RootsToTable

A place I will document our journey in living off the land

Doing great! July 8, 2013

Everything is growing well. We have harvested some broccoli and will have zucchini soon. Potatoes are flowering! Yay for gardens 🙂

Nathan was very excited to get some broccoli from the garden! He ran to the house with this to show his brother and sister 🙂 He loves walking the garden with me and finding the new things that are growing. His excitement is so contagious and makes me feel like we are doing something right 🙂

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They are getting SO BIG!!! We are introducing treats to them and so far, they are loving it! The watermelon was a huge hit!

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Here is a shot from by the cucumbers. You can see the broccoli, tomatoes, peppers and various flowers we have planted throughout.

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CORN!!! It always amazes me how fast the corn grows!! Behind the corn is a spaghetti squash that I will be training to go inbetween the corn rows. I am working on getting the rows set up for flood irrigation. Right now, I just walk between to water, but soon, that will not be easy. So its blocking the ends and making a trail for the water time 🙂

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Tomatoes! I am trying a different type of support. Posts and chicken wire. I am not sure the wire will be tough enough :/ next year, we may have to buy difference fencing. So far so good though.

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Zucchini! We love zucchini so we are very excited for this! I like to add it to all sorts of things. It really does not change the flavor a lot, but it can add bulk to things like tacos, sloppy joes, spaghetti. This year, I am going to pick up a thing to make zucchini noodles, to cut down the amount of pasta I cook. But, I highly recommend shredding some zucchini and adding it to your dishes. See how your family likes it.

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We had a storm come through and the kids were super excited to see  this double rainbow 🙂

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Why hello little turkeys!! These guys LOVE my phone and whenever I try to get a picture of the group, I end up with turkey faces.

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Cucumbers! I really need to work on supports for these. I have a LOT of female flowers but no males :/ I am hoping the bees we have will bring the necessary pollen in to get some cucumbers growing on the vines.

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WORMS!! I ordered worms from Uncle Jims Worm Farm and they arrived. This was an order of 2000. I am going to make another post showing my set up and more information about this. These guys are going to help my garden out tremendously!

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ps! I upload my photos in batches from my phone, since that is what I have with me most of the time. So always be sure to check back to see if I have edited 🙂 Its just easier for me to do it this way, instead of trying to type all of this out on the phone. Thanks for reading!

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Busy! April 24, 2013

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I have been fairly busy the past few weeks and have totally neglected my blog! I am sorry 🙂 I went and visited my sister in CA for a few days, and that was a much needed break and fun! I hadn’t seen her in a year, so it was definitely past time! During that time, the butcher came out and got my pigs. I now have a freezer full of meat and I am so thankful they have provided our family with food. I miss them, for sure though, and look forward to getting another batch this fall.

My seedlings are doing awesome! So awesome, that they really are ready to go outside. Unfortunately, I keep waking up to snow :/ I thought it was almost the end of April?! I know here in Montana though, the weather is very unpredictable, and who knows when it will be time to plant! So I may be setting containers up for this stuff until they can go out full time.

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Beans in a pot! I am really excited about getting beans early and so far, they are doing well!

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My freezer! This makes me SO happy and I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far. 90% of this freezer contains things I have grown or raised. There are vegetables from my garden last year, chicken that I raised last summer and pork! I am picking up another freezer this week, and hoping I can get this one defrosted. I need to paint it as well, since it is now a “in the house” freezer and not a garage freezer! Thinking chalkboard or dry erase paint. Then we can write notes, keep a record of what is IN the freezer, ect.

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Blah! I know we need the moisture, but I am really over snow. I love the stuff.. in the winter. I saw a meme on Facebook the other day, that said we are currently celebrating “Sprinter” How accurate! Most of this snow is now gone though, but more is in the forecast.

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