Newsletter of the Month

May 2019

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Lots of Rain!

As you can see from this week’s featured photo we received 5 inches of rain at the homestead. What you can’t tell from the picture is that this total was from just one 24 hour period! For the most part everything survived well. We didn’t lose any plants or animals. Luckily we hadn’t planted the Okra yet because we currently have a ravine where the Okra will be planted. Maybe if it dries up this weekend we can get that fixed and finish planting. As of right now knee high boots are required to get to the garden.

Cole Crops

Back in March we planted Cole Crops. They are doing fantastic and we’re even starting to see baby Broccoli heads starting to form.
We’re so excited as this is the most progress we’ve ever had with Cole Crops. We probably need to add a shade structure to them soon as the weather is starting to get warm in Oklahoma. If anyone has any advice we’ll gladly take it! Just hit reply to this email.

Squash, Zucchini and Cantaloupe

We bought some started Straight Neck Yellow Squash, Green Zucchini and Cantaloupe plants from Riddle Plant Farm and got them in the ground before the big rain. Luckily they seem to be doing OK. It’s probably a good thing I followed instructions and planted them on hills.

Garage Sale Weekend

We will be taking some family time this weekend to shop our local annual “100 Mile Yard Sale” so Saturday is probably not going to see any gardening. And with all this rain and more in the forecast I probably need to spend some time on the mower Sunday.

Tomato Plants

All of the tomato plants are doing very well except the poor Early Girl. This is our first year trying this variety and she is struggling. I checked on her after the big rain and she actually seemed to look a little better. Maybe more water is just what she needed?

Pepper Plants
We have 2 Ancho-Poblano and 3 Fooled You Jalapeno (started with 4 but the chickens killed one before we put up the fence) and 1 “Tame” Jalapeno pepper plants. The Fooled Yous are pretty small and I may have jumped the gun a little and put them outside too soon. Time will tell I guess.

Speaking of Garden Fence

Last week I mentioned that I was going to build a fence. I did that! Well, mostly. I have a fence around the garden but I don’t have the gate finished yet. I used 48″ tall 2×4 welded wire and built my corners using only T-Posts. It came out better than one might expect and way under budget. I did a complete write up on the blog linked HERE. But here is a picture to get you started:

Visitor

We also had a visit from this guy. Luckily he was just passing through.

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Aero Garden Update

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April 2019

 

We’re so glad you’re with us!

Just when we think “this is too much work” or “why are we even doing this” we get a comment or a new friend and it makes it all worth it. Thank you!

Homestead Update

The Garden
Cole Crops
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.
Tomato Plants
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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