Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of blogging for over a month…Paula and I have been just buried with veggie production of squash, tomatoes (oh man the amount of tomatoes), and cucumbers.
Summer of bounty
Here’s some quick details for what we’re doing with our 2018 garden bounty:
- We’ve dehydrated about 10 quart jars of tomatoes (Montesino F1 grape and Matt’s Wild cherry).
- Paula also started dehydrating our squash; she’s spiraled and cubed to test which dehydrates better (I think she likes the spiralized since they really compress down nicely for storing with our vacuum food saver).
- We’ve had so many of the Matt’s Wild cherry tomatoes we have been just grabbing them by the bunch, stripping them from the vines and tossing into the food dehydrator trays.
- Paula has canned approximately 20 pint jars of tomato ketchup using our Crimson Sprinter, Moskvich, and Pink Boar tomatoes. I have to note that the Pink Boar has a rich smokey taste that is to die for! Wow…I cannot believe how good of ketchup this makes. Paula gets definite gold-star for her efforts here. 🙂
- The eggplants are the only disappointment for 2018; with the rabbit eating 4 of them off at the base before I was able to trap it and relocate to a nearby park. We really had lack luster performance. I think next year I’ll put these in a garden box with only our low growing plants like cabbage and broccoli. Having them mixed with our squash and sunflowers meant they had to fight for every scrap of sunshine, which meant all their efforts were spent trying to grow instead of setting fruit. Live and learn, next year we know to isolate them.
Hey Everyone, we’ve been busy here on the urban homestead with planting our succession plants like cabbage and kale getting ready for that next phase in the gardens…fall. It’s hard to think about that right now with the temperatures in the mid-90s, but without the planning now we’d run low on fresh greens outdoors…before we transition back to having 100% of the greens grown on the urban homestead from the indoor grow tents.
Most of the efforts lately have been focused on the Youtube videos and getting those post-processed (meaning I’m fumbling my way through editing with kdenlive and audacity both free software on Ubuntu Linux). It’s fun to learn these new things about normalizing and equalization of the audio tracks, but time consuming. I’m not complaining though…if we want more viewers on our channel we need to put in the effort to make the best videos possible. 🙂
Here’s a link to the Youtube channel (or you could just click the link from the main menu at the top of the page: PnB Homesteading Youtube Channel
Weekly weekend harvest of our homestead bounty
Quick update, are these 2 pictures of our garden harvest for the weekend. We haven’t included pickin any of the cucumbers since Paula will be canning a bunch of those this week and doing the harvest too early will allow them to get “rubbery” if you know what I mean. It’s best to have them fresh as possible so we get that freshest crunch once they’re canned. Anyway, I’m rambling again…here’s the picture: Continue reading
Hey everyone, we’ll it’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated the blog for our activities on the urban homestead. I was sick for a week and a half at the end of June with some kind of crazy summer cold (stuffed up head and coughing up flem…yuk). Since I haven’t put up a blog post in so long people might have thought I’d become…The Invisible Homesteader!! 🙂 Continue reading
Hey hey! Just thought I’d put out our post for this weekends projects. First was finishing the pre-summer work for the farm truck. As mentioned in last weeks post I replaced the radiator, belts, and hoses. So we’re good for the hot weather of summer to prevent breakdowns. Now this weekend first task of the day will be to replace the body mount bushings. These are what mounts the body of the truck to the frame, so you have a cushion effect to isolate road bumps from the passengers. These usually last quite a few years and the ones on this truck are original (10 years old). At this point in my vehicles ownership (based on age) I start pro-actively replacing suspension and drivetrain components just to prevent on-road breakdowns. Some of these components might still have a few years worth of life left, but having something like a radiator, hose, belt, or even a ball joint blow out leaving you stranded sucks. It can also eat up a weekend figuring out how to get a vehicle home or towed to a repair shop if you’re out of town…then you could be out hundred (and possibly thousands) of dollars. Continue reading