Wednesday, August 24, 2011

As Autumn Approaches....

We have been so busy on our little homestead!  Our days are full of chickens, ducks, blackberry picking, gardening, drying and canning and freezing whatever we can find.  The kids have enjoyed swimming with the ducks, playing in the dirt, and running in tall tall grasses.

It feels summer has FINALLY started and the garden FINALLY hit a growth spurt.  But, here in August, it is time to turn our minds to harvest and fall planting.  So in between picking lettuces and tomatoes for our salads, praying that God bless our potatoes and onions for a good return, I am also now planting peas, cabbage, spinach, and chard.  I have never had my very own plot of ground to garden in.  So before this year I have never planted a 'winter garden.'

And of course, there is fall planting for NEXT spring's garden.  Onions, Garlic, Asparagus and Artichokes which take much longer to slowly grow, slowly bloom, slowly give up their delicious fruits for us to enjoy.

I also have been wracking my brain about how to improve my soil, my watering methods, my planting layout and increase the size and yield of my gardens.

I LOVE gardening and pray the Lord blesses my efforts even in the midst of lacking experience and lacking soil nutrients.  It is certainly a work in progress as we build our little homestead.  And I'm loving it.

In fact I've been really blessed with some ideas in the last couple of weeks that I am very excited about.  Extending the gardens, fencing them, building a greenhouse.  I might even have an idea in my little brain about some work from home.  Maybe.  Still praying on that one. :)  But regardless, my heart is blessed and happy.

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Great info on preserving your herbs.  I particularly like the idea of freezing cubes of choice herbs.  Toss a couple in Tomato Sauce for Spaghetti and voila, you have a delicious, healthy, easy meal! :)
http://faithfulnessfarm.blogspot.com/2011/08/preserving-your-summer-herbs.html

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