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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Progress! May 21, 2013

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The trip definitely took time from getting the garden more ready, but I have been working on it the past 2 days. I cannot wait to be done with row building!

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But I am ready for peppers, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and one row of cucumbers. Should be picking plants up this weekend and hopefully get my starts out there.

 

Food Preservation April 5, 2013

Last year, I taught myself how to can. I did not do any pressure canning, but will be venturing into that this year. I did tomatoes, along with spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce. I also pickled peppers, green beans and made lots of pickles, that did not last as long as I had hoped! I was able to get fruit from local orchards, so had some apricots, peaches and apples as well. I had a great time, and learned a lot! These are a few of the websites I referred to, and the pickle recipe I used, that everyone LOVED! I hope these are helpful!

Simply Canning: http://www.simplycanning.com/

Food In Jars: http://www.foodinjars.com/
the beloved pickle recipe: http://www.foodinjars.com/2009/08/garlic-dill-pickles/

This one is awesome not only for canning, but freezing as well.
Pick Your Own: http://pickyourown.org/

And of course, the USDA site:
http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html

There are a lot of others that I have saved on Pinterest, and will be going through them this year, as I need to put up probably 2-3x what I did last year. Here is my Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/rvdavis/canning-and-food-preservation/

 

Tomato planting in mind.. March 17, 2013

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Last year, I failed my tomatoes. I did not stake them or cage them well enough, and they went WILD. I guess the tomatoes did well enough, they grew HUGE, but it was a pain to harvest and I lost a few due to being on the ground. We had a terrible grasshopper issue, and they LOVED red tomatoes. I ended up having to ripen tomatoes in the house, otherwise, I would lose them to the grasshoppers.

Ive been browsing Pinterest, and I came across a different way to give tomatoes support. And it will be what I try this year. Instead of using traditional cages, which a lot of tomatoes quickly outgrow anyway, you use stakes and string. Similar to what you would do for beans and peas. This blog has a great explanation of one way to do it: http://foodformyfamily.com/manic-organic/tomato-gardening-101-a-string-trellis

I’m thinking I will try this AND try the “Florida Weave” method as well, to see which works best for us. My tomato plants were gorgeous last year, but so unruly they were unpleasant to deal with.

Here’s to hoping for another bountiful tomato harvest in 2013! I canned a lot of our tomatoes from last year and I LOVED not needing to buy any from the store, PLUS they taste so much better!