Poppies for remembrance! Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. Take the time to remember any in your life that have served in the Military and are no longer with us. I’ll be remembering my Great Grandfather Henry and my FIL Adelaido.
I’ve been researching for my upcoming book Reviving Mara and my own personal needs. I’m already looking at ways of preserving my upcoming bounty in my garden.
I finished planting the first one. In it is sweet corn, red cabbage, broccoli, carrots, turnips, sweet peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers. I’m planning on a second garden in another location that will be tomatoes, radishes and watermelon.
I’m using old fence slats to mark the rows.
I admit, it doesn’t look like much. Mud and sticks, lol. The second plot isn’t cleared yet, but hopefully by the end of this weekend.
So, I’m also getting 1/2 a cow in in a couple of weeks. I’m just trying to make sure we have food if there is a shortage. With all the shutdowns, I wouldn’t be surprised. I’ve dehydrator and want to learn to can. I told my mom to expect to come up to help me when my garden comes in. She’s canned for years but I haven’t lived at home since I was eighteen, so never learned.
This article gives some info on canning meat. I don’t want to rely on just my freezer for my food. If the power goes off, and it does occasionally, I don’t want to have to mass cook at that point or lose my supplies. https://www.simplycanning.com/canning-meat.html
Here’s another idea I’d like to try.
Mom has never canned meat, but I want to try. My mom does an awesome tomato soup and I want to learn how she makes it.
I love dehydrating but it takes so long to do! I am planning on dehydrating peppers and carrots to drop in stews and soups.
I’m obsessed with having enough food, lol. But I’m obsessed with lots of things! However, my daughter and her BF just bought a house and will be moving. Part of the cow will end up with her and also my parents wanted some. Not a problem. But the girls won’t be getting all the steaks! LOL. I’m probably going to be hoarding those.
What is your plan for food storage? What do you have that will last long term? How do you store your food? Jars? Mylar Bags? Freezer?
When is the last time you house hunted?
I went yesterday! Not for me. My daughter and her guy are looking. And guess what? They submitted an offer. Now it’s a waiting game. Hopefully it gets accepted!
I’m just sad because it is a bit over an hour’s drive from my house. The good part is it is 15 minutes for both of them to their respective jobs. My daughter is a nurse, just got her licence. What a time to be immersed in the medical world! But she seems to enjoy it.
I haven’t planted my garden because the temps have dropped below freezing for the last two nights and expected to do so tonight also. Ugh. It’s May! Even if it is Wisconsin!
Hope your world is changing for the better. Mine is changing and I’ll see how it goes. I’ll miss the kids, but I’ll still be babysitting the critter. I’m sad because it will be a long drive there and back.
Have a good weekend!
Here is my temporary greenhouse I finally set up. This was the first picture. I wanted to show my parents that I finally put it up. It was a gift from them. If you could see it now!
I’ve 4 shelves inside. 2 racks of 4 shelves, one rack of 2 shelves and one rack with just one shelf, just about mid-thigh to me. I’m a scrunchy little 5’3 1/2″. Have to put that 1/2 inch in there, you know!
I have tomatoes, watermelon, sweet peppers, green beans and snap peas that are growing. I just planted onions, lettuce, a salad mix, turnips, carrots, parsnips and zucchini. I have sweet corn waiting to go straight in the ground and my granddaughter planted sunflowers.
I hit a hardware store and picked up Jalapeno peppers, strawberries, red cabbage, and broccoli today. And yes, I had my bumblebee mask on. They are already good sized plants so will go straight in the ground.
Sadly, my asparagus didn’t come up this year.
I’m pulling out the rototiller tomorrow and getting it running. If you look to the right of the greenhouse, I will be tilling the land there between the fence and the greenhouse.
I’m thinking it will be between twenty to thirty feet in length. On the other side, I may put the strawberries. But, I may keep them containerized. The peas and beans will be containerized and I’ll be moving them to the front of my house along side my stairs so they can use the stair railings to climb and make harvesting easier.
BTW I finished my fire pit, surrounding the stone with a border to keep them from being spread further. But, the picture is on my Instagram account. You can check it out here. https://www.instagram.com/ovalleba/ I do tend to post my new projects there first.
I was checking out videos and articles to make trellises for the beans and peas. I do need to have something for them to climb to get up to the railings! I hunted up lots of DIY information.
This one didn’t have the kind I wanted to build. But it may help someone.
Though I found a cute one at the hardware store and may just breakdown and get two. But two of them would be $50 at least.
This next one would be adorable and I could see my granddaughter playing in it until a spider dropped on her!
I will be using my tomato cages for my zucchini and trying that this year. But I’ll be planting it in the ground rather than a container. I may use the pole (and cheaper!) method for my beans and peas. If the thrift stores ever open back up. I’ll go there for items I can use to build a trellis. This video does a good job showing different options.
I found a couple the other day that I really liked, using arches, but I can’t find the articles. It may have been in one of my magazines so I wouldn’t be able to post it here.
I really wanted an arch trellis, and love this design. I would use lighter fencing since I’m using it for beans and peas. And since I already have the fencing and posts.