Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!, dehydrating and canning, and installing new irrigation

Hey everyone, we’re back again to give you an update on the tasks finished this past weekend. 🙂 Here’s what we worked on:

  • Harvesting, blanching/roasting, dehydrating our abundant tomato harvests
  • Harvesting peaches
  • Installing new upper backyard hillside irrigation
  • Installing new LED lighting in the mid-size grow tent
  • Video: Video tour backyard garden
  • Video: Our organic tomato harvest update
  • Video: Dehydrated peaches and fresh tomato and basil salad
  • Video: Property walk on our urban homestead labor day weekend 2017
  • Video: Elevated garden box update
  • Video: Salad bar LED microgreens grow area update
  • Video: Grow tent update for large LED tent with tomatoes, basil, and some spinach greens
  • Video: Grow tent update for mid-size LED tent with salad and microgreens
  • Video: Plant propagation bed update
  • Video: Tomatoes in a bag update week 15
  • Video: Seeding microgreens for mid-size led grow tent
  • Video: Just one mornings harvest of tomatoes
  • Video: Paula’s preparations for canning homemade salsa
  • Photos of the urban homestead backyard

Harvesting, blanching/roasting, dehydrating our abundant tomato harvests
The tomatoes are in full production and Paula is in full on canning and dehydrating mode (working her tush off). She’s been blanching/roasting the tomatoes and then canning them; she’s also been making some scrumptious “true” Mexican salsa (what she says…all I know is that it tastes great). So far we’ve got around 30 one-pint jars of salsa and 20 one-quart jars of canned tomatoes. The bushes are still loaded with many more ripening Brandywine variants (Rose OG and German Johnson), Pink Boar, Crimson Sprinter, and Moskvich. Keep um coming boys!

Checkout the Youtube video below that shows one of our twice weekly harvests. 🙂

Harvesting peaches
Paula went out this Monday and harvested our two “Improved Early Elberta” peach trees fruit. We had already harvested 54 peaches from one of these trees (it was starting to really stress the branches of this 2 year old tree). With the latest harvest we got another 34 peaches…for a grand total of 88  peaches! Both of these trees are in their 2nd year in the ground (planted as one year whips). We can’t wait to see what these trees do next year and subsequent seasons here on the urban homestead. 🙂

Installing new upper backyard hillside irrigation
After another extremely arid summer it was time to bring in some bigger guns to help irrigate the backyard hillside gardens. The drip line irrigation just isn’t able to keep up with the water needs of our burgeoning food forest up there. So, to help mitigate the drought issue I’ve installed some rotary irrigation heads. These are adjusted to give up to 52′ of irrigation for 360 degrees. I’ve got them setup for anywhere between 90-180 degrees of coverage. So far this is helping emensly (we’re seeing some seeds start propagating that haven’t been active since the clover die-off in late May. With this irrigation now in place the next phase of the hillside can begin this fall once the plants in the propagation bed go dormant. The plan is to move around 30-50 Variegated Weigala up to the back hillside and side yard between the fence and new stair-stepped garden boxes. Also allow for the moving of the blueberries into two islands instead of spread out where driplines were accessible.

Installing new LED lighting in the mid-size grow tent
With addition/changes in the growing areas of our under storage greenhouses I needed to order more LED grow lights…and you know you just can’t have enough lights! Here’s some photos of the setup we’re running for the indoor veggies production:

Salad bar LED grow & harvest area

Salad bar LED grow & harvest area

Large LED grow tent for tomatoes, basis, and spinach

Large LED grow tent for tomatoes, basis, and spinach

Mid-size grow tent for microgreens and lettuces

Mid-size grow tent for microgreens and lettuces

Mid-size grow tent showing microgreens & lettuce with tagging

Mid-size grow tent showing microgreens & lettuce with tagging

Mid-size grow tent showing LED lighting and the top shelf before rotation into the Salad bar LED grow/harvest area

Mid-size grow tent showing LED lighting and the top shelf before rotation into the Salad bar LED grow/harvest area

Video: Video tour backyard garden

Video: Our organic tomato harvest update

Video: Dehydrated peaches and fresh tomato and basil salad

Video: Property walk on our urban homestead labor day weekend 2017

Video: Elevated garden box update

Video: Salad bar LED microgreens grow area update

Video: Grow tent update for large LED tent with tomatoes, basil, and some spinach greens

Video: Grow tent update for mid-size LED tent with salad and microgreens

Video: Plant propagation bed update

Video: Tomatoes in a bag update week 15

Video: Seeding microgreens for mid-size led grow tent

Video: Just one mornings harvest of tomatoes

Video: Paula’s preparations for canning homemade salsa

Urban Homestead Backyard Photos
Here’s this weeks photos of our lil’ urban homestead backyard

Right view of urban homestead backyard hillside

Right view of urban homestead backyard hillside

Center shot of urban homestead backyard hillside

Center shot of urban homestead backyard hillside

Photo of birdbath and hammock area of urban homestead backyard

Photo of birdbath and hammock area of urban homestead backyard

Stone patio and garden boxes showing abundant tomatoes

Stone patio and garden boxes showing abundant tomatoes

Lower backyard with stone patio and our lower deck garden boxes

Lower backyard with stone patio and our lower deck garden boxes

We’ll this post is going out a little late this week…as it’s already Friday again! Just a few more days and we’ll be making another blog entry. Have a great upcoming weekend everyone! These final days of summer should be cherished as we all know old man winter is just around the corner. 🙂

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