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Early this month we planted our Cole Crops. We were inspired to get them in the ground early during a class held at Riddle Plant Farm in Sand Springs, OK where they instructed us on when and how to plant cole crops along with what fertilizer to use and even a definition of what cole crops are. It also didn’t hurt that they gave us one plant of our choice from a selection of Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli, we ended up buying 5 more for a total of two each. You can use this LINK to view the Oklahoma State Extension Office fact sheet on cole crops.Organic Gardening Class
Mid April we attended another class at Riddle on Organic Gardening presented by Andy from Fox Farms. Andy gave us a lot of information on organic methods and products available to use in our gardens. I went over my notes in detail in this episode of The Efficient Homestead Podcast.Recipe of the Week
Over on the Web Page I shared one of my favorite recipes for the Two Egg Sandwich. If you click on the link it should take you right to it. While you’re there please leave a comment and check out some of the other content we’ve been working hard to bring you.
While I was at Riddle for the Organic Gardening class I purchased a couple of tomato plants. One is a Supersweet 100 Cherry Tomato that we’ve planted the last few years. It is super productive but can be a little overwhelming for neighboring plants.
The other is a Husky Cherry Red, I’m excited to see how it does as the tag indicates that it is a “compact plant.” I’m hoping that it will be just as productive and maybe not take over the entire tomato bed.
We returned to Riddle a few days later to buy four La Roma and an Early Girl tomato plants. We really like the Romas for making sauces and salsa as well as slicing to eat on sandwiches or in salads. The Early Girl was an impulse buy selected in the hopes of having tomatoes almost a month before we expect Romas. We have also companion planted Marigolds for the first time, we’ll keep you updated on our experience with that.Pepper Plants
On a cold dreary Saturday we went to The Herbal Affair where we purchased pepper plants, lavender, mint, cilantro and an Indian Blanket.
We visited Peppers&More where we picked up four Fooled You jalapeno plants along with two Ancho-Poblano plants. We’ve had these on the homestead before and really like both varieties. They are both used in salsa, venison chili and other various dishes.
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Aero Garden Update
We’ve had the Aero Garden up and running for almost a month now. We’ve pinched off fresh Basil and Dill to use while cooking. Its so convenient since it is literally 5 feet from the stove. Its about time to use some of that mint growing next to it in Mojitos.
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