After a few bad months of losing out gorgeous furbabies, Lucy, Abby & Charlie our gorgeous Rats. We love to keep rats as they are really friendly, they love to be held and played with, they love company and love little treats. I would take them a piece of coked meat and a biscuit up every night for bed, they would be waiting at the cage door knowing I would be coming.
Now they have gone we had to find places to bury them, I usually make new pots and plant tree's but with starting my flower garden I used all the pots I had left. I had a little part of garden left that I have now changed into a little cemetery for our babies.
I have added Geraniums as they are very pretty, I have planted 6 plants with a few flower sticks with the babies names on them. Gives my daughter somewhere to sit when she is missing them, I still talk to them when I am sitting in the garden.
When you grow your own vegetables, you see odd things sometimes, but this one was such a funny and pretty one that i had to share it.
Check out that pepper!
Throughout my garden I have a little network of paths to move about the different areas. My yard soaps upwards at the back which means any paths leading to the back of the yard have quite the incline. One path through the middle that gets used the most started to become hazardous and slippery after rain. It was time to do something about it...
I wanted to build easy, cheap steps to solve this problem using materials I already had. I also had to be mindful of the shallow irrigation running up the middle of the path. So I gathered all the treated pine sleepers I had laying around.
After cutting everything to size I set to work digging and constructing the steps.
So I have been watching a show on Netflix called
Filthy Riches. In the show there is a couple that searches the forest for exotic mushrooms. Not the hallucinating ones, but the super expensive food ones. I love to eat mushrooms, and never knew all these different types existed.
One of the ones I wanted to try, was called hen of the woods, above is a picture of it. They have chicken of the woods, one is call lobster, and most of these just grow wild. So in the show, they sell them to markets, who then sell them all over. So I googled to find a place to buy them. First thing that came up was grown your own mushrooms. I had no idea this world was out there. 3 hours later, I am convinced I should give mushroom gardening a try. Once website was like grown 10000 pounds of mushrooms a year in your house. That is only 9975 more pounds than I thin
Come with us as we remember our very first "homestead"... the nurturing ground of our homestead lifestyle.
We've touched on this home a little in previous posts. It was our first home we purchased. It was in a small neighborhood and situated on 0.4 acres of land. It was here that we began down our homesteading journey and put ideas into practice.
Both being City Slickers, my wife and I were starting from scratch when it came to gardening, animals, canning, and everything else "homesteading". The garden was our first learning subject.
We decided to build a Square Foot Garden. We bought the book, and followed the directions. To our surprise, we had a garden! It was a great experience and one that has since not allowed us to not have a garden every year since--no matter where we lived!
I have a tub of herbs in my garden that I am not getting to use, they are over taking the pot but never had time to cook anything or use them until @quinneaker came up with a brilliant suggestion by adding them to a pitcher of cold water. So I gave it a try.
These are my herbs.
I haven't got a pitcher so used a large plastic cup to see if it worked then I will go out and buy a pitcher. Its a brilliant Idea as I don't drink nearly enough water and hate tap water, thinking a little flavour could mean a big difference.
I took some leaves from Black Peppermint plant.
I then chopped the leaves up and added them to the water.
I then placed it in the fridge to chill.
I had set plans for today if the day was sunny, I wanted to get into the garden and change things around as my flower corner was getting rather crowded but the weather has let me down again, its been pouring down all day, so much rain again. One good thing I won't have to go and water them for a month as they will be swimming.
I was also going to make some fresh drinking water with my herbs, @quineaker gave me the brilliant idea, it will have to wait until tomorrow, I'll definitely be trying it, plus it will help me drink more water as I forget to drink.
Homesteading does not have to take a lot of time, effort or money. Sometimes just taking your store bought produce that is starting to go bad out to the garden and planting it in the ground is all you have to do.
If you have been following us then you know that we like to try strange and different things here on the Hewitt Homestead. We are not afraid to try something different and fail. That being said today's adventure was not necessarily anything new, it is something that people have been doing forever, but in today's commercially driven society lots of homesteaders think they need to pay top dollar for handcrafted organic heirloom top-quality seeds if they are going to be one of cool kids on the block. This is simply not the case homesteading is about being a self-sufficient as possible and living with as little need for cash as possible. Living simple as some would call it. So what is a kooky Homesteader like me supposed to do with a bag full of rotten potatoes. Well, it's time to go old school and plan
Para solucionar el problema, se sacaba dinero del condominio y se pagaba para podar la maleza, pero a unos pocos días de ser podada ya la maleza volvía ha crecer...
Entonces un pequeño grupo de personas y yo, decimos aprovechar estas áreas y crear huertos.
Comenzamos con las áreas ya cerradas a las cuales los extraños tenían poco acceso.
Ahora, debido la situación de mi país, hay demasiados vagabundos. Por nuestra parte, no hay ningún problema en darles algo del huerto, sin embargo, el problema radica cuando entran por la fuerza y destruyen toda la siembra.
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